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Sweep the Leg Johnny

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Vocalist/saxophonist Steve Sostak and guitarist Chris Daly began executing together within the South Flex, IN, group Check Engine through the summer time of 1993, and played one display before splitting up in Apr of 1994. 2 yrs later on, Sostak and Daly began Sweep the Lower leg Johnny with bassist Matt Alicea and drummer Scott Anna while surviving in Chicago. They made a decision to incorporate a little all their influences, including dissonant rock, intensifying music, jazz, sound and punk. It instantly became apparent in the band’s concert events that their sound was indefinable. By early 1997, the group experienced recorded a break up 7″ using the music group Similarities. Divot Information experienced also released Sweep the Lower leg Johnny’s New Buffalo 7″. The group’s 1st tour was to get New Buffalo, as well as the launch found the music group hitting the street for two weeks. The group adopted the tour by documenting a track for any Zum publication compilation at Chicago’s CRC studios. The track “Welter” made an appearance in the summertime of 1997. Soon thereafter, Divot released the band’s debut full-length, entitled 4.9.21.30. To get the recording, they toured for 57 times. Through the outing, the group thought we would play in as much locations as you possibly can, whether it had been a big town or a little town. The music group was happy with marketing campaign results, because irrespective of where they performed, they averaged offering a CD to 1 from every four people at each display. By the springtime of 1998, Sweep the Lower leg Johnny had completed documenting a split solitary with A Forest for Tree Information’ Post Marked Stamps series. The group spent fourteen days that springtime touring with Spanakorzo, accompanied by a small number of summertime tour schedules. While on tour, the music group had begun to create new material because of its second LP — their initial for Southern Information — entitled Tomorrow WE ARE GOING TO Run Faster. Soon before the documenting sessions started, though, Alicea remaining and was changed by previous Spanakorzo/Swing Children’ bassist John Brady. A month after Brady’s entry into the music group, he began documenting Tomorrow WE ARE GOING TO Run Faster using the group. The record premiered by the springtime of 1999, as well as the music group toured incessantly through the entire remaining year to market the recording. In January of 2000, Daly and Sostak had been busy re-forming Examine Engine with guitarist/vocalist Joe Cannon and previous Big’n drummer Brian Wnukowski. Several weeks later discovered Sweep the Lower leg Johnny reuniting to record their third LP, Sto Cazzo!, within the band’s house. The recording — their second for Southern Information — premiered in the springtime of 2000. Throughout a part of 2001, Sweep the Lower leg Johnny was on hiatus as Examine Engine documented their debut full-length recording. Mastering from the record was completed by Sept 15 and Sweep the Lower leg Johnny reconvened with the help of guitarist Mitch Cheney to try out a fall tour. In the mean time, Check Engine’s Compact disc premiered in January of 2002, just like Sweep the Lower leg Johnny returned using their travels. Never to become outdone, Sweep the Lower leg Johnny were able to launch HEADING DOWN Swinging just a few weeks down the road Southern Information. A break up live launch with San Fransisco’s Rumah Sakit premiered in 2003.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sweep the Leg Johnny
Music Songs Walking Home on the Emergency Bed, Feed The World, New Buffalo, Insomnia Pays, Sometimes My Balls Feel Like Tits, Bloodlines, Transit Must Suffer, In the Shade of the House, Only in a Rerun, Columbus Day, The Fine Wrinkles; We Have All of Them, Rest Stop, The Blizzard of 1999, Please Give Me Roses, That Than Which, The Blizzard of '99, J. Daly's Message to Jacob and Sylvia, The One That Goes Boom, The Face Perpendicular to the Shoreline, Walking Home..., Shower Scene, Building Block, The Thought of One's Own Death, Inspection Area, Sandpaper, Welter
Albums Sto Cazzo!, Going Down Swingin', 4 9 21 30


