Dante Basco

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Dante Basco
Dante Basco Oct 2014 (cropped).jpg
Basco at the Comic Media Expo in October 2014
Born Dante R. Basco
(1975-08-29) August 29, 1975 (age 39)
Pittsburg, California, US
Occupation Actor, voice actor, dancer
Years active 1988–present
Relatives Dion Basco (brother)

Dante R. Basco (born August 29, 1975)[1] is a Filipino American actor, voice actor, and dancer. He is best known for his 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 has four siblings, including actor Dion Basco.[2] 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.[3] 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[4] 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 ethnicity 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.[5] He voiced 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. He voiced 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.[6]

Credits[edit]

Basco at the 2014 Otakon

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1988 Moonwalker Romeo
1990 Cold Dog Soup Chinese Boy
1991 Hook Rufio
1991 The Perfect Weapon Jimmy Ho
1995 A Goofy Movie Additional voices
1995 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
2000 Rave Jay Hoon
2001 Extreme Days Corey Ng
2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing Spoken Word Artist
2003 Biker Boyz Philly
2003 Naked Brown Men Dante
2006 Take the Lead Ramos
2008 This Life Alex
2008 Nite Tales: The Movie Gerard
2009 The Outside Indo
2009 Blood and Bone Pinball
2010 Blood River Chuck G
2010 Subject: I Love You Nicky
2011 Paradise Broken[2] Ray
2012 Hang Loose[2] Dante
2014 Bad Asses Gangly Asian
2014 Anita Ho Taylor Bautista
2014 JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Karate Kid (voice)
2014 Murder101 D. Phillips

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1988 The Wonder Years Gym Class Kid / Eddie / Kid #3 3 episodes
1988 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Sammy Episode: "Seoul Shake"
1991 The Hit Man Pauly TV film
1995 Alien Nation: Body and Soul Trash #2 TV film
1995 500 Nations Himself (voice) Mini-series
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Kevin Episode: "Cold Feet, Hot Body"
1996 Touched by an Angel Miguel Episode: "Random Acts"
1996 Nash Bridges Jimmy Chang Episode: "Home Invasion"
1997 Riot[7] Jeffrey Lee TV film; segment: "Gold Mountain"
1998 Promised Land Tito Episode: "Out of Bounds"
1998 Moesha Marco 4 episodes
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Ghost of Rudi Hernandez Episode: "The Student"
1999 Undressed Jake 5 episodes
1999 Viper Rishi Lama Episode: "Holy Terror"
2000 The Steve Harvey Show Lee Episode: "Guess Who's Not Coming to Counseling"
2001 The Chronicle Noodles Episode: "Here There Be Dragons"
2001 A Kitty Bobo Show Kitty Bobo TV film
2002 The Chang Family Saves the World TV film
2002 The Proud Family Quoc Wong (voice) Episode: "Romeo Must Wed"
2002 Providence Justin Kim Episode: "All the King's Men"
2003 Kim Possible Fukushima (voice) Episode: "Exchange"
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Jake Long 55 episodes
2005–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Prince Zuko (voice) 49 episodes
2006 Entourage Fukijama Episode: "What About Bob?"
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Hollywood London 2 episodes
2009 Community Bully's Friend #2 Episode: "Comparative Religion"
2010 CSI: Miami Ruben Franco Episode: "Happy Birthday"
2010 Generator Rex Tuck (voice) episode "Rabble"
2010 The Boondocks Jingmei (voice) Episode: "The Red Ball"
2010 Firebreather Kenny Rogers (voice) TV film
2010-2011 Zevo-3 Matt Martin/Kewl Breeze (voice) 6 episodes
2011 Prime Suspect Bounce (voice) Episode: "Carnivorous Sheep"
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Nicky Chang Episode: "Pu'olo"
2012–2013 The Legend of Korra General Iroh II 5 episodes
2013 Ultimate Spider-Man Scorpion (voice) 2 episodes
2014 Love Midori Dante 2 episodes
2014 Star Wars Rebels Jai Kell (voice) Episode: "Breaking Ranks"

Web series[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2014 The Nostalgia Critic Himself 2 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice
2004 Def Jam Fight for New York Voice 3
2006 Saints Row Stillwater 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
2012 Avatar: The Legend of Korra General Iroh II

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dante R Basco, Born 08/29/1975". California Birth Index. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Jermel-Lynn Quillopo (22 March 2013). "Social Encore: Kinetic’s perspective". Honolulu Pulse. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Gabi Duncan (12 August 2014). "Hook Actor Dante Basco Remembers Robin Williams With Touching Video and Letter". E!. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Catherine Gewertz (December 26, 1992). "The Fine Art of Fame". LA Times. 
  5. ^ Talia Baugnon (30 September 2014). "Dante Basco talks Hollywood at LMU". Los Angeles Loyolan. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Christopher John Farley (19 Jun 2012). "‘The Legend of Korra’ Creators Preview the Season Finale". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Terry Kelleher (29 April 1997). "Picks and Pans Review: Riot". People. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 

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