According to media reports, Garrison’s death wasn’t a surprise, as the 59-year-old was reportedly dealing with kidney and liver issues and had spent the past month in a West Virginia hospital.
Garrison’s career began in the 70’s, but he wouldn’t truly find fame until the 1984 release of The Karate Kid, starring a young Ralph Macchio.
As Tommy, Garrison played a friend of bad apple Johnny Lawrence. He’s also a fellow student at the Cobra Kai dojo, and becomes the third Cobra Kai member to be defeated by Maccio’s Daniel in the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament.
After appearances in St. Elsewhere, Columbo, Coach and even The Karate Kid, Part II, his acting career stalled in 1991, and he moved back to his hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia,…