Macchio is an actor who has garnered respect on the screen, stage and on television. Born on November 4, 1961 in Hunting Beach, Long Island, he began his career appearing on television commercials.
By the early 80s, he was appearing in feature films such as Mad Magazines Up in the Academy, and landed a part alongside Heather Locklear in the television dramedy Eight is Enough.
From there, Macchio went on to perhaps his most celebrated performance as Johnny in Frances Ford Coppola's The Outsiders, a film he starred in alongside Hollywood major leaguers Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez and Matt Dillon. He continued to achieve success on the big screen landing roles in My Cousin Vinny, and opposite Pat Morita in the perennially favorite franchise, The Karate Kid.
When he is not appearing in front of the camera, Macchio writes, produces, and performs in live theatre. He wrote and directed Love Thy Brother, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance film festival, and co-created a half-hour comedy series entitled The Ralph Show with Todd Holland. He is also in development on a reality series Respect, which deals with the issue of teen bullying.
Macchio recently appeared on ABC's Ugly Betty, HBO's Entourage, and enjoyed a highly successful run with partner Karina Smirnoff on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.
Ralph lives in New York with his wife Phyllis. The couple have two children.