Mark Dacascos

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Mark Dacascos
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Mark Dacascos in 2011
Born
Mark Alan Dacascos

(1964-02-26) February 26, 1964 (age 55)
Other namesMarc Dacascos
The Chairman
Alma materPortland State University
OccupationActor, martial artist, television personality
Years active1985–present
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Spouse(s)Julie Condra (1998–present)
Children3
Websitewww.dacascos.com

Mark Alan Dacascos (born February 26, 1964) is an American actor and martial artist.[1] He won numerous karate and various styles of kung fu championships between the ages of 7 and 18. Dacascos is perhaps best known for his roles as Mani in the French film Brotherhood of the Wolf, Toby Wong in the 1997 film Drive and Ling in the 2003 film Cradle 2 the Grave.

Beginning in January 2005, Dacascos has portrayed the Chairman on Food Network's television series Iron Chef America. This role was previously played by Takeshi Kaga in the original Japanese Iron Chef, while Dacascos' character is presented as Kaga's nephew, though the actors are not related. Some of his other roles include the recurring character of Wo Fat on the CBS series Hawaii Five-0, Kung Lao in the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Eric Draven in The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, Eubulon (the Advent Master) in Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight and the title role in the film Crying Freeman.

Dacascos competed in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Dacascos' father, Al Dacascos, is from Hawaii and is a martial arts instructor of Filipino, Spanish, and Han Chinese ancestry. His biological mother, Moriko McVey-Murray, is of Irish and Japanese ancestry. In the History Channel presentation "Samurai", Dacascos revealed that many members of the Japanese side of his mother's family were killed in the bombing of Hiroshima. Mark's stepmother is award-winning martial artist Malia Bernal. Dacascos attended Los Angeles Valley College and was on its 1983-1984 gymnastics team, coached by Gary Honjio. He also attended Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Dacascos is proficient in his father's style of martial arts, Wun Hop Kuen Do. He has studied Muay Thai with Kru Puk, Capoeira with Mestre Amen Santo, and Wushu with Coaches Eric and Debbie Chen, though he self-admittedly is still very much a beginner/intermediate student in those arts.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to actress Julie Condra, who starred with him in Crying Freeman. They have three children: two sons and a daughter.[4] Mark has five siblings: two brothers and three sisters.

Career[edit]

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 (at that time, assistant director) and Rexall Chin (hairstylist) for director Wayne Wang. Though his first scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, 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 produced by Haim Saban which never got picked up but would later evolve into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[5]

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 potential failures and turns their lives around by teaching them the Brazilian martial art based on the West African martial art brought by slaves. In the following year, Dacascos co-starred with Party of Five's Scott Wolf as Jimmy and Billy Lee, respectively, in the movie, based on the video game, Double Dragon.

He plays the role of the Chairman of Iron Chef America and Iron Chef Australia. In the series' backstory he is the nephew of the original Iron Chef Chairman, Takeshi Kaga; the actors hold no relation in real life.

He has been featured in many action films such as 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.[6] 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 plays 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.[7] 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 2018, Dacascos was cast as Zero in the action thriller film, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.[8] In the same year, it was announced that Dacascos would star in a recurring role in the Netflix series, Wu Assassins.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Dacascos (center) in a deleted scene from Dim Sum

