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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 (2000) by Ridley Scott and Amistad (1997) by Steven Spielberg. See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Blood Diamond
Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy
(2006)
Gladiator
Gladiator Juba
(2000)
Amistad
Amistad Cinque
(1997)

Filmography

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 2018 Blazing Samurai
Sumo (voice)
 2016 Wayward Pines (TV Series)
CJ Mitchum
- Bedtime Story (2016) ... CJ Mitchum
- Walcott Prep (2016) ... CJ Mitchum
- Pass Judgment (2016) ... CJ Mitchum (credit only)
- Time Will Tell (2016) ... CJ Mitchum
- City Upon a Hill (2016) ... CJ Mitchum
 2016 The Legend of Tarzan
Chief Mbonga
 2015/I Air
Cartwright
 2015 The Vatican Tapes
Vicar Imani
 2015 Furious 7
Jakande
 2014/I Seventh Son
Radu
 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy
Korath
 2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2
Drago (voice)
 2013 Baggage Claim
Quinton
 2011 Forces spéciales
Kovax
 2011 Elephant White
Curtie Church
 2010/I The Tempest
Caliban
 2010 Black Panther (TV Mini-Series)
Black Panther / T'Challa
- To the End (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
- Black Panther vs. Juggernaut and Black Knight (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
- Death of Father (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
- Revenge of the Evil (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
- Black Panther (2010) ... Black Panther / T'Challa (voice)
 2009 Push
Henry Carver
 2008 Never Back Down
Jean Roqua
 2007 Vanity Fair: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die (Video short)
Sugar Foot Robinson, the Champ
 2006 Eragon
Ajihad
 2006 Blood Diamond
Solomon Vandy
 2005 The Island
Albert Laurent
 2005 Beauty Shop
Joe
 2005 Constantine
Midnite
 2003-2004 Alias (TV Series)
Kazari Bomani
- Unveiled (2004) ... Kazari Bomani
- The Frame (2004) ... Kazari Bomani
- Repercussions (2003) ... Kazari Bomani
 2004 Renegade
Woodhead
 2003 Biker Boyz
Motherland
 2002/I Heroes (Short)
Mystery Man
 2002 In America
Mateo
 2002 The Four Feathers
Abou Fatma
 2002 Le boulet
Det. Youssouf
 2001 Soul Food (TV Series)
Victor Onuka
- Games People Play (2001) ... Victor Onuka
 2001 The Tag (Short)
Marshall
 2000 Passage du milieu
Narrator (US Version)
 2000 Gladiator
Juba
 2000 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Villager
- Luck Be an Aye-Aye (2000) ... Villager (voice)
 1999 ER (TV Series)
Mobalage Ikabo
- Rites of Spring (1999) ... Mobalage Ikabo
- Point of Origin (1999) ... Mobalage Ikabo
- Sticks and Stones (1999) ... Mobalage Ikabo
- The Storm: Part 2 (1999) ... Mobalage Ikabo
- The Storm: Part 1 (1999) ... Mobalage Ikabo
 1998 Deep Rising
Vivo
 1997 The Small Hours (as Djimon Housoun)
 1997 Amistad
Cinque
 1997 Ill Gotten Gains
Fyah
 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)
 1990 Janet Jackson: Love Will Never Do (Without You) (Video short)
Man (uncredited)
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Other Works:

TV commercial for Gap Jeans (2002) See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Djimon | Djimon Hounson | Djimon Housoun

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

The 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. See more »

Trivia:

Has a son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, born May 30, 2009. Mother is ex-fiancée Kimora Lee Simmons. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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