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    An only child, Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa was born (August 1st, 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 modelling career. 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 ShoreJohnson Family Vacation and Stargate: Atlantis, Momoa was cast as Roman in four episodes of the comedy-drama television series The Game. He portrayed the title protagonist in the movie Conan the Barbarian, a re-imagining 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, 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 Sundance TV drama series The Red Road.

    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 also reprised 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 2nd, 2018.

    In early 2017, he signed onto the official Just Cause movie series.

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

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

    In February 2020, Momoa appeared in the teaser for Scary Little Green Men by Ozzy Osbourne from his album Ordinary Man.

    Momoa began a relationship with actress Lisa Bonet 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 is the stepfather to Zoë Kravitz. In July 2007, Bonet gave birth to their first child, a daughter. Their second child, a son, was born in December 2008.

    Momoa learned martial arts for his role as Ronon in Stargate Atlantis and for Conan. In 2017, Momoa started practising Brazilian jujitsu. Momoa has also practised proper screaming technique with Oli Peters, the vocalist of technical death metal band Archspire for a war cry scene in See.

    He has multiple tattoos. The most notable tattoo is a half sleeve on his left forearm, which is a tribute to his family god, or aumakua. He is a fan of heavy metal music and has noted that he builds his characters off metal songs; he has invited members of Archspire to appear in cameos in the first episode of See.

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

    Film Career:

    • 2004  Johnson Family Vacation
    • 2007  Pipeline
    • 2011  Conan the Barbarian
    • 2012  Bullet to the Head
    • 2014  Road to Paloma
    • 2014  Debug
    • 2014  Wolves
    • 2016  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    • 2016  Sugar Mountain
    • 2017  Once Upon a Time in Venice
    • 2017  The Bad Batch
    • 2017  Justice League
    • 2018  Braven
    • 2018  Aquaman
    • 2019  The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
    • 2020  Dune

    Television Career:

    • 1999–2001  Baywatch: Hawaii
    • 2003  Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding
    • 2003  Tempted
    • 2004–2005  North Shore
    • 2005–2009  Stargate Atlantis
    • 2009  The Game
    • 2011–2012  Game of Thrones
    • 2014–2015  The Red Road
    • 2014–2015  Drunk History
    • 2016–2018  Frontier
    • 2018  Saturday Night Live
    • 2019  The Simpsons
    • 2019–Present  See

     

     




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