Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou
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Film director, Actor, Producer, Model
Principal country concerned : Column : Theater, Cinema/tv, Fashion

Beninese expatriate, Model, Actor, Director & Producer in the United States.

Djimon Hounsou is a two-time Academy Award-nominated actor for his work in the films In America and Blood Diamond. Hounsou was honored with an NAACP Image Award, a National Board of Review citation and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role as Solomon Vandy in Blood Diamond. For his role as Mateo in In America, Hounsou won an Independent Spirit Award, was named the 2004 ShoWest Supporting Actor of the Year and shared in a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance. Born in Benin, West Africa, Hounsou moved to Paris at the age of 13 to get a better education. As an adult, he was discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mugler and then worked with legendary photographer Herb Ritts. Hounsou was subsequently spotted by director David Fincher, who cast him in several music videos. Small film roles followed before Hounsou's breakthrough role came in 1997 as Cinque, the African who leads an uprising to regain his freedom in Steven Spielberg's historical drama Amistad. The performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a NAACP Image Award. He later shared in a SAG Award nomination as a member of the cast of Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning Best Picture, Gladiator.

Name : Djimon Hounsou
Birth Name : Djimon Gaston Hounsou
Height : 6' 4"
Sex : Male
Nationality : Beninese
Birth Date : April 24, 1964
Birth Place : Cotonou, Benin
Profession : Actor, Model, Film Director, Producer
Husband/Wife : Victoria Mahoney (born in 1966)
Father : Pierre Hounsou
Claim to fame : His role as Joseph Cinqué in the Steven Spielberg film Amistad (1997)
Awards : National Board of Review (2006) Best Supporting Blood Diamond

Djimon Gaston Hounsou (born April 24, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated actor, dancer and fashion model.

* Without You I'm Nothing (1990). Role: Ex-boyfriend
* Unlawful Entry (1992). Role: Prisoner on bench
* Killing Zoe (1992). Role: Moïse (voice)
* Stargate (1994). Role: Horus
* Ill Gotten Gains (1997). Role: Fyah
* Amistad (1997). Role: Cinqué
* Deep Rising (1998). Role: Vivo
* Gladiator (2000). Role: Juba
* The Middle Passage (2000) (documentary). Role: narrator in US version
* The Tag (2001) - Short film. Role: Marshall
* Le Boulet / Dead Weight (2002). Role: Detective Youssouf
* The Four Feathers (2002). Role: Abou Fatma
* In America (2002). Role: Mateo
* Heroes (2002) (short subject). Role: Mystery Man
* Biker Boyz (2003). Role: Motherland
* Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003). Role: Kosa
* Alias (2004) (season 3, Mr Bomani). Role:
* Blueberry (2004). Role: Woodhead
* Constantine (2005). Role: Midnite
* Beauty Shop (2005). Role: Joe
* The Island (2005). Role: Albert Laurent
* Blood Diamond (2006). Role: Solomon Vandy
* Eragon (2006). Role: Ajihad
* Never Back Down (2008). Role: Jean Roqua
* Push (2009). Role: Henry Carver
* The Tempest (2010). Role: Caliban
* Elephant White (2011). Role: Curtie Church
* Special Forces (2011). Role: Kovax
* Baggage Claim (2013). Role: Quinton Jamison
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014). Role: Drago Bludvist (voice)
* Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Role: Korath
* Seventh Son (2014). Role: Radu
* Furious 7 (2015). Role: Mose Jakande
* The Vatican Tapes (2015). Role: Vicar Imani
* Air (2015). Role: Cartwright
* Same Kind of Different as Me (2016). Role: Denver
* The Legend of Tarzan (2016). Chief Mbonga
* Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur (2016). Bedivere
Blazing Samurai (2017). Sumo


* Academy Awards
o 2007, Best Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Nominated)
o 2004, Best Supporting Actor: In America (Nominated)

* Black Reel Awards
o 2007, Best Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Winner)
o 2004, Best Supporting Actor: In America (Winner)

* Broadcast Film Critics
o 2007, Best Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Nominated)

* Golden Globes
o 1998, Best Actor-Drama: Amistad (Nominated)

* Independent Spirit Awards
o 2004, Best Supporting Male: In America (Winner)

* NAACP Image Awards
o 2007, Outstanding Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Winner)
o 2004, Outstanding Supporting Actor: In America (Nominated)
o 1998, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Amistad (Winner)

* National Board of Review
o 2006, Best Supporting Actor: Blood Diamond (Winner)

* Screen Actors Guild
o 2007, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Blood Diamond (Nominated)
o 2004, Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture: In America (Nominated)
o 2001, Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture: Gladiator (Nominated)

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