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One of Hollywood’s hot, young actors, DANTE BASCO, was first introduced in Steve Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio”, the leader of the Lost Boys. Recently Dante starred in Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas. His flair for dance helped him lock this role down. He has also starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World, written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay. He is also the new voice of Disney in their animation series American Dragon: Jake Long as well as the villain in Nickelodeon’s Avatar.

Born and raised in the city by the Bay, Dante started out breakdancing with his three brothers at the age of 8, calling themselves “The Street Freaks”. Quickly they became one of the top groups in San Francisco, opening for acts like Ice T and Vanity and performing during half-time shows for the 49ers and the Oakland A’s.

Dante and his family moved to Los Angeles in the mid 80s where he started to work immediately. By the age of 16, Dante was fencing against Dustin Hoffman and flying with Robin Williams in Hook. 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) – as well as recurring on hit shows like Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Moesha, MTV’s Undressed and lending his voice to Disney’s The Proud Family. In the fall of 2000, 20th Century Fox executives were so amazed by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series.

Dante has also starred in his share of feature films: Biker Boyz (with Laurence Fishburne, Kid Rock and Derek Luke), Naked Brown Men (which he co-produced and stars in with his brothers), Extreme Days, But I’m a Cheerleader (with Natasha Lyonne, Cathy Moriarty and Clea Duvall), The Debut, Fakin’ Da Funk (with Pam Greer and Tatiana Ali), Rave and Showtime’s critically acclaimed Riot – to name a few.

A young man of many talents, Dante has also shared his spoken word poetry on Russell Simmon’s HBO Def Poetry Jam – currently airing.

It’s no wonder Dante Basco always works. His originality and talent sum him up for one destiny……MOVIESTAR.