Martin Kove

Martin Kove was born on March 6, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Strong-featured, narrow-eyed actor who has portrayed a mixed bag of both good guys and bad guys! First turned up on screen in several minor roles, and got himself noticed as the villainous Nero the Hero in the low-budget road race Death Race 2000. Kove probably scored his greatest visibility to the public in the hugely successful The Karate Kid in which he played John Kreese, the head instructor of the Cobra Kai karate school.

Known For


Cast Credits

The Goldbergs (2013)
Guest starring as Master John
NTSF:SD:SUV (2011)
Guest starring as Cell Leader
Criminal Minds (2005)
Guest starring as John Folkmore
  • Episode 10x15: Scream (Feb 11, 2015)
Black Scorpion (2001)
Guest starring as Jack Aimes / FireArm
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995)
Guest starring as Demetrius
Hard Time on Planet Earth (1989)
Starring as Jesse (13 episodes)
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
Guest starring as Dr. Ellison
Cagney & Lacey (1982)
Starring as Victor Isbecki
Beyond Westworld (1980)
Guest starring as Jack Edwards
We've Got Each Other (1977)
Starring as Ken Redford
Switch (1975)
Guest starring as Bud Ewing
Petrocelli (1974)
Guest starring as Frank Harris