Momoa at the New York Comic Con & Anime Festival, October 16, 2011
|Born||Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa
August 1, 1979
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lisa Bonet (2007–present)|
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979) is an American actor and model. He is known for his television roles as Ronon Dex (2005–09) on the military science fiction television series Stargate: Atlantis (2004–09) and as Khal Drogo in the HBO medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011). He also starred as the title character in the sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian (2011).
An only child, Momoa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Coni, a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter. He was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother. His father is of Native Hawaiian descent, while his mother is of German, Irish, and Native American ancestry. Being an art lover, and an avid spiritualist, Momoa traveled extensively as a young adult and took up pastel painting in Paris, and studied Buddha teachings in Tibet, but eventually returned to the Hawaiian Islands to attend College.
In 1998, Momoa returned to Hawaii, where he was discovered by international designer Takeo Kikuchi, launched his modeling career and he won Hawaii's Model of the Year and hosted the Miss Teen Hawaii contest.
In addition to his appearances in Stargate: Atlantis, and Game of Thrones, Momoa has appeared as Jason Ioane (1999–2001) in the action drama series Baywatch Hawaii (1999–2001). He then portrayed the title protagonist in Conan the Barbarian, a reimagining of the 1982 film of the same name and a role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After the shooting of Stargate Atlantis Season 4 was over, Momoa had his dreadlocks cut off. Their weight had been giving him headaches, and even whiplash when filming action scenes. The program agreed with the decision and had planned to film a scene where Ronon cuts off his hair for Season 5's "Broken Ties", but that change was ultimately overruled by the Sci Fi network. On the first day of filming for Season 5, his dreadlocks were reattached, but the process was too taxing, forcing Momoa to switch to using his stunt double's wig until a custom wig could be made and delivered two weeks later. Ironically, when he was first cast for the role, the producers asked him to cut off the dreadlocks, but they became a trademark of his character, so the producers allowed Momoa to keep them.
He met actress Simmone Jade Mackinnon on the set of Baywatch in 1999. He proposed to her in June 2004, and were set to marry in 2007. Yet, their plans fell through, and broke up, due to him impregnating actress Lisa Bonet. As of 2013, Momoa and Mckinnon remain friends and have stayed on good terms.
He met actress Lisa Bonet in 2005. On July 23, 2007, Bonet gave birth to their daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa. On December 15, 2008, Bonet and Momoa had a son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. The birth was first announced by Momoa's mother on the fan forums of his official site. She said that Nakoa means "warrior" and Mana stands for “strength/spirit,” while Kaua ("rain") and Po ("dark") pertain to the circumstances surrounding his birthday (he was born on a rare bad-weather night in Los Angeles). He shares his other middle name, Namakaeha, with his father.
On November 15, 2008, Momoa was slashed in the face with a broken beer glass at the Birds Cafe, a Hollywood, California, club. He received around 140 stitches during reconstructive surgery, and his scars are apparent in his later work.
Road to Paloma is an purportedly upcoming American drama thriller film directed by Momoa, co-written with Jonathan Hirschbein and Robert Homer Mollohan. The film will star Jason Momoa, Sarah Shahi, Lisa Bonet, Michael Raymond-James and Wes Studi. Filming began in February 2012 in Needles, California, where half of the filming was to be done. The rest took place in Los Angeles and Bishop. As of January 2014, a mid-2015 release is planned.
|2003||Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding||Jason Ioane||TV Movie|
|2004||Johnson Family Vacation||Navarro|
|2011||Conan the Barbarian||Conan||CinemaCon Award for Male Rising Star (also for Game of Thrones)|
|2013||Bullet to the Head||Keegan|
|2014||Road to Paloma||Robert Wolf||Completed; Director, Writer & Producer|
|1999–2001||Baywatch Hawaii||Jason Ioane||Main Cast; 44 episodes|
|2004–2005||North Shore||Frankie Seau||Main Cast; 21 episodes|
|2005–2009||Stargate Atlantis||Ronon Dex||Main Cast; 73 episodes|
|2009||Game, TheThe Game||Roman||4 episodes|
|2011–2012||Game of Thrones||Khal Drogo||Main Cast; 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)
|2014–present||The Red Road||Phillip Kopus||Main Cast|
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- Winton, Richard Los Angeles Times October 7, 2009
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