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Episode 13: We welcome Actor/Filmmaker, Dante Basco! From Rufio to Zuko… to Ben Mercado of The Debut… to The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, we talk to the man who put Filipino American representation on his back in Hollywood! We talk growing up Filipino in America, following your passions, giving back and more!
ShoPowSho explores Filipino and Filipino American history and culture; along with spotlighting and featuring Filipinos throughout various fields of industry to help showcase the amazing contributions they have provided to our world. Please join me, Kuya P, and my wonderful co-hosts, or as I like to affectionately call them, “The Amazing Ates” Kataphorric and Viva Valentina!
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EPISODE 013 SPECIAL GUEST: Dante Basco
BIO: Established Filipino American film and voice actor Dante Basco is a well-known figure in the industry and has received recognition for his roles as Rufio in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated Hook and as Prince Zuko in Emmy Award-winning animation Avatar: The Last Airbender.
California-born Basco is a sheer force of talent, with a career spanning four decades and over one hundred roles, both on-screen and in animations. Over the years, Basco has appeared in numerous animated productions, most famously lending his voice to Prince Zuko in the cult hit Avatar: The Last Airbender and the titular character in Disney Channel’s American Dragon: Jake Long. Other credits include A Goofy Movie, 500 Nations, The Proud Family, Kim Possible, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Zevo-3, Generator Rex, Ultimate Spider-Man, Johnny Bravo, Star Wars: Rebels, Victor & Valentino, and Camp Camp.
Decades later, Basco’s breakout performance as the iconic Rufio, leader of the Lost Boys, in Hook is still being talked about by fans and critics alike. Other on-screen credits include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Moesha, Undressed, But I’m a Cheerleader, Entourage, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, A Million Little Things, Rag Doll, and Emmy-winning Artificial. As a voice actor, Basco’s voice can be heard in several video game series, including Final Fantasy, Avatar, Call of Juarez, and Skate.
A champion for diversity and representation in Hollywood, Basco picked up several awards for Hang Loose, a dramedy he co-penned with friends and which primarily stars Asian American actors. With multiple feature films currently in production, Basco has big plans for the future.
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