Djimon Hounsou, born as Djimon Gaston Hounsou, is an award-winning model and actor from Benin, West Africa. He is famous for his characters in the films entitled In America (2003) and Blood Diamond (2006) where he got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for both films. He is also famous for his roles in the Marvel Universe movies including Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Captain Marvel (2019), Aquaman (2018), and Shazam! (2019).
Djimon comes from Benin, West Africa. He was the 5th, youngest, child and his parents moved to Ivory Coast, abandoning him. His older siblings were already grown enough to leave home, and Djimon was left behind. He first met his father when he was 10 years old, and instantly wanted to, as he says, “escape that surrounding”. He soon moved to France with his brother when he was a teenager. He quit school and started living on the street, making his stay in France illegal as he was no longer a student. He spent years looking for scraps of food on the streets. Luckily, he was introduced to Thierry Mugler, a renowned French fashion designer, through a Parisian photographer who recognized his good looks. Thierry Mugler encouraged him to become a model. Because of his good looking physique, he became a popular catwalk model in London and Paris.
In 1990, Djimon immigrated to the US to pursue acting. His first screen appearances were in music videos such as “Express Yourself” by Madonna, “Hold On” by Envogues, “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” by Janet Jackson, and “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul. Soon, he starred in several films such as Without You I’m Nothing (1990), Stargate (1994), Gladiator (2000), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), and Furious 7 (2015).
Djimon also appeared on television series including Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Alias (2003-2004), Wayward Pines (2016), and DreamWorks Dragons (2018). Aside from acting, he also modeled for Calvin Klein.
What is the nationality of Djimon Hounsou?
Djimon Hounsou is a dual citizen — an African-American. He was born in Cotonou, Benin. He received his naturalized American citizenship in 2007.
How old is Djimon Hounsou?
Born on April 24, 1964, Djimon Hounsou is now 56 years old.
How tall is Djimon Hounsou and how much does he weigh?
Djimon Hounsou is 6’1” or 187cm tall and weighs around 198lbs or 90kgs.
How much is Djimon Hounsou’s net worth?
Djimon Hounsou has a net worth of $12 million, working as an actor and model.
Is Djimon Hounsou married or single?
No, Djimon Hounsou was never legally married. He used to date designer and model, Kimora Lee Simmons. They had a traditional ceremony in Benin to solidify their relationship, but it was not considered a wedding.
Does Djimon Hounsou have any children?
Yes, Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons were blessed with one son named Kenzo.