Dante Basco

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BIO

With a career spanning over two and a half decades, DANTE BASCO is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio”, the leader of the Lost Boys. He quickly jumped to leading roles like Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. 20th Century Fox executives were so mesmerized by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series and he starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World, written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay. Ever versatile, he’s “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long as well as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Born and raised in the City by the Bay, Dante started out breakdancing with his three brothers at the age of 8, calling themselves “The Street Freaks”. Quickly they became one of the top groups in San Francisco, opening for acts like Ice-T and Vanity and performing during half-time shows for the 49ers and the Oakland A’s.

Dante and his family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s where he started to work immediately. By the age of 16, Dante was fencing against Dustin Hoffman and flying with Robin Williams in Hook. He’s found success on the small screen as well on from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and recurring on Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and Moesha in the 90’s to prominent spots on Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Providence in the early 2000’s and hit shows today like CSI: Miami, Entourage and Hawaii Five-0.

A young man of many talents, Dante is the founder of on e of the largest weekly poetry venue in the country, “Da Poetry Lounge” in Los Angeles and he has also shared his spoken word poetry on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam. He has also begun writing and producing his own features with his production company Kinetic Films, including Hang Loose, a (hilarious buddy) comedy with YouTube sensation KevJumba, winning the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Special Jury Prizes for “Best Actor” and “Best Newcomer” respectively.

From breakdancing in the streets of San Francisco to starring in movies on the silver screen, Dante Basco has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and truly an Asian American icon.

RESUME

First Glance (pre-production)

2014 Bad Asses (post-production)
Gangly Asian

2014 Murder101 (completed)
D. Phillips

2011 I’m Coming Out (completed)
Jai Andrews

2013 Awesome Asian Bad Guys (TV Series)
Dante (2013)

2012-2013 The Legend of Korra (TV Series)
General Iroh
– Peacekeepers (2013) … General Iroh (voice)
– Endgame (2012) … General Iroh (voice)
– Skeletons in the Closet (2012) … General Iroh (voice)
– Turning the Tides (2012) … General Iroh (voice)

2013 Ultimate Spider-Man (TV Series)
Scorpion
– Journey of the Iron Fist (2013) … Scorpion (voice)

2013 Peter Panzerfaust (TV Series)
Alain
– Pilot (2013) … Alain (voice)

2013 The Devil’s Dozen

2013 Anita Ho
Taylor Bautista

2012 Hang Loose
Dante

2010-2012 Generator Rex (TV Series)
Tuck
– Remote Control (2012) … Tuck (voice)
– Crash and Burn (2011) … Tuck (voice)
– Rabble (2010) … Tuck (voice)

2012 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
Nicky Chang
– Pu’olo (2012) … Nicky Chang

2011 Paradise Broken
Ray

2011 Prime Suspect (TV Series)
Bounce
– Carnivorous Sheep (2011) … Bounce

2011 Nicktoons MLB (Video Game)
Prince Zuko

2011 Subject: I Love You
Nicky

2010 Blood River
Chuck G

2010/I The Journey (Video short)
Patricio

2010 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Ruben Franco
– Happy Birthday (2010) … Ruben Franco

2010 Firebreather (TV Movie)
Kenny Rogers (voice)

2010 Zevo-3 (TV Series)
Matt / Kewl Breeze
– Daddy Dearest (2010) … Matt / Kewl Breeze (voice)
– Zevo-3 (2010) … Matt / Kewl Breeze (voice)
– A Matter of Time (2010) … Matt / Kewl Breeze (voice)
– Beneath the City (2010) … Matt / Kewl Breeze (voice)
– Control (2010) … Matt / Kewl Breeze (voice)

2010 Dark Blue (TV Series)
June Bug
– Jane Wayne (2010) … June Bug

2010 The Boondocks (TV Series)
Jigme
– The Red Ball (2010) … Jigme (voice)

2009 Final Fantasy XIII (Video Game)
Cocoon Inhabitants (English version, voice)

2009 Community (TV Series)
Bully’s Friend #2
– Comparative Religion (2009) … Bully’s Friend #2 (uncredited)

2009 Blood and Bone
Pinball

2009 The Outside
Indo

2009 Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (Video Game)
Seeing Farther (voice)

2009 Terminator Salvation (Video Game)
Resistance Soldier (voice)

2008 This Life
Alex

2008 Aion (Video Game) (voice)

2008 Nite Tales: The Movie
Gerard

2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno (Video Game)
Zuko (voice)

2005-2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV Series)
Prince Zuko / Additional Voices / Zuko
– Sozin’s Comet: Part 1 – The Phoenix King (2008) … Prince Zuko (voice)
– Sozin’s Comet: Part 2 – The Old Masters (2008) … Prince Zuko (voice)
– Sozin’s Comet: Part 3 – Into the Inferno (2008) … Prince Zuko (voice)
– Sozin’s Comet: Part 4 – Avatar Aang (2008) … Prince Zuko (voice)
– The Ember Island Players (2008) … Prince Zuko (voice)

