Chapa at the premiere of Polanski Unauthorized
|Born||Damian Robert Chapa
October 29, 1963
Dayton, Ohio, USA
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, film writer|
|Spouse(s)||Natasha Henstridge (1995–96)
Ciara O'Brien (1998–2003)
Damian Robert Chapa (born October 29, 1963) is an American actor, film director, and film producer.
Life and career
Chapa was born in Dayton, Ohio, USA but grew up in Robstown, Texas and Los Angeles, CA. His father was Mexican and his mother has German ancestry. Among his earlier notable film roles are one of the leads in Taylor Hackford's Blood in Blood Out and the part of Ken Masters in the film adaptation of Street Fighter. He has directed and produced, in addition to starring in, his own films.
Chapa co-wrote and directed Polanski Unauthorized, a biopic of Roman Polanski, in which he played the title role. It was released on February 13, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. He followed this with "Vatos Locos", starring himself. Chapa followed up the biopic with being the only person ever to play Marlon Brando in a film.
Due to his role in Blood In, Blood Out as well as the cult status of the film, fans still refer to him as "Milkweed".
Damian Chapa was arrested in Germany and kept in custody for seven weeks when he made an attempt to see his son by former girlfriend Roxanna Foell. Chapa took legal action to gain visitation rights, in response to which Foell told police in Germany that the actor had raped her, and he was arrested when he attempted to enter the country. Chapa denied the rape allegations and filed a lawsuit suing her for at least $1.3 million in damages.
|1993||Blood in Blood Out||Miklo|
|1994||Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills||Lyle Menendez|
|1994||Dead Connection||Detective Louis Donato|
|1994||Saints and Sinners||Pooch|
|1994||Street Fighter||Ken Masters|
|1998||Kill You Twice||Director and writer|
|1999||Cypress Edge||Beau McCammon|
|1999||Hitman's Run||Paolo Catania|
|1999||Sometimes They Come Back... for More||Dr. Carl Schilling|
|2000||The Lonely Life of Downey Hall||Downey Hall||Also director|
|2001||U.S. Seals II||Ratliff|
|2002||Are You a Serial Killer||James||Short|
|2002||Bad Karma||Mr. Miller||Uncredited|
|2002||The Calling||Preacher||Also director, producer and writer|
|2004||Shade of Pale||Thomas||Also director and producer|
|2004||El Padrino||Kilo||Also director, producer and writer|
|2005||Man of Faith||Leroy Jenkins|
|2006||I.R.A.: King of Nothing||Bobby O'Brien||Also director, producer and writer|
|2008||Mexican American||Tony||Also director, producer and writer|
|2008||Chicano Blood||Gabriel Bentez||Also director and associate producer|
|2008||Mexican Gangster||Johnny Sun||Also director, producer and writer|
|2008||El Padrino II||Kilo||Also director|
|2009||Polanski Unauthorized||Roman Polanski||Also director, producer and writer|
|2009||Bobby Fischer Live||Bobby Fischer||Also director, producer and writer|
|2011||Vatos Locos||Mickey Solice||Also director, producer and writer|
|2011||Brando Unauthorized||Marlon Brando||Also director, executive producer and writer|
|2012||The Mexican Connection|
- "Damian Chapa". The New York Times.
- "Damian Chapa: Everyone asks me why I did a movie about Roman Polanski". Today.Az. 31 December 2009.
- Canby, Vincent (April 30, 1993). "Bound By Honor (1993) Review/Film; The Chicano Experience, in Its Glory and Tedium". The New York Times.
- "Nineties actor who was jailed in Germany for seven weeks after trying to see his son sues mistress for $1.3m over 'false' rape claim". Mail Online. October 7, 2012.
- "I Did NOT Rape My German Baby Mama". TMZ. October 6, 2012.