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Jason Momoa
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Momoa in 2018
Born
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa

(1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 39)
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1999–present
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Spouse(s)
Lisa Bonet (m. 2017)
Children2
Relatives Zoë Kravitz (stepdaughter)
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Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979) is an American actor, writer, film producer, and director. He is known for portraying Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , and in the 2017 ensemble Justice League and his 2018 solo film Aquaman . In Baywatch Hawaii, he portrayed Lifeguard Jason Ioane. [1] [2] He is also known for his television roles as Ronon Dex on the military science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis (2004–2009), Khal Drogo in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2012), and as Declan Harp in the CBC series Frontier (2016–present).

Aquaman fictional character

Aquaman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, the character debuted in More Fun Comics #73. Initially a backup feature in DC's anthology titles, Aquaman later starred in several volumes of a solo comic book series. During the late 1950s and 1960s superhero-revival period known as the Silver Age, he was a founding member of the Justice League. In the 1990s Modern Age, writers interpreted Aquaman's character more seriously, with storylines depicting the weight of his role as king of Atlantis.

DC Extended Universe American superhero film franchise based on DC Comics

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is the official term used to refer to an American media franchise and shared universe that is centered on a series of superhero films, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and based on characters that appear in American comic books by DC Comics. The shared universe, much like the original DC Universe in comic books and the television programs, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters. The films have been in production since 2011 and in that time Warner Bros. has distributed six films. The series has grossed over $4.91 billion at the global box office, currently making it the 12th highest-grossing film franchise.

<i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i> 2016 American superhero film by Zack Snyder

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. It is a follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel and the second installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Gal Gadot. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the first live-action film to feature Batman and Superman together, as well as the first live-action cinematic portrayal of Wonder Woman. In the film, criminal mastermind Lex Luthor (Eisenberg) manipulates Batman (Affleck) into a preemptive battle with Superman (Cavill), whom Luthor is obsessed with to defeat him.

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Momoa portrayed the title character in the sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian (2011). Road to Paloma was Momoa's first film as director, writer, and producer. He also starred in the lead role in the film, released on July 11, 2014. [3]

Conan the Barbarian fictional character created by Robert E. Howard

Conan the Barbarian is a fictional sword and sorcery hero who originated in pulp fiction magazines and has since been adapted to books, comics, several films, television programs, video games, role-playing games, and other media. The character was created by writer Robert E. Howard in 1932 in a series of fantasy stories published in Weird Tales magazine.

Sword and sorcery genre of fantasy fiction

Sword and sorcery (S&S) is a subgenre of fantasy characterized by sword-wielding heroes engaged in exciting and violent adventures. An element of romance is often present, as is an element of magic and the supernatural. Unlike works of high fantasy, the tales, though dramatic, focus mainly on personal battles rather than world-endangering matters. Sword and sorcery commonly overlaps with heroic fantasy.

<i>Conan the Barbarian</i> (2011 film) 2011 film by Marcus Nispel

Conan the Barbarian is a 2011 American sword and sorcery film based on the character of the same name created by Robert E. Howard. The film is a new interpretation of the Conan mythology, and is not related to the films featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. It stars Jason Momoa in the title role, alongside Rachel Nichols, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, and Bob Sapp with Marcus Nispel directing. Morgan Freeman narrates the film.

Early life

An only child, Momoa was born in 1979 in Nānākuli, Honolulu, Hawaii [4] to Coni (Lemke), a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter. [5] He was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother. [4] His father is of Native Hawaiian ancestry [6] [4] [7] and his mother is of German, Irish, and Native American descent. [4] After high school, Momoa attended college and initially majored in marine biology before switching to wildlife biology. [8]

Nānākuli, Hawaii Census-designated place in Hawaii, United States

Nānākuli is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Waiʻanae District on the island of Oʻahu, City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. In Hawaiian, nānā kuli means literally "look at knee". The population was 12,666 at the 2010 census.

Honolulu State capital city in Hawaii, United States

Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. It is an unincorporated part of and the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu along the southeast coast of the island of Oʻahu. The city is the main gateway to Hawaiʻi and a major portal into the United States. The city is also a major hub for international business, military defense, as well as famously being host to a diverse variety of east-west and Pacific culture, cuisine, and traditions.

Hawaii State of the United States of America

Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States, having received statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania, the only U.S. state located outside North America, and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.

Career

Momoa during the filming of Stargate Atlantis in 2006. Note the lack of a scar on his left eyebrow, which appeared after a bar fight in 2008. Jason momoa.jpg
Momoa during the filming of Stargate Atlantis in 2006. Note the lack of a scar on his left eyebrow, which appeared after a bar fight in 2008.

