At home, there are three action films featuring Mark Dacascos to watch

At home, there are three action films featuring Mark Dacascos to watch ...

Mark Dacascos, who plays Iron Chef America in Food Networks, has been identified as one of the best screen fighters we''ve ever seen, delivering impressive action performances in the 90s and beyond.

Dacascos incredible ability and a laid-back spirit made him stand out from other martial arts stars of his era, like Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme. Recently, he was resurrected, voicing a main role in the solid Batman animated film Batman: Soul of the Dragon, and reportedly joining the cast of Cinemax''s excellent martial arts television show Warrior.

Dacascos was one of the best interviews on Scott Adkins'' excellent Art of Action interview series, which he''s talked about about his life and career. It''s a pleasure to spend some time there.

While some of his finest films (including the capoeira drama Only the Strong and Crying Freeman''s live-action adaptation) aren''t currently available at home, these three are, and all rule, while also giving excellent displays of Dacascos talents.


My personal favorite of Dacascos movies was that it made our list of our favorite martial arts films you can watch at home. In Drive, Dacascos plays a superhuman escapeing a group of deadly assassins. His laidback charm, good looks, and exceptional martial arts skills suit the role of a bionic man. Along the way, he meets a down-on-his luck songwriter (Kadeem Hardison) and a motelier (a very nice Brittany Murphy in

Drive is available on Vudu, Tubi, and Pluto TV for free.

Brotherhood of the Wolf

Dacascos stars alongside Samuel Le Bihan in Christophe Gans 2001 martial arts-action-horror period film Brotherhood of the Wolf as Mani, the formidable and ever-loyal Iroquois companion to Sir Gregoire de Fronsac, a knight and royal naturalist of King Louis XV. When Gevaudan is besieged by a mysterious explosion of killings, Fronsac and Mani are dispatched to investigate. What they discover is a plot

Dacascos Mani is a powerful warrior of few words and swift actions, the kind of guy who isn''t afraid to go toe-to-toe (and blow-for-blow) against a gang of devious combatants or a horrifying armor-plated monster. Seriously, this guy could have given the Predator a run for his money. Brotherhood of the Wolf is a must-see installment in the canon of Dacascos best performances. Toussaint Egan

Brotherhood of the Wolf is available on Shudder.

John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum

Dacascos was working with Adkins when director Chad Stahelski asked if he would be willing to do a cameo in the new John Wick film, which includes maybe a line of dialogue and a brief fight. However, when the actor originally planned to play the villain came out, our guy was in line for a far better role.

The Wick series has redefined modern action in many ways, and the third installment is the most martial arts-heavy of the bunch. It''s a shift for Dacascos that plays Zero, an assassin hunting Wick, and has a showtopper of an ending fight scene on a floor filled with glass panes. That scene took three to four weeks to shoot, according to Dacascos. PV

Chapter 3 Parabellum, John Wick, is available on Amazon, Apple, and Vudu.