Mark Alan Dacascos (born February 26, 1964) is an American actor, martial artist and television personality. He won numerous karate and kung fu championships between the ages of 7 and 18. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Louis Stevens in Only the Strong, Mani in Brotherhood of the Wolf, Toby Wong in Drive, Yao Ling in Cradle 2 the Grave, the titular role in Crying Freeman and Zero in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
Beginning in January 2005, Dacascos played “The Chairman” on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. His other roles include Wo Fat on the CBS series Hawaii Five-0, Kung Lao in the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Eric Draven in The Crow: Stairway to Heaven and Eubulon in Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight. He also competed in the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars.
Dacascos was born February 26, 1964, in Oahu, Hawaii. His father, Al Dacascos, is from Hawaii and is a martial arts instructor whose parents originated from the Philippines and were of Chinese, Filipino and Spanish ancestry. His biological mother, Moriko McVey-Murray, is of Irish and Japanese ancestry. In the History Channel presentation Samurai, Dacascos revealed that many members of his mother’s family were killed in the bombing of Hiroshima. His stepmother is award-winning martial artist Malia Bernal. He attended Los Angeles Valley College, where he was on the gymnastics team. He also attended Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He is proficient in his father’s style of martial arts, Wun Hop Kuen Do. He has studied Muay Thai, capoeira with Amen Santo, and Wushu.
Dacascos became an actor after being discovered walking down the street in San Francisco’s Chinatown by Chris Lee (assistant director) and Rexall Chinn (hairstylist), who at the time were working for director Wayne Wang. He was cast in Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, and though his scenes were cut from the final film, he went on to establish a film and television career primarily playing martial artists. He was originally set to play as the Red Ranger, Victor Lee, in Bio-Man produced by Haim Saban, which never got picked up but would later evolve into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
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 Brazilian martial art based on the West African martial art brought by slaves. In the following year, Dacascos co-starred with Party of Five’s Scott Wolf as Jimmy and Billy Lee, respectively, in the movie, based on the video game, Double Dragon.
He plays the role of the Chairman of Iron Chef America and Iron Chef Australia. In the series’ backstory he is the nephew of the original Iron Chef Chairman, Takeshi Kaga; the actors have no relation in real life.
He has been featured in many action films such as Drive, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Crying Freeman and Cradle 2 the Grave, in which he squared off against Jet Li. 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 Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine video game for Wii.
Dacascos was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2002 for his role in Brotherhood of the Wolf. He also appeared in the television series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, which was a follow-up to the 1994 film The Crow. He also appears in the children’s television show, Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, where he portrays Eubulon, also known as the Advent Master, mentor of the Kamen Riders and creator of the Advent Decks.
Dacascos plays the recurring role of Wo Fat on the CBS series, Hawaii Five-0. He portrayed Kung Lao in the second season of the YouTube series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. He had a recurring role in the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Mr. Giyera, an Inhuman servant of Hydra who can manipulate inanimate objects.
In May 2019, Dacascos played Zero, a lead antagonist in the action thriller film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Recently, he starred in a recurring role on the Netflix series, Wu Assassins.
Dacascos is married to actress Julie Condra, who starred with him in Crying Freeman. They have three children: two sons and a daughter. Mark has five siblings: two brothers and three sisters.
|1990||Angel Town||Stoner Driver|
|1992||American Samurai||Kenjiro Sanga|
|1993||Only The Strong||Louis Stevens|
|1994||Double Dragon||Jimmy Lee|
|Kickboxer 5||Matt Reeves|
|Crying Freeman||Yo Hinomura / Freeman|
|1996||The Island of Dr. Moreau||Lo-Mai|
|DNA||Dr. Ash Mattley|
|1998||Boogie Boy||Jesse Page|
|No Code of Conduct||Paul DeLucca|
|1999||The Base||Major John Murphy / Corporal John Dalton|
|2000||China Strike Force||Tony Lau|
|2001||Brotherhood of the Wolf||Mani|
|The Perfect Husband||J.T. Dillon|
|2003||Cradle 2 the Grave||Yao Ling|
|2006||Only the Brave||Steve ‘Zaki’ Senzaki|
|The Hunt for Eagle One||Lieutenant Matt Daniels||Direct-to-video|
|The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point||Direct-to-video|
|2007||Code Name: The Cleaner||Eric Hauck|
|I Am Omega||Renchard|
|2009||Serbian Scars||Peter Olsen Obilich|
|2010||Shadows in Paradise||Lieutenant Max Forrester|
|Secret of the Sultan|
|2011||The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone||Cobra|
|2014||Roger Corman’s Operation Rogue||Captain Max Randall|
|2016||Showdown in Manila||Matthew Wells||Also director and producer|
|2017||Maximum Impact||Tony Lin|
|2018||The Legend of Hallowaiian||Pono||Voice, Direct-to-video|
|2019||John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum||‘Zero’|
|The Driver||The Driver|
|2020||One Night in Bangkok||Kai Kahale|
|2021||Batman: Soul of the Dragon||Richard Dragon||Voice, Direct-to-video|
|1986||Bio-Man||Victor Lee/Biorhythm Red||Pilot|
|1986–97||General Hospital||Police Cadet||4 episodes|
|1990||Doogie Howser, MD||Julian||Episode: “The Grass Ain’t Always Greener”|
|The Flash||Osaku||Episode: “Child’s Play”|
|New Dragnet||Kevin Chow||Episode: “Queen of Hearts”|
|1991||Dead on the Money||Martial Arts Teacher||Television film|
|1994||Dragstrip Girl||Johnny Ramirez||Television film|
|Tales from the Crypt||Felix Johnson||Episode: “The Pit”|
|1995||One West Waikiki||Moku||Episode: “Rest in Peace”|
|1998–99||The Crow: Stairway to Heaven||Eric Draven||22 episodes|
|1999||Martial Law||Steven Garth||Episode: “Ninety Million Reasons to Die”|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Ananda||Episode: “Felonious Monk”|
|2004–18||Iron Chef America||The Chairman||236 episodes|
|2006||Solar Attack||Lucas Foster||Television film|
|2007–08||Stargate Atlantis||Tyre||2 episodes|
|2007–12||The Next Iron Chef||The Chairman||16 episodes|
|2008||The Legend of Bruce Lee||Thai Boxer King Charles||3 episodes|
|The Middleman||Sensei Ping||Episode: “The Sino-Mexican Revelation”|
|2009||Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight||Eubulon / Advent Master||9 episodes|
|Dancing with the Stars||Himself||7 episodes|
|2010–20||Hawaii Five-0||Wo Fat||17 episodes|
|2014||Chicago P.D.||Jimmy Shi||Episode: “Different Mistakes”|
|2015–16||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Giyera||11 episodes|
|2016||Lucifer||Kimo Vanzandt||Episode: “Weaponizer”|
|2017||The Perfect Bride||Daniel Counter||Television Film|
|2019||Wu Assassins||Monk||Recurring role|
|2013||Mortal Kombat: Legacy||Kung Lao||4 episodes|
|2002||Brotherhood of the Wolf||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|