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Mark Dacascos
Celebrity Profile
Birth Date 26 February 1964 (1964-02-26) (age 60)
Known For Actor & Iron Chef chairman

Dancing with the Stars 9

Partner(s) Lacey Schwimmer
Placement 6th
Highest Score 26 (Paso Doble & Jitterbug)
Lowest Score 18 (Rumba)
Average Score 22.1

Mark Alan Dacascos is a celebrity from Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars.

Early Life[]

Dacascos' father, Al Dacascos, is from Hawaii and is a martial arts instructor of Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese ancestry. His biological mother, Moriko McVey-Murray, is of Irish and Japanese ancestry. She introduced Mark to martial arts at age three. Mark's mother was a singer and performed in 46 states and Canada. In the History Channel presentation Samurai, Dacascos revealed that many members of the Japanese side of his mother's family were killed in the bombing of Hiroshima. Mark's former stepmother, award-winning martial artist Malia Bernal, and his father raised him and were his first martial arts teachers. Dacascos attended Los Angeles Valley College and was on its 1983-1984 gymnastics team, coached by Gary Honjio. He also attended Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Dacascos is proficient in his father's style of martial arts, Wun Hop Kuen Do. He has studied Muay Thai with Kru Puk, Capoeira with Mestre Amen Santo, and Wushu with Coaches Eric and Debbie Chen, though he self-admittedly is still very much a beginner/intermediate student in those arts.


Dacascos became an actor after being discovered walking down the street in San Francisco's Chinatown by Chris Lee (at that time, assistant director) and Rexall Chin (hairstylist) for director Wayne Wang. Though his first scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, 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 hold no relation in real life.

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. 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 in 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.

Personal Life[]

He 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.

Dancing with the Stars 9[]

He was partnered with Lacey Schwimmer. They placed 6th.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' Scores Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha /"Kung Fu Fighting" 7 7 7 Safe
Viennese Waltz/"I'm Your Man" Awarded eight points
2 Quickstep/"King of Swing" 7 7* 7 Safe
3 Rumba/"Don't Lie" 6 6 6 Safe
4 Two-Step/"Nothin' Better to Do" 8 7 7 Safe
5 Paso Doble/"Diablo Rojo" 9 9 8 Safe
Hustle/"The Hustle" No score given
6 Jitterbug/"This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof"
Mambo/"Ran Kan Kan"
7 Samba/"Switch"
Team Paso Doble/"I Hate Myself for Loving You"
Replaced by Anna Trebunskaya