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Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa[1] (born August 1, 1979)[1] is an American actor. He played 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.[2][3] On television, he played Ronon Dex on the military science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis, Khal Drogo in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones , and Declan Harp in the CBC series Frontier.

Jason Momoa
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Momoa at the Australian premiere of Aquaman in 2018
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa

(1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 40)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1999–present
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight234 lb (106 kg)
Lisa Bonet (m. 2017)
RelativesZoë Kravitz (stepdaughter)
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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.[4]

Early lifeEdit

An only child, Momoa was born in 1979 in Nānākuli, Honolulu, Hawaii[5] to Coni (Lemke), a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter.[1] He was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother.[5] His father is of Native Hawaiian ancestry[6][5][7] and his mother is of German, Irish, and Native American descent.[5] After high school, Momoa attended college and initially majored in marine biology before switching to wildlife biology.[8]


Momoa during the filming of Stargate Atlantis in 2006

In 1998, Momoa was discovered by designer Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi,[9] who encouraged his modeling career. 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]

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]

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.[4] 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]

Momoa in 2014

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 also reprised 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 lifeEdit

Momoa in July 2017

Momoa began a relationship with actress Lisa Bonet in 2000 [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]

Momoa learned martial arts for his role as Ronon in Stargate Atlantis[38] and for Conan.[39] In 2017, Momoa started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[40][41]

He has plenty of body ink. The most notable tattoo is a halfsleeve on his left forearm, which is a tribute to his family god, or “aumakua”.[42]

Facial scarEdit

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] The assailant was sentenced to five years in prison for the attack.[44]



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
Bullet to the Head 2012 Keegan Walter Hill
Road to Paloma 2014 Robert Wolf Himself Also director, producer, and co-writer [4]
Debug Iam David Hewlett
Wolves Connor David Hayter
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder Cameo [22]
Sugar Mountain Joe Bright Richard Gray [16]
Once Upon a Time in Venice 2017 Spyder Mark and Robb Cullen [45]
The Bad Batch Miami Man Ana Lily Amirpour [28]
Justice League Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder
Aquaman 2018 James Wan Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Superhero
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Amber Heard)
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor
Braven Joe Braven Lin Oeding Also producer
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part 2019 Arthur Curry / Aquaman
Mike Mitchell
Dune 2020 Duncan Idaho Denis Villeneuve Post-production


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
The Game 2009 Roman 4 episodes
Game of Thrones 2011–2012 Khal Drogo Also starring; 10 episodes (seasons 1–2)
Won – 2011 CinemaCon Award for Male Rising Star
Nominated – 2011 Scream Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The Red Road 2014–2015 Phillip Kopus 12 episodes [18]
Drunk History 2014–2015 Various roles 2 episodes
Frontier 2016–2019 Declan Harp Main role; also executive producer
Nominated – 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Dramatic Role
Saturday Night Live 2018 Himself / Host Episode: "Jason Momoa/Mumford & Sons"
See 2019 Baba Voss Main role [48]


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