‘Karate Kid’ Star Ralph Macchio Remembers Producer Jerry Weintraub: ‘You Were 1 of a Kind’

Actor worked with legendary producer on three films in popular 80’s franchise

Last Updated: July 6, 2015 @ 4:43 PM

Ralph Macchio has paid tribute to Jerry Weintraub, the producer behind the “Karate Kid” film series that propelled the actor to stardom.

“So sad at loss of Jerry Weintraub, you were 1 of a kind, my friend. Last of a breed. So glad I got to be ‘that kid,”‘ Macchio tweeted.

Macchio starred in the original 1984 “Karate Kid,” which grossed over $90 million upon its release. Macchio also starred in two subsequent sequels in 1986 and 1989, which Weintraub also produced.

Macchio was among many offering their condolences on the passing of the legendary producer. Director William Friedkin wrote, “To my great sorrow, my friend and former producer Jerry Weintraub has died suddenly. He was loved and admired. God bless him.”

“Just heard Jerry Weintraub has died. He was a giant and a good friend,” actor Paul Reiser tweeted. “No Jerry, no ‘Diner’ No ‘Karate Kid’… And a lot less fun. RIP.”

Broadcaster Larry King wrote, “Shocked to learn of the passing of Jerry Weintraub. I just saw him last week. This is a great loss to show business, what a legend.”