Mark Dacascos

Actor, TV host, Martial artist
After winning numerous karate and kung fu championships throughout his adolescence, Mark Dacascos switched gears to become a noted actor and television personality. Born on Feb. 26, 1964 in Honolulu, HI, Dacascos was ... Read more »
Born: 02/26/1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Chicago PD 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iron Chef America 2003 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Iron Chef America: Tailgate Showdown 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Operation Rogue 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Next Iron Chef 2007 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Thing I Ever Ate 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Samurai 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iron Chef America: Greatest Moments 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate: Atlantis 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Middleman 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alien Agent 2007 (Movie)

Rykker (Actor)

Code Name: The Cleaner 2007 (Movie)

Eric Hauck (Actor)

Nomad 2007 (Movie)

Sharish (Actor)

Solar Strike 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

Ling (Actor)

Brotherhood of the Wolf 2002 (Movie)

Mani (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Instinct to Kill 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

China Strike Force 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Martial Law 1989 - 1990, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Crow: Stairway to Heaven 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Base 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Drive 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Boogie Boy 1997 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

DNA 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabotage 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996 (Movie)

Lo-Mai (Actor)

The Redemption 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Crying Freeman 1995 (Movie)

Yo Hinomura (Actor)

Deadly Past 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roosters 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Double Dragon 1994 (Movie)

Jimmy Lee (Actor)

American Samurai 1993 (Movie)

Kenjiro (Actor)

Only the Strong 1993 (Movie)

Louis Stevens (Actor)

Angel Town 1990 (Movie)

Stoner's Driver (Actor)

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead on the Money (TV Show)

Actor

Dragstrip Girl (TV Show)

Actor

No Code of Conduct (TV Show)

Actor

Redline (TV Show)

Actor

Sanctuary (TV Show)

Actor

Wolvesbayne (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After winning numerous karate and kung fu championships throughout his adolescence, Mark Dacascos switched gears to become a noted actor and television personality. Born on Feb. 26, 1964 in Honolulu, HI, Dacascos was raised in a martial arts home by his father, Al, a former kung fu champion and founder of the Wun Hop Kuen Do fighting style, and his mother, Moriko, one of Al's students. When he was around six years old, the family moved to Denver, CO, where Dacascos began his formal martial arts training. A year later, he was competing in his first tournaments. At 11 years old, the family moved to Hamburg, Germany while he continued to train and compete. When he was 17, Dacascos traveled to Taiwan to study Mandarin and Shaolin Kung Fu. After being named European Kung Fu Champion in the lightweight category, he was discovered by Asian filmmaker, Wayne Wang, while walking the streets in San Francisco. Wang cast the young Dacascos in "Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart" (1985), though ultimately his scenes wound up on the cutting room floor. Nonetheless, his acting career had begun.

Relationships

Jaclyn Dacascos

Half-Sister

Vanessa Dacascos

Half-Sister

Nancy Dacascos

Grandmother

Malia Bernal

Step-Mother
Was one of the top ten competitors in the United States and the first woman to grace the cover of Black Belt magazine

Julie Condra

Wife
Married in January 1998 starred together in "Crying Freeman" (1995)

Al Dacascos

Father
Was a kung fu champion and the founder of the martial art, Wun Hop Kuen Do operates Dacascos Kung Fu school in Portland

Makoalani Dacascos

Son
Born December 31, 2000 mother, Julie Condra

Raymond Lum

Grandfather
Helped to raise Dacascos

Jane Lum

Grandmother
Helped to raise Dacascos

Moriko McVey

Mother
Irish-Japanese was one of Al Dacascos' students

Craig Ribeiro

Step-Brother

EDUCATION

Portland State Univeristy

Portland , Oregon
Attended for only one semester

Trained in martial arts with his father and stepmother from age six; also studied in Taiwan under Muo-Hui Shen as well as with Jiang Hao-Quan and Amen Santo

Portland State Univeristy

Portland , Oregon
Attended for only one semester

Los Angeles Valley College

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2010

Joined the cast of the CBS remake, "Hawaii Five-0" as supervillain Wo Fat

2009

Joined the ninth season of ABC's reality series "Dancing with the Stars" as a competitor

2007

Had a supporting role, opposite Cedric the Entertainer, in the comedy "Code Name: The Cleaner"

2005

Portrays 'the Chairman' on Food Network’s television series, "Iron Chef America"

2003

Joined Jet Li and DMX for the thriller, "Cradle 2 the Grave"

2001

Re-teamed with Christophe Gans for "Le Pacte des loups / Brotherhood of the Wolf"

2000

Played a supporting role in "China Strike Force"

1999

Acted with Martin and Charlie Sheen in "No Code of Conduct"; aired on the USA Network in lieu of a theatrical release

1998

Played the lead role of Eric Draven in the syndicated series, "The Crow: Stairway to Heaven"; role originally played by Brandon Lee in the 1994 film "The Crow"

1996

Had a supporting role in the remake of "The Island of Dr. Moreau"

1995

First collaboration with director Christophe Gans, "Crying Freeman"

1993

First starring role in a feature film, "Only the Strong"

1991

Played a karate teacher in the TNT movie, "Dead on the Money"

1990

Made feature acting debut in "Angel Town"

1987

First TV appearance, played a police cadet in ABC's daytime drama, "General Hospital"

1985

Cast in first film, Wayne Wang's "Dim Sum: A Little bit of Heart"; scenes ended up on the cutting room floor

1982

Named European Kung Fu Champion in the lightweight category

1981

At age 17, traveled to Taiwan to study Mandarin and Shaolin Kung Fu

1975

Moved to Hamburg, Germany with his family at age 11

1970

Competed in his first martial arts tournament at seven

1969

Moved to Denver and began his Martial Arts training at an early age under the tutelage of his parents

Portrayed a young Conan and a barbarian warrior in the Universal Studios tour in Los Angeles

Until age six, spent majority of time with maternal grandparents in Hawaii

Bonus Trivia

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Official website is located at: www.dacascos.com

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Dacascos is the fictional nephew of Takeshi Kaga, 'Chairman Kaga' of the original Japanese series of "Iron Chef" programs.

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