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Djimon Gaston Hounsou (/ˈdʒaɪmən ˈuːnsuː/;[1] French: [dʒimɔ̃ unsu]; born April 24, 1964)[2] is a Beninese actor and model. Hounsou began his career appearing in music videos. He made his film debut in the Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
film Without You I'm Nothing (1990) and gained widespread recognition for his role as Cinqué in the Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
film Amistad (1997). He gained further recognition for his roles in Gladiator (2000), In America (2003), and Blood Diamond
Blood Diamond
(2006), receiving Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor
Actor
nominations for both the latter films. More recently, Hounsou had minor roles in both Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Furious 7 (2015). He has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
and three Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
Awards.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 Acting 2.2 Modeling 2.3 Other work

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life and education[edit] Hounsou was born in Cotonou, in what is now Benin, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook.[3] He immigrated to Lyon
Lyon
in France at the age of twelve[4] 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.[2] In 1987, Hounsou became a model and established a career in Paris. He moved to the United States
United States
in 1990.[3][5] Career[edit] Acting[edit]

Hounsou at Final DipCon Opening Reception

Between 1989 and 1991, Hounsou appeared in the music videos for "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul, "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" by Janet Jackson, and Madonna's "Express Yourself".[6][7]He also appears in En Vogue's music video for "Hold On". Hounsou's film debut was in the 1990 Sandra Bernhard
Sandra Bernhard
film Without You I'm Nothing. He had television parts on Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210
and ER and a guest starring role on Alias. Hounsou captured a larger role in the science fiction film Stargate.[2] Hounsou received wide critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role as Cinqué in the 1997 Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
film Amistad. He gained further notice as Juba in the 2000 film Gladiator.[2] In 2004, Hounsou was nominated for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor
Actor
for In America, making him the fourth African male to be nominated for an Oscar. In 2006, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Actor
for his performance in Blood Diamond; he received Broadcast Film Critics Association, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations for this performance.[2][8] Hounsou also acted in a supporting role in the 2009 science fiction film Push, as Agent Henry Carver.[9] In 2011, he starred as a French commando in the French film Forces spéciales.[10] Director Tim Story told IGN
IGN
that if he were to do a third Fantastic Four movie, he would like to have Hounsou as the Black Panther.[11] In November 2008, it was announced that Hounsou would be providing the voice of the Black Panther in the television series of the same name.[12] Hounsou had signed on to play Abdiel in the film version of John Milton's Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
with Benjamin Walker and Bradley Cooper. The film however was scrapped in early February 2012.[13] In 2013, he appeared in the comedy film Baggage Claim alongside Paula Patton. He also voiced Drago Bludvist in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and portrayed Korath the Pursuer in the Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios
film Guardians of the Galaxy, both in 2014.[14] He played villains in two 2015 films, Seventh Son and Furious 7, the seventh installment of The Fast and the Furious film series, the latter where he played the role of Mose Jakande, a Nigerian-French Mercenary.[15] On February 17, 2016, FOX
FOX
reported that Hounsou would join the second season of the television series Wayward Pines.[16] Modeling[edit] On February 24, 2007, it was announced that Hounsou would be the new Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein
underwear model. At the time, Hounsou was being represented by Los Angeles modeling agent, Omar Albertto.[17][18][19] Other work[edit] 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
United Nations
on Tuesday, September 22, 2009.[20] On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Hounsou told French media that developed countries “need to be held accountable” for their contribution to climate change.[21] Personal life[edit] In 2007, Hounsou began dating model Kimora
Kimora
Lee Simmons.[22] On May 30, 2009, Simmons gave birth to their son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, meaning "Three" (Kimora's 3rd Child). Hounsou and Simmons visited Hounsou's family in his native Benin
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
Kimora
Lee Simmons' show, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, he was billed as her husband.[23] Hounsou and Simmons, who were never legally married in the United States, announced their separation in November 2012.[24] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1990 Without You I’m Nothing Ex-boyfriend

