Dante Basco

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Dante Basco
Born Dante Roman Titus Basco[citation needed]
(1975-08-29) August 29, 1975 (age 39)
Pittsburg, California, US
Occupation Actor, Voice Actor, Dancer, Rapper
Years active 1988–present

Dante Basco (born August 29, 1975) is a Filipino American actor, voice actor, poet, and dancer. He is best known for his major starring role as Rufio in the 1991 live-action film Hook. He is also known for voicing Zuko in the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Jake Long from the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long.

Life and career[edit]

Dante Basco is a Filipino American born in Pittsburg, California and raised in Cerritos and Paramount, California. He is the brother of Darion Basco, Derek Basco, Dion Basco, and Arianna Basco. In his early years, he was part of the Streat Freaks breakdancing crew. When he got into acting, he started taking on minor roles in television. He later appeared in his most famous role as the charismatic red-stripe-haired leader Rufio of the Lost Boys in Steven Spielberg's 1991 film Hook with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. Basco chose to characterize the role with some of the more aggressive alpha male traits of teenage boys so as to maximize the tension with Williams' Pan character. Many of Rufio's lines were improvised by Basco who was happy to go head on with Robin Williams, who was often popularly cited as the king of improvisation. A punk band is later named after this character. He attended Orange County High School of the Arts[1] in the Music and Theatre Conservatory and graduated in 1993.

He had guest roles on television shows The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and had a recurring role on Moesha. After portraying characters of various Asian ethnicities except his own, he portrayed a Filipino-American alongside his three brothers and sister in the independent film The Debut. He and his brothers starred in the sitcom Naked Brown Men. He played a gay teenager in the 1999 film But I'm A Cheerleader. He starred as breakdancer Ramos in the 2006 film Take the Lead alongside Antonio Banderas. In many films, he hip-hop dances as he did in a Verizon Wireless commercial, as well as rapping and breaking in a Sprite commercial. He produced and co-starred in a music video parody of the song "Rehab" called "Wiihab".

He has done voice acting for many animated materials: Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long, Matt in the short-lived animated series Zevo-3, several voices in the video game Saints Row, Shingo in the video games Skate, Skate 2, and Skate 3, Seeing Farther in the video game Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, the male youth voice for the MMORPG game Aion: Tower of Eternity, and Iroh II in The Legend of Korra. He has also appeared in Homestuck both as Rufio [2] and as a troll version of Rufio.

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Def Jam Fight for New York Voice 3
2006 Saints Row Stilwater Residents
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Prince Zuko
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth Prince Zuko
2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno Prince Zuko
2009 Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Seeing Farther
2009 Terminator Salvation Resistance soldier
2009 AION: The Tower of Eternity Youth male voice
2010 Final Fantasy XIII Cocoon Inhabitant

Filmography and TV roles[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1988 Moonwalker Romeo
1990 Cold Dog Soup Chinese Boy
1991 Hook Rufio
The Perfect Weapon Jimmy Ho
1995 A Goofy Movie Additional voices
Fist of the North Star Bat
1996 Gangstaz Mario
1997 Fakin' da Funk Julian Lee
1998 Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights Prince Hong
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Dolph
2000 The Debut Ben Mercado
Rave Jay Hoon
2001 Extreme Days Corey Ng
2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing Spoken Word Artist
Biker Boyz Philly
Naked Brown Men Dante
2006 Take the Lead Ramos
2008 This Life Alex
Nite Tales: The Movie Gerard
2009 The Outside Indo
2009 Blood and Bone Pinball
2010 Blood River Chuck G
Subject: I Love You Nicky
2011 Broke Ray post-production
C.L.A.S.S D. Phillips filming
First Glance TBA pre-production
2014 Bad Asses Gangly Asian
Television Films
Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Hit Man Pauly
1995 Alien Nation: Body and Soul Trash #2
1997 Riot Jeffrey Lee
2001 A Kitty Bobo Show Kitty Bobo
2002 The Chang Family Saves the World ?
2010 Firebreather Kenny Rogers Voice only
2012 Hang Loose Dante Basco Main Character
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Fist of the North Star Bat
2009 Blood and Bone Pinball
2012 Hang Loose Dante
2014 JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Karate Kid Voice
Year Title Role Notes
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Jake Long Main character, voice only; 52 episodes
2005–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Prince Zuko Main character, voice only; 48 episodes
2010-2011 Zevo-3 Matt Martin/Kewl Breeze Main character, voice only; 26 episodes
2012- Hawaii Five-0 Nicky Chang
2012– The Legend of Korra General Iroh II Recurring character, voice only; 5 episodes
2013 Ultimate Spider-Man Scorpion episodes "Journey of the Iron Fist" and "Return of the Sinister Six" (voice)
Television guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Wonder Years Boy who mistakes ovaries for ears in Sex Ed Swingers Episode Also classmate in "Angel" episode Season 1 Episode 4
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Sammy
1995 500 Nations Himself (voice)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Kevin
1996 Touched by an Angel Miguel
Nash Bridges Jimmy Chang
1998 Promised Land Tito
Moesha Marco
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Ghost of Rudi Hernandez
1999 Undressed Jake
Viper Rishi Lama
2000 The Steve Harvey Show Lee
2001 The Chronicle Noodles
2002 The Proud Family Kwok Wong (voice)
Providence Justin Kim
2003 Kim Possible Fukushima (voice)
2006 Entourage Fukijama episode "What About Bob?"
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Madrid episode "The Suite Life Goes Hollywood"
El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Shing-Hai Chan/Wild Mono (voice)
2009 Community Bully's Friend #2 episode "Comparative Religion"
2010 CSI: Miami Ruben Franco episode "Happy Birthday"
Generator Rex Tuck episode "Rabble" (voice)
The Boondocks Jingmei episode "The Red Ball" (voice)
2011 Prime Suspect Bounce episode "Carnivorous Sheep" (voice)
Web Originals
Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Nostalgia Critic Himself episodes "Top 11 WORST Avatar Episodes" and "Top 11 Best Avatars"


Award Category Film Result
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Special Jury Prize Best Actor Paradise Broken Won
Hang Loose Won
National Film Society Award Best Supporting Actor Won
Best Duo (with Kev Jumba) Won
Young Artist Award Best Ensemble Cast Hook Won
Best Young Actor Nominated

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