Djimon Hounsou

Actor, Model
Model-turned-actor Djimon Hounsou was seemingly plucked from obscurity by producer Debbie Allen and director Steven Spielberg in 1997 to portray Joseph Cinque, the leader of a slave ship mutiny, in "Amistad. " His ... Read more »
Born: 04/23/1964 in Benin

Filmography

Actor (51)

Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur 2016 (Movie)

Bedivere (Actor)

Tarzan (Warner Bros.) 2016 (Movie)

Chief Mbonga (Actor)

Furious 7 2015 (Movie)

Slim (Actor)

Same Kind of Different as Me 2015 (Movie)

Denver (Actor)

Seventh Son 2015 (Movie)

Radu (Actor)

The Vatican Tapes 2015 (Movie)

Vicar Imani (Actor)

Air 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Banana Republic 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 (Movie)

Korath (Actor)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 (Movie)

Drago (Voice)

Baggage Claim 2013 (Movie)

Quinton (Actor)

Blueberry 2013 (Movie)

Woodhead (Actor)

Special Forces 2012 (Movie)

Kovax (Actor)

Elephant White 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Black Panther 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

The Tempest 2010 (Movie)

Caliban (Actor)

Push 2009 (Movie)

Henry Carver (Actor)

Never Back Down 2008 (Movie)

Jean Roqua (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

Solomon Vandy (Actor)

Eragon 2006 (Movie)

Ajihad (Actor)

Beauty Shop 2005 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Constantine 2005 (Movie)

Midnite (Actor)

The Island 2005 (Movie)

Albert Laurent (Actor)

3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Alias 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

Motherland (Actor)

In America 2003 (Movie)

Mateo (Actor)

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 2003 (Movie)

Kosa (Actor)

Renegade 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Boulet 2002 (Movie)

Youssouf (Actor)

The Four Feathers 2002 (Movie)

Abou Fatma (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Food 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

Juba (Actor)

ER 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deep Rising 1998 (Movie)

Vivo (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

Cinque (Actor)

Ill Gotten Gains 1997 (Movie)

Fyah (Actor)

The Small Hours 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stargate 1994 (Movie)

Horus (Actor)

Unlawful Entry 1992 (Movie)

Prisoner on Beach (Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without You I'm Nothing 1990 (Movie)

Ex-Boyfriend (Actor)

Biography

Model-turned-actor Djimon Hounsou was seemingly plucked from obscurity by producer Debbie Allen and director Steven Spielberg in 1997 to portray Joseph Cinque, the leader of a slave ship mutiny, in "Amistad. " His critically acclaimed performance led to supporting roles alongside Hollywood A-listers in historic dramas like "Gladiator" (2000) and the African-set adventure "Blood Diamond" (2006), which earned the actor significant awards and nominations. Unsurprisingly, Hounsou's towering frame and expressive features were tapped for a number of forgettable good vs. evil actioners, but he made the strongest mark in character-driven dramas like "In America" (2002) and Julie Taymor's "The Tempest" (2009), where he revealed the uncommon sensitivity and emotional range behind the powerful, commanding presence.

Relationships

Pierre Hounsou

Father

Albertine Hounsou

Mother
Died 1989

Kenzo Hounsou

Son
Born May 30, 2009; mother, Kimora Lee Simmons

Edmond Hounsou

Brother
Moved to Lyons, France with Djimon when the latter was 13

Kimora Lee Simmons Actor

Companion
Began dating March 2007 Participated in a traditional Benin wedding ceremony May 2009; were not legally married in U.S. Announced separation November 2012

Victoria Mahoney Actor

Companion
No longer together

EDUCATION

dropped out of school

Milestones

2010

Starred as Caliban in Julie Taymor directed adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

2009

Co-starred in supernatural thriller "Push"

2008

Cast as a veteran fighter who trains a young man who is bullied in "Never Back Down"

2006

Co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in Edward Zwick's "Blood Diamond"; received SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor

2006

Cast as Ajihad, the leader of the Varden in the fantasy/adventure movie "Eragon"

2005

Cast opposite Queen Latifah, as the sexy piano-playing electrician in the comedy "Beauty Shop"

2005

Starred in Michael Bay directed thriller "The Island"

2003

Featured in Jim Sheridan's "In America"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2003

Co-starred with Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life"

2002

Had supporting role in the remake of "Four Feathers"

2002

Narrated HBO drama about the slave trade "The Middle Passage"

2000

Cast in featured role opposite Russell Crowe in the Oscar-winning "Gladiator"

1999

Joined the cast of "ER" (NBC) in recurring role of a political exile who finds menial work at the hospital

1997

Breakthrough screen role, as the slave Cinque in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad"

1992

Landed bit parts in "Unlawful Entry" (1992) and "Stargate" (1994); billed only as 'Djimon'

1990

Appeared in Janet Jackson's music video for her single "Love Will Never Do Without You"

1990

Made film debut as Sandra Bernhard's ex-boyfriend in "Without You, I'm Nothing"; used his full name in billing

1990

Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1988

Cast by David Fincher in the music videos "Straight Up" (by Paula Abdul) and "Express Yourself" (by Madonna)

1986

Discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mugler while living in the streets of Paris

Sent to live with an older brother in Lyons, France

Dropped out of school and moved to Paris

Born and raised in Benin

Bonus Trivia

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His name was pronounced "JI-mon HON-sue."

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"School bored me. Being educated and being intelligent are two different things. I thought I was smart enough. And I wanted to be an entertainer. I stopped going to school as a way of saying I was mature, a way of saying I was going to choose who I was going to become." – Hounsou quoted in the Daily News, Dec. 3, 1997

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"There's so much to do and so much that I want to accomplish without anybody putting limitations on me. I'm still going through the adversity of being typecast, but that's the nature of the industry." – Hounsou quoted to Venice magazine, August 2003

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"Being a character actor is nice. You build yourself up, show a certain range of your ability. But at the end of the day, I'm really looking to be a leading man. That's really the goal." – Hounsou to CNN.com, July 26, 2005

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