Jason Momoa

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Jason Momoa
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Momoa in 2018
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa

(1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 42)
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active1999–present
(m. 2017)
RelativesZoë Kravitz (stepdaughter)
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Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979)[1] is an American actor. He made his acting debut as Jason Ioane on the syndicated action drama series Baywatch: Hawaii (1999–2001), which was followed by his portraying Ronon Dex on the Syfy science fiction series Stargate Atlantis (2005–2009), Khal Drogo in the first two seasons of the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones (2011–2012), Declan Harp on the Discovery Channel historical drama series Frontier (2016–2018), and Baba Voss on the Apple TV+ science fiction series See (2019–present). Momoa was featured as the lead of the two lattermost series.

Outside of television, Momoa has portrayed Arthur Curry / Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) since 2016. He headlined an eponymous 2018 film, and will reprise his role in the 2022 sequel. Momoa also played Duncan Idaho in the 2021 film adaptation of the science fiction novel Dune.

Early life[edit]

An only child, Momoa was born in 1979 in Nānākuli, Honolulu, Hawaii[2] to Coni (Lemke), a photographer and Joseph Momoa, a painter.[1] His father is of partial Native Hawaiian ancestry[2][3][4][5] and "he has stated in interviews his mother has Pawnee ancestry"[6] along with German and Irish heritage.[2][3] He was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother.[2]


Momoa during the filming of Stargate Atlantis in 2006

In 1998, Momoa was discovered by designer Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi,[7] 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,[8] where he appeared as Jason Ioane (1999–2001).[9]

In addition to his appearances in 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,[10] one of many intimidating Māori dances traditionally used to convey a challenge to an opponent, or a welcome to a visitor.[11]

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.[12] It premiered at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival in April 2014.[13] The film had a limited theatrical release on July 15, 2014, in New York City and Los Angeles and a VOD release.[14]

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.[15][16] He also starred as Phillip Kopus, a Ramapough Mountain Indian, on the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road (2014–2015).[17]

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,[18][19][20] 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.[21][22][23] He also reprised this role in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.[24]

In 2014, Momoa portrayed Connor in the Canadian horror action film Wolves,[25] 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[26] in the drama thriller film The Bad Batch.[27] 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.[28][29]

Between 2016 and 2018 Momoa portrayed Declan Harp in all three series of the Canadian historical drama television series Frontier (2016 TV series) and was an executive producer on the show. The series chronicles the North American fur trade in late 1700s Canada, and follows Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Cree outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly on the fur trade in Canada, which has become corrupt and engages in illegal activities to enrich itself.[30]

In July 2018, Momoa was cast for Apple's post-apocalyptic drama series See.[31][32]

In February 2019, Momoa was cast as Duncan Idaho in the Denis Villeneuve film Dune.[33][34]

In February 2020, Momoa appeared in a halftime commercial for Rocket Mortgage for Super Bowl LIV. He also appeared in the teaser for "Scary Little Green Men" by Ozzy Osbourne from his album Ordinary Man.

Personal life[edit]

Momoa in July 2017

Momoa began a relationship with actress Lisa Bonet in 2005.[35] Although it was previously believed that Momoa and Bonet had married on November 15, 2007, the couple did not marry until October 2017.[36] Through his marriage to Bonet, Momoa is the stepfather to Zoë Kravitz, Bonet's daughter with ex-husband, musician Lenny Kravitz. In July 2007, Bonet gave birth to their first child, a daughter.[35] Their second child, a son, was born in December 2008.[37]

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

He is a fan of heavy metal music[41] and has noted that he "build[s] [his] characters off of metal songs".[42] He has invited members of Archspire for cameo appearances in the first episode of the TV series See, and he also practiced proper screaming technique with the vocalist of Archspire, Oli Peters, for a significant scene in the series.[43][44] On 30 October 2020, Momoa was featured in the song "Doom" by black metal band Scour.[45]

Momoa has numerous tattoos, including a halfsleeve on his left forearm, a tribute to his family god, or "aumakua".[46]

He participated in protests against the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, a holy spiritual site for native Hawaiians.[47][48]

Facial scar[edit]

On November 15, 2008, Momoa was slashed across the face with a broken beer glass during an altercation at the Birds Cafe, a tavern in Hollywood, California.[49][50] He received approximately 140 stitches during reconstructive surgery and the scar through his left eyebrow is apparent in his later work.[49] The assailant was sentenced to five years in prison for the attack.[50]



Denotes productions that have not yet been released Denotes productions that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Director Notes Ref.
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Navarro Christopher Erskin
2007 Pipeline Kai Jordan Alan
2010 Brown Bag Diaries: Ridin' the Blinds in B Minor Mikey Himself Short film
Also director and screenwriter
2011 Conan the Barbarian Conan Marcus Nispel
2012 Bullet to the Head Keegan Walter Hill
2014 Road to Paloma Robert Wolf Himself Also director, producer and co-writer [12]
Debug Iam David Hewlett
Wolves Connor David Hayter
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder Cameo [21]
Sugar Mountain Joe Bright Richard Gray [15]
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Spyder Mark and Robb Cullen [51]
The Bad Batch Miami Man Ana Lily Amirpour [27]
Justice League Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder
2018 Braven Joe Braven Lin Oeding Also producer
Aquaman Arthur Curry / Aquaman James Wan
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Mike Mitchell Voice
2020 Gather - Sanjay Rawal Documentary film
Also executive producer
2021 Sweet Girl Ray Cooper Brian Andrew Mendoza Also producer
Dune Duncan Idaho Denis Villeneuve
2022 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom dagger Arthur Curry / Aquaman James Wan Filming
Also co-story writer
Slumberland dagger Flip Francis Lawrence Post-production [53]
TBA The Last Manhunt dagger Big Jim Christian Camargo Post-production [54]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1999–2001 Baywatch: Hawaii Jason Ioane 38 episodes [55]
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Television film
Tempted Kala
2004–2005 North Shore Frankie Seau 21 episodes
2005–2009 Stargate Atlantis Ronon Dex 73 episodes
2009 The Game Roman 4 episodes
2011–2012 Game of Thrones Khal Drogo 11 episodes [56]
2014–2015 The Red Road Phillip Kopus 12 episodes [17]
Drunk History Various roles 2 episodes
2016–2018 Frontier Declan Harp 18 episodes; also executive producer [57]
2018 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Jason Momoa/Mumford & Sons"
2019 The Simpsons Himself (voice) Episode: “The Fat Blue Line
2019–present See Baba Voss 16 episodes [58]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2011 CinemaCon Awards Male Rising Star Conan the Barbarian & Game of Thrones Won
Scream Awards Best Ensemble Game of Thrones Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Frontier Nominated
2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor Aquaman Nominated
Favorite Superhero Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Amber Heard) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Nominated


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