Djimon Hounsou
American actor
Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Gaston Hounsou is a Beninese actor and model. As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards.
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Djimon Hounsou recounts 7 key roles, from telling big Africa stories to hanging with Angelina Jolie
LATimes - 8 months
Djimon Hounsou was born in Benin, Africa, and moved to Hollywood in 1990 from France, where he’d emigrated in his teens. The actor, now 52, has spent his career maintaining a connection to the stories of his homeland, always aiming to accept projects that focus on the African experience in some...
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 24-30
Yahoo News - 10 months
April 24: Actress Shirley MacLaine is 82. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 74. Country singer Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys is 73. Drummer Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 71. Singer-keyboardist Rob Hyman of The Hooters is 66. Actor Eric Bogosian is 63. Singer-bassist Jack Blades of Night Ranger is 62. Actor Michael O'Keefe ("Roseanne") is 61. Bassist David J (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 59. Actor Glenn Morshower ("24") is 57. Bassist Billy Gould (Faith No More) is 53. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 52. Actor Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond," ''Amistad") is 52. Drummer Patty Schemel (Hole) is 49. Drummer Aaron Comess of the Spin Doctors is 48. Actor Aidan Gillen ("Game of Thrones") is 48. Actress Melinda Clarke ("The O.C.") is 47. Actor Rory McCann ("Game of Thrones") is 47. Bassist Brian Marshall of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 43. Actor Eric Balfour ("24") is 39. Actress Rebecca Mader ("No Ordinary Family," ''Lost") is 39. Actor Austin Nich ...
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Minority Report: Not the Movie -- The Oscar Controversy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I'm not comfortable taking issue with the hubbub surrounding the lack of minorities in major categories in this year's Oscar race. Indeed, it's unfortunate in the past two years there've been none in the four acting races, but the omissions belie a number of factors and, if there is criticism to be directed, it should not be the Motion Picture Academy. There've been 97 minority actors nominated since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel became the first Black Oscar recipient for playing a servant in Gone With The Wind. And that is part of the problem, because for many, many years Blacks and other minorities were relegated to roles not only of a supporting nature but indicative of the racist times when their lots in major professions were limited. Film icon Myrna Loy of Thin Man fame is said to have asked MGM's hierarchy, "Why does every Black person in the movies have to play a servant? How about a Black person walking up the steps of a court house carrying a briefcase?" But sadly the next B ...
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The 'Furious 7' Super Bowl Trailer Is Better Than The Super Bowl
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Two years ago, Universal debuted the trailer for "Fast & Furious 6" during the Super Bowl. This year's big game brings a new look at the franchise's seventh installment. It's as awesome as everyone should expect, especially that part with the car flying out of a building and into another building. GIF via YouTube Here's the plot summary, via Universal. Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of "Furious 7." James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morga ...
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: Video of Vin Diesel on stilts fuels Groot buzz
LATimes - over 3 years
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Vin Diesel Shares First 'Fast & Furious 7' Photo on Facebook
Moviefone Blog - over 3 years
Vin Diesel's Facebook page is a window into his soul -- and his career. Dude does not hold back, on anything, probably to the chagrin of studios and major corporations that back his filmic endeavors. But if you're looking for up-to-date info on the gravel-voiced actor, it's a great place to go, and was the first place where he announced that he was talking to Marvel about becoming part of an upcoming project (later revealed to be a voice role in next summer's "Guardians of the Galaxy") and the spot where he dropped production artwork back when "Riddick" was just a glimmer in his eye. Now he's gone and unleashed the first photo (below) from "Fast & Furious 7" on his Facebook page, for all of his 47 million followers. "Like." The photo is pretty much what you'd expect: Diesel in a leather jacket and his girl's metal cross, looking pensive. His costar, Paul Walker, standing beside him, looking worse for wear, in a hoodie that we're pretty sure he's been wearing since the firs ...
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Djimon Hounsou brings his muscles to 'Fast & Furious 7'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
The West African actor will be among the new faces of the racing film franchise launched in 2001, Universal Studios has announced.
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Patton, Thicke have clear lines on jealousy, work
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Patton, Thicke have clear lines on jealousy, work Professionally, the 37-year-old actress is busy promoting the romantic comedy "Baggage Claim," which opens Sept. 27. "2 Guns," starring Patton, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, opened earlier this month. "We celebrate in the kitchen late at night after we put our son to sleep, and we're like, 'Can you believe this?'" she said with a high-pitched squeal. [...] we do things like (tell each other) 'drive the speed limit,' 'don't mess around.' In an interview earlier this month, Patton talked about prepping Thicke for her sexy on-camera scenes and said a healthy dose of jealousy is the key to a lasting relationship. What does Robin think about your "Baggage Claim" makeout scenes with Derek Luke, Boris Kodjoe and Djimon Hounsou? Patton: I always prep him for the sexy scenes. [...] when you have great moments like this, or when you just get to work, quite frankly, you're just so thankful that you can kind of overlook the things th ...
