Djimon Hounsou

Biography

Djimon Gaston Hounsou is a Beninese-American actor and model. As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Hounsou became a naturalized American citizen in 2007. He was reluctant to renounce his Beninese citizenship and therefore opted to become a dual citizen of both Benin and the United States, effectively rendering him a Beninese-American. Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, in 1964, to lbertine and Pierre Hounsou. He immigrated to Lyon in France at the age of thirteen with his brother, Edmond. In 1987, he became a model and established a career in Paris. He moved to the U.S. in 1990. One year before obtaining his college degree, he dropped out of school. In the 1989 he appeared in a music video of Straight Up by Paula Abdul. Hounsou's film debut was in the 1990 Sandra Bernhard film Without You I’m Nothing, and he has had television parts on Beverly Hills, 90210 and ER and a guest starring role on Alias, but received a larger role in the science fiction film Stargate. His first on-screen appearance was in the 1990 Janet Jackson video “Love Will Never Do (Without You).” He also starred in a 2002 Gap commercial directed by Peter Lindbergh, dancing to a rendition of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" by Arrested Development's Baba Oje. He received wide critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role as Cinqué in the 1997 Steven Spielberg film Amistad. He gained further notice as Juba, in the 2000 film Gladiator. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for In America, in 2004, becoming the fourth African male to be nominated for an Oscar (along with Basil Rathbone, Cecil Kellaway and Omar Sharif). In 2006, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Blood Diamond; he received Broadcast Film Critics Association, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Academy Award nominations for this performance. In 2007, Hounsou began dating model/CEO of Baby Phat, Kimora Lee Simmons. In 2008 Hounsou and Simmons visited Hounsou's family and while there, the two participated in a traditional commitment ceremony. On May 30, 2009, Simmons gave birth to their son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, reportedly named because Kenzo means 3 (Kimora's third child). Hounsou is now a naturalized United States citizen and resides in Los Angeles.  

Djimon Gaston Hounsou is a Beninese-American actor and model. As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Hounsou became a naturalized American citizen in 2007. He was reluctant to renounce his Beninese citizenship and therefore opted to become a dual citizen of both Benin and the United States, effectively rendering him a Beninese-American. Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, in 1964, to lbertine and Pierre Hounsou. He immigrated to Lyon in France at the age of thirteen with his brother, Edmond. In 1987, he became a model and established a career in Paris. He moved to the U.S. in 1990. One year before obtaining his college degree, he dropped out of school. In the 1989 he appeared in a music video of Straight Up by Paula Abdul. Hounsou's film debut was in the 1990 Sandra Bernhard film Without You I’m Nothing, and he has had television parts on Beverly Hills, 90210 and ER and a guest starring role on Alias, but received a larger role in the science fiction film Stargate. His first on-screen appearance was in the 1990 Janet Jackson video “Love Will Never Do (Without You).” He also starred in a 2002 Gap commercial directed by Peter Lindbergh, dancing to a rendition of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" by Arrested Development's Baba Oje. He received wide critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role as Cinqué in the 1997 Steven Spielberg film Amistad. He gained further notice as Juba, in the 2000 film Gladiator. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for In America, in 2004, becoming the fourth African male to be nominated for an Oscar (along with Basil Rathbone, Cecil Kellaway and Omar Sharif). In 2006, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Blood Diamond; he received Broadcast Film Critics Association, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Academy Award nominations for this performance. In 2007, Hounsou began dating model/CEO of Baby Phat, Kimora Lee Simmons. In 2008 Hounsou and Simmons visited Hounsou's family and while there, the two participated in a traditional commitment ceremony. On May 30, 2009, Simmons gave birth to their son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, reportedly named because Kenzo means 3 (Kimora's third child). Hounsou is now a naturalized United States citizen and resides in Los Angeles.  

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Gender Male

Known Credits 43

Birthday 1964-04-24

Place of Birth Cotonou, Benin

Adult Actor False

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Also Known As

  • Djimon

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Blazing Samurai as Sumo
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword as Sir Bedivere
2017 Same Kind of Different as Me as Denver
2016 The Legend of Tarzan as Chief Mbonga
2015 Air as Cartwright
2015 The Vatican Tapes as Vicar Imani
2015 Wayward Pines(10 episodes) as CJ Mitchum
2015 Furious 7 as Slim
2014 Seventh Son as Radu
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy as Korath the Pursuer
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 as Drago Bludvist (voice)
2013 Baggage Claim as Quinton
2011 Special Forces as Kovax
2011 Elephant White as Curtie Church
2010 The Tempest as Caliban
2010 Black Panther(12 episodes) as Black Panther
2009 Push as Agent Henry Carver
2008 Never Back Down as Jean Roqua
2006 Eragon as Ajihad
2006 Blood Diamond as Solomon Vandy
2005 The Island as Albert Laurent
2005 Beauty Shop as Joe
2005 Constantine as Midnite
2004 Blueberry as Woodhead
2003 In America as Mateo
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life as Kosa
2003 Biker Boyz as Motherland
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(1 episode)
2002 The Four Feathers as Abou Fatma
2002 Dead Weight as Youssouf
2001 Alias(3 episodes)
2000 The Middle Passage as Narrator (U.S. Version)
2000 Soul Food(1 episode)
2000 Gladiator as Juba
1998 Deep Rising as Vivo
1997 Amistad as Cinque
1997 The View(1 episode)
1997 Stargate SG-1(1 episode) as Horus
1994 Stargate as Horus
1994 ER(6 episodes)
1992 Unlawful Entry as Prisoner on Bench (as Djimon)
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1900 Paradise Lost as Abdiel

Production

2011 Elephant White … Producer

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