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. He was recently seen Julie Taymor's screen adaptation of "The Tempest" (2010) with Helen Mirren, Russell Brand and Chris Cooper, and "Push" (2009) with Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans

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."

Hounsou recently co-starred as a martial arts veteran and unlike mentor to a rebellious teen (Sean Faris) in "Never Back Down." He also starred in Michael Bay's futuristic action film "The Island," with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson; the thriller "Constantine," with Keanu Reeves; and the comedy "Beauty Shop," starring Queen Latifah. Other film credits include Jan de Bont's "Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," starring Angelina Jolie; Shekhar Kapur's "The Four Feathers," with Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson; and "Deep Rising," directed by Stephen Sommers.

On television, Hounsou voices "The Black Panther" in the BET animated series based on the Marvel comic. He also had a memorable six-episode arc as an African refugee seeking asylum on the drama series "ER" and played a recurring role on the series "Alias," starring Jennifer Garner.

Djimon Hounsou is married to Kimora Lee Simmons.




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Age: 52 years old
Birthday: April 24, 1964
Height: 6' 3"
Full Name / Real Name: Djimon Gaston Hounsou
Birthplace: Cotonou, Benin
Wife: Kimora Lee Simmons


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