Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou

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    • April 24th, 1964
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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Acting (44 Credits)

2023Shazam! Fury of the Gods as The Wizard
2021The King's Man as Shola
2021Marvel Studios' 2021 Disney+ Day Special as Korath (voice) (archive footage)
2020A Quiet Place Part II as Man on Island
2019Serenity as Duke
2019Charlie's Angels as Bosley
2019Captain Marvel as Korath
2019Shazam! as The Wizard
2018Aquaman as King Ricou (voice)
2017Same Kind of Different as Me as Denver
2017King Arthur: Legend of the Sword as Bedivere
2016The Legend of Tarzan as Chief Mbonga
2015Air as Cartwright
2015The Vatican Tapes as Vicar Imani
2015Furious 7 as Jakande
2015Wayward Pines as CJ Mitchum
2014Seventh Son as Radu
2014Guardians of the Galaxy as Korath
2014How to Train Your Dragon 2 as Drago (voice)
2013Baggage Claim as Quinton
2011Elephant White as Curtie Church
2011Special Forces as Commander Kovax
2010The Tempest as Caliban
2010Black Panther as Black Panther (voice)
2009Push as Agent Henry Carver
2008Never Back Down as Jean Roqua
2006Blood Diamond as Solomon Vandy
2006Eragon as Ajihad
2005The Island as Albert Laurent
2005Constantine as Midnite
2005Beauty Shop as Joe
2004Renegade as Woodhead
2003Biker Boyz as Motherland
2003Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life as Kosa
2002The Four Feathers as Abou Fatma
2002Dead Weight as Detective Youssouf
2002In America as Mateo
2000Gladiator as Juba
1998Deep Rising as Vivo
1997Amistad as Cinque
1997Ill Gotten Gains as Fyah
1994Stargate as Horus
1993Killing Zoe as Moïse (voice)
1992Unlawful Entry as Prisoner on Bench

Himself (1 Credits)

2017I Am Heath Ledger as Himself


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