Actor who played Karate Kid's bad boy Tommy dies

Rob Garrison, famous for his role as Tommy in the Karate Kid has died.
Rob Garrison, famous for his role as Tommy in the Karate Kid has died.

 

Rob Garrison, who played the role of bad boy Tommy in the iconic movie, The Karate Kid has died at the age of 59. 

Garrison's agent Rick Henriques confirmed to Rolling Stone the actor had died after being in hospital in West Virginia for a month with liver and kidney issues. 

"Rob was a great person and ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy," Henriques told Rolling Stone. 

"His performance in Season two 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 character Tommy was a small part, but a key member of the Cobra Kai gang who terrorised Ralph Macchio's character Daniel LaRusso. 

During the climactic fight scene, in which an injured LaRusso defeats Johnny Lawrence, Tommy yelled out: "Get him a body bag, yeah".

Garrison recently reprised his role in YouTube's breakout hit Cobra Kai, which brings the characters up to date. 

In the series Johhny Lawrence is down on his luck and reopens the Cobra Kai dojo, while LaRusso is now a successful car salesman. 

Their rivalry reignites and Garrison featured in an episode in season two. 

In a statement, Macchio, said: "This is a sad day for the Karate Kid / Cobra Kai family. 

"Rob Garrison was a kind gentleman from the first day I met him to the last day we spoke. 

"I am so glad he had the opportunity to show his range and genuine heart with his performance last season on Cobra Kai

"His campfire scene in Ep. 206 was truly one of my favourites of season two. My thoughts are with his friends and family."

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