Thomas Ian Griffith

Thomas Ian Griffith


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 18-03-1962
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
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  • Popularity: 18.71
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Thomas Ian Griffith (born March 18, 1962) is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known for portraying Terry Silver in the 1989 film The Karate Kid Part III, a role he reprised in the 4th season of the Netflix series Cobra Kai. 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. 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. From 2013 to 2017, Griffith periodically wrote and worked as a story editor for the NBC television series Grimm and became a co-producer in 2015. In 2021, Griffith reprised the role of Terry Silver from The Karate Kid Part III in Season 4 of Cobra Kai.




Year Movie Character
1993 Excessive Force as Terry McCain
2001 High Adventure as Chris Quartermain
1999 Escape from Alaska as Neal Meekin
1994 Crackerjack as Jack Wild
1994 Blood of the Innocent as Frank Wusharsky
1990 Rock Hudson as Rock Hudson
1993 Ulterior Motives as Jack Blaylock
1997 Behind Enemy Lines as Mike Weston
1997 The Guardian as The Guardian
2003 Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision as Brandon Miller
2005 Sea Wolf: The Pirate's Curse as Captain Jeffery Thorpe
2000 For the Cause as Evans
1999 The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax as Jack Farrell
2000 A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle as Doug Brister
1999 Secret of Giving as Harry Withers
2007 Black Friday as Cash
2002 Black Point as Gus Travis
1989 The Karate Kid Part III as Terry Silver
1998 Vampires as Jan Valek
1997 Kull the Conqueror as General Taligaro
1996 Hollow Point as Max Parrish
2002 Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Continues as Cornelius Loudermilk
2002 xXx as Agent Jim McGrath
2020 Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square
1993 Excessive Force
1991 Night of the Warrior
1993 Excessive Force
2002 Black Point
1991 Night of the Warrior
2009 Mr. Troop Mom
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1964 Another World (1673 episode)
1987 Wiseguy (2 episode)
2003 One Tree Hill (5 episode) as Larry Sawyer
2005 The Closer (1 episode) as Deputy D.A. Thomas Yates
2003 Cold Case (1 episode) as Mitch
2018 Cobra Kai (20 episode) as Terry Silver
2011 Grimm (1 episode) Writing as (Story)
2011 Grimm (12 episode) Writing as (Writer)
2019 Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (1 episode) Writing as (Writer)

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