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. 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).
Momoa in 2018
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa
August 1, 1979
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
Lisa Bonet (m. 2017)
|Relatives||Zoë Kravitz (stepdaughter)|
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.
An only child, Momoa was born in 1979 in Nānākuli, Honolulu, Hawaii to Coni (Lemke), a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter. He was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother. His father is of Native Hawaiian ancestry and his mother is of German, Irish, and Native American descent. After high school, Momoa attended college and initially majored in marine biology before switching to wildlife biology.
In 1998, Momoa was discovered by designer Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi, 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, where he appeared as Jason Ioane (1999–2001).
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, one of many intimidating Māori dances traditionally used to convey a challenge to an opponent, or a welcome to a visitor.
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. It premiered at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival in April 2014. The film had a limited theatrical release on July 15, 2014 in New York City and Los Angeles and a VOD release.
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. He also starred as Phillip Kopus, a Ramapough Mountain Indian, on the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road (2014–2015).
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, 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. He is also set to reprise this role in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.
In 2014, Momoa portrayed Connor in the Canadian horror action film Wolves, 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 in the drama thriller film The Bad Batch. In 2015, Momoa was cast in the Canadian action film Braven, which was released on February 2, 2018.
Momoa began a relationship with actress Lisa Bonet after mutual friends introduced them in 2005. Although it was previously believed that Momoa and Bonet married on November 15, 2007, the couple did not legally marry until October 2017. Through his marriage to Bonet, Momoa became the stepfather to Zoë Kravitz.
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. He received approximately 140 stitches during reconstructive surgery and the scar is apparent in his later work.
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."
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.
On his right inner forearm, Momoa has a tattoo that reads "Pride of Gypsies", the name of his film and commercial production company.
He has a memorial tattoo on his middle right finger, which reads "Diablo", in memory of his grandfather who passed away in 2013. He also has a small skull between his right thumb and forefinger.
|Johnson Family Vacation||2004||Navarro||Christopher Erskin|
|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 director, producer, and co-writer|||
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||2016||Arthur Curry / Aquaman||Zack Snyder||Cameo|||
|Sugar Mountain||2016||Joe Bright||Richard Gray|||
|Once Upon a Time in Venice||2017||Spyder||Mark and Robb Cullen|||
|The Bad Batch||2017||Miami Man||Ana Lily Amirpour|||
|Justice League||2017||Arthur Curry / Aquaman||Zack Snyder|
|Braven||2018||Joe Braven||Lin Oeding||Also producer|
|Aquaman||2018||Arthur Curry / Aquaman||James Wan|
|The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||2019||Arthur Curry / Aquaman||Mike Mitchell||Voice role|
|Dune||2020||Duncan Idaho||Denis Villeneuve||Filming|
|Baywatch: Hawaii||1999–2001||Jason Ioane||38 episodes|
|Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding||2003||Jason Ioane||Television film|
|North Shore||2004–2005||Frankie Seau||21 episodes|
|Stargate Atlantis||2005–2009||Ronon Dex||73 episodes|
|The 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||18 episodes; also executive producer
Nominated – Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Dramatic Role (2017)
|Saturday Night Live||2018||Himself (host)||Episode: "Jason Momoa/Mumford & Sons"|
|See||TBA||Baba Voss||Main role|||
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