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Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was 13. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator by Ridley Scott and Amistad by Steven Spielberg. Wikipedia

Quick Facts

Birth date: April 24, 1964
Birth place: Cotonou, Benin
Height:6' 1½" (1.87 m)
Profession:Actor, Producer
Children:Kenzo Lee Hounsou
Awards:NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Has a son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, born May 30, 2009. Mother is ex-fiancée Kimora Lee Simmons.
2His ex-fiancée was Kimora Lee Simmons. They were in a relationship from 2007-2012.
3Learned English by watching television.
4Fourth male African to receive an Oscar-nomination for acting. The other three were Basil Rathbone, Cecil Kellaway and Omar Sharif. All four men were nominated for 'Best Supporting Actor'.
5On ER (1994), he played Mobalage Ikabo, a refugee from Nigeria. His actual homeland of Benin shares its largest border with Nigeria.
6Was in Janet Jackson video "Love Will Never Do Without You" (1992).
7Came to Paris from Benin at the age of 13, couldn't find a job and ended as a vagrant, sleeping under bridges and rummaging in trash cans for food. Things changed for the better when fashion designer Thierry Mugler discovered him and made him a fashion model.
8Name pronounced Jie-mon Hahn-soo.


Quotes

#Quote
1I feel like Africans are too often portrayed as people on the National Geographic channel: the image is of an African man in a loincloth chasing a gazelle. It's not intentionally racist; I wouldn't call it racist at all. It's a lack of understanding another culture.
2A lot of times, we also have to live and work. You have to make money to pay rent. In that respect, I don't think you can be so demanding. Those great stories are not the normal stories that come on a daily basis. It's a struggle to land those roles. Everybody is looking for the good parts.
3The rocky time came right after I left school. I spent a lot of time at night navigating the streets of Paris trying to find something to eat.
4My passion is more about bringing the stories out from the African continent mixed with the West.
5As a young boy, I had strange dreams of affecting people and somehow being instrumental in changing the makeup of Africa and helping to improve life there.
6When most people in the West think about Africa, is their first thought about the game reserves and who's chasing gazelles, or are they looking at Africans as people who are equally equipped to do great things, as in the West?
7We like to make the Marvel comics films because they're fun. Families can go see them together. They're entertaining. They aspire to inspire, and that is cool.
8Until you are somewhat comfortable and confident and embrace who you are as a person, you can't possibly love somebody else because you don't like yourself that much.
9It's a part of most actors to want to be in an animated feature; to extend the legacy of your career.
10I hope more people will ask diamond companies to continue changing the way they do business in Africa.
11I happened to the be the fifth child of my family, so everybody was already grown and had left home already.
12Even while modeling, I was still practicing kung fu and boxing as sports.
13If anything, Calvin Klein is the iconic company in terms of fashion. They do have iconic images for their campaigns.
14One of the things I find extremely challenging about the continent of Africa is that when the immediate needs and the social needs of people are not met, that kills dreams, and it's all about survival.
15The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can't really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world a little bit.
16Rehearsals are set up so that you find out all the nuances about your character. You never want to beat yourself up. It's about finding the right direction, and most of the time, the right direction is not what you think is the right direction. That's why the director's there: to guide you there.
17I like stories that have a social impact and social attributes to them. That's the whole reason we make films: to broaden our limited view of things and to see how life is evolving elsewhere.
18Some of the reason why you have so many divorces is that we tend to get married, most of the time, not for ourselves, but for others, or for how it looks to others.
19I was just a very torn child, very wounded in so many areas, with no family support. I happened to the be the fifth child of my family. So everybody was already grown and had left home already.
20Africa is a continent that provides so much for the existence of the rest of the world. We go around the world and cultivate so many things.
21Funny enough, every role that I have had, I try to tone down my accent or speak with better diction.
22Africa is my continent. It is where I opened my eyes.
23The gym can serve as an excellent place where kids and young men and women can really empty their issues right on the floor.
24America has this understanding of Africans that plays like National Geographic: a bunch of Negroes with loincloths running around the plain fields of Africa chasing gazelles. Meanwhile, we have Africans and African-Americans, contemporary men, with great stories, great integrity, great heroes and nobody wants to see or hear about those African heroes and those African-American heroes. One day, I will be in a position to play those great human beings on-screen.
25School 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. --Daily News, December 3, 1997.


