Martin Kove

Biography: Like many New York actors, Martin Kove was willing to go unbilled to pick up extra paychecks in such East Coast-filmed efforts as Little Murders (1971) and Last House on the Left (1972). By 1984, Kove was pulling down third billing in such films as The Karate Kid, wherein he played Kreese, the "bad" karate expert who trained the film's principal heavy William Zabka for his bout against the simon-pure Ralph Macchio (Kove replaced Chuck Norris, who turned down the role of Kreese because he didn't want karate trainers to be shown in an unsympathetic light). Martin Kove's work on series TV has included the roles of detective Victor Isbecki on Cagney and Lacey and an extraterrestrial named Jesse on Hard Time on Planet Earth.

Martin Kove's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 83 Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood
Lowest Metascore: 23 I'm in Love with a Church Girl
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
12 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story Feb 5, 2021 Self tbd
tbd Max Reload and the Nether Blasters Aug 7, 2020 Gramps Jenkins / Gramps Jenkins tbd
tbd Elvis from Outer Space Jul 7, 2020 State Trooper tbd
72 VFW Feb 14, 2020 Lou Clayton / Lou Clayton tbd
tbd D-Day Sep 13, 2019 Nikolai tbd
83 Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood Jul 26, 2019 Cast / Principal Cast 7.5
tbd Traded Jun 10, 2016 Cavendish tbd
28 Eternity: The Movie Oct 17, 2014 Barry Goldfield, Sr. tbd
tbd Falcon Song Mar 21, 2014 Caspian 10
23 I'm in Love with a Church Girl Oct 18, 2013 Terry Edgemond 3.5
60 Middle Men Aug 6, 2010 U.S. Senator 7.8
36 The Karate Kid Part III Jun 30, 1989 Kreese 5.5
55 The Karate Kid Part II Jun 20, 1986 Kreese 6.8
47 Rambo: First Blood Part II May 22, 1985 Ericson 7.5
60 The Karate Kid Jun 22, 1984 Kreese / Kreese 7.9
25 The White Buffalo May 1, 1977 Jack McCall tbd
58 Death Race 2000 Apr 27, 1975 Nero The Hero / Nero The Hero 7.5
68 The Last House on the Left Aug 30, 1972 Deputy / Deputy tbd