Martin Kove is an American film and TV actor who mostly acknowledged his role in The Karate Kid movies. He has played the role of sensei of Johnny Lawrence, an antagonist in the popularly known film, The Karate Kid.

Quick Info
Full NameMartin Kove
Date of Birth6th March 1946
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York City, US
Partner(s)Vivienne Kove (1981-2005)
Age74 years
Height6 ft 1 in
Weight80 Kg
Net WorthUS $2 million


What was Martin’s childhood like?

Martin was born on 6th March 1946 in New York City. As he is too old information on his parents has been disclosed. However, we know that both of his parents have been deceased. At an early age, Kove showed his interest in acting when he started watching movies and played different characters by himself. Martin Kove attended Valley Stream Central High School and he first learned about martial art. He trained his way out to be a fine martial artist. He graduated from Maumee Campus.

His age currently in 2020 is 74-years-old. He holds the nationality of American as he grew up in Brooklyn city. His ethnicity is Jewish as he was born to a Jewish family. Talking about his Birth sign, His zodiac sign is Pisces. After his obsession with acting, he started acting and pursued to be an actor.

Martin Kove

How Kove started his Career?

Martin Kove originally made his appearance in Cully, a series of CBS that ran for a total of two years from 1967-1969. Additionally, CBS cast Kove along with James Houghton, Tom Simcox, and Joan Freeman as George Baker in their Short-Live series, which was about the emergency services in the California Channel Island. He also portrayed a cameo character for a short science fiction movie, Hard Time, which aired on the network Planet Earth.

Movies and TV Shows

Martin Kove got attention from everywhere and started getting offers on the Television show and performed on numerous television shows, including Three for the Road, Gunsmoke, The Incredible Hulk, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, The Rockford Files, Black Scorpion, and The Streets of San Francisco. He also portrayed Detective Victor Isbecki on the television series Cagney & Lacey. This show aired on the TV for six years, and he played around 113 episodes during that time.

Surprisingly he met with a character named John Kreese in The 1984 Movie The Karate Kid and portrayed as the sensei of some antagonist character that includes Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka. This movie became a hit, and soon Martin Kove, with his martial art and his crew member, started getting the light from the media and news.

Martin Kove then got to play in the movie Rambo: First Blood Part II, where he portrayed as the unfaithful Pilot. This movie got released in 1985 and got a positive response from critics. Soon after this movie, he was called for part two of The Karate Kid to play as Kreese, and also in 1989; Martin Kove got to play for the third part of the series.

Martin Kove

Kove performed in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues as the Shadow Assassin, released on 3 February 1993. Soon after that, Martin Kove started making an appearance in different movies and Television series. He has played in different movies like Curse of the Forty-Niner, Illusion Infinity, Crocodile 2: Death Swamp Glass Trap, Max Havoc: Ring of Fire, and The Dead Sleep Easy in the 2000s.

Kobe also played as Sensei Kreese in the Premium web series, known as Cobra Kai. He can be seen in the last episode in the last-minute scene of the Cobra kai where he makes his way back to the official Karate Kid saga when everybody assumed Sensei Kreese as a dead man.

Finally, in Season 2 of cobra kai, he is almost seen in every episode as an antagonist looking to gain his old dojo from Johnny Lawrence, his former student.


Body MeasurementMartin Kove

Kove stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) and weighs around 80 Kg (176 in pounds) at the moment of this writing. Due to his old age, the 74-years-old sensei has short blondish white hair and has brown eyes. He is a martial artist and his body is muscular and has 16 inches Biceps. Even being this old, He has maintained his body and also has six packs which ultimately is an inspiration to many youths.


Personal Life

Martin Kove fell in love with a beautiful young lady (in 1979). He began dating her after the couple exchanged about how they felt with each other. Kove finally got married to Vivienne Kove after two years in a relationship.

Vivienne helped Martin in his difficult days, and she had even praised her husband on a news channel, saying Kove was everything to her. The couple also shared twins Rachel Kove and Jesse Kove.

Unfortunately, despite their love for each other, Kove and Vivienne split, having a divorce after 25 years in married life in 2005. Kove has, however, in touch with his family despite the divorce. His son Jesse Kove also started his acting career son when he was 17 years old. Kove’s daughter nevertheless was not interested in acting and kept her profile low.


Net Worth

According to Celebrity net worth, Martin Kove has an estimated net worth of $2 million.