Djimon Hounsou

Biography: Although his family sent him to France at age 13 to pursue a better life, the Benin-born Hounsou soon dropped out of school and ended up homeless on the streets of Paris. A chance meeting with a photographer led to an introduction to fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who, taken with the teen's impressive physique and exotic features, turned him into a model. In his twenties, Hounsou decided he wanted to add acting to his résumé, so he relocated to the U.S., popping up in a number of early '90s music videos (Madonna's "Express Yourself," Paula Abdul's "Straight Up") and small movie roles (Stargate). Then in 1997, Hounsou exploded onto the Hollywood scene as the leader of a slave-ship mutiny in Steven Spielberg's historical drama Amistad. (Coincidentally, Hounsou played an identical role in the little-seen indie Ill Gotten Gains, which was inspired by the same events.) For his searing and scary performance in Amistad, Hounsou earned an Image Award and a Golden Globe nomination.Although his family sent him to France at age 13 to pursue a better life, the Benin-born Hounsou soon dropped out of school and ended up homeless on the streets of Paris. A chance meeting with a photographer led to an introduction to fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who, taken with the teen's impressive physique and exotic features, turned him into a model. In his twenties, Hounsou decided he wanted to add acting to his résumé, so he relocated to the U.S., popping up in a number of early '90s music videos (Madonna's "Express Yourself," Paula Abdul's "Straight Up") and small movie roles (Stargate). Then in 1997, Hounsou exploded onto the Hollywood scene as the leader of a slave-ship mutiny in Steven Spielberg's historical drama Amistad. (Coincidentally, Hounsou played an identical role in the little-seen indie Ill Gotten Gains, which was inspired by the same events.) For his searing and scary performance in Amistad, Hounsou earned an Image Award and a Golden Globe nomination. For the next few years, he alternated between the big and small screens, turning in unforgettable work with a recurring role on ER as a tortured African immigrant seeking political asylum, and a stoic supporting turn as Russell Crowe's friend and fellow fighter in Gladiator. In 2002, Hounsou was finally recognized by the Academy when he earned his first Oscar nod for his role as an AIDS-afflicted painter in In America. Although he went unrecognized for many of his subsequent high-profile projects (Biker Boyz, The Island), his intense turn as a poor fisherman searching for salvation in the form of a pink gem in 2006's Blood Diamond earned Hounsou his second Academy Award nomination. Concerned with the impact of global warming, particularly on Africa, he opened a summit on climate change at the United Nations in 2009. Expand

Djimon Hounsou's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 51
Highest Metascore: 76 Guardians of the Galaxy
Lowest Metascore: 30 Seventh Son
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
32 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
67 Gladiator May 5, 2000 Juba 8.9
64 Blood Diamond Dec 8, 2006 Solomon Vandy 8.7
50 Constantine Feb 18, 2005 Midnite 8.7
50 The Island Jul 22, 2005 Albert Laurent / Albert Laurent 8.7
76 Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 1, 2014 Korath / Korath The Pursuer / Korath / Korath The Pursuer 8.5
76 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Jun 13, 2014 Cast / Drago / Drago Bludvist 8.4
76 In America Nov 26, 2003 Mateo / Mateo 8.3
68 I Am Heath Ledger May 3, 2017 Himself / Himself 8.3
71 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Feb 22, 2019 Drago / Drago Bludvist / Drago 8.0
43 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Jul 25, 2003 Kosa 7.9
39 Never Back Down Mar 14, 2008 Jean Roqua / Jean Roqua 7.6
49 The Four Feathers Sep 20, 2002 Abou Fatma 7.6
42 Stargate Oct 28, 1994 Horus 7.6
71 Shazam! Apr 5, 2019 The Wizard / The Wizard Shazam / Wizard 7.6
36 Biker Boyz Jan 31, 2003 Motherland / Motherland 7.5
63 Amistad Dec 10, 1997 Cinque / Cinque 7.3
41 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword May 12, 2017 Sir Bedivere 7.2
36 Push Feb 6, 2009 Henry Carver 7.0
55 Aquaman Dec 21, 2018 The Fisherman King 7.0
67 Furious 7 Apr 3, 2015 Cast / Jakande / Slim 6.8
43 The Tempest Dec 10, 2010 Caliban / Caliban 6.7
47 Same Kind of Different as Me Oct 20, 2017 Denver / Denver 6.7
44 The Legend of Tarzan Jul 1, 2016 Chief Mbonga 6.1
37 Special Forces Oct 12, 2012 Kovax 6.0
33 Air Aug 14, 2015 Cartwright 5.5
34 Baggage Claim Sep 27, 2013 Cast / Principal Cast / Quinton / Quinton Jamison 4.5
37 Serenity Jan 25, 2019 Principal Cast / Duke 4.5
30 Seventh Son Feb 6, 2015 Radu / Radu 4.1
38 The Vatican Tapes Jul 24, 2015 Vicar Imani / Vicar Imani 4.0
64 Captain Marvel Mar 8, 2019 Korath / Korath 3.5