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Now, the Real Pain Begins: 7 Things You Should Know About Terry Silver
Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at 5:35 PM
LOS GATOS, Calif. — Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) returns to team up with old friend John Kreese (Martin Kove) in Season 4 of Netflix's immensely popular "Cobra Kai," but Silver is hesitant to revisit their karate kinship initially. Don't worry, this is a spoiler-free listicle devoid of Season 4 secrets.
The streaming series continues the story of karate rivals Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), but this time around the two main characters must put their differences aside to work together against Kreese and Silver to end Cobra Kai forever.
Griffith originally appears in one of the more scrutinized installments of the film franchise, "The Karate Kid Part III" (1989), but his over-the-top portrayal of the eccentric and corrupt millionaire made him a fan favorite.
This time around fans should expect a much more layered and complex character: One who makes his first appearance tickling the ivories and ignoring Kreese's phone call from Season 3. But, despite his musical flair, Silver and his karate talents are just as dangerous as ever.
In anticipation of the "Cobra Kai" Season 4 premiere, here are 7 Things You Should Know About Terry Silver.
1. Age Ain't Anything But a Number
Terry Silver's character is written in "The Karate Kid Part III" screenplay as an older, Vietnam Veteran comparable in age to his on-screen buddy, Martin Kove's John Kreese. However, Griffith's audition in 1988 wins him the part despite the fact he is 16 years younger than Kove, and co-star Ralph Macchio — who is still portraying a teenager at the age of 28 — is four months OLDER than Griffith.
2. Welcome to the House on Haunted Hill
Terry Silver's palatial mansion in "The Karate Kid Part III" is in fact the Ennis House located in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood. The nearly one-hundred-year-old Ennis House is designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the residential home appears in numerous films including Vincent Price and William Castle's 1958 collaboration "House on Haunted Hill."
3. Karate's Bad Boy, Johnny Lawrence?
In order to help his friend Kreese get revenge against Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) and Daniel, Silver finds Karate's Bad Boy, Mike Barnes in the pages of a magazine, but originally Terry — well, Kreese actually, but more on that later — recruits none other than Johnny Lawrence! Unfortunately, actor William Zabka is unavailable to reprise the role, so the Mike-Tyson-like character of Barnes is created, and he is played by actor Sean Kanan. And when Kanan is injured during the production, he is nearly replaced by Bruce Lee's son Brandon.
4. Snake Takes Care of Everything Else
Snake might seem like just another stereotypical henchman who works for Terry Silver, but he is also the millionaire's son. At the bidding of his father, Snake helps Mike and Dennis (William Christopher Ford) terrorize Daniel until LaRusso finally signs the All Valley Tournament application to defend his title. Snake is portrayed by director John G. Avildsen's son, Jonathan, who also screen tested for the part of Mike Barnes.
5. A Master of Karate
While other "Karate Kid" franchise actors are fine athletes, and excellent performers, none of the baddies prior to Terry Silver has martial arts training like Griffith. Thomas holds blackbelts in both Kenpō and Taekwondo, while, in comparison, Mike Barnes' actor Sean Kanan holds only a green belt in karate. However, Kanan still has more martial arts knowledge than any other actor in the series other than Griffith.
6. Other Worldly
While Terry Silver is the Head of Dynatox Industries, and Cobra Kai through and through, he is also the breakout role for actor Thomas Ian Griffith. Prior to making his film debut in "The Karate Kid Part III," Griffith begins acting as Catlin Ewing on "Another World" from 1984 until 1987. He then appears in two episodes of "In the Heat of the Night" (1988) while also writing and acting in Scott Thomas' "A Place to Hide" the same year.
7. Bigger and Badder Than Ever
While both actor Ralph Macchio and director John G. Avildsen voice their displeasure with "The Karate Kid III's" screenplay, and the resulting film, its the script's disfunction and scheduling issues which lead to not only the birth of Terry Silver, but his Bad Boy, Mike Barnes. As Barnes is born out of necessity to replace Johnny Lawrence, Martin Kove's tight schedule makes it impossible for him to be the movie's main villain. Thus, Silver is created to replace John Kreese since he can only appear a handful of times in the sequel.