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest EnsembleGuardians of the Galaxy (2014)· Chris Pratt
· Zoe Saldana
· Dave Bautista
· Vin Diesel
· Bradley Cooper
· Lee Pace
· Michael Rooker
· Karen Gillan
· John C. Reilly
· Glenn Close
· Benicio Del Toro
· Laura Haddock
· Sean Gunn
· Peter Serafinowicz
· Christopher Fairbank
2014NFCS AwardNevada Film Critics SocietyBest Ensemble CastGuardians of the Galaxy (2014)· Chris Pratt
· Zoe Saldana
· Dave Bautista
· Vin Diesel
· Bradley Cooper
· Lee Pace
· Michael Rooker
· Karen Gillan
· John C. Reilly
· Glenn Close
· Benicio Del Toro
· Laura Haddock
· Sean Gunn
· Peter Serafinowicz
· Christopher Fairbank
2007Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActorBlood Diamond (2006)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureBlood Diamond (2006)
2006Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorBlood Diamond (2006)
2006NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActorBlood Diamond (2006)
2006SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Supporting ActorBlood Diamond (2006)
2006WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorBlood Diamond (2006)
2006WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorBlood Diamond (2006)
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsFilm: Best Supporting ActorIn America (2002)
2004Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleIn America (2002)
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role, DramaIn America (2002)
2004ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USASupporting Actor of the Year
2003SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorIn America (2002)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Motion PictureAmistad (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Breakthrough Performance - MaleAmistad (1997)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting RoleHow to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
2015BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmHow to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)· Jay Baruchel
· Cate Blanchett
· Gerard Butler
· America Ferrera
· Kristen Wiig
· T.J. Miller
· Jonah Hill
· Christopher Mintz-Plasse
· Craig Ferguson
2015COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleGuardians of the Galaxy (2014)· Chris Pratt
· Zoe Saldana
· Dave Bautista
· Vin Diesel
· Bradley Cooper
· Lee Pace
· Michael Rooker
· Karen Gillan
· John C. Reilly
· Glenn Close
· Benicio Del Toro
· Laura Haddock
· Sean Gunn
· Peter Serafinowicz
· Christopher Fairbank
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastBaggage Claim (2013)· Adam Brody
· Jill Scott
· Derek Luke
· Taye Diggs
· Lauren London
· Jenifer Lewis
· Terrence Jenkins
· Trey Songz
· Tia Mowry-Hardrict
· Boris Kodjoe
· La La Anthony
· Christina Milian
· Affion Crockett
· Paula Patton
2014PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingGuardians of the Galaxy (2014)· Chris Pratt
· Zoe Saldana
· Dave Bautista
· Vin Diesel
· Bradley Cooper
· Lee Pace
· Michael Rooker
· Karen Gillan
· John C. Reilly
· Glenn Close
· Benicio Del Toro
· Laura Haddock
· Sean Gunn
· Peter Serafinowicz
· Christopher Fairbank
2007OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleBlood Diamond (2006)
2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorBlood Diamond (2006)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleBlood Diamond (2006)
2006DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorBlood Diamond (2006)
2004OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleIn America (2002)
2004COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorIn America (2002)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureIn America (2002)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureIn America (2002)· Emma Bolger
· Sarah Bolger
· Paddy Considine
· Samantha Morton
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - ActionGladiator (2000)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureGladiator (2000)· Russell Crowe
· Richard Harris
· Derek Jacobi
· Connie Nielsen
· Joaquin Phoenix
· Oliver Reed
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaAmistad (1997)
1998CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActorAmistad (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Drama ActorAmistad (1997)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaAmistad (1997)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blood Diamond2006Solomon Vandy
The Island2005Albert Laurent
Beauty Shop2005Joe
Constantine2005Midnite
Alias2003-2004TV SeriesKazari Bomani
Renegade2004Woodhead
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life2003Kosa
Biker Boyz2003Motherland
Heroes2002/IShortMystery Man
In America2002Mateo
The Four Feathers2002Abou Fatma
Le boulet2002Det. Youssouf
Soul Food2001TV SeriesVictor Onuka
The Tag2001ShortMarshall
Passage du milieu2000Narrator (US Version)
Gladiator2000Juba
The Wild Thornberrys2000TV SeriesVillager
ER1999TV SeriesMobalage Ikabo
Deep Rising1998Vivo
The Small Hours1997as Djimon Housoun
Amistad1997Cinque
Ill Gotten Gains1997Fyah
Stargate1994Horus (as Djimon)
Killing Zoe1993Moïse (voice)
Unlawful Entry1992Prisoner on Bench (as Djimon)
Beverly Hills, 902101990TV SeriesNightclub Doorman
Without You I'm Nothing1990Ex-Boyfriend (as Djimon Hounson)
How to Train Your Dragon 32018pre-productionDrago (voice)
Blazing Samurai2017filmingSumo (voice)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword2017post-productionSir Bedivere
Same Kind of Different as Me2017post-productionDenver
Wayward Pines2016TV SeriesCJ Mitchum
The Legend of Tarzan2016Chief Mbonga
Air2015/ICartwright
The Vatican Tapes2015Vicar Imani
Furious 72015Jakande
Seventh Son2014/IRadu
Guardians of the Galaxy2014Korath
How to Train Your Dragon 22014Drago (voice)
Baggage Claim2013Quinton
Forces spéciales2011Kovax
Elephant White2011Curtie Church
The Tempest2010/ICaliban
Push2009Henry Carver
Never Back Down2008Jean Roqua
Eragon2006Ajihad