In 1998, Momoa was discovered by designer Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi, [9] who encouraged his modeling career. Momoa won Hawaii's Model of the Year 1999 and hosted the Miss Teen Hawaii contest. At 19 years old, he also worked part-time in a surf shop before being cast in the action drama series Baywatch Hawaii , [10] where he appeared as Jason Ioane (1999–2001). [11]

Model (person) person employed to display, advertise and promote products, or to serve as a visual aid

A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products, or to serve as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.

In addition to his appearances in North Shore (2004–2005), Johnson Family Vacation (2004), and Stargate: Atlantis (2005–2009), Momoa was cast as Roman in four episodes of the comedy-drama television series The Game (2009). He portrayed the title protagonist in Conan the Barbarian (2011), a reimagining of the 1982 film of the same name and a role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Momoa gained his role of Khal Drogo on HBO's Game of Thrones through his audition, in which he performed a Haka, [12] one of many intimidating Māori dances traditionally used to convey a challenge to an opponent, or a welcome to a visitor. [13]

<i>North Shore</i> (TV series) American prime-time soap opera

North Shore is an American prime-time soap opera that aired on Fox every Monday at 8 p.m. EST for seven months in 2004 and 2005. It centered on the staff and guests of the fictional Grand Waimea Hotel and Resort on Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii.

<i>Johnson Family Vacation</i> 2004 film by Christopher Erskin

Johnson Family Vacation is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Christopher Erskin. It stars Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Bow Wow, Gabby Soleil, Shannon Elizabeth, Solange Knowles, and Steve Harvey. The film is director Erskin's first and only feature film directorial project.

Comedy-drama genre of theatre, film, and television

Comedy-drama or dramedy, is a genre in film and in television works in which plot elements are a combination of comedy and drama. It is a subgenre of contemporary tragicomedy. Comedy-drama is especially found in television programs and is considered a "hybrid genre".

Momoa directed and co-wrote Road to Paloma (2014), an American drama thriller film, together with writers Jonathan Hirschbein and Robert Homer Mollohan. The film stars Momoa, Sarah Shahi, Lisa Bonet, Michael Raymond-James, and Wes Studi. [3] It premiered at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival in April 2014. [14] The film had a limited theatrical release on July 15, 2014 in New York City and Los Angeles and a VOD release. [15]

<i>Road to Paloma</i> 2014 film by Jason Momoa

Road to Paloma is a 2014 American drama thriller film directed, produced, co-written by and starring Jason Momoa. It co-stars Sarah Shahi, Lisa Bonet, Michael Raymond-James and Wes Studi. The film was released on July 11, 2014.

Drama artwork intended for performance, formal type of literature

Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance: a play, opera, mime, ballet, etc, performed in a theatre, or on radio or television. Considered as a genre of poetry in general, the dramatic mode has been contrasted with the epic and the lyrical modes ever since Aristotle's Poetics —the earliest work of dramatic theory.

Thriller film film genre

Thriller film, also known as suspense film or suspense thriller, is a broad film genre that involves excitement and suspense in the audience. The suspense element, found in most films' plots, is particularly exploited by the filmmaker in this genre. Tension is created by delaying what the audience sees as inevitable, and is built through situations that are menacing or where escape seems impossible.

Momoa at the 2014 Florida Supercon Jason Momoa Supercon 2014.jpg
Momoa at the 2014 Florida Supercon

In March 2014, Momoa joined the dark comedy/thriller indie Sugar Mountain alongside Cary Elwes and Haley Webb; its principal photography was done in Alaska. [16] [17] He also starred as Phillip Kopus, a Ramapough Mountain Indian, on the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road (2014–2015). [18]

In June 2014, Momoa was reported to have been cast in the role of Aquaman. He first played the role in a cameo in the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , [19] [20] [21] marking Aquaman's live action theatrical debut. Momoa played the character in a leading role in the 2017 ensemble film Justice League . He then starred in the Aquaman solo film, which released in late 2018. [22] [23] [24] He is also set to reprise this role in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part . [25]

In 2014, Momoa portrayed Connor in the Canadian horror action film Wolves , [26] and starred in the sci-fi horror movie Debug; it was written and directed by Momoa's former Stargate Atlantis co-star, British-born Canadian actor David Hewlett. In February 2015, it was announced that he would portray a cannibal [27] in the drama thriller film The Bad Batch. [28] In 2015, Momoa was cast in the Canadian action film Braven , which was released on February 2, 2018.

