Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou
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.  
Name Djimon Hounsou
Also Known As Djimon
Birthday 1964-04-24
Gender Male
IMDB Djimon Hounsou profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Cotonou, Benin
As: Juba
2000-05-01
Gladiator...
As: Midnite
2005-02-18
Constantine...
As: Solomon Vandy
2006-12-07
Blood Diamond...
As: Albert Laurent
2005-07-22
The Island...
As: Woodhead
2004-02-11
Blueberry...
As: Kosa
2003-07-21
Lara Croft: Tomb Rai...
As: Horus
1994-10-28
Stargate...
As: Ajihad
2006-12-15
Eragon...
As: Mateo
2003-11-26
In America...
As: Cinque
1997-12-03
Amistad...
As: Jean Roqua
2008-03-04
Never Back Down...
As: Motherland
2003-01-31
Biker Boyz...
As: Abou Fatma
2002-09-20
The Four Feathers...
As: Vivo
1998-01-30
Deep Rising...
As: Agent Henry Carver
2009-02-06
Push...
As: Joe
2005-06-02
Beauty Shop...
As: Caliban
2010-12-10
The Tempest...
As: Youssouf
2002-04-10
Dead Weight...
As: Drago Bludvist (voic
2014-06-13
How to Train Your Dr...
As: Kovax
2012-10-12
Special Forces...
As: Curtie Church
2011-05-17
Elephant White...
As: Narrator (U.S. Versi
2000-09-09
The Middle Passage...
As: Quinton
2013-09-27
Baggage Claim...
As: Korath
2014-08-01
Guardians of the Gal...
As: Jakande
2015-04-03
Furious 7...
As: Radu
2015-02-06
Seventh Son...
As: Bedivere
2017-05-12
King Arthur: Legend ...
As: Vicar Imani
2015-07-24
The Vatican Tapes...
As: Cartwright
2015-08-14
Air...
As: Prisoner on Bench
1992-06-26
Unlawful Entry...
As: Chief Mbonga
2016-07-01
The Legend of Tarzan...
As: Denver
2017-10-20
Same Kind of Differe...
As: Sumo
2018-05-11
Blazing Samurai...
As: Drago Bludvist (voic
2019-02-22
How to Train Your Dr...
As: Himself
2017-04-23
I Am Heath Ledger...
As: T'Challa
2011-01-18
Black Panther...
As: Korath
2019-03-08
Captain Marvel...
As: Unknown
2019-01-25
Serenity...
As: The Wizard
2019-04-05
Shazam!...
As: The Fisherman King
2018-12-21
Aquaman...
As: The Champ
2007-01-01
Vanity Fair: Killers...
As: Bosley
2019-09-27
Charlie's Angels...
As: Unknown
1997-08-11
The View...
As: Unknown
1994-09-19
ER...
As: Unknown
1953-03-18
The Academy Awards...
As: Unknown
2003-01-26
Jimmy Kimmel Live!...
As: Unknown
2001-09-30
Alias...
As: Unknown
2000-06-28
Soul Food...
As: Black Panther
2010-01-16
Black Panther...
As: CJ Mitchum
2015-05-14
Wayward Pines...