Jason Momoa

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Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa Supercon 2014.jpg
Momoa at the 2014 Florida Supercon
Born Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa
(1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 37)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Occupation Actor, model, director, writer, producer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Bonet (m. 2007)[1]
Children 2
Website jasonmomoa.com

Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979), better known as Jason Momoa, is an American actor, model, director, writer, and producer. He is known for his television roles as Ronon Dex (2005–2009) on the military science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis (2004–2009); as Khal Drogo in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011–2012); and as Phillip Kopus, a Ramapough Mountain Indian, on the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road (2014–2015).

Momoa portrayed the title character in the sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian (2011). He appeared in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Aquaman, with a solo film for the character following in 2018.[2][3]

Road to Paloma was Momoa's first film as director, writer, and producer. He also starred in the lead role and released the film on July 11, 2014.

Early life[edit]

An only child, Momoa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1979, to Coni, a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter.[4] He was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother.[5] His father is of Native Hawaiian descent, while his mother is of German, Irish, and Native American ancestry.[6] After high school, Momoa began college in Iowa as a marine biology major, studying for a period in the Florida Keys. He transferred his major to wildlife biology at Colorado State University. Before completing his degree, he moved back to the Hawaiian Islands to reconnect with his father.[7]

As a young man, Momoa traveled extensively, took up pastel painting in Paris, and studied Buddhist teachings in Tibet.[8][9]


In 1998, Momoa was discovered by international designer 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 Baywatch Hawaii.[7] Momoa appeared as Jason Ioane in the action drama series Baywatch Hawaii (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 the Haka,[10] an intimidating Māori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield.

Momoa sporting the dreadlocks he wore during the filming of Stargate Atlantis in 2006

After the shooting of Stargate Atlantis Season 4 was over, Momoa had his dreadlocks cut off. Their weight had been giving him headaches. 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. Momoa switched to using his stunt double's wig until a custom wig could be made and delivered two weeks later.[11][12] When Momoa was first cast for the role, the producers had asked him to cut off the dreadlocks, but they became a trademark of his character, so he was allowed to keep them.

He 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.[13] It premiéred 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]

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]

In June 2014, it was reported that Momoa had been cast in the role of Aquaman in the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[18][19][20] Momoa's role as Aquaman was confirmed in October 2014. This marked Aquaman's live action theatrical debut. He will also be starring in an Aquaman solo film in 2018.[21][22][23] He also portrayed Connor in the Canadian horror action film Wolves.[24]

Momoa starred in the 2014 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 will portray a cannibal[25] in the drama thriller film The Bad Batch.[26][27] He will star in an action movie titled Braven.[28]

There are talks that he could be portraying the Crow in the remake of the 1994 film.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Momoa met actress Lisa Bonet in 2005 after common friends introduced them and they developed a relationship. Bonet gave birth to their daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa, on July 23, 2007, and they married November 15, 2007.[1] Their second child, a son named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, was born on December 15, 2008. Momoa's mother announced the birth, saying 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 name, Namakaeha, with his father.[30] From his marriage to Bonet, he is the stepfather to Zoe Kravitz.

Momoa learned martial arts for his role as Ronon in Stargate Atlantis[31] and for Conan.[32]

On November 15, 2008, Momoa was slashed in the face with a broken beer glass by another customer at the Birds Cafe, a Hollywood, California, tavern.[33][34] He received around 140 stitches during reconstructive surgery, and the scar is apparent in his later work.[33]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Navarro
2007 Pipeline Kai
2011 Conan the Barbarian Conan CinemaCon Award for Male Rising Star (also for Game of Thrones)
2012 Bullet to the Head Keegan
2014 Road to Paloma Robert Wolf Also director, producer and co-writer
2014 Debug Iam
2014 Wolves Connor
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Arthur Curry / Aquaman[21] Cameo
2016 The Bad Batch Miami Man Post-production
2016 Sugar Mountain Joe Bright Post-production
2016 Going Under Spider Post-production
2017 Braven Post-production
2017 Justice League Arthur Curry / Aquaman Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 Baywatch Hawaii Jason Ioane Main role
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Jason Ioane Television film
2003 Tempted Kala Television film
2004–2005 North Shore Frankie Seau Main role
2005–2009 Stargate Atlantis Ronon Dex Main role
2009 Game, TheThe Game Roman 4 episodes
2011–2012 Game of Thrones Khal Drogo Main role; 11 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)
2014–2015 The Red Road Phillip Kopus Main role
2014–2015 Drunk History Various roles 2 episodes
2016 Frontier Declan Harp Post-production

