Dante R. Basco (born August 29, 1975) is a Filipino American film, television and voice actor. He is best known for his role as Rufio, the leader of the Lost Boys in Steven Spielberg's Hook, and for his many voice acting roles, most notably as Prince Zuko from Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jake Long from Disney Channel's American Dragon: Jake Long, and Spin Kick from Carmen Sandiego.
Dante R. Basco
August 29, 1975
Pittsburg, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
Basco was born in Pittsburg, California, and raised in Cerritos and Paramount, California. He has four siblings, including actor Dion Basco. In Dante's early years, he was part of the Street Freaks breakdancing crew with his brothers. He attended Orange County High School of the Arts in the Music and Theatre Conservatory and graduated in 1993.
He got into acting 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 was later named after this character.
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 released his memoir From Rufio to Zuko through the independent publisher, Not a Cult.
Avatar: Braving the Elements, an official Nickelodeon companion podcast to Avatar: The Last Airbender, premiered on June 22, 2021 hosted by Basco and Janet Varney. The podcast is an episode-by-episode deep dive into the Avatarverse with special guest appearances.
Basco has done voice acting for many animated productions, including Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jai Kell in Star Wars Rebels and Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long. He also voice acted Kwok Wong in The Proud Family. He voiced Matt Martin/Kewl Breeze in the short-lived animated series Zevo-3. He also voiced General Iroh, Zuko's grandson, in The Legend of Korra.
He contributed several voices for the video game Saints Row, as well as voicing Shingo in the video games Skate, Skate 2 and Skate 3. He voiced Seeing Farther in the video game Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood and the Asmodian male youth voice for the MMORPG game Aion: Tower of Eternity. He has also provided voices for the games Aion, Aion: Upheaval and Mortal Kombat X.
|1989||The Wizard||Corey's friend||Deleted Scenes|
|1990||Cold Dog Soup||Chinese Boy|
|1991||The Perfect Weapon||Jimmy Ho|
|1995||A Goofy Movie||Nerd in blue Star Trek shirt/student with a red 10 on his shirt|
|1995||Fist of the North Star||'Bat'||Direct-to-video|
|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|
|2001||Extreme Days||Corey Ng|
|2003||Love Don't Cost a Thing||Spoken Word Artist|
|2003||Naked Brown Men||Dante|
|2006||Take the Lead||Ramos|
|2008||Nite Tales: The Movie||Gerard|
|2009||Blood and Bone||Pinball||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Blood River||Chuck G|
|2010||Subject: I Love You||Nicky|
|2014||Bad Asses||Gangly Asian|
|2014||Anita Ho||Taylor Bautista|
|2014||JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time||Karate Kid (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Hansel and Gretel||Dad||Short film|
|2016||Jarhead 3: The Siege||Blake Laureano||Direct-to-video|
|2021||The Fabulous Filipino Brothers||Duke||Also director|
|2021||Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild||Aiden (voice)|
|1988||The Wonder Years||Gym Class Kid, Eddie, Kid #3||3 episodes|
|1988||Santa Barbara||Amado||3 episodes|
|1989||Highway To Heaven||Champ Hopkins||Episode: "Choices"|
|1991||The Hit Man||Pauly||Television film|
|1992||Raven||Lucas||Episode: "The Journey"|
|1993||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Sammy||Episode: "Seoul Shake"|
|1995||Alien Nation: Body and Soul||Trash #2||Television film|
|1995||500 Nations||Himself (voice)||Miniseries|
|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||Television film|
Segment: "Gold Mountain"
|1998||Promised Land||Tito||Episode: "Out of Bounds"|
|1998||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Ghost of Rudi Hernandez||Episode: "The Student"|
|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 (voice)||Television film|
|2002||The Chang Family Saves the World||Television film|
|2002||The Proud Family||Kwok Wong (voice)||Episode: "Romeo Must Wed"|
|2002||Providence||Justin Kim||Episode: "All the King's Men"|
|2003||Kim Possible||Fukushima (voice)||Episode: "Exchange"|
|2005–07||American Dragon: Jake Long||Jake Long (voice)||55 episodes|
|2005||Lilo & Stitch: The Series||Episode: "Morpholomew"|
|2005–08||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||Madrid||2 episodes|
|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)||Television film|
|2010–11||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"|
|2012–14||The Legend of Korra||General Iroh II (voice)||6 episodes|
|2013||Ultimate Spider-Man||Scorpion, Flash Thompson (voice)||2 episodes (as Scorpion)|
Unknown # of episodes (as Flash Thompson)
|2014||Love Midori||Dante||2 episodes|
|2014, 2017||Star Wars Rebels||Jai Kell (voice)||2 episodes|
|2014||Hell's Kitchen||Himself||Episode: "8 Chefs Compete"|
|2018||A Million Little Things||Cory||Episodes: "Unexpected" and "I Dare You"|
|2019||We Bare Bears||Master Cheddar (voice)||Episode: "Baby Orphan Ninja Bears"|
|2019||Victor and Valentino||Javier (voice)||Episodes: "Legend of the Hidden Skate Park" and "Los Perdidos"|
|2020||Carmen Sandiego||Spinkick (voice)||3 episodes|
|2021||Trese||Bagyon Kulimlim (voice)||Episode: "Episode 2"|
|2021||Robot Chicken||Squall Leonhart, Zuko (voice)||2 episodes|
|2014–19||Nostalgia Critic||6 episodes|
|2016–present||Camp Camp||Billy "Snake" Nikssilp||4 episodes|
|2016||Perfect-timing villain||Agent Tanner||1 episode|
|2017||Squad Wars||Himself||Episode: "The Try Guys 90s Boyband Music Video Challenge"|
|2018||Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures||Narrator (voice)||11 episodes|
|2019||Rooster Teeth's Hardcore Tabletop: World Series||5 episodes|
|2020-21||Let's Read Homestuck||Rufioh Nitram||2 episodes|
|2020||Death Battle||Zuko||Episode: "Zuko VS Shoto Todoroki"|
|2004||Def Jam Fight for New York||Additional Voices|
|2006||Saints Row||Stillwater's Residents|
|2006||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Prince Zuko|
|2007||Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth||Prince Zuko|
|2008||Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno|
|2008||Aion||Youth Male Voice, Additional Voices|
|2009||Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood||Seeing Farther|
|2009||Terminator Salvation||Resistance Soldier|
|2010||Final Fantasy XIII||Cocoon Inhabitants||English dub|
|2011||Nicktoons MLB||Prince Zuko|
|2012||Avatar: The Legend of Korra||General Iroh II|
|2015||Mortal Kombat X||Additional Voices|
|2015||Nostalgia Critic||Himself||Video: "Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes w Dante Basco!"|
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