2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth (Video Game)
Zuko (voice)

2005-2007 American Dragon: Jake Long (TV Series)
Jake Long
– Hong Kong Longs (2007) … Jake Long (voice)
– Being Human (2007) … Jake Long (voice)
– Furious Jealousy (2007) … Jake Long (voice)
– Game On (2007) … Jake Long (voice)
– Bite Father, Bite Son (2007) … Jake Long (voice)

2007 The Disney Channel Games (TV Mini-Series)
Jake Long (voice)

2007 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (TV Series)
Hollywood London
– The Suite Life Goes Hollywood: Part 1 (2007) … Hollywood London
– The Suite Life Goes Hollywood: Part 2 (2007) … Hollywood London

2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender (Video Game)
Zuko (voice)

2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours (Video Game) (voice)

2006 Call of Juarez (Video Game)
Sees Farther (voice)

2006 Entourage (TV Series)
Fukijama
– What About Bob? (2006) … Fukijama

2006 The Disney Channel Games (TV Mini-Series)
Jake Long (voice)

2006 Take the Lead
Ramos

2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series (TV Series)
Jake Long
– Morpholomew: Experiment #316 (2005) … Jake Long (voice)

2003 Naked Brown Men
Dante

2003 Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Spoken Word Artist

2003 Kim Possible (TV Series)
Fukushima
– Exchange (2003) … Fukushima (voice)

2003 Biker Boyz
Philly

2002 The Proud Family (TV Series)
Quoc Wong
– Romeo Must Wed (2002) … Quoc Wong (voice)

2002 Providence (TV Series)
Justin Kim
– All the King’s Men (2002) … Justin Kim

2002 The Chang Family Saves the World (TV Movie)

2001 Extremedays
Corey

2001 The Chronicle (TV Series)
Noodles
– Here There Be Dragons (2001) … Noodles

2001 A Kitty Bobo Show (TV Movie)
Kitty Bobo

2000 Rave
Jay Hoon

2000 The Debut
Ben Mercado (as Danté Basco)

2000 The Steve Harvey Show (TV Series)
Lee
– Guess Who’s Not Coming to Counseling (2000) … Lee

1999 But I’m a Cheerleader
Dolph

1999 Undressed (TV Series)
Jake
– If Words Could Kill (1999) … Jake
– The Ex-Files (1999) … Jake
– They Call It Puppet Love #2 (1999) … Jake
– They Call It Puppet Love (1999) … Jake
– Not Enough RAM (1999) … Jake

1999 Viper (TV Series)
Rishi Lama
– Holy Terror (1999) … Rishi Lama

1998 Promised Land (TV Series)
Tito
– Out of Bounds (1998) … Tito

1998 The Lion’s Den (Short)
Lead

1998 Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights
Prince Hong

1998 Moesha (TV Series)
Marco
– Pajama Jam (1998) … Marco
– This Time You’ve Gone Too Far (1998) … Marco
– She’s Back (1998) … Marco
– It’s My Paper and I’ll Cry If I Want To (1998) … Marco

1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series)
Ghost of Rudi Hernandez
– The Student (1998) … Ghost of Rudi Hernandez

1997 Fakin’ Da Funk
Julian Lee

1997 Riot (TV Movie)
Jeff Lee (segment “Gold Mountain”)

1996 Gangstaz
Mario

1996 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Robbie
– Random Acts (1996) … Robbie

1996 Nash Bridges (TV Series)
Jimmy Chang
– Home Invasion (1996) … Jimmy Chang

1995 Alien Nation: Body and Soul (TV Movie)
Trash #2

1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Kevin
– Cold Feet, Hot Body (1995) … Kevin

1995 Fist of the North Star
Bat

1995 500 Nations (TV Mini-Series) (voice)

1995 A Goofy Movie (voice)

1993 Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (TV Series)
Sammy
– Seoul Shake (1993) … Sammy

1993 Raven (TV Series)
Lucas
– The Journey (1993) … Lucas

1991 Hook
Rufio

1991 The Hit Man (TV Movie)
Pauly

1988-1991 The Wonder Years (TV Series)
Kid #3 / Gym Class Kid / Eddie
– The Wonder Years (1991) … Gym Class Kid
– Angel (1988) … Eddie
– Swingers (1988) … Kid #3
– Pilot (1988) … Kid #3

1991 The Perfect Weapon
Jimmy Ho

1990 The New Adam-12 (TV Series)
Manko
– Kid Kop (1990) … Manko

1990 Cold Dog Soup
Chinese Boy

1989 Booker (TV Series)
Ping Pong
– Razing Arrizola (1989) … Ping Pong

1989 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Champ Hopkins
– Choices (1989) … Champ Hopkins

1989 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Luis
– 15 and Getting Straight (1989) … Luis

1988 Moonwalker
Romeo

1988 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Amado
– Episode #1.1030 (1988) … Amado
– Episode #1.1028 (1988) … Amado
– Episode #1.1027 (1988) … Amado
– Episode #1.1026 (1988) … Amado

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