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Martin Kove

Jessie in Hard Time on Planet Earth, Victor Isbecki in Cagney and Lacey

Photos Martin Kove Birth name: Martin Kove
Birth date: 1947/03/06 (74 years old)
Birth place : new york
Height: 1.85 m

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Biography for Martin Kove

New York born, strong featured, narrow eyed and often untrustworthy looking actor who has portrayed a mixed bag of both good 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 (1975), and then as "Clem" the sadistic rigger, breaking Jan-Michael Vincent's ribs in White Line Fever (1975). He cropped up in the hit TV series "Cagney & Lacey" (1982) as honest Police Detective Isbecki, and then (stupidly) got on the wrong side of rampaging Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).

Kove probably scored his greatest visibility to the public (yet again, as another villain) in the hugely successful The Karate Kid (1984) in which he played "John Kreese", the brutal head instructor of the Cobra Kai karate school, and he reprised the role in the two sequels, The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid, Part III (1989).

Kove has since kept consistently busy, primarily in the action / thriller film genre, and has notched up over 80 film appearances to date, as well as numerous TV guest roles.


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Title Role
Bare Knuckles (2008) (post-production) Sonny Cool
Carmen's Kiss (2008) (post-production) Drayton
The Dead Sleep Easy (2008) (V) (completed) Bob Depugh
Beyond the Ring (2008) (completed) Patrick
Chinaman's Chance (2008) Sheriff Jones
Revamped (2007) (V) Detective Reeger
Messages (2007) DCI Collins
The Veteran (2006) (TV) (uncredited) Father Brazinski
Fallen Angels (2006) Daniels
Exit 38 (2006) (V) Reese
Soft Target (2006) Jake Lawlor
Max Havoc: Ring of Fire (2006) Lt. Reynolds
Immortally Yours (2006) Steven Miles
Seven Mummies (2006) Kile
Miracle at Sage Creek (2005) (scenes deleted) Jess
Glass Trap (2005) Corrigan
Alien Lockdown (2004) (TV) Anslow
Big Chuck, Little Chuck (2004) The Clown/Himself
The Hollywood Mom's Mystery (2004) (TV) Sandy Palumbo
Curse of the Forty-Niner (2003) Caleb
Rice Girl (2003) Captain Ron Williams
Hard Ground (2003) (TV) Floyd
Barbarian (2003) (V) Munkar
Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain (2003) (TV) Cully
Devil's Knight (2003) Zeff
Paradise (2003/I) Taxi Driver
Sting of the Black Scorpion (2002) (V) Jack Ames/Firearm
Crocodile 2: Death Swamp (2002) Roland
Trance (2002) Robert Leoni
American Gun (2002) Theodore Huntley
Gentle Ben (2002) (TV) Cully
Shattered Lies (2002) Tom Reynolds
Con Games (2001) (V) Redick
Extreme Honor (2001) Packard
Going Back (2001) (TV) Father Brazinski
Black Scorpion Returns (2001) (V)
Final Payback (2001) Captain Peter James
Black Scorpion Firearm (1 episode, 2001)
Savage Season (2001) Frank
Hollywood Off-Ramp (1 episode, 2000)
Bad Guys (2000) ...The Commander
Shadow Warriors II: Hunt for the Death Merchant (1999) (TV) Andy Powers
Diagnosis Murder Capt. Walter Newman / ... (3 episodes, 1998-1999)
V.I.P. Mr. Scornabacho (1 episode, 1998)
Nowhere Land (1998) Hank
The Waterfront (1998) James Ricks
The Thief & the Stripper (1998) Crow
Hyacinth (1998)
Joseph's Gift (1998) Thompsonn
Grizzly Mountain (1997) Marshal Jackson
Assault on Devil's Island (1997) (TV) Andy Powers
Mercenary (1997) (TV) Phoenix
The Marksmen (1997) Samuel J. Weber
Top of the World (1997/I) Carl
Judge and Jury (1996) Michael Silvano
Timelock (1996) Admiral Danny Teegs
Final Equinox (1995) Torman
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Demetrius (1 episode, 1995)
Walker, Texas Ranger Fred Kimble (1 episode, 1995)
Without Mercy (1995) Wolf Larsen
Baby Face Nelson (1995) John Dillinger
Cagney & Lacey: The Return (1994) (TV) Isbecki
Death Match (1994) Paul Landis
Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (1994) (TV) Black Jack
Savage Land (1994) Jabal
Endangered (1994) DeVoe
Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994)
Wyatt Earp (1994) Ed Ross
Burke's Law Joe Tanner (1 episode, 1994)
Tales from the Crypt Dectective (1 episode, 1993)
