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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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Born:
Apr 24, 1964 In Cotonou, Benin
Movie/TV Credits:
44
Première apparrition :
In the movie Paradise Lost
Dernier projet:
Film Dragons 3 2019-01-23
Connu pour
Poster of Same Kind of Different as Me
Poster of Le Roi Arthur: La Légende d'Excalibur
Poster of Passage du milieu
Poster of Paradise Lost
Filmographie
Film Dragons 3 Drago Bludvist (voice) 2019-01-23
Film Paradise Lost Abdiel 2018
Film Blazing Samurai Sumo 2018-01-01
Film Same Kind of Different as Me Denver 2017-10-20
Film Le Roi Arthur: La Légende d'Excalibur Bedivere 2017-04-27
Film Tarzan Chief Mbonga 2016-06-29
Film Air Cartwright 2015-08-14
Film Fast & Furious 7 Jakande 2015-04-01
Series Wayward Pines CJ Mitchum 2015-05-14
Film Les Dossiers secrets du Vatican Vicar Imani 2015-07-24
Film Dragons 2 Drago Bludvist (voice) 2014-06-12
Film Le Septième Fils Radu 2014-12-12
Film Les Gardiens de la Galaxie Korath 2014-07-30
Film Destination Love Quinton 2013-09-27
Film Forces spéciales Kovax 2011-11-02
Film Bangkok Revenge Curtie Church 2011-05-17
Series Black Panther Black Panther 2010-01-16
Film La Tempête Caliban 2010-12-10
Film Push Agent Henry Carver 2009-02-04
Film Never Back Down Jean Roqua 2008-03-04
Film Eragon Ajihad 2006-12-14
Film Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy 2006-12-07
Film Constantine Midnite 2005-02-08
Film The Island Albert Laurent 2005-07-20
Film Beauty shop Joe 2005-06-02
Film Blueberry : L'Expérience secrète Woodhead 2004-02-09
Film Biker Boyz Motherland 2003-01-31
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Film In America Mateo 2003-10-31
Film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Le berceau de la vie Kosa 2003-07-21
Film Le Boulet Youssouf 2002-04-10
Film Frères du désert Abou Fatma 2002-09-08
Series Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Film Gladiator Juba 2000-05-01
Series Soul Food Unknown 2000-06-28
Film Passage du milieu Narrator (U.S. Version) 2000-09-09
Film Un cri dans l'océan Vivo 1998-01-30
Series Stargate SG-1 Horus 1997-07-27
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Film Amistad Cinque 1997-12-03
Film Stargate : La porte des étoiles Horus 1994-10-27
Series Urgences Unknown 1994-09-19
Film Obsession fatale Prisoner on Bench 1992-06-26
Series Cérémonie des Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18