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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

Gladiator
Gladiator Juba
(2000)
Blood Diamond
Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy
(2006)
The Island
The Island Albert Laurent
(2005)

Filmography

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 2017 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
 2015/I Air
Cartwright
 2015 The Vatican Tapes
Vicar Imani
 2014/I Seventh Son
Radu
 2011 Forces spéciales
Kovax
 2011 Elephant White
Curtie Church
 2010/I The Tempest
Caliban
 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
 2004 Renegade
Woodhead
 2002/I Heroes (Short)
Mystery Man
 2002 In America
Mateo
 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)
 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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Music video for Janet Jackson: "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" See more »

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Alternate Names:

Djimon | Djimon Hounson | Djimon Housoun

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

America 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 ... See more »

Trivia:

On ER (1994), he played Mobalage Ikabo, a refugee from Nigeria. His actual homeland of Benin shares its largest border with Nigeria. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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