Djimon Hounsou


Djimon Hounsou Biography

Djimon Gaston Hounsou (; ; born April 24, 1964) is a Beninese-born American actor and model. As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards.

Early life

Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Bénin, in 1964, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He emigrated to Lyon in France at the age of thirteen with his brother, Edmond. Soon after arriving in France, Hounsou dropped out of school and became homeless for a time. A chance meeting with a photographer led to Hounsou being introduced to fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who encouraged Hounsou to pursue a modeling career. In 1987, Hounsou became a model and established a career in Paris. He moved to the United States in 1990.

Career

Acting

In 1989 and 1991, Hounsou appeared in the music videos for "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" by Janet Jackson.

Hounsou's film debut was in the 1990 Sandra Bernhard film Without You I'm Nothing. He had television parts on Beverly Hills, 90210 and ER and a guest starring role on Alias. Hounsou received a larger role in the science fiction film Stargate.

Hounsou received wide critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role as Cinqué in the 1997 Steven Spielberg film Amistad. He gained further notice as Juba in the 2000 film Gladiator. In 2004, Hounsou was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for In America, making him the fourth African male to be nominated for an Oscar. That same year, Charlize Theron, a South African actress, was nominated for Best Actress and won for her work in Monster, and was the first time that one African man and one African woman were nominated for an Oscar in the same year. In 2006, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Blood Diamond; he received Broadcast Film Critics Association, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Academy Award nominations for this performance.

Hounsou also acted in a supporting role in the 2009 science fiction film Push, as Agent Henry Carver.

In 2011, he starred as a French commando in the French film Forces spéciales.

Director Tim Story told IGN that if he were to do a third Fantastic Four movie, he would like to have Hounsou as the Black Panther. In November 2008, it was announced that Hounsou would be providing the voice of the Black Panther in the upcoming animated series of the same name. Hounsou has signed on to play Abdiel in the film version of John Milton's Paradise Lost with Benjamin Walker and Bradley Cooper.

Modeling

On February 24, 2007, it was announced that Hounsou would be the new Calvin Klein underwear model. Starting with the fall 2007 season, he was featured in the brand's global print advertising campaign including the launch of their new Calvin Klein Steel product line.

Other work

In 2010, Hounsou was featured as the narrator in ESPN's running series of "32 teams, 1 dream" commercials for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Hounsou spoke at the Summit on Climate Change at the United Nations on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Hounsou told French media that developed countries "need to be held accountable" for their contribution to climate change.

Personal life

In 2007, Hounsou began dating model Kimora Lee Simmons. On May 30, 2009, Simmons gave birth to their son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, reportedly named because "Kenzo" means "three" (Kimora's third child). Hounsou and Simmons visited Hounsou's family in his native Benin in the summer of 2008, where the two participated in a traditional commitment ceremony. The couple were adorned in traditional clothing and used the ceremony, in the presence of Hounsou's family, to solidify that they are "dedicated to each other 100%." The two, however, emphasized that the ceremony was not a wedding. In the début of Kimora Lee Simmons' show, "Life in the Fab Lane", he was billed as her husband. Hounsou and Simmons, who were never legally married in the United States, announced their separation in November 2012.

Filmography

List of film and television credits
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 Doorman
Without You I'm Nothing Ex-boyfriend
1992 Unlawful Entry Prisoner on bench
1994 Stargate Horus Guard
1997 The Small Hours
Amistad Cinque NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor " Motion Picture Drama
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actor " Motion Picture Drama
Ill Gotten Gains Fyah
1998 Deep Rising Vivo
1999 ER Mobalage Ikabo 6 episodes
2000 Gladiator Juba Nominated - Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Supporting Actor
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Middle Passage Narrator (documentary) (narrator in US version)
2001 Soul Food Victor Onuka 1 episode
The Tag Marshall
2002 Le Boulet/Dead Weight Detective Youssouf
The Four Feathers Abou Fatma
In America Mateo Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor " Motion Picture
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 Biker Boyz Motherland
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Kosa
2004 Alias Kazari Bomani (season 3, Mr Bomani) 3 episodes
Blueberry Woodhead
2005 Constantine Midnite
Beauty Shop Joe
The Island Albert Laurent
2006 Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Eragon Ajihad
2008 Never Back Down Jean Roqua
2009 Push Henry Carver
2010 The Tempest Caliban
2011 Elephant White Curtie Church
Special Forces Kovax
2013 Baggage Claim Quinton Jamison
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Drago Bludvist
The Vatican Tapes Filming
Fast & Furious 7 Filming
Guardians of the Galaxy Korath Filming

Awards/nominations

  • Academy Awards
    • 2004 Best Supporting Actor: In America (Nominated)
    • 2007 Best Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Nominated)
  • Black Reel Awards
    • 2004 Best Supporting Actor: In America (Winner)
    • 2007 Best Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Winner)
  • Broadcast Film Critics
    • 2007, Best Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Nominated)
  • Golden Globes
    • 1998, Best Actor-Drama: Amistad (Nominated)
  • Independent Spirit Awards hon
    • 2004, Best Supporting Male: In America (Winner)
  • NAACP Image Awards
    • 1998, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Amistad (Winner)
    • 2004, Outstanding Supporting Actor: In America (Nominated)
    • 2007, Outstanding Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Winner)
  • National Board of Review
    • 2006, Best Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Winner)
  • Screen Actors Guild
    • 2001, Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture: Gladiator (Nominated)
    • 2004, Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture: In America (Nominated)
    • 2007, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Blood Diamond (Nominated)

See also

  • List of male underwear models



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