Robert Garrison, our very own ‘Tommy’ from Karate Kid, dies at the age of 59. The actor gave in to his battle from Kidney and Liver problems. A representative of Garrison said-
“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”
Garrison had been in a hospital in West Virginia for over a month. His organs shut down after battling for over a month. His sister-in-law gave the news. In addition to that, the actor’s family is coordinating the funeral.
As the franchise’s Tommy, Garrison made for an appropriately nasty foil for Ralph Macchio’s Daniel starting with the 1984 original film. He returned to the role in 1986’s Karate Kid: Part II and for an appearance this year in the YouTube Premium Cobra Kai.
Jon Hurwitz who is the writer and director of Cobra Kai tweeted-
“Rob enjoyed and cherished his time working on Cobra Kai. We were looking forward to seeing his smiling face again this season, as we had plans for Tommy to ride again. But he’ll remain in our thoughts every day as we strive to make him proud.”
Garrison got his start as a child actor in 1977’s Starship Invasions, a sci-fi feature starring Robert Vaughn and Christopher Lee. He stayed active in small roles in films Brubaker, Prom Night, and others before landing his signature role in The Karate Kid.