The Karate Kid's Ralph Macchio shows off his youthful features almost four decades since the film

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The Karate Kid’s Ralph Macchio, 60, shows off his youthful features almost four decades after starring in the martial arts drama as he attends the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

He earned a name for himself after playing Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid franchise. 

And almost four decades on from the debut film, Ralph Macchio, 60, showed off his youthful features as he attended the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica on Sunday. 

The actor, who was 22 when he took on the leading role in the acclaimed films, paid homage to the trilogy that shaped his career as he stood for photos wearing a T-shirt baring the face of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) – his fictional karate mentor. 

Defying age: The Karate Kid's Ralph Macchio, 60, showed off his youthful features almost four decades after starring in the martial arts drama as he attended the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Santa Monica on Sunday

Defying age: The Karate Kid’s Ralph Macchio, 60, showed off his youthful features almost four decades after starring in the martial arts drama as he attended the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica on Sunday

Ralph was all smiles at The Barker Hangar as he stood on the orange carpet, opening his suave jacket to give a better look at the nod to the 1984 classic. 

The New York native teamed his tee with black jeans and smart shoes, posing with American actress Peyton List, 24, for a series of snaps before the film stars joined forces on stage at the prestigious awards. 

Ralph was also accompanied by wife Phyllis Fierre, after the pair celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last week. 

Flashback: Ralph earned a name for himself after playing Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid franchise (pictured right in the first film, 1984)

Success: The actor was 22 when he took on the leading role in the acclaimed films (pictured in 1984)

Flashback: Ralph earned a name for himself after playing Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid franchise (pictured right in the first film, 1984)

High spirits: The film star paid homage to the trilogy that shaped his career as he stood for photos wearing a T-shirt baring the face of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) - his fictional karate mentor

High spirits: The film star paid homage to the trilogy that shaped his career as he stood for photos wearing a T-shirt baring the face of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) – his fictional karate mentor

Orange carpet: The New York native teamed his tee with black jeans and smart shoes

Orange carpet: The New York native teamed his tee with black jeans and smart shoes

Big names: Ralph posed with American actress Peyton List, 24, for a series of snaps before the film stars joined forces on stage at the prestigious awards

Addressing: The pair looked thrilled to be involved in the evening's proceedings

Big names: Ralph posed with American actress Peyton List, 24, for a series of snaps before the film stars joined forces on stage at the prestigious awards

Lasting love: Ralph was also accompanied by wife Phyllis Fierre, after the pair celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last week

Lasting love: Ralph was also accompanied by wife Phyllis Fierre, after the pair celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last week

The story of The Karate Kid follows Daniel as he is taught the martial art to help defend himself and compete in a tournament against his bullies.

The film also stars Elisabeth Shue as Daniel’s love interest Ali Mills and William Zabka as her ex-boyfriend – and one of Daniel’s bullies – Johnny Lawrence.

It was directed by the late John G. Avildsen – the Academy-Award winning director of Rocky. 

Plot: The story of The Karate Kid follows Daniel as he is taught the martial art to help defend himself and compete in a tournament against his bullies (Ralph and Pat pictured 1984)

Plot: The story of The Karate Kid follows Daniel as he is taught the martial art to help defend himself and compete in a tournament against his bullies (Ralph and Pat pictured 1984)

Onscreen romance: The film also stars Elisabeth Shue as Daniel's love interest Ali Mills

Onscreen romance: The film also stars Elisabeth Shue as Daniel’s love interest Ali Mills

Love triangle: William Zabka (left) took on the role of Ali's ex-boyfriend - and one of Daniel's bullies - Johnny Lawrence

Love triangle: William Zabka (left) took on the role of Ali’s ex-boyfriend – and one of Daniel’s bullies – Johnny Lawrence

Ralph played Daniel for three instalments – The Karate Kid (1984), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989), but did not reprise the role in The Next Karate Kid (1994).  

A remake set in China and focusing on kung-fu was released in 2010, adopting a similar storyline but different characters. 

Cobra Kai is a follow-up series which started in 2018 and is set three decades after the original films. It features some of the original cast-members, including Ralph and William. 

Last year, the 2022 Chinese remake of the 2010 Karate Kid film was announced. 

Adaptation: A remake set in China and focusing on kung-fu was released in 2010, adopting a similar storyline but different characters (pictured Jackie Chan back and Jaden Smith front)

Adaptation: A remake set in China and focusing on kung-fu was released in 2010, adopting a similar storyline but different characters (pictured Jackie Chan back and Jaden Smith front)

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