In early 2017, he signed onto the official Just Cause movie series. [29] [30]

In July 2018, Momoa was cast for Apple's upcoming future-based drama series See. [31] [32]

In February 2019, Momoa was cast as Duncan Idaho in the upcoming Denis Villeneuve film Dune . [33] [34]

Personal life

Momoa at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2017. Jason Momoa by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Momoa at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2017.

Momoa began a relationship with actress Lisa Bonet after mutual friends introduced them in 2005. [35] Although it was previously believed that Momoa and Bonet married on November 15, 2007, the couple did not legally marry until October 2017. [36] Through his marriage to Bonet, Momoa became the stepfather to Zoë Kravitz.

In July 2007, Bonet gave birth to their first child, a daughter. [35] Their second child, a son, was born in December 2008. Momoa's mother announced the birth. [37]

In December 2017, Momoa was featured in the Men's Health magazine on the cover and with an article detailing his fitness routine for Aquaman. [38]

Martial arts

Momoa learned martial arts for his role as Ronan in Stargate Atlantis [39] and for Conan. [40]

In 2017, Momoa started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu. [41] [42]

Facial scar

On November 15, 2008, Momoa was slashed in the face with a broken beer glass by a man during an altercation at the Birds Cafe, a tavern in Hollywood, California. [43] [44] He received approximately 140 stitches during reconstructive surgery and the scar is apparent in his later work. [43]

Tattoos

Momoa has several tattoos. The most prominent is the tribal half-sleeve featuring nine rows of black triangles encircling his left forearm. Momoa has explained that the tattoo is of his aumakua, his Hawaiian family's crest, the manō, or shark. The triangles represent shark teeth. He said, "It's supposed to take the darkness out of your heart and bring the light in, but we're still working on that." [45]

On his right outer forearm, Momoa has a tattoo that reads "Être toujours ivre", which roughly translates from French as "Always be drunk". His step-daughter, Zoë Kravitz, and his castmate from Series 1 of Game of Thrones, Jamie Sives, have identical tattoos in the same place. [46] [47]

On his right inner forearm, Momoa has a tattoo that reads "Pride of Gypsies", the name of his film and commercial production company. [48]

He has a memorial tattoo on his middle right finger, which reads "Diablo", in memory of his grandfather who passed away in 2013. [49] [50] He also has a small skull between his right thumb and forefinger. [51]

Momoa also has the signatures of his two children with Lisa Bonet, tattooed over his left pectoral in red ink. [52] [53]

Filmography

Film

TitleYearRoleDirectorNotesRef(s)
Johnson Family Vacation 2004Navarro Christopher Erskin
Pipeline 2007KaiJordan Alan
Conan the Barbarian 2011 Conan Marcus Nispel CinemaCon Award for Male Rising Star (also for Game of Thrones)
Bullet to the Head 2012Keegan Walter Hill
Road to Paloma 2014Robert WolfHimselfAlso director, producer, and co-writer [3]
Debug 2014Iam David Hewlett
Wolves 2014Connor David Hayter
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder Cameo [22]
Sugar Mountain 2016Joe Bright Richard Gray [16]
Once Upon a Time in Venice 2017Spyder Mark and Robb Cullen [54]
The Bad Batch 2017Miami Man Ana Lily Amirpour [28]
Justice League 2017Arthur Curry / AquamanZack Snyder
Braven 2018Joe Braven Lin Oeding Also producer
Aquaman 2018Arthur Curry / Aquaman James Wan
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part 2019Arthur Curry / Aquaman Mike Mitchell Voice role
Dune 2020 Duncan Idaho Denis Villeneuve Filming

Television

TitleYearRoleNotesRef.
Baywatch: Hawaii 1999–2001 Jason Ioane 38 episodes
Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding 2003Jason IoaneTelevision film
Tempted2003KalaTelevision film
North Shore 2004–2005Frankie Seau21 episodes
Stargate Atlantis 2005–2009 Ronon Dex 73 episodes
The Game 2009Roman4 episodes
Game of Thrones 2011–2012 Khal Drogo 10 episodes
CinemaCon Award for Male Rising Star (also for Conan the Barbarian)(2011)
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Ensemble (2011)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012)
[55]
The Red Road 2014–2015Phillip Kopus12 episodes [18]
Drunk History 2014–2015Various roles2 episodes
Frontier 2016–presentDeclan Harp18 episodes; also executive producer
Nominated – Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Dramatic Role (2017)
[56]
Saturday Night Live 2018Himself (host)Episode: "Jason Momoa/Mumford & Sons"
See TBABaba VossMain role [57]

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