DJIMON HOUNSOU (Wizard) is a two-time Academy
Award-nominated actor for his work in
Ed Zwick's "Blood Diamond" and Jim Sheridan's "In America."
Later this year, Hounsou is co-starring in Elizabeth Banks' "Charlie's
Angels" as part of the
Bosley ensemble. He also reprises the role of Korath the Pursuer from "Guardians
of the Galaxy" in
"Captain Marvel." Hounsou had a cameo as The Fisherman King in the blockbuster "Aquaman,"
directed by James Wan. He also recently finished filming a major Chinese
Television show, "24 Hours
in Chang'an," and voiced Sumo in "Blazing Samuari," an animated comedy. He also
Matthew McConaughey in Steven Knight's thriller "Serenity."
Born in Benin, West Africa, Hounsou moved to Paris at the age of 13 to pursue
education. As an adult, he was discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mugler and
modeled for and appeared in several iconic music videos for legendary
photographer Herb Ritts and
director David Fincher. Small film roles followed before Hounsou's breakthrough
Cinque, the African who leads an uprising to regain his freedom in Steven
Hounsou earned a Golden Globe nomination and a NAACP Image Award for the part.
He later shared
a SAG Award nomination as a member of the cast of Ridley Scott's Academy
In 2006, Hounsou received an NAACP Image Award, a National Board of Review
a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role as a forced laborer who
discovers a rare gem in
"Blood Diamond," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. For his performance as an artist
afflicted with "Aids in
America," Hounsou garnered an Independent Spirit Award, was named 2004's ShoWest
Actor of the Year and shared an ensemble SAG Award nomination.
His film credits also include James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy," Guy
Arthur: Legend of the Sword," and David Yates' "The Legend of Tarzan." He lent
his voice as Drago
Bludvist to "How to Train Your Dragon 2," and also co-starred in "Same Kind of
Different as Me," "The
Island," "The Tempest," "Eragon," "Constantine," Jan de Bont's "Lara Croft Tomb
Raider: The Cradle
of Life," and Shekhar Kapur's "The Four Feathers," with Heath Ledger.
For television, Hounsou voiced The Black Panther in the BET animated series
based on the
Marvel Comic. He also starred as a refugee seeking asylum in a memorable
six-episode arc on "ER,"
and played a recurring role in the series "Alias," starring Jennifer Garner.
More recently, he starred
as CJ Mitchum in the second season of "Wayward Pines" on FOX.
Hounsou is producing and developing a slate of feature films and
documentaries via his
company Fanaticus Entertainment. Through Fanaticus, Hounsou has a clear
commitment to bettering
Africa by using his accumulated knowledge and influence to allow the Continent's
stories to be heard.
Fanaticus completed their first documentary, called "In Search of Voodoo," about
the traditions that
define West Africa, the Continent, and the African Diaspora (Cuba, Brazil,
Haiti, Argentina, U.S., etc.).
The film shows how this way of life has been misrepresented and diabolized in
As a celebrity ambassador for Orbis, Hounsou is promoting a campaign to raise
and funds for curing childhood blindness and empowering the youth of West
Africa. In 2009, he
opened the UN General Assembly in New York with a compelling speech about the
impact of climate
change on developing nations. Hounsou has appeared before the U.S. Senate on
behalf of the
Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and participated in a hearing and summit for the
Arms Ban Treaty.
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