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#Fact
1 His surname pronounced as "ZHAP-kuh". It means "little frog".
2 After 20 years, fans continue to recognize and address him as Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid (1984), which he loves... but not as much as he loves being an uncle to his sister Judy's daughter and son.
3 Has a sister, Judy.
4 Is an accomplished singer/musician/songwriter, as is his brother Guy.
5 Speaks Czech fluently.
6 His paternal grandfather was Czech, and his paternal grandmother was born in Nebraska, to Czech parents.
7 He was not at all experienced in martial arts prior to the filming of The Karate Kid (1984). He was actually an accomplished wrestler. However, in the years since, he has earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man in the Silo 2016 Kevin
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street 2015 TV Series Sensei Jeff
The Dog Who Saved Summer 2015 Officer Johnny
To Appomattox 2015 TV Mini-Series John Rawlins
Where Hope Grows 2014 Milton (as Billy Zabka)
How I Met Your Mother 2013-2014 TV Series Billy Zabka / Clown
Psych 2014 TV Series Coach Baggs
Robot Chicken 2013 TV Series Johnny Lawrence Colonel Steven Shay Werewolf
Cross 2011 Video Griff
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011 TV Series Johnny Lawrence
Mean Parents Suck 2010 Detective Ted Clement (as Billy Zabka)
Hot Tub Time Machine 2010 Rick
Starting from Scratch 2007 Bill Bowman
Cake: A Wedding Story 2007 Sam
Smiley Face 2007 Prison Guard
Wild Roomies 2004/I Slick Salesman
Antibody 2002 Video Emmerich
Descent Into Darkness 2002 Marty
Python 2 2002 Video Greg Larson (as Billy Zabka)
Landspeed 2002 Bob Bailey
Hyper Sonic 2002 Video The Executive
Gale Force 2002 Video Rance
Epoch 2001 TV Movie Rover Driver Joe
Ablaze 2001 Curt Peters
Falcon Down 2001 Security Guard John
18 Wheels of Justice 2001 TV Series Det. Barron
Mindstorm 2001/II Rojack
Python 2000 TV Movie Greg Larsen
Interceptor Force 1999 Dave
High Voltage 1997 Bulldog
To the Ends of Time 1996 TV Movie Alexander
Shootfighter II 1996 Ruben
The Power Within 1995 Video Raymond Vonn
Unlawful Passage 1994 Howie
Shootfighter: Fight to the Death 1993 Ruben
For Parents Only 1991 Ted
Protect and Surf 1989 TV Movie Russell Cooper
The Equalizer 1985-1989 TV Series Scott McCall
A Tiger's Tale 1987 Randy
Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story 1986 TV Movie Kim Fisher
The Karate Kid Part II 1986 Johnny
Back to School 1986 Chas
National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 Jack
Just One of the Guys 1985 Greg Tolan
E/R 1985 TV Series Philly
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1984 TV Series Rick Peterson
Gimme a Break! 1984 TV Series Jeffrey
The Karate Kid 1984 Johnny
The Greatest American Hero 1983 TV Series Clarence Mortner Jr.

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Never a Neverland 2014 Documentary executive producer
Mzungu (n.) White-Wanderer 2010 Documentary co-producer
Most 2003 Short producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Most 2003 Short

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Never a Neverland 2014 Documentary additional editor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Way of the Karate Kid 2005 Video documentary short special thanks - as Billy Zabka

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Dish Nation 2014 TV Series
Going to Bed with Terri Ivens 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Actor's Day in LA 2010 TV Series Himself
The Way of the Karate Kid 2005 Video documentary short Himself / Johnny

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Karate Kid Part III 1989 Johnny Lawrence

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Short Film, Live Action Most (2003) · Bobby Garabedian
1985 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama The Karate Kid (1984)


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#Quote
1 You know, all 'The Karate Kid' fans from the original are parents these days. I think it's a cool thing.
2 I didn't set out to be a villain in film. I'm a character actor, and if my first movie was a comedy, I could have played a geek just as well.
3 Strangely, when I was a kid, my first acting job, at 5 years old, was a performance of 'The Three Little Pigs.' They cast me as the Big Bad Wolf.
4 Sometimes you become a character, and sometimes the character becomes you.
5 Back when I was maybe 19, guys would go, 'I can kick your butt!' So I had a few showdowns. To my advantage, I learned martial arts, and what you really learn is not to fight.
6 Prior to 'The Karate Kid', I did commercials - Kool-Aid, Pepsi, milk - and I had always been cast as the all-American nice guy.
7 My training in martial arts was kind of a crash course in how to look like a black belt. I know the moves of a black belt - my kicks, and my stretches, and my punches and all that.

#Trademark
1 Has essayed the "class bully" role in several memorable teen-oriented films

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