Vivienne Kove – Who Is The Ex-Wife Of Martin Kove?

Real Name:Vivienne Kove nee Vivienne Lavinia Watson
Net WorthN/A
Occupation:New Zealand Actress, Former Wife of Martin Kove

Vivienne Kove is an actress famous for movies like To All a Goodnight, Demented, and Terror on Tour. All those movies were released in 1980. But she got more famous as the former wife of American actor Martin Kove.

Vivienne is not famous because of her profession, but because of her marital status. Her former husband earned millions of dollars by starring as John Kris in Karate Kid franchise.

Following her divorce, she continued raising their children as a single mother. How much do you know about her?

Who Is Her Famous Ex-husband?

Born in 1946, Marin Kove is an American actor known for his role as John Kreese, the main antagonist of The Karate Kid. He reprised the role in Karate Kid Part II, Karate Kid Part III, and the television series Cobra Kai. He also appeared as Nero the Hero in Death Race 2000.

Fun fact: Martin appeared in Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino.

Born in New York City in March 1946 to a Jewish American family, he began his career in the early 1980s. Martin was born in the borough of Brooklyn.

From 1982 to 1988, he appeared in the main cast of Cagney & Lacey, as New York City Detective Victor Isbecki. He reprised the supporting role in television movies for the series.

In 1984, he got his breakthrough role in the hit film The Karate Kid, portraying Cobra Kai Dojo sensei John Kreese. In the movie, his fighting instruction of showing no mercy and sweeping the leg entered the American zeitgeist. He returned for all the sequels of the Karate Kid and the Cobra Kai television series.

Fun fact: Martin was not just an actor, he had legit fighting skills. The famous actor studied Okinawa-te Karate under a black belt Gordon Doversola Shinan. In 2019, he parodied his Karate Kid character in a Quick Books commercial. In that commercial, a kinder, gentler Reese runs a Koala Kai dojo of preteen students who are encouraged to support the leg and show more mercy.

More than 30 years after his original role in The Karate Kid, he returned to the franchise with the YouTube premium web series, Cobra Kai. William Zabka and Ralph Macchio were the ones who pushed the idea. Met with critical success, Netflix purchased the series in June 2020. The streaming platform produced the third, fourth, and fifth season.

In September 2021, he was announced as one of the celebrity participants in season 30 of Dancing with the Stars. But he and his professional dance partner, Britt Stewart, were the first to be eliminated.

He is the father of twins, his son Jesse Kove and daughter Rachel Olivia Kove. Jesse portrays the young man who bullies the younger version of his father’s character in flashbacks of season 3 and 4 of Cobra Kai.

Quick Bio

Now let’s go back to Vivienne Kove, the actress who got married to Martin and gave birth to his children. Born and raised in New Zealand, her birth name is Vivienne Lavinia Watson. She moved to the United States as a child together with her parents. There, she pursued a career in acting.

There is no official information about her exact birth date. But judging by her appearance, she might be in her late 50s or early 60s now.

There is no information about her educational background and when and how she began her career. Speaking about her career, she had a brief one in the entertainment industry.

Vivienne is known for her appearance in To All a Goodnight, Demented, and Terror on Tour. She was part of the additional crew in all these movies. The only one where she appeared as an actress is the first one, To All a Goodnight.

Marriage To Martin

Vivienne and Martin had a long-term marriage and relationship. According to most sources, they began dating in 1981 and lived together for 24 years. They eventually got a divorce in 2005. But there is no information about what was the cause of their separation.

They participated in the sixth annual Shearson Lehman Brothers Championship at the Forest Hills Pro-Celebrity Tennis Event in May 1985. They were part of celebrities trying to help the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Her marriage with Martin produced two children, twins. She has a son, Jesse Kove, and a daughter, Olivia Rachel Kove. She gave birth to her children on November 2, 1990.

Her son Jesse Kove is trying to follow in his father’s footsteps. He was part of the television series Cobra Kai, portraying a younger version of his father’s characters in flashbacks.

Is She On Social Media?

Following her divorce from Martin, Vivienne disappeared from the public’s eye. She is no longer in the media spotlight. Yet, people still want to know more about Martin’s former wife. And it is all thanks to the popularity of the new YouTube series, Cobra Kai.

She is not present on social media. Her former spouse, on the other hand, is active on Instagram. He has a profile with more than 1 million followers.

His bio on Instagram reads, “Remember … No Mercy! This is my Instagram Dojo”. Fun fact: in real life, he is good friends with William Zabka and Ralph Macchio.

Net Worth

Vivienne had a short and rather unsuccessful career in the entertainment industry. She is no longer part of Hollywood. We do not know much about her professional career following her divorce from Martin. Because of that, we cannot talk about possible earnings and net worth.

On the other hand, we do know a thing or two about her husband. There is no information about his salary, but he has a net worth of more than $2 million.

Written by Eric

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