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Djimon Hounsou


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. See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Tarzan (post-production)
Chief Mbonga
 2015 The Vatican Tapes (completed)
Vicar Imani
 2015 Air (completed)
 2014/I Seventh Son
Radu
 2011 Special Forces
Kovax
 2011 Elephant White
Curtie Church
 2010/I The Tempest
Caliban
 2010 Black Panther (TV Mini-Series)
Black Panther / T'Challa
- Episode #1.6 (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
- Episode #1.5 (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
- Episode #1.4 (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
- Episode #1.3 (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
- Episode #1.2 (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
 2006 Eragon
Ajihad
 2005 Beauty Shop
Joe
 2003-2004 Alias (TV Series)
Kazari Bomani
- Unveiled (2004) ... Kazari Bomani
- The Frame (2004) ... Kazari Bomani
- Repercussions (2003) ... Kazari Bomani
 2002/I Heroes (Short)
Mystery Man
 2002 In America
Mateo
 2002 Dead Weight
Det. Youssouf
 2001 Soul Food (TV Series)
Victor Onuka
- Games People Play (2001) ... Victor Onuka
 2001 The Tag (Short)
Marshall
 2000 The Middle Passage
Narrator (US Version)
 2000 Gladiator
Juba
 2000 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Villager
- Luck Be an Aye-Aye (2000) ... Villager (voice)
 1998 Deep Rising
Vivo
 1997 The Small Hours (as Djimon Housoun)
 1997 Amistad
Cinque
 1994 Stargate
Horus (as Djimon)
 1993 Killing Zoe
Moïse (voice)
 1992 Unlawful Entry
Prisoner on Bench (as Djimon)
 1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Nightclub Doorman
- Class of Beverly Hills (1990) ... Nightclub Doorman (as Djimon)
 1990 Without You I'm Nothing
Ex-Boyfriend (as Djimon Hounson)
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TV commercial for Gap Jeans (2002) See more »

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Alternate Names:

Djimon | Djimon Hounson | Djimon Housoun

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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I 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. See more »

Trivia:

Came 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. See more »

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