In 2006, Mark Dacascos can also be seen starring opposite Lucy Liu and Cedric the Entertainer in the New Line Cinema/Rat Entertainment action-comedy film, “The Cleaner,” and with Jason Scott Lee and Kuno Becker in Harvey Weinstein's 18th century film epic, “Nomad.”
He balances his starring turns in film with regular appearances as "The Chairman" on the Food Network's hit series, "Iron Chef: America," as well as participating in Shakespeare intensives and pursuing the study of his acting craft. Dacascos studied with one of the industry's finest coaches, Howard Fine, and continues to work with the highly esteemed Larry Moss, Lisa Robertson, and the renowned Guild Hall's head of voice, Lady Patsy Rodenburg.
Born in Hawaii but raised in Germany, the multi-lingual actor is of Japanese, Irish, Filipino, Spanish and Chinese descent. He began his training in Kung Fu at a very young age under the tutelage of his own Martial Arts champion parents, and continues to learn and train with several other well respected teachers.
Dacascos has starred in over 20 feature films, including “Cradle 2 the Grave” with Jet Li, the cult classics “Only the Strong” and “Drive,” the French hit “Crying Freeman,” and the internationally-acclaimed “Brotherhood of the Wolf.” Dacascos also starred in the popular syndicated series, “The Crow: Stairway to Heaven,” inspired by the movie.
“’Only the Brave was one of the most heartfelt and meaningful projects I’ve had the honor of working on,” he says.