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Mark Dacascos
Dacascos in 2011
Mark Alan Dacascos

(1964-02-26) February 26, 1964 (age 60)
Other names
  • Marc Dacascos
  • The Chairman
Alma materPortland State University
  • Actor
  • martial artist
  • television personality
Years active1985–present
Julie Condra
(m. 1998)

Mark Alan Dacascos (born February 26, 1964) is an American actor, martial artist, and television personality.[1] A 4th-degree black belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do, he is known for his roles in action films, including as Louis Stevens in Only the Strong, the title role in Crying Freeman, Mani in Brotherhood of the Wolf, Ling in Cradle 2 the Grave, Sharish in Nomad, and as Zero in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

On television, Dacascos is known for his portrayal of Wo Fat on Hawaii Five-0 (2010-20), and for serving as "The Chairman" of Food Network's Iron Chef America series since January 2005, a role he reprised in 2022 on Netflix's Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend.

Dacascos' other roles include Kung Lao in the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Eric Draven on The Crow: Stairway to Heaven and Eubulon on Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight. He also competed in the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars.[2][3]

Early life


Dacascos was born February 26, 1964, in Oahu, Hawaii. His father, Al Dacascos, is from Hawaii and is a martial arts instructor whose parents originated from the Philippines and were of Chinese, Filipino and Spanish ancestry. His mother, Moriko McVey-Murray, is of Irish and Japanese ancestry.[4] In the History Channel presentation Samurai, Dacascos revealed that many members of his mother's family were killed in the bombing of Hiroshima. His stepmother is award-winning martial artist Malia Bernal. He attended Los Angeles Valley College, where he was on the gymnastics team. He also attended Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He is proficient in his father's style of martial arts, Wun Hop Kuen Do, and holds a 4th degree black belt. He has also extensively studied Muay Thai, capoeira with Amen Santo, and Wushu.[1]

During his upbringing he lived a time in Hamburg, Germany, where he learned to speak German.[5]


Dacascos in a production still taken during filming of a deleted scene in Wayne Wang's film Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart in 1983

Dacascos became an actor after being discovered walking down the street in San Francisco's Chinatown by Chris Lee (assistant director) and Rexall Chinn (hairstylist), who at the time were working for director Wayne Wang. He was cast in Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, and though his scenes were cut from the final film, he went on to establish a film and television career primarily playing martial artists. He was originally set to play as the Red Ranger, Victor Lee, in Bio-Man, an adaptation of Choudenshi Bioman produced by Haim Saban. The show was not picked up at the time, but the concept evolved into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[6]

His breakout role was in the 1993 film Only the Strong, in which he played Louis, a capoeira master who takes a high school's struggling students and turns their lives around by teaching them the Brazilian martial art based on the ritual combat technique of Angola. In the following year, Dacascos co-starred with Party of Five's Scott Wolf as Jimmy and Billy Lee, respectively, in the film Double Dragon, based on the video game with the same name.

He plays the role of the Chairman on Iron Chef America, Iron Chef Australia and Iron Chef Mexico. In the series' backstory, Dacascos's character is the nephew of the original Iron Chef Chairman, Takeshi Kaga.

He has been featured in many action films such as Drive, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Crying Freeman and Cradle 2 the Grave, in which he squared off against Jet Li. He also performed in three video games: voice acting in Stranglehold, live acting in Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom and digitally recreating The Chairman in the Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine video game for Wii.

Dacascos was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2002 for his role in Brotherhood of the Wolf.[7] He also appeared in the television series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, which was a follow-up to the 1994 film The Crow. He also appears in the children's television show Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, where he portrays Eubulon, also known as the Advent Master, mentor of the Kamen Riders and creator of the Advent Decks.

Dacascos played the recurring role of Wo Fat on the CBS series Hawaii Five-0. He portrayed Kung Lao in the second season of the YouTube series Mortal Kombat: Legacy.[8] He had a recurring role in the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Mr. Giyera, an Inhuman servant of Hydra who can manipulate inanimate objects.