To Be the Best (1993) Rick Kulhane
The Outfit (1993) Agent Baker
Renegade Mitch Raines (1 episode, 1993)
Without a Kiss Goodbye (1993) (TV)
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Chi'Ru Master (1 episode, 1993)
Lightning in a Bottle (1993) Duane Furber
Future Shock (1993) Dr. Langdon
Firehawk (1993) (V) Stewart
Shadowchaser (1992) Desilva
Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1992) Mr. Lee
White Light (1991) Sean Craig
The Karate Kid, Part III (1989) John Kreese
Hard Time on Planet Earth Jesse (13 episodes, 1989)
President's Target (1989) Sam Nicholson
Higher Ground (1988) (TV) Rick Loden
Cagney & Lacey Det. Victor Isbecki / ... (74 episodes, 1982-1988)
Steele Justice (1987) John Steele
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) John Kreese
The Twilight Zone Joe Farrell (segment Opening Day) (1 episode, 1985)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) Ericson
Wildside Lyle Rainwood (1 episode, 1985)
Murder, She Wrote Dr. Ellison (1 episode, 1985)
The Karate Kid (1984) John Kreese
The Optimist The Rival (1 episode, 1983)
Blood Tide (1982) Neil Grice
Cry for the Strangers (1982) (TV) Jeff
The Edge of Night (1956) TV series Romeo Slade (unknown episodes, 1981)
Trouble in High Timber Country (1980) (TV) Willie Yeager
Laboratory (1980)
Beyond Westworld Jack Edwards (1 episode, 1980)
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (1 episode, 1980)
CHiPs Sherwood (1 episode, 1979)
Barnaby Jones Greg Saunders / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Seven (1979) Skip
The Runaways Mike (1 episode, 1979)
The Sky Trap (1979) (TV)
Disneyland (1 episode, 1979)
Quincy M.E. Joe Kirby (1 episode, 1979)
Starsky and Hutch Jimmy Lucas (1 episode, 1979)
The Incredible Hulk Henry 'Rocky' Welsh (1 episode, 1978)
Charlie's Angels Georgie (1 episode, 1977)
We've Got Each Other (1977) TV series Ken Redford
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Pete Miller (1 episode, 1977)
The White Buffalo (1977) Jack McCall
The Rockford Files Harry Smick (1 episode, 1977)
Mr. Billion (1977) (uncredited) Texas Gambler
Code R (1977) TV series George Baker (unknown episodes)
The Streets of San Francisco Willis Hines (1 episode, 1976)
Kojak Burl Slote (1 episode, 1976)
Captains and the Kings (1976) (mini) TV mini-series
Kingston (1976) (TV) Dealey
Petrocelli Frank Harris (1 episode, 1976)
The Four Deuces (1976) Smokey Ross, the 'Deuce of Diamonds'
The November Plan (1976) (TV) Stan
The Rookies Jimmy Jay (1 episode, 1975)
Three for the Road (1 episode, 1975)
Switch Bud Ewing (1 episode, 1975)
White Line Fever (1975) Clem
Death Race 2000 (1975) Nero the Hero
Capone (1975) Pete Gusenberg
The Wild Party (1975) Editor
Rhoda Gary (1 episode, 1974)
Gunsmoke Guthrie / ... (2 episodes, 1974)
McMillan & Wife (1 episode, 1974)
McCloud Punk (1 episode, 1974)
Road Movie (1974) Weigh Station Cop
Wide World Mystery Rollo (1 episode, 1974)
Cops and Robbers (1973) Ambulance Attendant
The Last House on the Left (1972) Deputy
Savages (1972) Archie, a Bully
Women in Revolt (1971) (as Marty Kove) Marty


Honorary marshal of Tarzana, California

He was a substitute match teacher at Ward Melville High School in New York.

During the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s, Kove was a well-known TV-spokesman for King Cobra beer: "Don't let the smooth taste fool you." In more recent years, however, he has sworn off alcohol.

Has black belts in all of the following martial arts: Kendo; Okinawa-te; and Tiger Kenpo.

Injured his hand during the fateful fight scene between his character, John Kreese, and Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, Part II (1986). The effects team ill-timed one of the car window shattering shots, causing Kove to inadvertently break the prop window with his own fist. He sustained several injuries to his hand but continued filming.



Spouse : Vivienne Kove (1981 - 2005) (divorced) 2 children

Has twins: son Jesse Morgan Kove; and daughter Rachel Olivia Kove. Jesse and Rachel were born November 2, 1990.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 11/01/2008 by franckenstein

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