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Dante Basco
Dante Basco
Biographical information
Birth name

Danté Roman Titus Basco


August 29, 1975
Pittsburg, California

First credit

Santa Barbara (1988)

Further information
Danté Roman Titus Basco is an American actor, voice actor, and dancer. He is best known for playing Rufio in the 1991 live-action Peter Pan film Hook, in addition to his voice acting roles which include Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jake Long from the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long, and General Iroh of the United Forces in The Legend of Korra.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits


Character information: Zuko

Additional voices

The Legend of Korra credits


Character information: Iroh

Selected other credits

Television work


Other credits

Biographical information

Personal life

In his early years, Dante Basco 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 a substantial 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 has portrayed characters of different Asian ethnicities. 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. He starred as Ramos in the 2006 film Take the Lead alongside Antonio Banderas, where he break-danced as well as performed ballroom dance. This was not the only film in which he was required to 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 also produced and co-starred in a music video parody of the song "Rehab" that is called "Wiihab". He is occasionally "whacked" in the video. He played a gay teenager in the 1999 film But I'm A Cheerleader.


  • 2012: Won a Special Jury Prize for Hang Loose (Best Actor)
  • 2012: Won a Special Jury Prize for Paradise Broken (Best Actor)
  • 1993: Won a Young Artist Award for Hook (Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture)


  • Zuko and Jake Long from American Dragon: Jake Long both have the ability to breathe fire. The characters also had adversarial-turned-friendly relations with a character on their respective shows voiced by Mae Whitman, those characters being Katara and Rose/Huntsgirl, respectively. Basco voiced the villain turned friend on Avatar, while Whitman voiced the villain turned friend on American Dragon.
  • Dante Basco had already worked prior to Avatar: The Last Airbender with Mako Iwamatsu, Iroh's original voice actor, in the film Riot (1997), in which the two played father and son.
  • Dante admitted to being a "Zutara" shipper.[1]


  1. Dante Basco Zutara tweet. Retrieved on March 13, 2013.
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