Who Is Djimon Hounsou?
Djimon Hounsou is a famous Beninese-born actor and model. He began his career appearing in music videos. In 1990, he made his film debut in Without You I’m Nothing and earned widespread recognition for his role as Cinque in the Steven Spielberg film Amistad (1997). Djimoun gained further recognition for his roles in Gladiator (2000), In America (2003), and Blood Diamond (2006), receiving nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for both of the latter films. In 2015, he appeared as an antagonist in Furious 7. He then played an important role as well in the French film Forces Speciales (2011).
He has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Moreover, he plays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he portrays Korath the Pursuer of Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Captain Marvel (2019), and the second episode of What If…? (2021). In the DC Extended Universe, he appears as the Fisherman King in Aquaman (2018), and as the wizard Shazam in Shazam! (2019), Black Adam (2022), and Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023). He also plays Papa Midnite in another DC film, Constantine (2005).
How Old Is Djimon Hounsou?
Hounsou is 59 years old as of September 2023, having been born on April 24, 1964, in Cotonou, Benin. Djimon Hounsou shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Aya Tanjali, Joe Keery, Kelly Clarkson, Kehlani, Caspar Lee, and many more.
Djimon Hounsou Family
Who are Djimon Hounsou’s Parents?
Djimon was born to Pierre Hounsou (Father) a cook, and Albertine Hounsou (Mother).
Does Djimon Hounsou have Siblings?
Djimopn has a brother by the name of Edmond Hounsou. He and his brother emigrated to Lyon in France when Djimon was 12 years old.
Djimon Hounsou Education
Soon after arriving in France, he dropped out of school. Information regarding where he received his high school/college education still remains private.
Djimon Hounsou Wife
On his love life matters, Djimon Hounsou is seen as a person who hates drama and loves his privacy. Djimon has managed to keep his marriage/dating life low-key and leave many with a lot of unanswered questions. In case there is news regarding this matter, we shall update it here as soon as possible.
Djimon Hounsou Separation
Hounsou was dating Kimora Lee Simmons (born on May 4, 1975) an American model, businesswoman, fashion designer, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, TV Personality, philanthropist, and author. They began dating in 2007 but announced their separation in November 2012.
Djimon Hounsou Kids
Hounsou has one kid with his ex-girlfriend Kimora Lee Simmons, a son named Kenzo Lee Hounsou (born in 2009).
Djimon Hounsou Height – Measurements
Adding to his well-built body is a height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.88m) and a weight of 90kg (198 lbs).
Djimon Hounsou Career
Djimon Hounsou Acting
Between 1989 and 1991, he 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”. Also, he appears in En Vogue’s music video for “Hold On”. His film debut was in the 1990 Sandra Bernhard film Without You I’m Nothing. Because of his role as Cinque in the 1997 Steven Spielberg film Amistad, Hounsou received wide critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award. He gained further notice as Juba in the 200 film Gladiator.
In 2004, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in America. This made him the fourth African male to be nominated for an Oscar. The following year, he played a mercenary in the movie The Island alongside Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. Because of his performance in Blood Diamond, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and received Broadcast Film Critics Association, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Academy Award nominations for this performance. It was announced in November 2008 that he would provide the voice of Black Panther in the television series of the same name.
In 2013, he appeared in the comedy film Baggage Claim alongside Paula Patton. Moreover, he voiced Drago Blodfist in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and portrayed Korath the Pursuer in the Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy, both in 2014. In 2015, he played villains in two films, Seventh Son and Furious 7, the latter being the seventh installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. It was reported in February 2016, that he would join the second season of the television series Wayward Pines. In 2016 also, he played Chief Mbonga in The Legend of Tarzan.
Hounsou went on and joined the DC Extended Universe, voicing Fisherman King Ricou in Aquaman. In 2019, he replaced Ron Cephas Jones as the Wizard Shazam in Shazam! He reprised his role in Black Adam (2022) and Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023). In 2019 also, he reprised his role as Korath in the Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel and then in the animated series What If…? It was announced in November 2022, that he would join the cast of the Gran Turismo film with Geri Halliwell playing his wife.
Djimon Hounsou Modeling
It was announced on February 24, 2007, that he would be the new Calvin Klein underwear model. At the time, he was represented by Los Angeles modeling agent Omar Albertto.
Djimon Hounsou Other Work
In 2010, he was featured as the narrator in ESPN’s series of “32 Teams, 1 Dream” commercials for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On September 22, 20-09, he spoke at the Summit on Climate Change at the United Nations. On December 1, 2009, he told French media that developed countries “need to be held accountable” for their contribution to climate change.
Djimon Hounsou Salary
Hounsou earns an annual basic salary of $1 million working as an actor and model.
Djimon Hounsou’s Net Worth
Djimon boasts a net worth of $4 million. He has accumulated his wealth through his career as an Actor and Model.