Djimon Hounsou

Biography

Date of Birth 24 April 1964, Cotonou, Benin Birth Name Djimon Gaston Hounsou Height 6' 3" (1.91 m) Djimon Gaston Hounsou is an American actor and model. As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards. Djimon Hounsou (pronounced [dʒimɔ̃ hũsu]) was born in Cotonou, Benin, the son of Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He emigrated to Paris at the age of thirteen with his brother, Edmond, and moved to the U.S. in 1990. One year before obtaining his college degree he dropped out of school. He lived on the streets for a while until he was discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who made him a model, leading him into acting. 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 1989 Janet Jackson video “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” from Rhythm Nation 1814, which co-starred Antonio Sabato, Jr. 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 first African to be nominated for an Oscar. That same year, Charlize Theron, a White South African actress, was nominated for her work in Monster, and was the first time that one indigenous African man and one White South African born performer was nominated for an Oscar in the same year. 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. Also on the 4th of March 2008 Djimon starred as Jean Roqau in the movie Never Back Down. On February 24, 2007, it was announced that Hounsou will be the new Calvin Klein underwear model. Starting with the Fall 2007 season, he was featured in the brand’s global print advertising campaign including the launch of their new Calvin Klein Steel product line. Hounsou also acted in a supporting role in the 2009 science fiction film Push, as Agent Henry Carver. Director Tim Story recently mentioned to IGN that if he was to do a third Fantastic Four movie, he would like to have Hounsou as the Black Panther. In November 2008, it was announced that Hounsou will be providing the voice of the Black Panther in the upcoming animated series of the same name. Also, David Jaffe expressed interest in seeing Hounsou portray the hero and main character, Kratos, in an upcoming movie based on the hit video game God of War. Since 2007, Hounsou has been dating model and CEO of the fashion label Baby Phat, Kimora Lee Simmons. On 30 May 2009, Simmons gave birth to their son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, reportedly named in honour of Japanese fashion designer, Kenzo Takada. Honsou is now a naturalized U.S. citizen and resides in Los Angeles. Mr. Hounsou spoke at the Summit on Climate Change at the United Nations, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009.

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Birth Name

Djimon Gaston Hounsou

Birth Place

Cotonú, Benín, África

Birth Date

4/24/1964
Known For
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Constantine

Midnite

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Blood Diamond

Solomon Vandy

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Push

Henry Carver

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The Island

Albert Laurent

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Charlie's Angels

Edgar Bosley

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Special Forces

Kovax

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Renegade

Woodhead

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Elephant White

Curtie Church

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AIR

Cartwright

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Rebel Moon

General Titus

Starring In
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Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver

Titus

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Ozi - Voice of the Forest

Ozi's Father (voice)

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Rebel Moon

General Titus

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Gran Turismo

Steve Mardenborough

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Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Wizard

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Black Adam

Wizard

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Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Sumo (voice)

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The King's Man

Shola

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A Quiet Place Part II

Man on Island

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Charlie's Angels

Edgar Bosley

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Shazam!

Wizard

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Captain Marvel

Korath

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Aquaman

King Ricou (voice)

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Serenity

Duke

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Same Kind Of Different As Me

Denver Moore

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Bedivere

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I Am Heath Ledger

Himself

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The Legend of Tarzan

Chief Mbonga

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AIR

Cartwright

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Furious Seven

Jakande

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The Vatican Tapes

Vicar Imani

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Seventh Son

Radu

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

Drago Bludvist (voice)

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Korath

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Baggage Claim

Quinton

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Special Forces

Kovax

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Forces

Kovax

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Elephant White

Curtie Church

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The Tempest

Caliban

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Push

Henry Carver

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Never Back Down

Jean Roqua

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Eragon

Ajihad

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Blood Diamond

Solomon Vandy

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The Island

Albert Laurent

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Beauty Shop

Joe

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Constantine

Midnite

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Renegade

Woodhead

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Alias - The Complete 4 Season

Kazari Bomani (3 episodes, 2003-2004)

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Kosa

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Biker Boyz

Motherland

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In America

Mateo

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The Four Feathers

Abou Fatma

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Le boulet

Det. Youssouf

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Gladiator

Juba

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Deep Rising

Vivo

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Amistad

Cinque

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Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade

Himself (segment "Love Will Never Do")

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Stargate

Horus (as Djimon)

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Unlawful Entry

Prisoner on Bench (as Djimon)

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Beverly Hills 90210 - The Pilot Episode

Nightclub Doorman (as Djimon)

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Without You I'm Nothing

Ex-Boyfriend

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Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation Compilation

Himself (segment "Love Will Never Do Without You")

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This Day and Age

King Ricou (voice)

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