Djimon Hounsou is an Oscar-nominated Beninese actor, and model who owns a net worth of $12 million. He gained Oscar nomination for his role as Solomon Vandy in political war thriller film “Blood Diamond”.
This prominent Beninese-American actor further appeared in popular films like “Gladiator”, “Captain Marvel”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Furious 7”, and so on. As a model, his contribution to the fashion industry is noteworthy.
Besides, he worked as an advocate holding the issue of climate change. He raised his voice at a U.N. summit for increasing awareness against global warming. Within his short active career, Djimon has won six renowned awards and gained several nominations for his contribution to the heart-blessing movies.
Djimon Hounsou: At a Glance
|Full Name||Djimon Gaston Hounsou|
|Date of Birth||24 April, 1964|
|Birth Place||Cotonou, Benin|
|Height||6ft 2in (1.88m)|
|Spouse||Kimora Lee Simmons (2007-2012)|
|Children||1; (Kenzo Lee)|
|Net Worth||$12 million|
On April 24, 1964, this popular actor was born in Cotonou, Benin. When he was only twelve, he along with his brother moved to Lyon, France. After arriving in France, he became homeless. Later, he met with a photographer who introduced him to the French fashion designer.
Having a successful session in modeling, he moved to the U.S. in 1990. Here he took part in the music video for the popular artist Madonna, Paula Abdul, and Janet Jackson.
In 1990, Djimon appeared in his debut film “Without You I’m Nothing”. Besides, he appeared in music videos like “Express Yourself”, “Straight Up” in his early career.
Djimon came into attention after his role in the 1997 American historical drama film “Amistad”. Later, his role in the reputed films “Gladiator”, “In America” made him more popular.
Hounsou received the National Board of Review award, Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the film “Blood Diamond”. Besides, he was nominated for Oscar for his role in this film.
You will find his voice in the fictional character Drago Bludvist in the “How to Train Your Dragon 2” film. He further portrayed the character Korath the Pursuer in the popular film “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
Hounsou was the Calvin Klein underwear model and represented Los Angles based fashion agent Omar Alberto. Besides, he promoted the 2010 FIFA World Cup on ESPN.
Djimon Hounsou is currently living in Los Angles. He bought the LA’s Westchester neighborhood house with an amount of $2.1 million.
In 2012, Djimon Hounsou divorced his wife Kimora Lee Simmons due to a big fight over money. They aren’t as committed to each other as they used to be. The couple has a child named Kenzo Lee.
Djimon was only 12 when he left home for France. His family sent him to Lyon, France to study medicine. But he quit school at 21 and became homeless. Later, he worked with a French fashion designer.