In May 2019, Dacascos played Zero, a lead antagonist in the action thriller film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.[9] He starred in a recurring role on the Netflix series Wu Assassins.[10] He has reprised his role as The Chairman of the Iron Chef series in Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, which was released on Netflix in June 2022.[11]

Personal life


Dacascos is married to actress Julie Condra, who starred with him in Crying Freeman as well as the 2020 film One Night in Bangkok.[12] They have three children: two sons and a daughter.[13]


Dacascos (center) in a deleted scene from Dim Sum


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart Fighter Deleted scene
1990 Angel Town Stoner's Driver
1992 American Samurai Kenjiro Sanga
1993 Only the Strong Louis Stevens
Roosters Filipino's Son Cameo
1994 Double Dragon Jimmy Lee
1995 Deadly Past Leo
Redemption: Kickboxer 5 Matt Reeves Direct-to-video
Crying Freeman Yo Hinomura / Crying Freeman
1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau Lo-Mai
Sabotage Michael Bishop
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Troy 'Catscratch' Carter Interactive film
1997 Drive Toby Wong Direct-to-video
Sanctuary Luke Kovak
DNA Dr. Ash Mattley
Deathline Merrick
1998 Boogie Boy Jesse Page
No Code of Conduct Paul DeLucca
1999 The Base Major John Murphy / Corporal John Dalton
2000 China Strike Force Tony Lau
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Mani
Instinct To Kill J.T. Dillon
2002 Scorcher Colonel Ryan Beckett
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Ling
2005 Final Approach Kato
Nomad Sharish
2006 Only the Brave Steve "Zaki" Senzaki
The Hunt for Eagle One Lieutenant Matt Daniels Direct-to-video
The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point Direct-to-video
2007 Code Name: The Cleaner Eric Hauck
Alien Agent Rykker
I Am Omega Renchard
2008 Gideon Falls Set
2009 Serbian Scars Peter Olsen Obilich
2010 Shadows in Paradise Lieutenant Max Forrester
Secret of the Sultan
2013 The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone "King Cobra"
2014 Roger Corman's Operation Rogue Captain Max Randall Direct-to-video
The Extendables[14] Mark
2016 Showdown in Manila Matthew Wells Also director and producer
2017 Maximum Impact Tony Lin
2017 Ultimate Justice Gus
2018 The Legend of Hallowaiian Pono Voice
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum "Zero"
The Driver The Driver
Lucky Day Louis
2020 One Night in Bangkok Kai Kahale
2021 Batman: Soul of the Dragon Richard Dragon Voice, Direct-to-video
2022 The Ray Brando
Blade of the 47 Ronin Lord Shinshiro
2023 Knights of the Zodiac Mylock


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Bio-Man Victor Lee / Biorhythm Red Pilot
1986–1997 General Hospital Police Cadet 4 episodes
1990 Doogie Howser, MD Julian Episode: "The Grass Ain't Always Greener"
The Flash Osaku Episode: "Child's Play"
New Dragnet Kevin Chow Episode: "Queen of Hearts"
1991 Dead on the Money Martial Arts Teacher Television film
1994 Dragstrip Girl Johnny Ramirez Television film
Tales from the Crypt Felix Johnson Episode: "The Pit"
1995 One West Waikiki Moku Episode: "Rest in Peace"
1998–1999 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Eric Draven / The Crow 22 episodes
1999 Martial Law Steven Garth Episode: "Ninety Million Reasons to Die"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ananda Episode: "Felonious Monk"
2004–2018 Iron Chef America The Chairman 236 episodes
2006 Solar Attack Lucas Foster Television film
2007–2008 Stargate Atlantis Tyre 2 episodes
2007–2012 The Next Iron Chef The Chairman 16 episodes
2008 The Legend of Bruce Lee Thai Boxer King Charles[15] 3 episodes
The Middleman Sensei Ping Episode: "The Sino-Mexican Revelation"
2009 Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight Eubulon / Advent Master 9 episodes
Dancing with the Stars Himself 7 episodes
Wolvesbayne Von Griem Television film
2010–2020 Hawaii Five-0 Wo Fat 17 episodes
2014 Chicago P.D. Jimmy Shi Episode: "Different Mistakes"
2015–2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Giyera[16] 11 episodes
2016 Lucifer Kimo Vanzandt Episode: "Weaponizer"
2017 The Perfect Bride Daniel Counter Television film
2019 Wu Assassins Monk/ Kun Zi Recurring role[10]
2022 Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend The Chairman
2023 Warrior Kong Pak[17] Main Role (Season 3)
2023 SpongeBob SquarePants Guru Greasetrap Episode: "Spatula of the Heavens"


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Kung Lao 4 episodes
2023 Blue Eye Samurai Bloodsoaked Chiaki (voice) Recurring cast


Year Work Award Result
2002 Brotherhood of the Wolf Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated


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