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Sean Kanan Nearly Died From an Injury He Got While Working on ‘The Karate Kid Part III’

Sean Kanan became one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors after playing Daniel LaRusso’s rival and tormentor Mike Barnes in The Karate Kid Part III in 1989. As it turns out, the actor’s career almost came to an early end when he suffered a near-fatal injury while shooting the movie.

Sean Kanan played Mike Barnes in ‘The Karate Kid III’

Sean Kanan attends Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” Season 5 premiere I Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Netflix

In The Karate Kid Part III, Kanan portrayed Mike Barnes, a skillful and brutal karate fighter who competed in competitions around the country and won more than he lost. Dubbed the “Karate’s Bad Boy,” Barnes was Terry Silver’s hired gun, and was picked out of a karate magazine for his reputation as a consistent winner and ruthless competitor.



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