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart N/A Deleted scenes
1990 Angel Town Stoner Driver
1991 Dead On The Money Martial Arts Master Television film
1992 American Samurai Kenjiro Sanga
1993 Only The Strong Louis Stevens
1993 Roosters Filipino's Son Cameo
1994 Dragstrip Girl Johnny Ramirez Television film
1994 Double Dragon Jimmy Lee
1995 Deadly Past Leo
1995 Kickboxer 5: The Redemption Matt Reeves
1995 Crying Freeman Yo Hinomura / Freeman
1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau Lo-Mai
1996 Sabotage Michael Bishop
1997 Drive Toby Wong
1997 Sanctuary Luke Kovak
1997 DNA Dr. Ash Mattley
1997 Deathline Merrick
1998 Boogie Boy Jesse Page
1998 No Code of Conduct Paul DeLucca
1999 The Base Maj. John Murphy / Cpl. John Dalton
2000 China Strike Force Tony Lau
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Mani
2001 The Perfect Husband J.T. Dillon
2002 Scorcher Ryan Beckett
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Ling
2005 Solar Attack Lucas Foster Television film
2005 Final Approach Kato
2006 Only the Brave Steve "Zaki" Senzaki
2006 The Hunt for Eagle One Lt. Matt Daniels Direct-to-video
2006 The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point Direct-to-video
2006 Nomad Sharish
2007 Code Name: The Cleaner Eric Hauck
2007 Alien Agent Rykker
2007 I Am Omega Renchard
2008 Gideon Falls Set
2009 Serbian Scars Peter Olsen Obilich
2010 Shadows in Paradise Lt. Max Forrester
2010 Secret of the Sultan
2011 The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone Cobra
2014 Roger Corman's Operation Rogue Capt. Max Randall
2014 The Extendables[10] Cameo
2016 Showdown in Manila Matthew Wells Also director
2017 Maximum Impact Tony Lin
2018 The Legend of Hallowaiian Pono (voice) Direct-to-video
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Zero

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986–97 General Hospital Police Cadet 4 episodes
1990 Doogie Howser, MD Julian Episode: "The Grass Ain't Always Greener"
1990 The Flash Osaku Episode: "Child's Play"
1990 New Dragnet Kevin Chow Episode: "Queen of Hearts"
1994 Tales from the Crypt Felix Johnson Episode: "The Pit"
1995 One West Waikiki Moku Episode: "Rest in Peace"
1998–99 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Eric Draven 22 episodes
1999 Martial Law Steven Garth Episode: "Ninety Million Reasons to Die"
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ananda Episode: "Felonious Monk"
2004–14 Iron Chef America: The Series The Chairman 236 episodes
2007–08 Stargate Atlantis Tyre 2 episodes
2007–12 The Next Iron Chef The Chairman 16 episodes
2008 The Legend of Bruce Lee Thai Boxer[11] 3 episodes
2008 The Middleman Sensei Ping Episode: "The Sino-Mexican Revelation"
2009 Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight Eubulon / Advent Master 9 episodes
2009 Dancing with the Stars Himself 7 episodes
2010–14, 2018 Hawaii Five-0 Wo Fat 16 episodes
2014 Chicago P.D. Jimmy Shi Episode: "Different Mistakes"
2015–16 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Giyera[12] 11 episodes
2016 Lucifer Kimo Vanzandt Episode: "Weaponizer"
2019 Wu Assassins Monk Recurring role[13]

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Kung Lao 4 episodes

Awards[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Discovering the Samurai Within". Inside Kung Fu. Archived from the original on 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  2. ^ "Dancing With The Stars Season 9 Cast". Archived from the original on 2009-08-19.
  3. ^ Joyce Eng (17 August 2009). "Dancing with the Stars 2009 Season 9 Cast Revealed!". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on 18 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
  4. ^ "Mark Dacasco Official Facebook Page". Facebook. Facebook. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Blackjack – Die Strategie fürs Spielen im Online Casino!". www.markdacascos.de. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Little pictures have a big year", Los Angeles Times, 3 January 2003
  7. ^ "Web Series 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2′ Hitting February 17th". Latino Review. Archived from the original on 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  8. ^ Anita Busch (May 21, 2018). "Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join Returning Cast For 'John Wick". Deadline. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (15 August 2018). "'Wu Assassins': JuJu Chan & Mark Dacascos To Recur In Netflix Martial Arts Drama". Deadline. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  10. ^ Brian Thompson (22 October 2013). "THE EXTENDABLES Trailer". Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2018 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Mark Dacascos Interview". Martial Arts Unlimited. Archived from the original on 2010-04-17. Retrieved 2010-06-18.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (6 Nov 2015). "Marvel's 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Casts Mark Dacascos In Recurring Role". Archived from the original on 6 November 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (15 August 2018). "'Wu Assassins': JuJu Chan & Mark Dacascos To Recur In Netflix Martial Arts Drama". Deadline. Retrieved 29 September 2018.

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