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Jason Momoa
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Momoa at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, promoting Aquaman
Born
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa

August 1, 1979 (1979-08-01) (age 40)
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Bonet (m. 2017)
Children 2

Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979) is a Kānaka-American actor, model, and producer. He is 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 Netflix series Frontier (2016–present).

Momoa portrayed the title character in the sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian (2011). He plays Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then in the 2017 ensemble Justice League and the 2018 solo film Aquaman.

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.

Early life

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Jason Momoa 2011

An only child, Momoa was born in 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii and was raised in Norwalk, Iowa. After high school, Momoa began college in Iowa as a marine biology major, studying for a period in the Florida Keys. He transferred his major to wildlife biology at Colorado State University. Before completing his degree, he moved back to the Hawaiian Islands. As a young man, Momoa traveled extensively, took up pastel painting in Paris, and studied Buddhist teachings in Tibet.

Early career

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Momoa with the dreadlocks for filming of Stargate Atlantis

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

In addition to his appearances in North Shore, Johnson Family Vacation, and Stargate: Atlantis, 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 the Haka, an intimidating Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield.

Personal life

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Momoa at the 2014 Florida Supercon

Momoa began a relationship with actress Lisa Bonet after mutual friends introduced them in 2005. Momoa and Bonet married in October 2017. They have 2 children. Through his marriage to Bonet, Momoa became the stepfather to Zoë Kravitz.

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. Momoa learned martial arts for his role as Ronon in Stargate Atlantis and for Conan. In 2017, Momoa started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

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

Filmography

Film

Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Title Year Role Director Notes Ref(s)
Johnson Family Vacation 2004 Navarro Christopher Erskin
Pipeline 2007 Kai Jordan Alan
Conan the Barbarian 2011 Conan Marcus Nispel CinemaCon Award for Male Rising Star (also for Game of Thrones)
Bullet to the Head 2012 Keegan Walter Hill
Road to Paloma 2014 Robert Wolf Himself Also producer and co-writer
Debug 2014 Iam David Hewlett
Wolves 2014 Connor David Hayter
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder Cameo
The Bad Batch 2016 Miami Man Ana Lily Amirpour
Sugar Mountain 2016 Joe Bright Richard Gray
Once Upon a Time in Venice 2017 Spyder Mark Cullen
Robb Cullen
Justice League 2017 Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder
Braven 2018 Joe Braven Lin Oeding Also producer
Aquaman Films that have not yet been released 2018 Arthur Curry / Aquaman James Wan Post-production
The Crow Films that have not yet been released 2019 Eric Draven / The Crow Corin Hardy Filming

Television

Title Year Role Notes Ref.
Baywatch: Hawaii 1999–2001 Jason Ioane 38 episodes
Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding 2003 Jason Ioane Television film
Tempted 2003 Kala Television film
North Shore 2004–2005 Frankie Seau 21 episodes
Stargate Atlantis 2005–2009 Ronon Dex 73 episodes
Game, TheThe Game 2009 Roman 4 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)
The Red Road 2014–2015 Phillip Kopus 12 episodes
Drunk History 2014–2015 Various roles 2 episodes
Frontier 2016–present Declan Harp 12 episodes; also executive producer
Nominated – Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Dramatic Role (2017)

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