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Michael Peña and Djimon Hounsou Set to Star in Exorcism Thriller 'The Vatican Tapes'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Greg Gilman LOS ANGELES ( - Michael Peña and Djimon Hounsou will attempt their first exorcism when Lionsgate's "The Vatican Tapes" starts filming next month. Dougray Scott ("My Week With Marilyn"), Kathleen Robertson ("Boss"), Peter Andersson ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), Olivia Dudley ("CSI: Miami"), John Patrick Amedon ("The Last Stand") and Russian actor Alex Sparrow have also joined the ensemble cast for the upcoming thriller, which begins principle photography in July, Lionsgate and partner Lakeshore Entertainment announced on Friday. ...
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PHOTOS: Awkward Celebrity Ex Moments
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Because in Hollywood, when celebrities run into their exes, there's always a camera or two around. Below, a round-up of celebrity ex-lover reunions that made everyone around them feel trés awkward. Jennifer Lopez, Casper Smart and Diddy (2013): Diddy looked bemused as he reached out for a handshake with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez's new beau, 25-year-old Casper Smart. Diddy and Jenny from the block dated over a decade earlier, from 1999 to 2001. Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Bruce Willis (2003): In the mid-2000s, Demi Moore, then-boyfriend/future husband Ashton Kutcher and ex-husband Bruce Willis famously got along, making us think that women really could have it all. The trio even vacationed together at Willis' home in Turks and Caicos, a trip that produced these photos shot by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair. Simon Cowell, Sinitta and Jackie St. Clair (2010): The "X Factor" creator and notorious bachelor posed not with one, but two ex-girlfriends on the red c ...
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Scott Mendelson: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin: Films I Like or Love Despite Finding Them Morally or Ideologically Objectionable
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Let's pretend for a moment that Zero Dark Thirty does in fact do all of the things that its critics, many of whom have not even seen the film, are claiming.  Let's pretend that it endorses torture on a practical and/or moral level.  Let's pretend that it implies/states that information gleaned from torture was essential in catching Osama Bin Laden and would not have been discovered any other way.  Does that (incorrect, I'd argue) interpretation automatically negate its worth as quality film making?  There has been much discussion of the alleged morality of Bigelow and Boal's superb procedural, much of it penned by those who believe that either it is 'pro-torture' or at least will be interpreted as much by general moviegoers (a classic case of 'I'm smart enough to understand but they aren't').  The question for those critics becomes whether its alleged sins negates its worth and/or can be separated from its qualities as a film.  But quite frankly, it's more than possible to ...
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Djimon Hounsou Still Planning 'Thulsa Doom,' Sees It As 'Gladiator' Meets 'Braveheart'
MTV News - over 4 years
by Ryan Rigley It's been several years now since we've heard any updates about the rumored "Thulsa Doom" movie, of which Djimon Hounsou was said to star in and produce. Thulsa Doom, of course, being the sinister sorcerer played by James Earl Jones in the original "Conan the Barbarian." In a recent interview with Hounsou, we found out what the deal is with the "Thulsa Doom" movie. "I’m still trying to get somebody interested in it," Hounsou told MTV News regarding the project. "I certainly have been working on it for some time. It’s written and I’ve just been trying to put it together." "It’s sort of like one of my projects; I put my own money on it and it’s sitting there for now," he added. "There are other projects that I’m also trying to get going as well and, like those projects, I’ve become very passionate about this project as well." Upon first glance, the choice to make a feature film revolving around Thulsa Doom might strike someone as a bit overly ambitious. But th ...
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Kimora Lee Simmons Rumored to Have Split with Djimon Hounsou
Amog - over 4 years
Tell us you didn’t see this coming…but seriously, didn’t you? Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou are reportedly calling it quits over dollars. It’s been said that Djimon walked out on Kimora after the couple had a big fight over money, and get this…the fight reportedly happened because Kimora’s ex-husband, Russell Simmons, decided to pull the plug on financing the couple’s lifestyle. Ouch! Last Thursday Kimora put her house on the market at a loss. She paid $5.9 million for the house in 2007, and it is now listed for just $4.7 million. When word got around, she took to Twitter and attempted to end speculation about her financial difficulties. “Wow, I put one of several properties I own (+ DONT live in) on the market, and now apparently my whole life is falling apart?! Rumors, rumors …” Kimora’s spokesperson said that Kimora has a beautiful family life, while Djimon’s rep said he had a deadline and couldn’t discuss the matter as he was leaving on a plane from L.A. to New Yo ...
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Films To Watch Before You Die #96 - Gladiator (2000)
Flickering Myth - almost 5 years
D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die... Gladiator, 2000. Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou and Richard Harris. Gladiator is the epic Roman tale of a great and loyal general who is stabbed in the back by his new Emperor and left for dead only to rise through the ranks as a gladiator, battling in the great arenas and coliseums of Italy to get his vengeance on the man who took everything he had. General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Crowe) is betrayed by Emperor Commodus (Pheonix) soon after Commodus murders his father and takes the seat as leader of Rome. After escaping execution in the Germanic forests of the northern empire, Maximus makes his way back home where he finds his wife and son murdered at the instruction of Commodus. Maximus is found left for dead by slave traders and sold to Proximo (Reed) to fight in the gladiatorial arenas of the Roman ...
