Dante Basco

Appearing Saturday & Sunday

Autographs: $25
With a career spanning over two and a half decades, DANTE BASCO is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairy-tale movie Hook as “Rufio”, the leader of the Lost Boys. He quickly jumped to leading roles in Newline’s Take the Lead opposite Antonio Banderas and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. 20th Century Fox executives were so mesmerized by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series. He starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World. It was written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay. Ever versatile, he’s “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long.  He is well known as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Born and raised in the City by the Bay, Dante started out break-dancing with his three brothers at the age of 8 calling themselves “The Street Freaks”.  They quickly became one of the top groups in San Francisco opening for acts like Ice-T and Vanity. They also performed during half-time shows for the 49ers and the Oakland A’s.

Dante and his family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s where he started to work immediately. By the age of 16 Dante was fencing against Dustin Hoffman and flying with Robin Williams in Hook. He’s found success on the small screen as well on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and a recurring role on Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and Moesha in the 90’s. Dante has had prominent spots on Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Providence in the early 2000’s.  He has roles in hit shows today like CSI: Miami, Entourage and Hawaii Five-0.

A young man of many talents, Dante is the founder of one of the largest weekly poetry venues in the country, “Da Poetry Lounge” in Los Angeles. He has shared his spoken word poetry on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam.  Dante has begun writing and producing his own features with his production company, Kinetic Films, including Hang Loose (a hilarious buddy comedy) with YouTube sensation KevJumba, winning the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Special Jury Prizes for “Best Actor” and “Best Newcomer” respectively.

From break-dancing in the streets of San Francisco to starring in movies on the silver screen, Dante Basco has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and truly an Asian American icon.