Dash Mihok

Dash Mihok

Born: May 24, 1974
Age: 44
Birthplace: New York City, New York U.S.
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Biography

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

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Early life

Mihok was born in New York City, the son of theater actors Andrea Mihok (née Cloak) and Raymond Thorne (né Mihok). He has two older sisters: Gwen Mihok, an actress, and Cecily Trenka, a science teacher. He is of Czech and British descent.

Mihok grew up in Greenwich Village and lived in the artist community Westbeth on Bank Street. Mihok went to PS 3, a public elementary school in Manhattan, currently named the John Melser Charrette School. He attended the Center School (MS 243) for middle school. 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, which featured local New York child actors and Jim Henson's The Muppets. Mihok also attended the Professional Children's School in Manhattan with best friend, actor Donald Faison.

Mihok attended Fordham University and took pre-college courses, but began to work around the age of 18 so never completed his degree.

Career

Acting

Mihok got his start doing guest spots in local New York City productions of Law & Order, NYPD Blue, and New York Undercover. In 1994, Mihok debuted in the independent film, Black is White. In 1995, Mihok appeared in the CBS movie of the week, Murderous Intent.

In 1996, Mihok appeared in director Barry Levinson's film, Sleepers, which was notable for its depiction of sexual abuse. Mihok said he did a lot of research for that role. He was also in the Angelina Jolie film, Foxfire.

In 1996, the Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes-starring Romeo + Juliet was Mihok's breakout role. To prepare for his audition, Mihok studied Shakespeare and had five extensive audition sessions with director Baz Luhrmann before landing the role of Benvolio. The film shot on location in Mexico, and Mihok said he considers the experience life-changing.

In 1998, for Terrence Malick's 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 as Private First Class Doll. Mihok is slated to direct an episode in 2017, as he said he has been directing pilots to prepare.

In 1996, Mihok was a featured regular in the role of Joey in the Rhea Perlman CBS sitcom Pearl.

In 1999, Mihok appeared on The WB series Felicity, where he portrayed Lynn, a competitive swimmer, in multiple episodes.

Mihok has been featured in roles in films such as The Day After Tomorrow, The Perfect Storm, I Am Legend, and Silver Linings Playbook. He has had starring roles in independent features such as Telling You and Loveless in Los Angeles.

In 2006, Mihok appeared in the film Hollywoodland and in 2007 in the film, Firehouse Dog.

In 2008, he played Detective Martin Soap in the film Punisher: War Zone.

In 2011, Mihok directed a short film called Abby. The film stars his sister, Gwen. He also directed the 2006 short film called That Guy.

As part of the 2011 straight-to-video film, Lifted, Mihok and the actor who plays his son in the film, Uriah Shelton, recorded a song called "I Miss You." The film features many musical and dance performances by Mihok.

In 2013, Mihok portrayed the character "Gage" in Payday 2 web series.

Since 2013, Mihok has co-starred as Brendan "Bunchy" Donovan in the Showtime drama Ray Donovan. Bunchy has been sexually abused by a priest and is an alcoholic and suffers from sexual anorexia. For the show the cast works out at the Santa Monica, California boxing gym Wild Card West with boxer Rob Garcia.

In 2014, he portrayed Whelan, in the horror-thriller film, Before I Wake, co-starring in the Mike Flanagan-directed film Annabeth Gish, Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth.

In 2016, Mihok appeared in the film, So B. It, which stars Alfre Woodard, Cloris Leachman, Jacinda Barrett, and John Heard.

In 2017, Mihok appears in the independent film, The Girl Who Invented Kissing, as Victor, a man who becomes mentally handicapped after being in a car accident. He stars opposite Suki Waterhouse and Vincent Piazza, who plays his younger brother.

Also in 2017, Mihok plays a car salesman in the film Car Dogs, which features Patrick J. Adams, Octavia Spencer, Josh Hopkins, among others.

Music

When he was 12 years old, Mihok started a band with his friends which was called S.D.C. (Sam, Dash, Chris aka Strictly Devastating Crew).

In 2004, 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 that people exhibit as symptoms of Tourette syndrome.

For the 2005 movie Green Street Hooligans, Mihok wrote the title track “Test of a Man." During this time he also collaborated with Daniel Freedman, a jazz drummer, percussionist, and composer on various music projects.

Since 2015, Mihok has been in the band Diz and the Fam. Members of Diz and the Fam are Mike Choi, Kenny Echizen, Justin Frazier, Sharlotte Gibson, Morris Hayes, Joel Hellman, Brett Nolan, and Elliot Yamin. The band has released three singles.

The 2015 video for Love (feat. Jeff Taylor) features many actors from Ray Donovan.

Other work

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

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

Personal life

I’d say don’t be afraid to tell people about your TS ; 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

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.

Mihok was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age six, and is a spokesperson and is on the board for the nonprofit Jaylens Challenge, founded by the then 9-year old, Jaylen Arnold.

Mihok is also an active supporter of the Tourette Syndrome Association. Mihok's two older sisters both have Tourette's. Other family members also have the syndrome, as it is often genetic.

Mihok said that one of the early reasons he became an actor was because he had so much experience in hiding his Tourette's. He said the focus required of acting allows him to mask many of his tics. Mihok says the biggest misconception about Tourette's Syndrome is about vocal tics, called coprolalia. Not everyone with Tourette's does that: "Tics tend to wax and wane, not everybody's screaming obscenities all the time." Mihok said he took medication during high school for the Tourette's.

In 1997, Mihok met Alanis Morissette through friend Leonardo DiCaprio during a trip to Cuba. 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. They have two children and live in Los Angeles. Mihok has said that he is Catholic.