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Danny Glover And Jemima Khan To Select Winning Documentary
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Danny Glover, Djimon Hounsou and Jemima Khan are among this year's jurors for the PUMA Creative Impact Award. The Award, in its second year, seeks to recognise a documentary that has proven to have made the most significant social impact across the world during the past 12 months, and has a prize of 50,000 euros to help continue the campaign underlying the winning film. (Full jury lineup below) Last year's winner was the team behind The End of the Line, an environmental documentary on the overfishing of the world’s oceans. On this occasion, the jury, which included Morgan Spurlock and Queen Noor of Jordan, also awarded a special Jury Commendation— with a 25,000 euro prize—to the makers of Burma VJ, about the 2009 Burmese uprising and the video journalists who risked their life to report on it. Submissions for this year's Award are now welcome, until the closing date of 11 May, and is open to all comers from any country. Films can be put forward up to three year ...
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Djimon Hounsou: 'Blood Diamond' star's remarkable journey
Modern Ghana - almost 5 years
From scavenging for food through garbage and sleeping in the streets, to becoming an international fashion model and a Hollywood A-lister, Djimon Hounsous journey to stardom has been an astonishing one.The Benin-born actor, one of the most prominent film stars to come out of Africa, has appeared in blockbusters such as Gladiator, Amistad a ...
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Djimon Hounsou: 'Blood Diamond' star's remarkable journey
CNN - almost 5 years
From scavenging for food through garbage and sleeping in the streets, to becoming an international fashion model and a Hollywood A-lister, Djimon Hounsou's journey to stardom has been an astonishing one.
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Djimon Hounsou: Shirtless in St. Bart's
Just Jared - about 5 years
A shirtless <a class="fplink fp-66272" href="/djimon+hounsou">Djimon Hounsou</a> spends some quality time during Christmas Eve with his wife Kimora Lee Simmons on the beach on Saturday (December 24) in St. Bart’s. The happy couple was accompanied by their son Kenzo Lee. Djimon was even seen giving Kenzo a ride on his shoudlers! PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of <a class="fplink fp-66272" href="/djimon+hounsou">Djimon Hounsou</a> Kimora also has two daughters - Ming, 11, and Aoki, 9 - with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who also is in St. Bart’s for the holiday. 25+ pictures inside of shirtless <a class="fplink fp-66272" href="/djimon+hounsou">Djimon Hounsou</a> in St. Bart’s…
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Djimon Hounsou: It Doesn't Take Much: Join Me In Battling Hunger In East Africa
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Those living in hunger are still living in desperation and their numbers are growing every day. It doesn't take much. Organizations like Oxfam make it so easy to help.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Djimon Hounsou
  • 2016
    Age 51
    On February 17, 2016, FOX reported that Hounsou would join the second season of the television series Wayward Pines.
    More Details Hide Details On February 24, 2007, it was announced that Hounsou would be the new Calvin Klein underwear model. At the time, Hounsou was being represented by Los Angeles modeling agent, Omar Albertto. 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. On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Hounsou told French media that developed countries “need to be held accountable” for their contribution to climate change.
  • 2015
    Age 50
    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.
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  • 2014
    Age 49
    He also voiced Drago Bludvist in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and portrayed Korath the Pursuer in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy, both in 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 48
    In 2013, he appeared in the comedy film Baggage Claim alongside Paula Patton.
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  • 2012
    Age 47
    Hounsou and Simmons, who were never legally married in the United States, announced their separation in November 2012.
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  • 2011
    Age 46
    In 2011, he starred as a French commando in the French film Forces spéciales.
    More Details Hide Details 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 television series of the same name. Hounsou had signed on to play Abdiel in the film version of John Milton's Paradise Lost with Benjamin Walker and Bradley Cooper. The film however was scrapped in early February 2012.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    On May 30, 2009, Simmons gave birth to their son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, reportedly named because "Kenzo" means "three" (Kimora's third child).
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    Hounsou also acted in a supporting role in the 2009 science fiction film Push, as Agent Henry Carver.
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  • 2008
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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, Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, he was billed as her husband.
  • 2007
    Age 42
    In 2007, Hounsou began dating model Kimora Lee Simmons.
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  • 2006
    Age 41
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 35
    He gained further notice as Juba in the 2000 film Gladiator.
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  • 1997
    Age 32
    Hounsou received wide critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role as Cinqué in the 1997 Steven Spielberg film Amistad.
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  • 1990
    Age 25
    Hounsou's film debut was in the 1990 Sandra Bernhard film Without You I'm Nothing.
    More Details Hide Details He had television parts on Beverly Hills, 90210 and ER and a guest starring role on Alias. Hounsou captured a larger role in the science fiction film Stargate.
  • 1989
    Age 24
    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".
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  • 1987
    Age 22
    In 1987, Hounsou became a model and established a career in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details He moved to the United States in 1990.
  • 1964
    Born on April 24, 1964.
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