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Djimon Hounsou
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Biographical informations
Birth name Djimon Gaston Hounsou
Birth (1964-04-24) April 24, 1964 (age 54)
Cotonou, Bénin
Nationality Beninese
Informations about family
Partner Kimora Lee Simmons (2007-2012)
Child 1 child
Professional informations
Occupation Actor,
Years active 1989—present
Notable works Gladiator,
Blood Diamond
Awards See list
Stargate universe-related informations
Related film(s)/series Stargate
Occupation in Stargate Actor
Character(s) Horus

Djimon Gaston Hounsou (US pron.: /ˈmən ˈhɒns/;[1][2][3] French: [dʒimɔ̃ hũsu]; born April 24, 1964)[4] is a Beninese actor and model. As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards.[5] He has portrayed Horus in the 1994 feature film, Stargate.

Early life[edit]

Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Bénin, in 1964, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook.[6] 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.[4] In 1987, Hounsou became a model and established a career in Paris. He moved to the United States in 1990.[6][7]



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.[8][9]

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.[10] Housnou has signed on to play Abdiel in the film version of John Milton's Paradise Lost with Benjamin Walker and Bradley Cooper.


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[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 on Tuesday, September 22, 2009.[11] On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Hounsou told French media that developed countries “need to be held accountable” for their contribution to climate change.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Hounsou became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005, and currently resides in Los Angeles. He was reluctant to renounce his Beninese citizenship and therefore opted to become a dual citizen of both Benin and the United States.

In 2007, Hounsou began dating model Kimora Lee Simmons.[13] 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.[14] Hounsou and Simmons, who were never legally married in the United States, announced their separation in November 2012.[15]

Involvement in the Stargate universe[edit]



Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Baggage Claim Film, post-production
2013 The Seventh Son Radu Film, post-production
2011 Forces spéciales Kovax Film
2011 Elephant White Curtie Church Film
2010 The Tempest Caliban Film
2010 Black Panther Black Panther / T'Challa / The Black Panther TV series, 6 episodes
2009 Push Henry Carver Film
2008 Never Back Down Jean Roqua Film
2006 Eragon Ajihad Film
2006 Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy Film
2005 The Island Albert Laurent Film
2005 Beauty Shop Joe Film
2005 Constantine Midnite Film
2003-2004 Alias Kazari Bomani TV series, 3 episodes
2004 Blueberry Woodhead Film
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Kosa Film
2003 Biker Boyz Motherland Film
2002 Heroes Mystery Man Short
2002 In America Mateo Film
2002 The Four Feathers Abou Fatma Film
2002 Le Boulet Det. Youssouf Film
2001 Soul Food Victor Onuka TV series, 1 episode
2001 The Tag Marshall Short
2000 Passage du milieu Narrator Film (US Version)
2000 Gladiator Juba Film
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Villager TV series, 1 episode
1999 ER Mobalage Ikabo TV series, 6 episodes
1998 Deep Rising Vivo Film
1997 Amistad Cinque Film
1997 Ill Gotten Gains Fyah Film
1997 The Small Hours Film (as Djimon Housoun)
1994 Stargate Horus (as Djimon) Film
1993 Killing Zoe Moïse (voice) Film
1992 Unlawful Entry Prisoner on Bench Film (as Djimon)
1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 Nightclub Doorman TV series, 1 episode (as Djimon)
1990 Without You I'm Nothing Ex-Boyfriend Film (as Djimon Hounson)



  1. "Djimon Hounsou pronunciation". 14 December 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  2. See co-star's pronunciation at approximately 7:32 and 7:47. "Never Back Down - Interviews...". YouTube. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  3. See the interviewer and DiCaprio's pronunciations at approximately 3:57 and 4:04. "Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio interview". YouTube. 29 September 2006. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Djimon Hounsou: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  5. Djimon Hounsou: The Push Interview Kam Williams. 2009-01-30
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Djimon Hounsou Biography (1964-)". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  7. Djimon Hounsou Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  8. "Straight Up". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  9. "Love Will Never Do Without You". Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  10. "Djimon Hounsou Roars as the Black Panther". 
  11. See YouTube video
  12. "Developed countries need to be held accountable". 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  13. Slonim, Jeffrey. "".,,20014140,00.html. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  14. March 9, 2009 AT 3:06PM (2009-03-09). "Kimora Lee Simmons, Djimon Hounsou Had Commitment Ceremony". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  15. Jordan, Julie (2012-11-21). "Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou Separate". People.,,20650640,00.html. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
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Facts about "Djimon Hounsou"
Birth countryBénin +
Birth dateApril 24, 1964 +
FilmStargate (movie) +
Has played inBaggage Claim (film) +, The Seventh Son (film) +, Forces spéciales (film) +, Elephant White (film) +, The Tempest (film) +, Black Panther (TV mini-series) +, Push (film) +, Never Back Down (film) +, Eragon (film) +, Blood Diamond (film) +, The Island (film) +, Beauty Shop (film) +, Constantine (film) +, Alias (TV series) +, Blueberry (film) +, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (film) +, Biker Boyz (film) +, Heroes (short) +, In America (film) +, The Four Feathers (film) +, Le Boulet (film) +, Soul Food (TV series) +, The Tag (short) +, Passage du milieu (film) +, Gladiator (film) +, The Wild Thornberrys (TV series) +, ER (TV series) +, Deep Rising (film) +, Amistad (film) +, Ill Gotten Gains (film) +, The Small Hours (film) +, Killing Zoe (film) +, Unlawful Entry (film) +, Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV series) + and Without You I'm Nothing (film) +
Infobox imageDjimon Hounsou.jpg +
Month-Day birthApril 24 +
NameDjimon Hounsou +
NationalityBeninese +
OccupationActor +
ProvDjimon Hounsou +
Stargate occupationActor +
Supporting cast inStargate (movie) +
Year active start1989 +