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Actor-martial artist, MARK DACASCOS, whose film roles have taken him around the world, has a few major projects set for release in 2006 including: Nomad and Only the Brave. He appears in the epic period picture Nomad, which was filmed entirely on location over six months time in Kazaksthan, starring opposite Jason Scott Lee as "Sharish, the leader of a powerful warrior tribe. The ambitious picture which was produced by the legendary Milos Forman, is scheduled for a spring 2007 major theatrical release by The Weinstein Company. It was directed in tandem by Ivan Passer and Oscar winning Russian auteur, Sergei Bodrov. 

Dacascos and Lee, both Hawaiian boys, worked together again on Only the Brave, directed by Lane Nishikawa. The powerful independent picture recounts the heroic story of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team - comprised of Nisei (Hawaiian-Japanese-Americans) - who sacrificed their lives to rescue the Texas 141st Regiment known as the Lost Battalion during World War II. Also upcoming in 2006 are another 20 episodes of the Food Network cooking show, Iron Chef America, on which Dacascos serves as the "Official Chairman.”

Dacascos was initially spotted by a producer in San Francisco and, promptly cast as the romantic lead opposite Chinese star Joan Chen in Wayne Wang's picture, Dim Sum. Prompted to pursue a film career full time, and he starred shortly thereafter in American Samurai, filmed on location in Israel. Since then he has consistently impressed critics and audiences alike starring in a wide variety of film roles his credits include the romantic Japanese anti-hero in the classic Crying Freeman to, the ex-con looking for a new start in the award-winning Boogie Boy; from the mysterious stranger in Junior Pilot, to the seasoned hero in Crash Point and The Hunt for Eagle One, both of which were filmed back-to-back on location in the Philippines in 2005. In 2003, Dacascos starred in the Warner Bros. release, Cradle to the Grave, and in 2000 he commuted between France and China to star in the international French hit, Brotherhood of the Wolf for filmmaker Christophe Gans. He starred in China Strike Force, shot on location in Shanghai, and the cult favorite Drive continues to garner awards at sci-fi convention and festivals to this day. The Fox release, Only the Strong remains a family favorite. He also continues to be widely recognized for his starring role in the popular syndicated series "The Crow: Stairway to Heaven.”

Born in Hawaii, Dacascos was raised in Colorado and Germany. A student of varying styles of martial arts for more than 30 years, he also excels in gymnastics. A dedicated student, Dacascos has long been coached by Royal Academy Shakespearean notable, Patsy Rodenburg. The multi-lingual Dacascos who is fluent in French and German, also speaks a smattering of various Chinese dialects and plays the guitar and drums in his spare time.

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