Birth Name: Djimon Hounsou
Birth Place: Benin
Hounsou was born on April 24, 1964, in a small village in the West African nation of Benin. The youngest of five, Hounsou hid his early dreams of becoming an actor from his parents. When he was 12, his parents sent him to live with an older brother in Lyons, France, hoping that he would get an education and become a doctor or lawyer. But Hounsou grew bored with school and instead of going on to university, he took off for Paris where he drifted around for a period of time before being spotted by a fashion photographer who introduced him to clothing designer Thierry Mugler. Hounsou modeled for Mugler and others before moving to Los Angeles in the late 1980s to break into acting. He did not kn...
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