Karate Kid Actor Rob Garrison Has Died At 59


During the climactic All-Valley Karate Championship battle between underdog Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and menacing bully Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), Tommy (Garrison) encourages his Cobra Kai teammate with one of the film's most memorable lines - "Get him a body bag!"

Robert Garrison, who played Tommy in "The Karate Kid" and its sequel, has died at age 59, according to reports. A representative for the actor told Entertainment Tonight that Garrison was "a great person and ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy".

Garrison began his acting career in 1977, with a role in Starship Invasions.

His cause of death was not revealed. For the past 20 years, Garrison's contributions to film and television had been scarce until he returned to season two of Cobra Kai earlier this year.

Garrison had small roles in TV shows "MacGyver", "Columbo", and "Coach", according to his IMDB page. After springing Tommy from the hospital, they take him camping at Big Bear Lake.

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His rep, Rick Henriques, also confirmed the actor's death to The Hollywood Reporter. Had a wonderful time doing it, ' Robert tweeted after his second season episode aired.

In April, he tweeted about his appearance on the series, thanking his fans for their support. He wrote that the wonderful comments made him feel great, and he had a wonderful time returning to the role and appearing on the YouTube series.

The actor is survived by his brother Patrick and sister-in-law Linda.

The actor's family are reportedly in the process of planning funeral arrangements.