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Djimon Hounsou

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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Apr 24, 1964 In Cotonou, Benin
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Paradise Lost
Latest Project:
Movie Shazam! 2019-04-03
Known For
Poster of Eragon
Poster of Blueberry
Poster of Stargate
Poster of The Flintstones
Movie Paradise Lost Abdiel 2019
Movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Drago Bludvist (voice) 2019-01-03
Movie Captain Marvel Korath 2019-03-06
Movie Shazam! The Wizard 2019-04-03
Movie I Am Heath Ledger Himself 2017-04-23
Movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Bedivere 2017-05-10
Movie Same Kind of Different as Me Denver 2017-10-20
Movie The Legend of Tarzan Chief Mbonga 2016-06-29
Movie Air Cartwright 2015-08-14
Movie Furious 7 Jakande 2015-04-01
Movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 Drago Bludvist (voice) 2014-06-12
Movie Guardians of the Galaxy Korath 2014-07-30
Movie Seventh Son Radu 2014-12-12
Movie Baggage Claim Quinton 2013-09-27
Movie Elephant White Curtie Church 2011-05-17
Movie Special Forces Kovax 2011-11-02
Movie The Tempest Caliban 2010-12-10
Movie Push Agent Henry Carver 2009-02-04
Movie Never Back Down Jean Roqua 2008-03-04
Movie Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy 2006-12-07
Movie Eragon Ajihad 2006-12-14
Movie The Island Albert Laurent 2005-07-22
Movie Blueberry Woodhead 2004-02-09
Series The Club Joe 2003-03-06
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Biker Boyz Motherland 2003-01-31
Movie In America Mateo 2003-10-31
Movie The Four Feathers Abou Fatma 2002-09-08
Series Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie Gladiator Juba 2000-05-01
Movie The Middle Passage Narrator (U.S. Version) 2000-09-09
Series Soul Food Unknown 2000-06-28
Series A Miss Mallard Mystery Youssouf 2000-09-01
Movie Deep Rising Vivo 1998-01-30
Movie Amistad Cinque 1997-12-03
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie Stargate Horus 1994-10-27
Movie Unlawful Entry Prisoner on Bench 1992-06-26
Movie Icarus XB 1 Black Panther 1963-07-26
Series The Flintstones Kosa 1960-09-30
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Today Midnite 1952-01-14
Movie A Day's Pleasure CJ Mitchum 1919-12-15