Dominic Pace (born September 21, 1975) is an American actor who portrayed the bounty hunter Gekko in the first and third chapters of The Mandalorian. The name Gekko was used by makeup artist Brian Sipe on social media.[1] Sipe applied the makeup to several of the actors and actresses from The Mandalorian. The name was later confirmed by The Topps Company, Inc. when they released a card of the character in November of 2020.[2]

Pace was also able to select his own weapon during production and chose a large, unique heavy blaster.[3] It has been noted by several fans that the heavy gauntlets used by his character match those worn by the Pyke guards on Kessel in Solo: A Star Wars Story.[4]

Pace has also confirmed that he would like his species to be known as a Shaaridan.[5] Pace stated in a recent interview that at he views Gekko as ruthless, unapologetic, imposing and intense.[6]

Pace has been very active on social media and the press circuit. Recently, he was accepted as an honorary member of the fan organizations the 501st Legion,[7] and the Rebel Legion.[8]

The mayor of Sioux City, Iowa officially named July 18, 2020 as Gekko the Bounty Hunter aka Dominic Pace Day.[9] On July 26, 2020, Pace was given a key to the city in Cleveland, Tennessee.[10]

Pace is a lifelong Star Wars fan and described his time on set and in costume as one of the coolest experiences of his lifetime.[11]

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  1. InstagramIcon.png Brian Sipe (@briansipemakeup) on InstagramGekko makeup photo. "The bounty hunter, Gekko was played by Dominic Pace. The makeup was designed and initial test by Brian Sipe." (backup link)
  2. InstagramIcon.png Jay Manchand (@jaymanchandart) on InstagramInstagram post of Official Topps Gekko Card (April 11, 2020). "My officially licensed @starwars hand painted art card from @topps The Mandalorian Series 1. Depicting the character ‘Gekko’, portrayed by @dominicpace1 - this original card is inserted into a random pack." (backup link)
  3. Picirilli, Mark (2020-02-03). 10 Questions with Dominic Pace. YodasNews.com. Archived from the original on March 18, 2020. Retrieved on March 18, 2020.
  4. TwitterLogo.svg DominicPPace (@DominicPPace) on Twitter: "Gekko’s Thick Gauntlets were most likely taken from Pyke Sentinels, who can be seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story." (backup link)
  5. TwitterLogo.svg Dominic Pace (@DominicPPace) on Twitter: "The "Gekko" Lore begins. So grateful for all the Authors and Fans for fleshing my character out. Appreciate you all. #bountyhunterguild #TheMandalorian #gekko" (backup link)
  6. Fletzer, Pete (2019-11-11). Episode 39 - Dominic Pace, The Mandalorian. Around the Galaxy. SoundCloud. Archived from the original on January 3, 2020. Retrieved on January 3, 2020.
  7. TwitterLogo.svg Dominic Pace (@DominicPPace) on Twitter: "Thank you to the @501stLegion . Amazing company on that list. ❤️ https://www.501st.com/honorary.php" (backup link)
  8. TwitterLogo.svg Dominic Pace (@DominicPPace) on Twitter: "Thank you to the @rebellegion for this honor. May we continue to pay it forward to help others in need. Grateful for all of you and your contributions to your communities. ❤️" (backup link)
  9. TwitterLogo.svg DominicPPace (@DominicPPace) on Twitter: "Deeply honored and grateful today in Sioux City. Thank you to the Mayor of Sioux City for naming July 19th, 2020, Lair of the Gekko Dominic Pace Day. Honored to share this with #BrianSipeMakeup @dave_filoni and @Jon_Favreau $1,000 earned for @TheWookieeRoars" (backup link)
  10. TwitterLogo.svg DominicPPace (@DominicPPace) on Twitter: "Grateful to Nancy McCann of Comics Unlimited , along with the Mayor of Cleveland TN. Key to the City was such a humbling honor. Privileged to be a small ambassador to a franchise that gives so much happiness to so many." (backup link)
  11. Dinich, Michael (2019-11-11). Actor Dominic Pace: Star Wars Fan Lands a Dream Appearance. Your Money Geek. Archived from the original on January 3, 2020. Retrieved on January 3, 2020.

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