If you were around in the mid-80s, you were no doubt a fan of The Karate Kid.
Sadly, one of the stars of the movie, Rob Garrison, passed away on Friday at the age of 59.
The Karate Kid was released in 1984 and ended up being a surprise hit. Ralph Macchio, who had blown up in popularity after his appearance in The Outsiders, was the main star of the movie.
The film also featured Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi. Morita was well-known from his role on Happy Days. Among the co-stars of the movie was Rob Garrison, who played one of the villainous students in the Cobra Kai dojo.
If you have ever seen the original movie, Garrison played Tommy, the kid who was pretty much wired throughout the movie and losing his mind on the sidelines when the character Daniel had his leg swept and almost had to drop out of the match.
While the Karate Kid franchise is probably what Garrison was best-known for, it was hardly his only Hollywood credit.
Garrison’s Hollywood Career
Rob Garrison’s first credit was in Starship Invasions in 1977. He had quite a run in the late 70s and early 80s leading into his appearance in The Karate Kid. In all, he has seven credits on his IMBD profile dating before the release of The Karate Kid.
His career remained fairly steady through the rest of the 80s, but roles began to dwindle in the early 90s, and by 1995, his career was all but done.
Then, in 2011, he resurrected his acting career with a role in The Pledge. In 2019, he made in appearance in the Karate Kid reboot, Cobra Kai.
Gone Too Soon
At only 59 years old, his death was rather shocking to fans. However, Garrison had been hospitalized for most of the last month due to liver and kidney problems.
When word of his passing circulated, Ralph Macchio was one of the first to make a public statement.
Rob Garrison was a kind gentleman from the 1st day I met him to the last day we spoke. I am so glad he had the opportunity to show his range & genuine heart w/his performance last season on Cobra Kai. His campfire scene was of my favs of Season 2. RIP my friend. U will b missed. pic.twitter.com/a0NsqlVuIl
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) September 28, 2019
Rest in peace, Rob. You were taken far too soon.