Ralph Macchio first met future wife Phyllis Fierro when his grandmother introduced them when he was 15.
When he was 26, they got married and they've been together ever since.
He is also known to American television audiences for his recurring role as Jeremy Andretti in the fifth season of the television comedy-drama Eight Is Enough.
He also appeared on the television comedy Ugly Betty in the recurring role of Archie, a local Queens politician.
He competed on the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars. Macchio first appeared on American television commercials for products such as Bubble Yum and Dr Pepper.
His on-screen debut was in the 1980 film Up the Academy, and his first major role was playing Jeremy Andretti in the television series Eight Is Enough.
In 1983, he appeared as Johnny Cade in The Outsiders alongside many young actors who had yet to become major stars, such as C.
Thomas Howell, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and Matt Dillon.
In 1984, Macchio became known internationally following the release of the first Karate Kid film.
Playing high school senior Daniel La Russo, Macchio was actually in his early twenties when the film was made.
He continued this success with the film's sequels, The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid, Part III.