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Djimon Hounsou

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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Apr 24, 1964 In Cotonou, Benin
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Ozi: Voice of the Forest 2024-02-11
Latest Project:
In the series The Oscars 1953-03-19
Known For
Poster of I Am Heath Ledger
Poster of How to Train Your Dragon 2
Poster of The Tempest
Poster of Beauty Shop
Movie Ozi: Voice of the Forest Ozi's Father (voice)
Movie Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire General Titus
Movie The Marvels Korath
Movie Gran Turismo Steve Mardenborough
Movie Shazam! Fury of the Gods The Wizard
Movie Black Adam The Wizard
Movie Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank Sumo
Movie The King's Man Neil Kenlock
Movie Marvel Studios' 2021 Disney+ Day Special Korath (voice) (archive footage)
Movie A Quiet Place Part II
Movie Charlie's Angels Bosley
Series The Longest Day in Chang'an Ge Lao [Slave Trader]
Movie Shazam! The Wizard
Movie Captain Marvel Korath
Movie Serenity Duke
Movie Aquaman King Ricou (voice)
Movie Same Kind of Different as Me Denver
Movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Bedivere
Movie I Am Heath Ledger Himself
Movie The Legend of Tarzan Chief Mbonga
Movie Air Cartwright
Movie The Vatican Tapes Vicar Imani
Series Wayward Pines CJ Mitchum
Movie Furious 7 Jakande
Movie Seventh Son Radu
Movie Guardians of the Galaxy Korath
Movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 Drago Bludvist (voice)
Movie Baggage Claim Quinton
Movie Special Forces Kovax
Movie Elephant White Curtie Church
Series Black Panther Black Panther (voice)
Movie Black Panther T'Challa
Movie The Tempest Caliban
Movie Push Agent Henry Carver
Movie Never Back Down Jean Roqua
Movie Killers Kill, Dead Men Die The Champ
Movie Eragon Ajihad
Movie Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy
Movie The Island Albert Laurent
Movie Strength and Honor: Creating the World of 'Gladiator' Self
Movie Beauty Shop Joe
Movie Constantine Midnite
Movie Renegade Woodhead
Movie In America Mateo
Movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life Kosa
Movie Biker Boyz Motherland
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown
Movie The Four Feathers Abou Fatma
Movie Dead Weight Youssouf
Series Alias Unknown
Movie The Middle Passage Narrator (U.S. Version)
Series Soul Food Unknown
Movie Gladiator Juba
Movie Deep Rising Vivo
Movie Amistad Cinque
Movie Ill Gotten Gains
Series The View Unknown
Movie Stargate Horus
Series ER Unknown
Movie Killing Zoe Moïse (voice)
Movie Unlawful Entry Prisoner on Bench
Series Beverly Hills, 90210 Nightclub Doorman
Movie Without You I'm Nothing Ex-Boyfriend
Series The Oscars Unknown