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Danté Basco (born August 29, 1975) is an American actor, voice actor, poet, and dancer most famous for playing Rufio in the 1991 Peter Pan based film Hook, Zuko in the Nickelodeon series "Avatar: The Last Airbender", and Jake Long from the Disney series "American Dragon: Jake Long".

Life and career

Dante Basco, a Filipino American, was born in Pittsburg, California. He is the brother of Darion Basco, Derek Basco, Dion Basco and Arianna Basco. In his early years, he was part of the Streat Freaks (sic) breakdancing crew. When he got into acting, he started taking on minor roles in television. He later appeared in his best known role in Steven Spielberg's 1991 film Hook with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, as Rufio, the charismatic red-stripe-haired leader of the Lost Boys. The punk band Rufio is named after this character.

He had guest roles on television shows The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and had a recurring role on Moesha. He portrayed characters of different Asian ethnicities, but never Filipino. He did however, star in the independent film The Debut, in which he portrayed a Filipino-American alongside his three brothers and sister. He and all of his brothers starred in Naked Brown Men, a sitcom stylized show. More recently, he has provided the voices for Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long. He starred as Ramos in the 2006 film Take the Lead alongside Antonio Banderas, where he break-danced as well as performed ballroom dance. In many films he hip-hop dances, just 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" that is called "Wiihab". He played a gay teenager in the 1999 film, But I'm A Cheerleader. He provided several voices in the video game Saints Row. He is the voice of 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. He provided the male youth voice for the MMORPG game Aion: Tower of Eternity.

Basco plays basketball in the NBAE (NBA Entertainment league).


Year Title Role
2009 Blood and Bone Pinball
Nite Tales Gerard
Blood River Chuck
2006 Take the Lead Ramos
2003 Love Don't Cost a Thing Spoken Word Artist
Biker Boyz Philly
Naked Brown Men Dante
2001 Extreme Days Corey Ng
2000 The Debut Ben Mercado
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Dolph
1997 Riot Jeffrey Lee
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Julian Lee
1995 A Goofy Movie Additional voices
1995 Fist of the North Star Bat
1991 Hook Rufio, King of the Lost Boys
The Perfect Weapon Jimmy Ho
1988 Moonwalker


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Zevo-3 Matt Martin/Kewl Breeze (voice) (main character)
2010 Generator Rex Tuck Episode "Rabble (voice)
2010 The Boondocks Jingmei Episode "The Red Ball" (voice)
2007 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Madrid Episode "The Suite Life Goes Hollywood"
2007 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera Shing-Hai Chan/Wild Mono (voice) (villain character)
2006 Entourage Fukijama Episode "What About Bob?"
2005–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Prince Zuko (voice) (major character)
2005–2007 American Dragon: Jake Long Jake Long (voice) (main character)
2005 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Jake Long (voice) (one episode)
2003 Kim Possible Fukushima (voice)
2002 The Proud Family Kwok Wong (voice)
Providence Justin Kim
2001 The Chronicle Noodles
2000 The Steve Harvey Show Lee
1999 Undressed Jake
Viper Rishi Lama
1998 Promised Land Tito
Moesha Marco
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Ghost of Rudi Hernandez
1996 Touched by an Angel Robbie
Nash Bridges Jimmy Chang
1995 500 Nations himself (voice)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Kevin
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Sammy

Video games

Year Title Role
2010 Final Fantasy XIII Additional voices
2009 AION: The Tower of Eternity Youth male voice
2009 Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood Seeing Farther
2009 Terminator Salvation Resistance soldier
2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno Prince Zuko
2007 Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth Prince Zuko
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Prince Zuko
2006 Saints Row Stilwater Residents
2004 Def Jam Fight for New York Voice 3

See also

  • List of Filipino Americans

External links

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