Dash Mihok

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Dash Mihok
Dash Mihok
Born Dashiell Raymond Mihok[1]
(1974-05-24) May 24, 1974 (age 40)
New York City, New York
United States
Education Bronx High School of Science
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Valeria Mason (2009–present)

Dashiell "Dash" Mihok (/ˈdæʃ ˈmɪhɔːk/; born May 24, 1974) is an American actor perhaps best known for playing "Bunchy" Donovan in the Showtime drama Ray Donovan.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mihok was born in New York City, New York, the son of actors Andrea Mihok (née Cloak) and Raymond Thorne (né Mihok).[3] He has two older sisters, Gwen Mihok, an actress, and Cecily Trenka, a science teacher.[4][5] His ethnic background is Czech.[6]

He grew up in Greenwich Village and lived in the artist community Westbeth on Bank Street.[6][7] Mihok went to PS 3, a public elementary school in Manhattan, currently named the John Melser Charrette School.[6] While attending Bronx High School of Science, where he played baseball as a middle infielder, Mihok joined CityKids Repertory, and appeared in on the short-lived TV show, CityKids. Mihok also attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan with best friend, actor Donald Faison.[8]

He attended Fordham University for some pre-college, but started working around the age of 18 so never pursued a degree.[6]


Mihok has been featured in roles in films such as The Day After Tomorrow, The Perfect Storm, The Thin Red Line, Lifted, Romeo + Juliet, and Silver Linings Playbook. He has had starring roles in independent features such as Telling You and Loveless in Los Angeles.

Mihok studied Shakespeare to prepare for Romeo + Juliet and had five extensive audition sessions with director Baz Luhrmann before landing the role of Benvolio.[6]

For Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line, Mihok said he spent an intensive six months working on the film, with the amount of footage constituting a full starring part, but during editing was reduced to an ensemble role.[6]

He played Detective Martin Soap in the film Punisher: War Zone, which was released in December 2008.

Mihok currently co-stars as Brendan "Bunchy" Donovan in the Showtime drama Ray Donovan.[9][10] For the show the cast works out at the Santa Monica, California boxing gym Wild Card West with boxer Rob Garcia.[11] Mihok says: "I don’t get to go often because they don’t want me to be too physically fit, but with boxing training is so hard that we get to push each other to go for it and we’re all really supportive."[11]

Other work[edit]

Mihok studied dance. He can be seen dancing opposite then-girlfriend Alanis Morissette in her music video "So Pure".[12]

Mihok is a photographer as well. His photography of Morissette is used on the back cover of her "Thank U" single[13] and is credited for Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.[14][15]

Mihok appeared on Sicilian-Puerto Rican New York-based rapper Sabac Red's record Sabacolypse: A Change Gon' Come, on the track "I Have A Dream." The lyrics refer to tics.[16][17]

Mihok directed a short film called Abby in 2011. The film stars his sister, Gwen.

Mihok portrayed the character "Gage" in the Payday 2 web series.

Personal life[edit]

Mihok was named after writer Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Thin Man, The Glass Key and The Maltese Falcon. His last name is usually mispronounced "me-Hawk," but he says the Czech surname is pronounced "my"-Hawk.[6]

I’d say don’t be afraid to tell people about your TS [Tourette's Syndrome]; don’t hide it. The stress of hiding it is too much. If you’re afraid that people won’t understand, then they probably won’t be in your life, anyway. Be as open as you can. It takes it off you and alleviates the worst of your TS. Don’t be afraid. You can do anything you want to do. If you think you can, you can. There are top neurosurgeons with TS. The sky is the limit. Don’t limit yourself.

