Djimon Hounsou

Known For
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1964-04-24

Place of Birth
Cotonou, Benin

Also Known As
Djimon
Djimon Gaston Hounsou
Djimon Hounso
Djimon Housoun

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.  

1997
Amistad
7.0
2000
The Middle Passage
0.0
2006
Blood Diamond
7.5
2011
Special Forces
6.6
2011
Elephant White
5.2
2015
Air
4.9
2017
Same Kind of Different as Me
6.9
2011
Black Panther
5.1
2005
The Island
6.6
2013
Baggage Claim
5.4
2021
Black Adam
0.0
2005
Constantine
6.8
2008
Never Back Down
6.6
2003
Biker Boyz
5.4
2002
The Four Feathers
6.6
2009
Push
6.0
2002
Dead Weight
5.9
2017
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
6.5
2015
The Vatican Tapes
4.7
2004
Blueberry
4.9
2003
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life
5.7
2003
In America
7.3
2016
The Legend of Tarzan
5.8
2019
Serenity
5.2
2019
Shazam!
7.0
Paradise Lost
0.0
2014
Seventh Son
5.3
2021
Blazing Samurai
0.0
2019
Charlie's Angels
6.2
2019
Captain Marvel
7.0
2020
A Quiet Place: Part II
0.0
2000
Gladiator
8.1
2020
The King's Man
0.0
2006
Eragon
5.0
2015
Furious 7
7.3
2017
I Am Heath Ledger
7.6
2014
Guardians of the Galaxy
7.9
2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2
7.7
1994
Stargate
6.9
2010
The Tempest
5.8
1998
Deep Rising
6.1
2005
Beauty Shop
5.6
1992
Unlawful Entry
6.1
2007
Vanity Fair: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die
3.0
2018
Aquaman
6.8
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