Just In: Robert Garrison Of ‘The Karate Kid’ Dead At Age 59

  • Robert Garrison of ‘The Karate Kid’ passes away at 59 years old.
  • He had been battling kidney and liver problems.
  • Garrison passes away after being in the hospital for the last month.


It has been reported that Robert Garrison, best known for his role of Tommy in the early installments of The Karate Kid, has died. He was just 59 years old. Fox News confirms that Garrison passed away after a battle with kidney and liver problems.


A representative for Garrison calls the now late actor “an ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy” in a statement. It reads, “Rob was a great person and ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy. His performance in Season 2 of Cobra Kai, being his last, was simply amazing and he stole the episode. He will be missed by me and everyone he encountered.”

Robert Garrison / Columbia Pictures

Garrison had been in a hospital in West Virginia for the last month before his organs completely shut down, his sister-in-law says. The actor’s family is allegedly coordinating funeral arrangements.

The former child actor began his career in the 1970s and would soon land his first major role in the 1984 classic film. He would also continue on to appear in the sequel, The Karate Kid Part II. His official IMDb says that he officially left the world of acting behind from 1995 to 2011. He would go on to reprise his role of Tommy this year for the YouTube TV series adaptation Cobra Kai. Garrison also held smaller TV roles on shows like MacGyver, Homefront, and Coach.

Robert Garrison (center) / Columbia Pictures

Garrison is survived by his brother Patrick. May he rest in peace. Check out a classic scene from The Karate Kid below to relive the memories of Garrison’s character, Tommy!

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