The Karate Kid actor Rob Garrison has died at 59.
The actor, best known for his role as Tommy in the smash hit film and its sequel passed away after an extended health battle.
“Rob was a great person and ambassador to ‘The Karate Kid’ legacy,” his rep said in a statement to Yahoo. “His performance in Season 2 of ‘Cobra Kai,’ being his last, was simply amazing and he stole the episode. He will be missed by me and everyone he encountered.”
Garrison’s sister-in-law told TMZ that he died Friday at a hospital in his native West Virginia, where he had been treated for liver and kidney issues over the past month.
Garrison has acted since the late ‘70s, playing parts in both horror film Prom Night and the drama Brubaker, alongside Robert Redford in 1980.
He went on to appear in the 1986 movie Iron Eagle and TV shows including MacGyver and Coach.
But it was Karate Kid for which he was most recognized. His character was a bully of the hero Daniel (played by Ralph Macchio).
Garrison reprised his role in “The Karate Kid Part II” in 1986 and, in April, when an episode of the “Karate Kid” reboot “Cobra Kai” featured several of Johnny’s old friends.
The experience meant a lot to Garrison.
Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments on my appearance in COBRA KAI. Makes me feel great. Had a wonderful time doing it.— Rob Garrison (@therobgarrison) April 25, 2019
Following the actor’s death, fans a colleagues alike took to Twitter to commemorate the actor.
Our entire Karate Kid/Cobra Kai family is devastated by the news of OG Cobra Rob Garrison's passing. He was a truly gifted performer and an even better man. My heart goes out to Rob's family during this difficult time. #RIP pic.twitter.com/aDiXcQ5ROu— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) September 27, 2019
RIP Rob Garrison. The Karate Kid was the best movie of my childhood. Cobra Kai never dies 🐍 pic.twitter.com/21v6fT2wBX— kikisykiko (@kikisykiko) September 27, 2019
rest in peace Rob Garrison 💘 karate kid will always be one of the greatest films of ALL TIME pic.twitter.com/3rwMEdrQIT— emma🧚🏼♂️ (@EmmaOBrien19) September 27, 2019
Garrison is survived by his brother, Patrick, and his wife, Linda.
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