Djimon Hounsou

24 Apr 1964

Actor, Producer

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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Filmography (35 titles)

(movie, 2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as The Wizard)
(movie, 2019)
···Captain Marvel
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Korath)
(movie, 2019)
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Duke)
(movie, 2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as King Ricou (voice))
(movie, 2017)
···Same Kind of Different as Me
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Denver)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Sir Bedivere)
(movie, 2016)
···The Legend of Tarzan
Genre: Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Chief Mbonga)
(movie, 2015)
···The Vatican Tapes
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Role: Actor (as Vicar Imani)
(movie, 2015)
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Cartwright)
(movie, 2015)
···Furious 7
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jakande)
(movie, 2014)
···Seventh Son
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Radu)
(movie, 2014)
8.4Guardians of the Galaxy
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Korath)
(movie, 2014)
···How to Train Your Dragon 2
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Drago Bludvist (voice))
(movie, 2013)
···Baggage Claim
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Quinton)
(movie, 2011)
···Forces spéciales
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Kovax)
(movie, 2011)
···Elephant White
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2010)
···The Tempest
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Caliban)
(movie, 2009)
Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Role: Actor (as Agent Henry Carver)
(movie, 2008)
···Never Back Down
Genre: Drama, Action
Role: Actor (as Jean Roqua)
(movie, 2006)
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Ajihad)
(movie, 2006)
7.8Blood Diamond
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Action
Role: Actor (as Solomon Vandy)
(movie, 2005)
···The Island
Genre: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Albert Laurent)
(movie, 2005)
···Beauty Shop
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Joe)
(movie, 2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Midnite)
(movie, 2004)
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Woodhead)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Kosa)
(movie, 2003)
···Biker Boyz
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Motherland)
(movie, 2002)
···The Four Feathers
Genre: War, Adventure, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Abou Fatma)
(movie, 2002)
···Le Boulet
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Youssouf)
(movie, 2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Juba)
(movie, 2000)
···Passage du milieu
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Narrator (US Version))
(movie, 1998)
···Deep Rising
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Vivo)
(movie, 1997)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Cinque)
(movie, 1997)
···Ill Gotten Gains
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Fyah)
(movie, 1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Horus)