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Damian Chapa

Damian Robert Chapa (born October 29, 1963) is a Mexican-American actor, film director and film producer. Chapa was born in Dayton, Ohio, USA. He was briefly married to Natasha Henstridge. Among his earlier notable film roles are one of the leads in Taylor Hackford's Blood In Blood Out and the part of Ken in the film adaptation of Street Fighter. Subsequently, Chapa has directed and produced, in addition to starring in, his own films. These movies include 1998's Kill You Twice, 2000's The Lonely Life of Downey Hall, 2002's Man of Faith, 2004's Shade of Pale, 2004's El Padrino, and 2006's I.R.A.: King of Nothing. Chapa co-wrote and directed Polanski Unauthorized, a biopic of Roman Polanski, in which he played the title role. It was released on February 13, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. Chapa will begin filming the only film about Marlon Brando ever to be made, in June 2010 called Brando Unauthorized. He followed this with "Vatos Locos", starring himself. Albert Pyun was supposed to direct, but left the project following a dispute over his salary, so Chapa directed himself. The film is about the Chinese mafia in Los Angeles and how the Mexican gang boys, known as "vatos," fought back and defeated the Chinese gang-bangers. As of 2011, Chapa has yet another project in development, an indie drama titled "The Best So Far," which takes place in the late 80's, about a small-town Canadian girl who loves Judo and dreams about being one of the finalists at the '88 Olympics. The ensemble drama follows the lines of Rocky, in the sense that it's not about winning, but going the distance and getting your life back. Chapa, who wrote the drama, will play the widowed father, who does his best to make life easier for his daughter. Although the film is in its very early development stages, Chapa hopes the script will attract the interest of talented artists such as Ellen Page for the main role and Jennifer Connelly for the supporting role, this being the part of the final, toughest competition Page's character faces off during the '88 Olympics and gets defeated by. Although not winning, she gets her sense of victory be offering a brave stand against the better fighter, and both discover, in the process, they are quite simillar, despite their differences. Insiders who had a chance to read the script stated that it is one of the finest not-yet-filmed scripts they had ever seen. Acclaimed director David Cronenberg asked for New Line to bid for the script, but Chapa wouldn't sell it, because of his determination to direct the picture himself. The project is slated to be shot sometime in mid-2012, for tentative release in 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival. Description above from the Wikipedia article Damian Chapa, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

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Oct 29, 1963 In Dayton, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Night Bird
Latest Project:
Movie Rifkin's Festival 2020-10-01
Known For
Poster of Adam Weishaupt: The Illuminati
Poster of To Live and Die in Amsterdam
Poster of Mafia Man: Robstown Gangster
Poster of Killer Priest
Movie Night Bird Jack Kennedy 2022
Movie Rifkin's Festival Festivalgoer 2020-10-01
Movie Adam Weishaupt: The Illuminati Marquis de Sade 2018-06-06
Movie New York Murder 2016-06-28
Movie Vatos Locos 2 Mickey Solis 2016-03-21
Movie To Live and Die in Amsterdam 2016-07-06
Movie Enemy Within Nick 2016-09-20
Movie Father Rupert Mayer Capitan Paintsville 2015-05-01
Movie Love, Hate & Security Nick 2014-05-28
Movie Mafia Man: Robstown Gangster Eduardo 2012-08-15
Movie Killer Priest 2011-01-11
Movie Brando Unauthorized Marlon Brando 2011-01-31
Movie Red Rose of Normandy Brahms 2011-05-03
Movie Bad Cop Angel Almaraz 2009-11-03
Movie Vampiro Casanova 2009-01-01
Movie Polanski Unauthorised Roman Polanski 2009-02-13
Movie Bobby Fischer Live Bobby Fischer 2009-10-01
Movie El padrino 2 Kilo 2008-01-01
Movie Mexican Gangster Johnny Sun 2008-11-01
Movie Chicano Blood Gabriel Bentez 2008-05-13
Movie Mexican American Tony 2007-05-29
Movie I.R.A. King of Nothing Bobby O'Brien 2007-07-10
Movie Fuego Fuego 2007-10-29
Movie El padrino: The Latin Godfather Kilo 2004-09-27
Movie Betrayal Tony 2003-08-01
Movie U.S. Seals II: The Ultimate Force Chief Frank Ratliff 2001-06-21
Movie Hitman's Run Paolo Catania 1999-01-01
Movie Cypress Edge Beau McCammon 1999-01-01
Movie Facade Raul Belliard 1999-06-15
Movie Exposé Jason Drake 1998-02-23
Movie Sometimes They Come Back... for More Dr. Carl Schilling 1998-09-06
Movie Midnight Blue Martin 1997-04-21
Movie Money Talks Carmine 1997-08-22
Movie On Seventh Avenue Anthony Occipente 1996-06-10
Movie Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Lyle Menendez 1994-05-22
Movie Dead Connection Det. Louis Donato 1994-01-01
Movie Street Fighter Ken Masters 1994-12-23
Movie Saints and Sinners 1994-09-28
Movie Bound by Honor Miklo 1993-02-05
Series Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown 1993-04-21
Series Melrose Place Unknown 1992-07-08
Movie Under Siege Tackman 1992-10-08