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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 »

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Gladiator Juba
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The Island
The Island Albert Laurent


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 2017 Blazing Samurai (filming)
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
 2015/I Air
 2015 The Vatican Tapes
Vicar Imani
 2014/I Seventh Son
 2011 Special Forces
 2011 Elephant White
Curtie Church
 2010/I The Tempest
 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
 2005 Beauty Shop
 2003-2004 Alias (TV Series)
Kazari Bomani
- Unveiled (2004) ... Kazari Bomani
- The Frame (2004) ... Kazari Bomani
- Repercussions (2003) ... Kazari Bomani
 2004 Renegade
 2002/I Heroes (Short)
Mystery Man
 2002 In America
 2002 Dead Weight
Det. Youssouf
 2001 Soul Food (TV Series)
Victor Onuka
- Games People Play (2001) ... Victor Onuka
 2001 The Tag (Short)
 2000 The Middle Passage
Narrator (US Version)
 2000 Gladiator
 2000 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
- Luck Be an Aye-Aye (2000) ... Villager (voice)
 1998 Deep Rising
 1997 The Small Hours (as Djimon Housoun)
 1997 Amistad
 1997 Ill Gotten Gains
 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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Alternate Names:

Djimon | Djimon Hounson | Djimon Housoun


6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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When 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? See more »


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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