Thomas Ian Griffith (born March 18, 1962) is an American actor, producer, writer and martial artist who has starred in films and on television. Griffith is best known for portraying Terry Silver in the 1989 film The Karate Kid Part III, a role he reprised in the fourth season of the television series Cobra Kai.
Thomas Ian Griffith
|Born||March 18, 1962|
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Griffith was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Mary Ann (née O'Neil), who worked at a dance studio, and Thomas Joseph Griffith. Griffith attended South Catholic High School in Hartford. He then studied at the College of the Holy Cross where he was a dean's list student before leaving after his junior year to "make it" as an actor in New York.
Griffith became obsessed with Tae Kwon Do while in high school and earned a black belt when he was 18. His knowledge of Tae Kwon Do helped him land his first feature film: 1989's The Karate Kid Part III, in which he played Terry Silver, a rival martial arts expert who influences Daniel LaRusso against his friend and mentor, Mr. Miyagi.
In 1996, Griffith starred in the film Hollow Point alongside Tia Carrere, as DEA agent Max Parish and FBI agent Diane Norwood respectively. Griffith has also collaborated with director John Carpenter. He played head vampire Jan Valek in the 1998 film Vampires and co-created the comic book series Asylum, together with Carpenter and producer Sandy King.
Griffith appeared in the 2002 film XXX, in which he portrayed Agent Jim McGrath.
His first TV role was on the soap opera Another World, as Catlin Ewing, whom he played from 1984 to 1987. In 1999, he starred in the TV movie Secret of Giving with Reba McEntire; earlier in 1999, he had appeared in Reba's video for the song "What Do You Say". He also starred as Rock Hudson in a 1990 TV movie Rock Hudson. He has made guest appearances on a number of television shows, including In the Heat of the Night, Wiseguy, and One Tree Hill.
|1989||The Karate Kid Part III||Terry Silver|
|1990||Rock Hudson||Rock Hudson||TV movie|
|1992||Ulterior Motives||Jack Blaylock|
|1993||Excessive Force||Detective Terry McCain|
|1994||Blood of the Innocent||Detective Frank Wusharsky|
|1996||Hollow Point||Max Parrish|
|1997||Behind Enemy Lines||CIA Agent Mike Weston|
|1997||Kull the Conqueror||General Taligaro|
|1997||The Guardian||The Guardian||TV movie|
|1998||John Carpenter's Vampires||Jan Valek|
|1999||The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax||Jack Farrell||TV movie|
|1999||The Secret of Giving||Harry Withers||TV movie|
|2000||A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle||Doug Brister||TV movie|
|2000||For the Cause||Evans|
|2001||High Adventure||Chris Quatermain|
|2002||Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder||Cornelius Loudermilk||TV movie|
|2002||Black Point||Gus Travis|
|2002||XXX||NSA Agent Jim McGrath|
|2003||Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision||Brandon Miller|
|2005||The Pirate's Curse||Captain Jeffery Thorpe|
|2020||Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square||None||Consulting Producer|
|1984||Another World||Catlin Ewing||1984–1987|
|1985||Miami Vice (Phil The Shill)||Extra (guy in pool, next to guy on raft in clothes)|
|1988||In the Heat of the Night||Luke Potter||2 episodes|
|2004||One Tree Hill||Larry Sawyer||5 episodes|
|2005||The Closer||Thomas Yates||1 episode|
|2006||Cold Case||Mitch||1 episode|
|2013–2017||Grimm||None||Writer (8 episodes), story editor, co-producer|
|2021-present||Cobra Kai||Terry Silver||Main Role; Season 4|
- "Thomas Ian Griffith Biography (1962?-)". Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
some sources cite 1962...
- Clary, David W. (March 1993). "Meet the Karate Kid's Worst Enemy". Black Belt. p. 18.
Griffith, 32...[interview necessarily conducted prior to March 1993 publication date]
- Petski, Denise (May 27, 2021). "Terry Silver Returns In 'Cobra Kai' Season 4". Deadline. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
- "Griffith is Latest Force in Hot World of Hollywood Action Movies". Hartford Courant. May 17, 1993. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
- "'Another World' has high hopes for Griffith". The Times and Democrat. February 10, 1984. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
- Yanes, Nicholas (May 2014). "Sandy King discusses movie making and the comic book 'John Carpenter's Asylum'". scifipulse.net. Trending News Theme. Archived from the original on January 12, 2021. Retrieved June 25, 2021.