1992 Unlawful Entry Prisoner on Bench

1993 Killing Zoe Moïse (voice)

1994 Stargate Horus

1997 Ill Gotten Gains Fyah

1997 Amistad Joseph Cinqué

1998 Deep Rising Vivo

2000 Gladiator Juba

2000 The Middle Passage Narrator Documentary; US version

2001 The Tag Marshall Short film

2002 Le Boulet Detective Youssouf

2002 The Four Feathers Abou Fatma

2002 Heroes Mystery Man Short film

2003 In America Mateo

2003 Biker Boyz Motherland

2003 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life Kosa

2004 Blueberry Woodhead

2005 Constantine Papa Midnite

2005 Beauty Shop Joe

2005 The Island Albert Laurent

2006 Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy

2006 Eragon Ajihad

2008 Never Back Down Jean Roqua

2009 Push Henry Carver

2010 The Tempest Caliban

2011 Elephant White Curtie Church

2011 Special
Special
Forces Kovax

2013 Baggage Claim Quinton Jamison

2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Drago Bludvist (voice)

2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Korath[25]

2014 Seventh Son Radu

2015 Furious 7 Mose Jakande

2015 The Vatican Tapes Vicar Imani

2015 Air Cartwright

2016 The Legend of Tarzan Chief Mbonga

2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Bedivere

2017 Same Kind of Different as Me Denver

2018 Blazing Samurai Sumo Post-production

2018 Serenity

Post-production

2019 Captain Marvel Korath Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 Doorman Episode: "Class of Beverly Hills"

1999 ER Mobalage Ikabo 6 episodes

2000 The Wild Thornberrys Villager (voice) Episode: "Luck Be an Aye-Aye"

2001 Soul Food Victor Onuka Episode: "Games People Play"

2003–04 Alias Kazari Bomani 3 episodes

2010 Black Panther Black Panther (voice) 6 episodes

2016 Wayward Pines CJ Mitchum 8 episodes

2018 DreamWorks Dragons Drago Bludvist Episode: "King of Dragons Part 2"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result

2004 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor In America Nominated

2007 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Blood Diamond Nominated

2004 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actor In America Won

2007 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actor Blood Diamond Won

2007 Broadcast Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Blood Diamond Nominated

1998 Golden Globes Awards Best Actor-Drama Amistad Nominated

2004 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male In America Won

1998 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor
Actor
in a Motion Picture Amistad Won

2004 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor In America Nominated

2007 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor Blood Diamond Won

2006 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Blood Diamond Won[26]

2001 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Gladiator Nominated

2004 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture In America Nominated

2007 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Actor
Actor
in a Supporting Role Blood Diamond Nominated[27]

See also[edit]

List of male underwear models

References[edit]

^ Hounsou, Djimon (May 26, 2016). "Tonight at 9/8c on #foxtv #waywardpines". Instagram.  ^ a b c d e "Djimon Hounsou: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 22 November 2012.  ^ a b " Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
Biography (1964-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15.  ^ "Daily Show". Comedy Central. Retrieved May 10, 2017.  ^ Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
Biography - Yahoo! Movies ^ "Straight Up". Paula-Abdul.net. Archived from the original on 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2012-11-15.  ^ "Love Will Never Do Without You". songfacts.com. Retrieved 2012-12-20.  ^ " Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
Awards". imdb. Retrieved 13 November 2013.  ^ "Push Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
Interview". About.com. Retrieved 13 November 2013.  ^ " Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
and Diane Kruger's SPECIAL FORCES Explodes onto Blu-ray & DVD in February". January 17, 2013. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.  ^ "Story talks black panther". ign.com. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2015.  ^ " Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
Roars as the Black Panther".  ^ "Legendary Pulls Plug on Bradley Cooper's 'Paradise Lost'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 September 2015.  ^ "Alan Taylor Offers New 'Thor 2′ Details; Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
on 'Guardians of the Galaxy'". screenrant.com. Retrieved 13 November 2013.  ^ " Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
Joins Fast & Furious 7". empireonline.com. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.  ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (February 17, 2016). " Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
cast in 'Wayward Pines' season 2". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2016.  ^ Antonio Sabàto Jr. ^ " Omar Albertto
Omar Albertto
on FASHION NET". www.fashion.net. Retrieved 2018-02-09.  ^ "Calvin Klein's New Brief Boy". ashionweekdaily.com. February 23, 2007. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.  ^ NPR[dead link] ^ "Developed countries need to be held accountable". Rfi.fr. 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2012-11-15.  ^ Slonim, Jeffrey. "People.com". People.com. Retrieved 2012-11-15.  ^ " Kimora
Kimora
Lee Simmons, Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
Had Commitment Ceremony". Usmagazine.com. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2012-11-15.  ^ Jordan, Julie (2012-11-21). " Kimora Lee Simmons
Kimora Lee Simmons
and Djimon Hounsou Separate". People. Retrieved 22 November 2012.  ^ " Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios
Begins Production on Guardians of the Galaxy". Marvel.com. July 20, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2013.  ^ "Winners: National Board Of Review". cbs news. Retrieved 19 September 2015.  ^ "Screen Actors Guild: The nominees". ew.com. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 

