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Mark Alan Dacascos (born February 26, 1964) is an American actor and martial artist. He won numerous karate and various styles of kung fu championships between the ages of 7 and 18.

Beginning in January 2005, Dacascos has portrayed "the Chairman" on Food Network's television series Iron Chef America. This role was previously played by Takeshi Kaga in the original Japanese Iron Chef, and Dacascos claims an in-character relationship to Kaga as his nephew.

He competed in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars. His partner was So You Think You Can Dance finalist Lacey Schwimmer. The pair was eliminated in the 7th episode.


His father, Al Dacascos, is from Hawaiʻimarker, and is a martial arts instructor of Filipino ancestry. His mother, Moriko McVey, is of Irish and Japanese ancestry. His stepmothers are award winning martial artist Malia Bernal and Hawaiian singer Melveen Leed.

He is married to actress Julie Condra, who starred with him in Crying Freeman.


Dacascos became an actor after being discovered walking down the street in San Franciscomarker's Chinatown by two men working for director Wayne Wang. Though Dacascos' first scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, he has gone on to establish a film and television career mostly playing martial artists. His breakout role was in the 1993 film Only the Strong, in which he played Louis, a Capoeira master who takes a high school's potential failures and turns their lives around by teaching them the venerable Brazilian martial art. In the following year, he co-starred with Party of Five's Scott Wolf as Jimmy and Billy Lee, respectively, in the video game based movie Double Dragon.

He also performed in three video games: voice acting in Stranglehold, live acting in Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom and digitally recreating The Chairman in the new Iron Chef video game for Wii. He was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2002 for his role in Brotherhood of the Wolf, which was a box office success in the United Statesmarker.

He has also appeared in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed television series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, which was a follow-up to the 1994 film The Crow.

He has been featured in many action films such as Brotherhood of the Wolf, Crying Freeman and Cradle 2 the Grave, in which he squared off against Jet Li.


Year Title Role Other notes
1985 Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart scenes deleted
1990 Angel Town Stoner Driver
1991 Dead On The Money Martial arts master TV
1992 American Samurai Kenjiro Sanga
1993 Only The Strong Louis Stevens
1993 Roosters Filipino's Son Cameo
1994 Dragstrip Girl Johnny Ramirez TV
1994 Double Dragon Jimmy Lee
1995 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom 2nd Lt. Troy Catscratch Carter Video Game
1995 Deadly Past Leo
1995 Kickboxer 5 Matt Reeves TV
1995 Crying Freeman Yo Hinomura/Freeman
1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau Lo-Mai
1996 Sabotage Michael Bishop
1997 Sanctuary Luke Kovak
1996 DNA Dr. Ash Mattley
1997 Drive Toby Wong
1997 Deathline (AKA Redline) Merrick
1998 Boogie Boy Jesse Page
1998 No Code of Conduct Paul DeLucca
1999 The Base Maj. John Murphy/Cpl. John Dalton
2000 Lei ting zhan jing (China Strike Force) Tony Lau
2001 Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf) Mani
2001 Instinct To Kill (AKA The Perfect Husband) J.T. Dillon
2002 Scorcher Ryan Beckett
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Yao Ling
2005 Solar Strike (AKA Solar Attack) (USA) Lucas Foster TV
2006 Only the Brave Steve "Zaki" Senzaki
2006 Junior Pilot Kato aka Final Approach
2006 The Hunt for Eagle One Lt. Matt Daniels
2006 The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point Lt. Matt Daniels
2006 Nomad Sharish
2007 Code Name: The Cleaner Eric Hauck
2007 Alien Agent Rykker
2007 I Am Omega Renchard
2008 Gideon Falls Set
2009 Action Hero Writer
2009 Serbian Scars Peter Olsen Obilich
2009 Shadows in Paradise Max Forester
2009 Wolvesbayne Von Griem
2011 The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone Cobra

TV series

Year Title Role Episode
1987 General Hospital Police cadet
1990 New Dragnet Kevin Chow
1990 Doogie Howser, MD Julian The Grass Ain't Always Greener
1991 The Flash Osaku Child's Play
1994 Tales from the Crypt Felix Johnson The Pit
1995 One West Waikiki Moku Rest in Peace
1999 The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Eric Draven Series Lead
1999 Martial Law Steven Garth Ninety Million Reasons to Die
2002 CSI Crime Scene Investigation Ananda the Monk Felonious Monk
2005 - Present Iron Chef America The Chairman
2007 Stargate Atlantis Tyre Reunion
2007, 2009 The Next Iron Chef The Chairman
2008 The Legend of Bruce Lee Muay Thai boxer King Charles in-production
2008 The Middleman Sensei Ping The Sino-Mexican Revelation
2008 Stargate Atlantis Tyre Broken Ties
2009 Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Eubulon Episodes 32-40
2009 Dancing With the Stars Himself/contestant Episodes 1-7


  1. IMDB bio
  2. "Little pictures have a big year", Los Angeles Times, 3 January 2003

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