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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 Blazing Samurai
Latest Project:
Pelicula How to Train Your Dragon 3 2019-01-23
Known For
Poster of Air
Poster of Wayward Pines
Poster of Beauty Shop
Poster of Amistad
Pelicula Blazing Samurai Sumo 2019
Pelicula How to Train Your Dragon 3 Drago Bludvist (voice) 2019-01-23
Pelicula Paradise Lost Abdiel 2019
Pelicula I Am Heath Ledger Himself 2017-04-23
Pelicula Same Kind of Different as Me Denver 2017-10-20
Pelicula Rey Arturo: La leyenda de Excalibur Bedivere 2017-05-10
Pelicula La leyenda de Tarzán Chief Mbonga 2016-06-29
Pelicula Fast & Furious 7 Jakande 2015-04-01
Pelicula Air Cartwright 2015-08-14
Pelicula Exorcismo en el Vaticano Vicar Imani 2015-07-24
Series Wayward Pines CJ Mitchum 2015-05-14
Pelicula Cómo entrenar a tu dragón 2 Drago Bludvist (voice) 2014-06-12
Pelicula Guardianes de la galaxia Korath 2014-07-30
Pelicula El séptimo hijo Radu 2014-12-12
Pelicula Ligera de equipaje Quinton 2013-09-27
Pelicula Elephant White Curtie Church 2011-05-17
Pelicula Fuerzas especiales Kovax 2011-11-02
Pelicula La tempestad Caliban 2010-12-10
Series La pantera negra Black Panther 2010-01-16
Pelicula Push Agent Henry Carver 2009-02-04
Pelicula Rompiendo las reglas Jean Roqua 2008-03-04
Pelicula Eragon Ajihad 2006-12-14
Pelicula Diamante de sangre Solomon Vandy 2006-12-07
Pelicula Beauty Shop Joe 2005-06-02
Pelicula La isla Albert Laurent 2005-07-20
Pelicula Constantine Midnite 2005-02-08
Pelicula Blueberry: la experiencia secreta Woodhead 2004-02-09
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Pelicula Biker Boyz Motherland 2003-01-31
Pelicula En América Mateo 2003-10-31
Pelicula Lara Croft Tomb Raider: La cuna de la vida Kosa 2003-07-21
Pelicula El embolao Youssouf 2002-04-10
Pelicula Las cuatro plumas Abou Fatma 2002-09-08
Series Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Pelicula Gladiator Juba 2000-05-01
Series Soul Food Unknown 2000-06-28
Pelicula Passage du milieu Narrator (U.S. Version) 2000-09-09
Pelicula Deep rising. El misterio de las profundidades Vivo 1998-01-30
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Pelicula Amistad Cinque 1997-12-03
Series Stargate SG-1 Horus 1997-07-27
Pelicula Stargate: Puerta a las estrellas Horus 1994-10-27
Series Urgencias Unknown 1994-09-19
Pelicula Falsa seducción Prisoner on Bench 1992-06-26
Series Oscar (The Academy Awards) Unknown 1953-03-18