Djimon Hounsou

Actor / Model (person) / Film Producer / Film Director / Screenwriter | * 04/24/1964 (56) | Cotonou, Benin
Djimon Gaston Hounsou (French: [dʒimɔ̃ unsu]; born 24 April 1964) is a Beninese actor and model. Hounsou began his career appearing in music videos. He made his film debut in the Sandra Bernhard film Without You I'm Nothing (1990) and gained widespread recognition for his role as Cinqué in the Steven Spielberg film Amistad (1997). He gained further recognition for his roles in Gladiator (2000), In America (2003), and Blood Diamond (2006), receiving Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nominations for both the latter films. He also had a minor role in Furious 7 (2015). He has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Djimon Hounsou plays an important role as well in the French film Forces spéciales in 2011. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he plays the role of Korath the Pursuer in ..."> ()
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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.  .

Most frequent genres for this person: Action | Drama | Adventure

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Awards & Nominations for Djimon Hounsou

2x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with Djimon Hounsou as Actor(46)

as Korath2022 Captain Marvel 2
as The Wizard2021 Black Adam
as Sumo2021 Blazing Samurai
as Neil Kenlock2020 The King's Man
as Abdiel2019 Paradise Lost
as Bosley2019 Charlie's Angels
as Korath2019 Captain Marvel
as Duke2019 Serenity
as The Wizard2019 Shazam!
as King Ricou (voice)2018 Aquaman
as himself2017 I Am Heath Ledger
as Chief Mbonga2016 The Legend of Tarzan
as Jakande2015 Furious 7
as Cartwright2015 Air
as Vicar Imani2015 The Vatican Tapes
as Radu2014 Seventh Son
as Drago Bludvist (voice)2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2
as Quinton2013 Baggage Claim
as Curtie Church2011 Elephant White
as Kovax2011 Special Forces
as Caliban2010 The Tempest
as Agent Henry Carver2009 Push
as Jean Roqua2008 Never Back Down
as Ajihad2006 Eragon
as Solomon Vandy2006 Blood Diamond
as Midnite2005 Constantine
as Albert Laurent2005 The Island
as Joe2005 Beauty Shop
as Woodhead2004 Blueberry
as Mateo2003 In America
as Motherland2003 Biker Boyz
as Youssouf2002 Dead Weight
as Abou Fatma2002 The Four Feathers
as Narrator (U.S. Version)2000 The Middle Passage
as Juba2000 Gladiator
as Vivo1998 Deep Rising
as Cinque1997 Amistad
as Horus1994 Stargate
as Moïse (voice)1993 Killing Zoe
as Prisoner on Bench1992 Unlawful Entry

TV Shows/Series with Djimon Hounsou as Actor(8)

as CJ Mitchum2015 Wayward Pines
as Black Panther (voice)2010 Black Panther
2001 Alias
1994 ER
as Nightclub Doorman1990 Beverly Hills, 90210

Movies with Djimon Hounsou as Crew(1)

Production/Producer2011 Elephant White

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: Djimon Hounsou
Born: Friday, 04/24 1964 (April) in Cotonou (current age: 56 years + 102 days)
Zodiac sign: Taurus (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN)
Other names for Djimon Hounsou (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Djimon Gaston Hounsou"
"Djimon Hounso"
"Djimon Housoun"
"Джимон Хонсу"
Djimon Hounsou frequently works together with these people:
Stan Lee (6x, Crew)
Jennifer Garner (5x, Actress)
James Gunn (5x, Crew)
Lydia Woodward (5x, Crew)
Sally Field (4x, Actress)
Tori Spelling (4x, Actress)
Scott Paulin (4x, Actor)
John Stamos (4x, Actor)
Brian Tyler (4x, Crew)
Laura Innes (4x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:565, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 07/28/2020