Damian Chapa

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Damian Chapa
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Chapa at the premiere of Polanski Unauthorized
Born Damian Robert Chapa
(1963-10-29) October 29, 1963 (age 50)
Dayton, Ohio, USA
Occupation Actor, director, producer, film writer
Years active 1992–present
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.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Chapa was born in Dayton, Ohio, USA but grew up in Robstown, Texas and Los Angeles, CA. His father was Mexican and Italian and his mother has Cherokee and German ancestry.[2] Among his earlier notable film roles are one of the leads in Taylor Hackford's Blood in Blood Out[3] and the part of Ken Masters in the film adaptation of Street Fighter.[1][4] 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.[1] 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".[citation needed]

Legal history[edit]

Rape allegation[edit]

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. Damian 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.[5] Chapa denied the rape allegations and filed a lawsuit suing her for at least $1.3 million in damages.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Under Siege Tackman
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
1997 Midnight Blue Martin
1997 Money Talks Carmine
1998 Kill You Twice Director and writer
1998 Exposé Jason Drake
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
2000 Facade Raul Belliard
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
2003 Betrayal Tony
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
2007 FUEGO Fuego Also director
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
2014 Love, Hate & Security Nick Angelo Also director and writer


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