Ralph Macchio jokes that his parents are to blame for his freakishly youthful appearance.
“The Karate Kid” star, 59, says that both his parents “look very young for their age.”
“I have a youthful energy about me for some reason,” he told People. “A healthy lifestyle doesn’t hurt. But I think I’ve just gotten lucky in the gene department.”
The Huntington, New York-native has always looked younger than his years. He was 22 when he filmed his breakout role as high school student Daniel LaRusso in 1984’s “The Karate Kid” and was already married and expecting a child when he appeared as a college student in the 1992 comedy “My Cousin Vinny.”
Macchio has been married to his high school sweetheart, nurse practitioner Phyllis, 60, for 33 years with whom he shares two children. He currently stars in the Netflix series “Cobra Kai,” which continues following the lives of his character and arch-enemy Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).
The show debuted its third season on January 1 to huge numbers and Macchio is thrilled.
“Kids see the show and then tell their parents, ‘Hey, you should check this out. It’s really cool,’” he explained.
Macchio continued: “And the parents say, ‘What are you talking about? That was our first date movie!’ To go through the ebbs and flows of popularity for 36-plus years and now be in a place where parents, kids and even grandparents are sharing the same excitement is really special.”