Damian Chapa


First, acting job was in New York as a stand-in for Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” music video. Is fluent in Spanish and can speak moderately in Italian and German. Served in the U.S. Navy for three years traveling the world on three different ships. His eldest brother Rico died of cancer at the age of 30. He opened a production company named Rico Films in his memory, later changing the name to Amadeus Pictures. Grew up with two brothers and two sisters. He is the second eldest of five children. Won Best Director and Best Feature awards at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for his film Brando Unauthorized (2011). Gave his son Presley Chapa the middle name “Scorsese” after his favorite film director Martin Scorsese. Favorite actor is Montgomery Clift. His first two films in Hollywood had him starring in Blood In, Blood Out (1993) and Alerta máxima (1992), both with a combined budget of $70 million. Spent his childhood in Ohio and lived in New York City for a number of years prior to breaking into movies. Has directed Stacy Keach and Rachel Hunter in four films, Robert Wagner and Joe Estevez in three films, and Faye Dunaway, David Carradine, Brad Dourif and Gary Busey in two films. Has four children. His eldest son Ricco Chapa is also an actor. Was involved in a motorcycle accident that nearly killed him while shooting a scene for his film Brando Unauthorized (2011). He suffered injuries including a broken hand and facial bruising. As a result the production was temporarily delayed, however, after eight hours he got back on his feet and resumed filming. A clip of the accident can be seen during the acid trip scene in the film. Famed French director/producer Luc Besson gave him the lead role in a movie called “Sword of Light” where he was to play a matador, however, the project fell through due to funding. His father Rico Chapa owned a bar across the street from Hustler Magazine publishing tycoon Larry Flynt’s first go-go joint in Columbus, OH. They knew each other. Received the keys to Corpus Christi, TX in an illustrious ceremony directed by the city’s mayor. Independent filmmaker (2000-present). Sold siding as a teenager. And ran a go-go joint at 17 years old for his Uncle Johnny. His uncle was shot several times and was considered a “gangster”. Chapa’s other uncle Enrique was a “hired hit man in Texas”. Had a serious alcohol and substance abuse problem during his 20’s. One day he decided enough was enough and built up the courage and strength to seek help through meetings. He has since been successfully sober for over 25 years. His manager is Chuck Binder whose long-time clients have included Sharon Stone and the late David Carradine. Won the Anthony Quinn Award for Acting at the 11th Annual East L.A. Chicano/a Film Festival [2005]. Is of Irish, Mexican and Italian and Native American descent. Has achieved worldwide notoriety and legions of fans, particularly within the Latino community, for his portrayal of Miklo Velka in the cult film Blood In, Blood Out (1993), which has gone on to become the highest-grossing Latin film in history. Attended the 18th Street theater in New York for many years. Was coached by master director Robert Easton at one time. He and Leonardo DiCaprio were both in the running to do competing James Dean biopics in 1995. The James Dean Foundation, who held rights for the project, endorsed Chapa over DiCaprio. The project came to a screeching halt, however, when all its producers were murdered at a street light in Culver City, California, as outlined in the book Once Upon a Time in Hollywood by Rod Lurie. Four films in which he had starring roles (Blood In, Blood Out (1993), Alerta máxima (1992), Street Fighter, la última batalla (1994) and Money Talks (1997)) have earned a combined gross of a quarter billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Is godfather to his sister ‘Cita Chapa’s son Vittorio Chapa. Bond girl Jill St. John’s final screen appearance was in his film The Calling (2002). Most Recent Damian Chapa starred in a film he directed Streets of East La Starring Paz De La Huerta, Angus Macfadyen, and Damian Chapa.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Roland C.