-- Dash Mihok, when asked what advice he'd give others with Tourette's[18]

Mihok was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age six,[19] and is the spokesperson for the nonprofit Jaylens Challenge, as well as an active supporter of the Tourette Syndrome Association.[20][18]

Mihok said that one reason he became an actor was probably because he was experienced so well in hiding his Tourette's, that he was acting all the time.[19] He said the focus required of acting allows him to mask many of his tics. "Auditioning is one of the most nerve-racking things you could ever do, but you have to be so focused that you don't tic."[19] Mihok uses Tim Howard as an example of this, saying that when the ball's on his side of the field he doesn't tic, but when it's not on his side he will tic.[2] Mihok says the biggest misconception is that everyone with Tourette's Syndrome curses (called coprolalia) all the time, but not everyone with Tourette's does that: "Tics tend to wax and wane, not everybody's screaming obscenities all the time."[2] Also, for kids going through puberty the tics can be the most severe, and can gradually lessen as you get older. Mihok said he took medication during high school for the Tourette's.[6]

In 1997, Mihok met Alanis Morissette through friend Leonardo DiCaprio during a trip to Cuba.[21] The lyrics to the songs "So Pure" from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie and "That Particular Time" from Under Rug Swept are about him.

In 2009, Mihok married singer Valeria Mason.


Year Film Role
1996 Foxfire Dana Taylor
Sleepers K.C.
Romeo + Juliet Benvolio Montague
1998 The Thin Red Line Private First Class Doll
1999 Whiteboyz James
Felicity (TV series) Lynn McKennon
2000 The Perfect Storm Sgt. Jeremy Mitchell
2001 Finder's Fee Bolan
2002 Dark Blue Gary Sidwell
2002 Johnny Flynton Johnny Flynton
2002 The Guru Rusty McGee
2003 Basic Mueller
2004 Connie and Carla Mikey
The Day After Tomorrow Jason Evans
Mojave aka Death Valley Dom
Hustle (TV movie) Paul Janszen
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Mr. Frying Pan
2006 Hollywoodland Det. Sgt. Jack Paterson
10th & Wolf Fredy
2007 Firehouse Dog Trey Falcon
Loveless in Los Angeles Dave Randall
I Am Legend Alpha Male
Superheroes Ben
2008 The Longshots Cyrus
Punisher: War Zone Detective Martin Soap
2009 Lifted William Matthews
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Damon Kerrigan
2011 The FP Cody
On the Inside Carl Tarses
Trespass Ty
2012 Greetings from Home Pete
Silver Linings Playbook Officer Keogh
2013–present Ray Donovan Bunchy Donovan
2013 Fort Bliss
2015 Somnia Whelan
2015 Gotham Detective Arnold John Flass


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  2. ^ a b c Fox, Rick (27 August 2014). "Dash Mhok & Pooch Hall". Larry King Now. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Raymond Thorne Biography (1933-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gwen Mihok - About". Gwen Mihok. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Statewide Educator Pay 2011". LoHud. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
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  7. ^ "Dashiell Mihok - United States Public Records, 1970-2009". FamilySearch. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Glance Online: February 2013". Professional Children's School. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dash Mihok on Starring in the TV Series 'Ray Donovan'". ABC News. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Prudom, Laura (20 August 2014). "‘Masters of Sex’ and ‘Ray Donovan’ Renewed for Third Seasons at Showtime". Variety. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Marine, Brooke (25 August 2014). "Personality Complex: "Ray Donovan” Star Dash Mihok Brings New York Realness to Hollywood’s Glitz". Complex. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Schneider, Mitch; Cagan, Amanda (22 June 1999). "Alanis Morissette Celebrates Dance in Self-Directed Video for New Single "So Pure"". Mitch Schneider Organization. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Alanis Morissette – Thank U". Discogs. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Alanis Morissette – Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie". Discogs. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Alanis Morissette - Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sabac – Sabacolypse (A Change Gon' Come)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "I Have a Dream - Dash Mihok / Cenophia Mitchell / Necro / Sabac". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "A Family Portrait: Dash Mihok" (pdf). Inside TSA. Fall 2008. p. 8. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c Tinker, Ben (20 September 2013). "Actor: I hid Tourette's from Hollywood". CNN. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  20. ^ White, Gary (3 May 2011). "'Lifted' Premiere and Concert Benefit Lakeland Boy's Anti-Bullying Cause". The Ledger. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  21. ^ Johnson, Brian D. (1999). "Alanis Morissette (Profile 1999)". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 

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