Awards

  • 1999: Satellite Awards, Special Achievement Award, Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble for The Thin Red Line
  • 2013: Gold Derby Awards, Ensemble Cast for Silver Linings Playbook
  • 2014: Tourette Association of America, Shining Star Award
  • 2017: Beverly Hills Film Festival, Best Actor for The Girl Who Invented Kissing

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Foxfire Dana Taylor
1996 Sleepers K.C.
1996 Romeo + Juliet Benvolio Montague
1998 Telling You Dennis Nolan
1998 The Thin Red Line Private First Class Doll
1999 Whiteboyz James
2000 The Perfect Storm Sgt. Jeremy Mitchell
2001 The Journeyman Walter P. Higgs III
2001 Nailed Danny McGooch
2001 Finder's Fee Bolan
2001 One Eyed King
2002 The Guru Rusty McGee
2002 Johnny Flynton Johnny Flynton Short
2002 Dark Blue Gary Sidwell
2003 Basic Mueller
2004 Connie and Carla Mikey
2004 The Day After Tomorrow Jason Evans
2004 Death Valley Dom
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Mr. Frying Pan
2006 10th & Wolf Junior
2006 Hollywoodland Det. Sgt. Jack Paterson
2007 Firehouse Dog Trey Falcon
2007 Sex and Death 101 Lester
2007 Loveless in Los Angeles Dave Randall
2007 Superheroes Ben Patchett
2007 I Am Legend Alpha Male
2008 The Longshots Cyrus
2008 Punisher: War Zone Detective Martin Soap
2010 Lifted William Matthews
2011 The Mortician Carver
2011 Trespass Ty
2011 On the Inside Carl Tarses
2012 Silver Linings Playbook Officer Keogh
2012 2nd Serve Charles
2014 Fort Bliss Staff Sergeant Malcolm
2015 Too Late Jesse
2016 Before I Wake Whelan Young
2016 Car Dogs Scott
2016 So B. It Roy Franklin
2017 The Girl Who Invented Kissing Victor
2017 Quest Tim
2017 Green Olds Trooper Jack

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 CityKids
1993 NYPD Blue
1994 New York Undercover Marcus Episode: "School Ties"
1995, 2009 Law & Order Ethan Quinn; Firefighter Walters Episodes: "Performance" (1995) and "All New" (2009)
1995 Murderous Intent Kevin TV Movie
1996-1997 Pearl Joey Cataldo 22 episodes
1999 Felicity Lynn McKennon 7 episodes
2000 Live Girls Brad TV Movie
2003 Street Time Randy Wiggins Episodes: "Hostage" and "Anger Management
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Will Marshall Episode: "Dead Ringer"
2004 Hustle Paul Janszen TV movie
2005 Confessions of a Dog TV Movie
2007 Cavemen Jamie Episodes: "Pilot" and "Her Embarrassed of Cavement"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Dt. David Campbell Episode: "No Safe Place"
2007 Pushing Daisies Lemuel 'Lefty Lem' Weinger Episode: "Pigeon"
2009 The Fish Tank Lee TV Movie
2009-2010 The Good Wife Detective Frank Seabrook Episodes: "Lifeguard" and "Infamy"
2010 Burn Notice Jack Yablonski / Fleetwood Episode: "Enemies Closer"
2010 How to Make It in America Pete Powell Episode: "Big in Japan"
2010 Human Target Eddie Dunn Episode: "Corner Man"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Damon Kerrigan Episode: "Love Sick"
2011 The FP Cody Uncredited
2011 Paul the Male Matchmaker James Episode: "Dont' Be a Meanie"
2011 Prime Suspect Detective Tachenko Episodes: "Pilot" and "Carnivorous Sheep"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Nick Drayton Episode: "Kame'e"
2011 Grey's Anatomy Clay Rolich Episode: "Poker Face"
2012 Greetings from Home Pete 12 episodes
2012 Breakout Kings Jonah Whitman Episode: "SEALd Fate"
2012 Blue Bloods Eddie Stone Episode: "Higher Education"
2013-present Ray Donovan Brendan "Bunchy" Donovan 57 episodes
2013 PAYDAY: The Web Series Gage 2 episodes
2015 Somnia Whelan
2015 Gotham Detective Arnold John Flass 3 episodes
2015 Chicago P.D. Jeff Frazier Episode: "Actual Physical Violence"
2016 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "Crepe Grand Prix"

Theater

  • 1985: Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera
  • 1987: Carrying School Children by Thomas Babe, Theater for the New City

Miscellaneous

  • Chakrabarti, Meghna; Mihok, Dash (5 October 2016). "The Modern Love Podcast: Dash Mihok Reads 'A Path to Fatherhood, With (Shared) Morning Sickness'" (Audio podcast performance). The New York Times / WBUR Boston.

Discography

  • 2004: Sabacolypse: A Change Gon' Come by Sabac Red - track called "I Have A Dream" ft. Dash Mihok & Cenophia Mitchell
  • 2005: "Test of a Man" by Dash Mihok - from the film Green Street Hooligans
  • 2009: "I Miss You" by Uriah Shelton and Dash Mihok - from the film Lifted
  • 2009: "Sunshine (Ft. Dash Mihok)" sung by Uriah Shelton featuring Dash Mihok - from the film Lifted
  • 2015: "Stolen Hearts" by Dash Mihok - from Payday 2
DIZ and The Fam
  • 2015: Love (feat. Jeff Taylor) - Single (DIZ Music Inc)
  • 2015: The Evil That Men Do - Single (Diz and The Fam) - featured on Ray Donovan
  • 2016: Be Better - Single (DZE Music)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]