Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Gaston Hounsou (born April 24, 1964) is a Beninese-American actor and model. He began his career appearing in music videos, made his film debut in Without You I'm Nothing and earned widespread recognition for his role as Cinqué in the Steven Spielberg film Amistad. 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 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 roles 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).
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Cotonou, Dahomey [now Benin]
    Birthday
    4/24/1964
Gladiator
Gladiator
8.2
Constantine
Constantine
7.1
Blood Diamond
Blood Diamond
7.5
The Island
The Island
6.7
Renegade
Renegade
4.8
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life
5.7
Stargate
Stargate
7
Eragon
Eragon
5.1
In America
In America
7.2
Amistad
Amistad
7
Never Back Down
Never Back Down
6.8
Biker Boyz
Biker Boyz
6.2
The Four Feathers
The Four Feathers
6.6
Deep Rising
Deep Rising
6.2
Push
Push
6.1
Beauty Shop
Beauty Shop
6.3
The Tempest
The Tempest
5.4
Dead Weight
Dead Weight
5.9
How to Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2
7.7
Special Forces
Special Forces
6.7
Elephant White
Elephant White
5
The Middle Passage
The Middle Passage
3.7
Baggage Claim
Baggage Claim
5.3
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
7.9
Furious 7
Furious 7
7.2
Seventh Son
Seventh Son
5.5
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
6.5
The Vatican Tapes
The Vatican Tapes
5.3
Air
Air
5
Unlawful Entry
Unlawful Entry
6.2
The Legend of Tarzan
The Legend of Tarzan
5.9
Same Kind of Different as Me
Same Kind of Different as Me
6.9
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
6.7
I Am Heath Ledger
I Am Heath Ledger
7.4
Black Panther
Black Panther
5.8
Serenity
Serenity
5.5
Shazam!
Shazam!
7
Aquaman
Aquaman
6.9
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels
6.5
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel
6.8
The King's Man
The King's Man
6.8
A Quiet Place Part II
A Quiet Place Part II
7.5
Killing Zoe
Killing Zoe
6.2
A Place in Time
A Place in Time
8.3
In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven
In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven
0
Ill Gotten Gains
Ill Gotten Gains
2.5
Strength and Honor: Creating the World of 'Gladiator'
Strength and Honor: Creating the World of 'Gladiator'
7.1
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
6.6
Marvel Studios' 2021 Disney+ Day Special
Marvel Studios' 2021 Disney+ Day Special
6.8
Kimana Tuskers
Kimana Tuskers
0
Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire
Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire
6.4
Black Adam
Black Adam
6.9
Gran Turismo
Gran Turismo
7.8
Without You I'm Nothing
Without You I'm Nothing
5.4
A Quiet Place: Day One
A Quiet Place: Day One
0
Ozi: Voice of the Forest
Ozi: Voice of the Forest
0
Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver
Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver
6.1
The Fate of the Furious
The Fate of the Furious
6.9
Creating a Universe - The Making of Rebel Moon
Creating a Universe - The Making of Rebel Moon
8.5
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