ROBERT GARRISON from the original “Karate Kid” died Friday morning. He was only 59 years old, but he’d been battling kidney and liver issues. Garrison played one of the “bad kids” from the Cobra Kai dojo . . . and he’s the one who delivered the immortal line, “Get him a body bag! Yeah!”
Robert’s character Tommy was brought back for YouTube’s “Cobra Kai” series. He died during a camping trip in season two, and that scene ends with him being zipped up in a body bag.
WILLIAM ZABKA played Johnny, the top dog of the Cobra Kai, and he posted a tribute to Garrison, calling him “a beautiful soul and an incredibly gifted actor.”
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Yesterday the world lost a beautiful soul and an incredibly gifted actor, and I lost one of my dearest friends — the one and only, Rob Garrison. Rob and I met when we were auditioning for “Karate Kid.” We instantly connected and became friends while filming the movie. Our friendship grew stronger over the many years since then. Rob was a true thespian — an “actors actor.” Working with him was always natural and effortless. He elevated every scene and moment inside of them. Outside of acting, he was one of the most selfless and wonderful human beings I’ve ever known and I will miss him immensely. Thank you to all of his fans for the tremendous outpouring of love & respect he’s being shown. I know it means a lot to his family and friends.