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Road to Freedom Peak2013Documentary executive producer
Elephant White2011producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven2017Documentary post-production

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
Furious 7: Back to the Starting Line2015Video shortHimself
Furious 7: Flying Cars2015Video shortHimself
Furious 7: Race Wars2015Video shortHimself
Furious 7: Snatch and Grab2015Video shortHimself
Furious 7: Tower Jumps2015Video shortHimself
The Cars of Furious 72015Video shortHimself
Celebrity Conversations2015TV SeriesHimself
13th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2015TV MovieHimself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2011TV MovieHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2010TV SeriesHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
KTLA Morning News2008TV SeriesHimself
Blood Diamond: Focus Points2007Video documentaryHimself
A Place in Time2007DocumentaryHimself
Blood Diamond: Inside the Siege of Freetown2007Video shortHimself
Inside the Inheritance Trilogy: The Magic of 'Eragon'2007Video documentaryHimself
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2007TV SeriesHimself
The 79th Annual Academy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
HBO First Look1997-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Future in Action2005Video shortHimself
Tavis Smiley2004-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
106 & Park Top 10 Live2005TV SeriesHimself
Filmography2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Film
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Cast of a Motion Picture
Inside the Industry2003Video documentaryHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Daily Show2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Amistad'1999Video documentary shortHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Documentary, Short Subjects
The 1998 Annual ShoWest Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHimself
Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/19961996Video documentaryHimself (segment "Love Will Never Do")
Janet Jackson: The Rhythm Nation Compilation1990VideoHimself (segment "Love Will Never Do Without You")

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2016TV SeriesHimself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies2005TV MovieHimself - Place #39
Strength and Honor: Creating the World of 'Gladiator'2005Video documentaryHimself

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