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Ralph Macchio, 59, recalls the day he met wife Phyllis Fierro, 60


Season three of his show Cobra Kai dropped on Netflix January 1, 2021.

And just seven days after the season’s release, Ralph Macchio chatted about who helps him have balance as a Hollywood actor and a family man – his wife Phyllis Fierro.

Ralph, 59, credits their commitment to each other as the foundation for their 33-year-long marriage, in an interview with People magazine.

Candid: Season three of his show Cobra Kai dropped on Netflix January 1, 2021. And just seven days after the season's release, Ralph Macchio chatted about who helps him have balance as a Hollywood actor and a family man - his wife Phyllis Fierro; seen January 5, 2021 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Candid: Season three of his show Cobra Kai dropped on Netflix January 1, 2021. And just seven days after the season’s release, Ralph Macchio chatted about who helps him have balance as a Hollywood actor and a family man – his wife Phyllis Fierro; seen January 5, 2021 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Ralph’s approach to Hollywood is ‘one foot in, one foot out.’

The actor, who became a household name in the 1984 movie The Karate Kid, said of Phyllis: ‘Without her and without the foundation and the family we established, “one foot in, one foot out” would have been very, very difficult on my own.’

Adding: ‘Because there would not be balance.’ 

Ralph and Phyllis met when he was 15 at his cousin’s birthday party, which took place in his grandmother’s basement.

He became a household name at 22 with his role as Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 hit The Karate Kid.

Love: Ralph, 59, credits their commitment to each other as the foundation for their 33-year-long marriage, in an interview with People magazine; seen October 4, 2016 in NYC

Love: Ralph, 59, credits their commitment to each other as the foundation for their 33-year-long marriage, in an interview with People magazine; seen October 4, 2016 in NYC

About the birthday party, Ralph said a laugh: ‘This is 1970 or whatever, so this is Cheez Doodles, 7Up, Tootsie Rolls, probably the Ruffles with onion dip.’ 

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Adding: ‘She was a friend of my cousin, and we just smiled and talked and danced a little. Probably the Hustle!’

Ralph and Phyllis are parents to two children: Daniel, 25, and Julie, 28.

The actor says their 33-year-long marriage – a rarity in Hollywood – stems from their commitment.

Sweet: Ralph and Phyllis met when he was 15 at his cousin's birthday party, which took place in his grandmother's basement; seen together December 10, 2010 in NYC

Sweet: Ralph and Phyllis met when he was 15 at his cousin’s birthday party, which took place in his grandmother’s basement; seen together December 10, 2010 in NYC

Family is everything: Ralph and Phyllis are parents to two children: Daniel, 25, and Julie, 28; seen with their daughter on April 24, 2018 in NYC

Family is everything: Ralph and Phyllis are parents to two children: Daniel, 25, and Julie, 28; seen with their daughter on April 24, 2018 in NYC

Ralph said: ‘It’s the belief through the easy time, through the tough times, whatever we encounter, that we are meant to be together.’

He continued: ‘We known that we will overcome all because we believe in that, the foundation of that.’ 

Phyllis is a nurse practitioner and has worked on the front lines amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

The third season of his hit series Cobra Kai, which is a continuation of The Karate Kid film from the 80s, debuted on January 1, 2021. 

Netflix dropped season one and two for fans to stream; both of the seasons originated from YouTube Premium.

Season three of the show is a Netflix original; the network has also renewed the show for a fourth season.

Throwback: He became a household name at 22 with his role as Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 hit The Karate Kid; pictured in the film in 1984

Throwback: He became a household name at 22 with his role as Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 hit The Karate Kid; pictured in the film in 1984

Blast from the past: The third season of his hit series Cobra Kai, which is a continuation of The Karate Kid film from the 80s, debuted on January 1, 2021; Ralph seen in The Karate Kid

Blast from the past: The third season of his hit series Cobra Kai, which is a continuation of The Karate Kid film from the 80s, debuted on January 1, 2021; Ralph seen in The Karate Kid

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The hit series stars The Karate Kid originals Ralph and William as they reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.

Cobra Kai also stars Peyton List, Gianni Decenzo, Jacob Bertrand, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan and Courtney Henggeler.

The show is executively produced Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg through their production company called Counterbalance Entertainment.

In addition, Will Smith, Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter are also executively producing it for Overbrook Entertainment with Susan Ekins in association with Sony Pictures Television, per Variety.

Ralph and William also serve as co-executive producers.

Stars: The hit series stars The Karate Kid originals Ralph and William as they reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence

Stars: The hit series stars The Karate Kid originals Ralph and William as they reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence

Cast: Cobra Kai also stars Peyton List, Gianni Decenzo, Jacob Bertrand, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan and Courtney Henggeler

 Cast: Cobra Kai also stars Peyton List, Gianni Decenzo, Jacob Bertrand, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan and Courtney Henggeler



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