Martin Kove is best known for playing ruthless sensei John Kreese. In the “Karate Kid” film franchise and the acclaimed series “Cobra Kai,” the 75-year-old actor has shown off some impressive martial arts skills. He will soon have to prove his athleticism on another popular show.
Us Weekly reported that Kove will be a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars” season 30, which will debut on September 20. The actor will compete against JoJo Siwa, Suni Lee, Matt James, Melanie C, Brian Austin Green, Christine Chiu, Amanda Kloots, Melora Hardin, Jimmie Allen, Kenya Moore, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, Cody Rigsby, Olivia Jade, and Iman Shumpert on the ABC series.
Martin Kove Appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ on September 8
On September 8, Kove appeared on “Good Morning America,” alongside Cody Rigsby, Olivia Jade, and Kenya Moore. For the appearance, the actor decided to wear a T-shirt that had John Kreese’s face on it that read “merciless.”
During the interview, Robin Roberts noted that Kove is not the first “Karate Kid” star to appear on the dance competition series. His “Cobra Kai” castmate Ralph Macchio was also a “Dancing With the Stars” contestant in 2011. Kove revealed that Macchio shared some tips about participating in the show.
“He had just a ball. When he left he was in tears, he told me. He just really had such a good time,” said Kove.
The 75-year-old also noted that there is one move in particular that he is interested in trying out on “Dancing With the Stars.”
“The conditioning is what I look forward to and to see if I could do some of those splits that I used to do in the ’60s. I don’t know if I could do it anymore. But you know, I still have the energy. But do I have — are the muscles still in the same places?” said Kove with a laugh.
Martin Kove & William Zabka Appeared on the Planet Comicon Panel Together in August 2021
Martin Kove is sure to be busy during the next couple of months. On top of competing on “Dancing With the Stars,” “Cobra Kai” season 5 will likely begin shooting relatively soon. As fans of the Netflix series are aware, the show’s fourth season also will debut in December 2021.
Kove and his “Cobra Kai” co-star William “Billy” Zabka, who plays his character’s former Cobra Kai student, Johnny Lawrence, spoke on a panel at the Planet Comicon Kansas City in August 2021. During the panel, Kove shared if he had a preference for any particular “Cobra Kai” season. He explained that he had a fondness for the show’s premiere season because John Kreese made his first appearance during season 1, episode 10. He noted, however, that he also enjoyed the show’s third season.
“Season 3 was very full and that big fight through the window and you know, with Ralph [Macchio] and with Billy. It was just a culmination of so much, you know, combination of so many problems between the three of us and it was very rich,” said Kove.
The father-of-two also complimented the show’s writers.
“The writers write so well, you know, they write the characters, just multi-faceted, which is the difference between us doing the movie,” said Kove.
To see more of Kove, stream the first three seasons of “Cobra Kai,” available on Netflix.