April 10 Panelist Profile: Dante Basco

Our event is ONE WEEK AWAY! Each day until then, we will feature a panelist. It’s an honor to have one of the most recognizable Fil-Ams in Entertainment on the panel… Dante Basco!


With a career spanning over two and a half decades, DANTE BASCO is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure. He was introduced in Steven Spielberg’s movie Hook, as “Rufio”, leader of the Lost Boys. Born and raised in the Bay, Dante started out breakdancing with his three brothers at the age of 8, calling themselves “The Street Freaks”. He had leading roles in Newline’s Take the Lead opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. Dante also starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World and was offered a development deal for his own series by 20th Century Fox. He was “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long and “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. He worked on the small screen as well on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Providence (to name a few). Dante founded of one of the largest weekly poetry venues in the country, “Da Poetry Lounge” in Los Angeles and he has also shared his spoken word poetry on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam. Dante has produced and starred in two films “Paradise Broken” and “Hang Loose”. For more, visit www.dantebasco.com.

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