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jason Momoa of 'Conan the Barbarian' talks about his horse fears, August 20, 2011, Olivia Allin, OnTheRedCarpet.com
  2. ^ McNary, David (January 21, 2010). "Momoa Set for 'Conan' – New Barbarian Set for Franchise Reboot". Variety. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ McMillian, Graeme (October 20, 2014). "Jason Momoa Talks 'Aquaman' Plans, Confirms 'Justice League' Appearance". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sophia Ahmad (February 19, 2010). "Interview with Norwalk's 'Conan' star Jason Momoa | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs". Blogs.desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ Jason Momoa's short Biography on TVguide
  6. ^ Staff (July 19, 2004). "Momoa Makes Hawaii Hot". Extra. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  7. ^ a b ""Game of Thrones" Star Jason Momoa – Katie Couric". Katiecouric.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jason Momoa Biography - Yahoo Movies Canada". Ca.movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jason Momoa Biography". Starpulse.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Haka - Dance of War - Maori Haka - New Zealand | Tourism NZ". New Zealand. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ Sumner, Darren (May 26, 2008). "Momoa: The Dreads Stay Put". Gateworld. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  12. ^ Sumner, Darren (February 23, 2008). "New Plot Details on 'Broken Ties'". Gateworld. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jason Momoa Talks CONAN; Reveals He's Writing and Directing ROAD TO PALOMA". collider.com. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ Gordon Cox Legit Editor @GCoxVariety (March 12, 2014). "Jason Momoa's 'Road to Paloma' to Premiere at Sarasota Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Schwartz, Terri (February 26, 2014). "Jason Momoa landed 'The Red Road' thanks to his directorial debut 'Road to Paloma' - Zap2it | News & Features". Blog.zap2it.com. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Cary Elwes and Jason Momoa to Climb Sugar Mountain". ComingSoon.net. March 12, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Cary Elwes, Jason Momoa Join Indie 'Sugar Mountain'". Hollywoodreporter.com. March 12, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ Sciretta, Peter (June 14, 2014). "Jason Momoa Is Aquaman in 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice'". /Film. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  19. ^ McWeeny, Drew (June 14, 2014). "JASON MOMOA WILL PLAY AQUAMAN IN 'DAWN OF JUSTICE,' AND WE KNOW HOW IT WILL HAPPEN". Hitfix. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit (June 16, 2014). "Jason Momoa to Play Aquaman in 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "It's Official: Jason Momoa is 'Aquaman'; Solo Movie Coming 2018". Screen Rant. October 15, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Warner Bros Massive DC Movie Slate Revealed - /Film". Slashfilm. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  23. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 3, 2015). "James Wan to Direct 'Aquaman' for Warner Bros.". Variety. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  24. ^ Shawn S. Lealos (February 27, 2015). "Jason Mamoa Wolves". Renegade Cinema. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  25. ^ Jason Momoa Eats a Bad Batch of Human Flesh
  26. ^ Jason Momoa in Talks to Star in Cannibal Love Story ‘The Bad Batch’ for Annapurna, Vice
  27. ^ First Look At Jason Momoa’s Aquaman From ‘Batman V Superman’
  28. ^ "Axe man: Game of Throne's Jason Momoa will star as rugged logger in new action film Braven". Dailymail. 
  29. ^ Wood, Matt (August 14, 2016). "Jason Momoa to star as the Crow". Cinemablend. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  30. ^ Staff (January 9, 2009). "Lisa Bonet's New Baby's Name Is a Mouthful – Newborn Boy's Name Is Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa". Access Hollywood (via MSNBC). Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Jason Momoa on Martial Arts". 14 August 2009. 
  32. ^ "Jason Momoa Biography". 
  33. ^ a b Staff (January 26, 2009). "Man Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting 'Stargate Atlantis' Actor". KNBC. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Winton, Richard Los Angeles Times October 7, 2009". Retrieved October 15, 2014. 

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