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The Cigar Sensei

Martin Kove, the bad guy from “Cobra Kai” and The Karate Kid, shows no mercy when he smokes his beloved cigars
By Marshall Fine | From The Rock, January/February 2021
The Cigar Sensei
Photos/Matthew Scott Granger
He materializes on the screen like the Ghost of Cigars Past, his torch caressing the end of a Bolivar Belicoso Fino. The broad, craggy smile, the physical confidence and, of course, the Cuban cigar—actor Martin Kove is clearly having a moment. The 74-year-old is riding a late-career updraft, thanks to the international popularity of the surprising smash TV series “Cobra Kai.”  The show, currently  streaming its third season on Netflix, revived steely martial-arts master John Kreese, the character from The Karate Kid and its Reagan-era sequels whose catchphrases (“No mercy!” “Sweep the leg!”) put Kove on the map more than 35 years ago, and back in the spotlight …
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