Karate Kid’s Dutch: How Chad McQueen Almost Died

Actor Chad McQueen is likely to be finest identified for his position because the pugnacious Cobra Kai member Dutch in “The Karate Kid.” Chad McQueen, son of legendary actor Steve McQueen, took after his father in additional methods than one, nonetheless. Besides being an actor, the elder McQueen was an avid racecar fanatic, even going as far as to take part within the 1961 British Touring Car Championship, during which he got here in third.

Chad McQueen, who reprised his position because the combative Cobra Kai member in “The Karate Kid Part II,” can be a race automotive driver himself, starting the game on the age of 10, on the set of his father’s film “Le Mans,” in line with his web site. However, he has not been so fortunate as an grownup when it got here to his race automotive profession.

Here’s what you must find out about what occurred to the “Karate Kid” actor.

McQueen Was Almost Killed in a Race Car Accident

Although McQueen’s performing profession led to 2001, he continued to race automobiles effectively into the 2000s, throughout his 40s.

In 2006, nonetheless, McQueen was severely injured on the wheel whereas working towards on the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. His web site states that “he hit the wall laborious after his automotive suffered a mechanical failure. He suffered critical life threatening accidents, and his restoration could be arduous and painful.”

In a 2017 interview with the Sunday Times, McQueen mentioned the accident – which left him with many damaged bones and put him in a coma for nearly a month – was so unhealthy he could not even keep in mind it fully. He remembers:

I consider I reduce a tire. It might have been driver error. I am unable to keep in mind, dude. I hit terrible laborious, however, yeah, I misplaced the automotive and went and hit the again wall and the whole lot got here in on me. I used to be comatose for 3½ weeks, broke my neck, broke my left leg, principally each the tibia and fibula. Yeah, damaged arm, all my ribs on the proper aspect, collapsed lung.

McQueen says that he nonetheless lives with the ache from the accident, in addition to steel implants in his neck and again. In addition, he wears sun shades commonly, with the intention to masks the injury finished to his eye.

“Would I alter something?” he added. “No, I would not. Motor sport is the strongest drug on the planet.”

In 2010, McQueen began McQueen Racing, LLC, which, in line with its web site, “harness[es] [McQueen’s] expertise and experience in the direction of improvement of excessive efficiency, restricted version customized automobiles, bikes, and equipment.”

Will Dutch Return in ‘Cobra Kai’?

Dutch, a detailed buddy of Johnny Lawrence within the Cobra Kai dojo in the course of the “Karate Kid” films, has, as of season 3, not but made an look within the TV spinoff “Cobra Kai.” According to “Cobra Kai” co-star Martin Kove, that is just because he has retired from performing, that means it’s unlikely we’ll see a return of Dutch in season 4.

However, McQueen’s character has been talked about within the sequence. In season 2 episode 6, as Johnny reconnects with old mates Tommy and Jimmy, they reminisce a few time once they had been youthful when Dutch was so drunk he broke a dartboard at a bar, sending him to juvenile detention. They additionally talked about that Dutch was presently serving a 5- to 10-year sentence at FCI Lompoc.

Although Chad McQueen won’t be showing on display screen anymore, he isn’t the one one in his household to take after his father, who died in 1980. Chad McQueen’s son, Steven (named after his grandfather) can be an actor, finest identified for his position as Jeremy Gilbert in CW’s “The Vampire Diaries,” and Jimmy Borelli in “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.”

In addition, via his Spanish-Filipino mom, Chad McQueen is a cousin as soon as eliminated of Spanish-American singer Enrique Iglesias, in line with IMDb.

Season 4 of “Cobra Kai” shall be launched on Netflix on Dec. 31.


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