His first on-screen appearance was in the 1990 Janet Jackson video “Love Will Never Do (Without You).” He also starred in a 2002 Gap commercial directed by Peter Lindbergh, dancing to a rendition of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” by Arrested Development’s Baba Oje.
He received wide critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role as Cinqué in the 1997 Steven Spielberg film Amistad.
He immigrated to Lyon in France at the age of thirteen with his brother, Edmond. In the 1989 he appeared in a music video of Straight Up by Paula Abdul.
In 1987, he became a model and established a career in Paris. Hounsou’s film debut was in the 1990 Sandra Bernhard film Without You I’m Nothing, and he has had television parts on Beverly Hills, 90210 and ER and a guest starring role on Alias, but received a larger role in the science fiction film Stargate.
Djimon Gaston Hounsou, born on April 24, 1964, is a popular and multitalented Beninese-American actor as well as a model.
Hounsou is also good at dancing and has also danced in many occasions.
In 2008 Hounsou and Simmons visited Hounsou's family and while there, the two participated in a traditional commitment ceremony.
On May 30, 2009, Simmons gave birth to their son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, reportedly named because Kenzo means 3 (Kimora's third child).
Hounsou has enhanced the stages of Paris and London as a popular male model.
He gained further notice as Juba, in the 2000 film Gladiator.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for In America, in 2004, becoming the fourth African male to be nominated for an Oscar (along with Basil Rathbone, Cecil Kellaway and Omar Sharif).
Hounsou is one of the best actors in the Hollywood industry.
Hounsou was born and raised in Cotonou, Benin by his father and mother.