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Awards for Djimon Hounsou

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Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1987) Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips
(1988) Max Perlich (1989) Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison
(1990) David Strathairn
David Strathairn
(1991) Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
(1992) Christopher Lloyd
Christopher Lloyd
(1993) Chazz Palminteri
Chazz Palminteri
(1994) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(1995) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(1996) Jason Lee (1997) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(1998) Steve Zahn
Steve Zahn
(1999) Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
(2000) Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
(2001) Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid
(2002) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(2003) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2004) Matt Dillon
Matt Dillon
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2007) James Franco
James Franco
(2008) Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
(2009) John Hawkes (2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2015) Ben Foster
Ben Foster
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

v t e

National Board of Review
National Board of Review
Award for Best Supporting Actor

John Williams (1954) Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
(1955) Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
(1956) Sessue Hayakawa
Sessue Hayakawa
(1957) Albert Salmi
Albert Salmi
(1958) Hugh Griffith
Hugh Griffith
(1959) George Peppard
George Peppard
(1960) Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
(1961) Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
(1962) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1963) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1964) Harry Andrews
Harry Andrews
(1965) Robert Shaw (1966) Paul Ford
Paul Ford
(1967) Leo McKern
Leo McKern
(1968) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1969) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
/ Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Holger Löwenadler
Holger Löwenadler
(1974) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1975) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
(1977) Richard Farnsworth
Richard Farnsworth
(1978) Paul Dooley
Paul Dooley
(1979) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1980) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1981) Robert Preston (1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1985) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) River Phoenix
River Phoenix
(1988) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1989) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1992) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(1993) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1994) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1995) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1996) Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear
(1997) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1998) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(1999) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2003) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2004) Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
(2005) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(2006) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2007) Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin
(2008) Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2012) Will Forte
Will Forte
(2013) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(2014) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(2015) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2016) Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
(2017)

v t e

Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor
Actor
– Motion Picture

Musical or Comedy (1996–2005, retired)

Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
(1996) Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett
(1997) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(1998) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(1999) Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Michael Constantine
Michael Constantine
(2002) Eugene Levy
Eugene Levy
(2003) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2004) Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer
(2005)

Motion Picture Drama (1996–2005, retired)

Armin Mueller-Stahl
Armin Mueller-Stahl
(1996) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1997) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(1998) Harry Lennix
Harry Lennix
(1999) Bruce Greenwood
Bruce Greenwood
(2000) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2001) Dennis Haysbert
Dennis Haysbert
(2002) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(2003) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(2004) Danny Huston
Danny Huston
(2005)

Motion Picture (2006–present)

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2006) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
/ Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2007) Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
(2011) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2015) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2017)

v t e

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor
Actor
in a Motion Picture

1967-1979

Raymond St. Jacques
Raymond St. Jacques
(1969) Jim Brown
Jim Brown
(1970) Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland
(1971) Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
(1972) Bernie Casey (1974) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1975) Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1976) Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
(1977) Paul Winfield
Paul Winfield
(1978) Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1979)

1980-1989

LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton
(1980) Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
(1983) Prince
Prince
(1984) Adolph Caesar (1985) Gregory Hines (1986) Danny Glover
Danny Glover
(1987) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1988) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1989)

1990-1999

Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1990) Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
(1992) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1993) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1994) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1996) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1997) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(1998) Danny Glover
Danny Glover
(1999)

2000-2009

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2000) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2001) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2002) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2003) Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
(2004) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2005) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(2006) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2007) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2008) Will Smith
Will Smith
(2009)

2010-2019

Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2010) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2011) Laz Alonso
Laz Alonso
(2012) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2013) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2014) David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
(2015) Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan
(2016) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2017) Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya
(2018)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 120244157 LCCN: nr99020806 ISNI: 0000 0001 1456 1798 GND: 140984496 SUDOC: 119642050 BNF: cb1418

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