Dante Basco

Dante Basco

Birth name: Dante R. Basco
Born: August 29, 1975
Age: 42
Birthplace: Pittsburg, California, U.S.
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Biography

Dante R. Basco (born August 29, 1975) is an American actor, voice actor, rapper and dancer. He is known for his voice-over work in video games, movies and TV shows, and for his role as Rufio, leader of the Lost Boys in the 1991 movie Hook.

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Life and career

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. His cousin, Nick, edits his videos on YouTube and has his own YouTube channel, Trainer Tips. In Dante's early years, he was part of the Streat Freaks breakdancing crew. When he got into acting, he started taking on minor roles in television. Basco's breakout performance was when he appeared as the leader Rufio of the Lost Boys in Steven Spielberg's 1991 film Hook with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. A punk band is later named after this character. He attended Orange County High School of the Arts in the Music and Theatre Conservatory and graduated in 1993.

Basco 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".

Basco has done voice acting for many animated productions, including Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long. He also voice acted Quoc Wong from The Proud Family He voiced Matt Martin/Kewl Breeze in the short-lived animated series Zevo-3, several voices in the video game Saints Row and Shingo in the video games Skate, Skate 2, and Skate 3. He also voiced 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.

Basco also provided additional voice over work for Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the games Scarface: The World Is Yours, Aion, Aion: Upheaval and Mortal Kombat X. In June 2017, he agreed with Jonah Feingold to work on a new film together, Bangarang, about the character Rufio. The development of the project started with a Kickstarter campaign.

Credits

Film

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 Flipped Unknown (trailer voice-over only.)
2010 Subject: I Love You Nicky
2011 Paradise Broken Ray
2012 Hang Loose Dante
2014 Bad Asses Gangly Asian
2014 Anita Ho Taylor Bautista
2014 JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time Karate Kid (voice)
2014 Murder101 D. Phillips
2016 Jarhead 3: The Siege Blake Direct to video

Television

Year Film Role Notes
1988 The Wonder Years Gym Class Kid / Eddie / Kid #3 3 episodes
1989 Highway To Heaven Champ Hopkins Episode: "Choices"
1991 The Hit Man Pauly TV film
1992 Raven Lucas Episode: "The Journey"
1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Sammy Episode: "Seoul Shake"
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 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 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Jake Long Episode: "Morpholomew"
2005-2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Jake Long 55 episodes
2005-2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Prince Zuko, Soldier #1, Additional voices (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) 5 episodes
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) 26 episodes
2011 Prime Suspect Bounce (voice) Episode: "Carnivorous Sheep"
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Nicky Chang Episode: "Pu'olo"
2012-2014 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"
2014 Hell's Kitchen Himself Season 12 Episode 14: "8 Chefs Compete"
2017 Star Wars Rebels Jai Kell (voice) Episode: "Occupation"

Web series

Year Film Role Notes
2013-present JustKiddingNews Himself Various episodes
2014 The Nostalgia Critic Himself 3 episodes
2015 Let's Read Homestuck Rufioh Nitram Act 6 Intermission 3
2016 Achievement Hunter Presents: Let's Play Himself 2 episodes
2016 The Nostalgia Critic Himself Season 9 Episode 37: "The 3rd Animated Titanic Movie (Tentacolino)"
2016 Camp Camp Billy "Snake" Nikssilp Episode 3
2016 "Perfect-timing villain" Agent Tanner 1 episode
2017 Squad Wars Himself Season 1 Episode 5: "The Try Guys 90s Boyband Music Video Challenge"
2017 The Nostalgia Critic Himself Season 10 Episode 45: "Bangarang"

Video games

Year Title Voice
2004 Def Jam Fight for New York Voice #3
2006 Saints Row Stillwater's Resident
2006 Scarface: The World is Yours Additional voices
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Prince Zuko
2007 Skate Shingo
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth Prince Zuko
2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender - Into the Inferno Prince Zuko
2008 Aion Additional voices
2009 Skate 2 Shingo
2009 Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Seeing Farther
2009 Terminator Salvation Resistance Soldier
2009 Aion: The Tower of Eternity Youth Male Voice, Additional voices
2010 Final Fantasy XIII Cocoon Inhabitants
2010 Skate 3 Shingo
2011 Nicktoons MLB Zuko
2012 Avatar: The Legend of Korra General Iroh II
000000002015-04-14-00002015 Mortal Kombat X Additional voices

Awards

  • Young Artist Award - Hook
    • Won Best Ensemble Cast
    • Nominated Best Young Actor

[ Source: Wikipedia ]