Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa (born August 1, 1979) 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. 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.
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.
Momoa at the Australian premiere of Aquaman in 2018
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa
August 1, 1979
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||234 lb (106 kg)|
Lisa Bonet (m. 2017)
|Relatives||Zoë Kravitz (stepdaughter)|
An only child, Momoa was born in 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 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, where he appeared as Jason Ioane (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 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 (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. 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 SundanceTV drama series The Red Road (2014–2015).
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 2, 2018.
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. On July 23 2007, Bonet gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Lola Iolani. Their second child, a son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha, was born on December 15, 2008. Momoa's mother announced the birth.
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.
|Johnson Family Vacation||2004||Navarro||Christopher Erskin|
|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|||
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||2016||Arthur Curry / Aquaman||Zack Snyder||Cameo|||
|Sugar Mountain||Joe Bright||Richard Gray|||
|Once Upon a Time in Venice||2017||Spyder||Mark and Robb Cullen|||
|The Bad Batch||Miami Man||Ana Lily Amirpour|||
|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
|Dune||2020||Duncan Idaho||Denis Villeneuve||Post-production|
|Baywatch: Hawaii||1999–2001||Jason Ioane||38 episodes|
|Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding||2003||Jason Ioane||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|||
|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"|
|Episode: “The Fat Blue Line”|
|See||2019||Baba Voss||Main role|||
Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the sixth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film was directed by James Wan, from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall and stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, with Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles. In the film, Aquaman sets out to lead the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, replacing his half-brother, King Orm, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.
Development began in 2004 but did not gain traction until Man of Steel was released in 2013. In August 2014, Beall and Kurt Johnstad were hired to write competing scripts. Wan signed on as director in April 2015, and in July 2016, the film moved forward with Beall's screenplay. The main cast was confirmed through 2016 and early 2017. Principal photography began in Australia in May 2017, taking place at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, Queensland, with additional production teams in Canada, Italy and Morocco. Filming concluded the following October. Several vendors provided visual effects, ranging from high-detail hair simulations to the creation of CG animals and locations.
Aquaman premiered in London on November 26, 2018, and was released in the United States on December 21. It grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing DCEU film, the highest-grossing film based on a DC Comics character (surpassing 2012's The Dark Knight Rises), the fifth highest-grossing film of 2018, and 20th highest of all-time. The film received praise for its tone, Wan's direction, visual effects and performances, but criticism for its dialogue, runtime and plot. A sequel, Aquaman 2, is set for release on December 16, 2022, and a spin-off, The Trench, is in development.Braven
Braven is a 2018 Canadian action thriller film directed by Lin Oeding and written by Mike Nilon and Thomas Pa'a Sibbett. The film stars Jason Momoa as Joe Braven, with Garret Dillahunt, Stephen Lang, Jill Wagner, and Brendan Fletcher. Principal photography began early-December 2015 in Newfoundland, Canada.
The film was released on February 2, 2018.Conan the Barbarian (disambiguation)
Conan the Barbarian is a character created by Robert E. Howard.
Conan the Barbarian may also refer to:
Conan the Barbarian fictional universe, see Hyborian Age
Conan the Barbarian (1955 collection), a 1955 collection of stories about the character published by Gnome Press
Conan the Barbarian (comics), 1970s Marvel comic series
Conan the Barbarian (1982 film), a film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Conan the Barbarian (1982 novel), a novelization of the 1982 film
Conan the Barbarian (2011 film), a film starring Jason Momoa
Conan the Barbarian (2011 novel), a novelization of the 2011 film
Conan the Barbarian (2011 collection), a collection of stories about the character published by Ballantine Books
Conan the Barbarian (2012-2014), an ongoing comics series from Dark Horse Comics by Brian WoodDuncan Idaho
Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. Introduced in the first novel of the series, 1965's Dune, the character became a breakout character as the readers liked him and was revived by Herbert in 1969's Dune Messiah. He is the only character to feature in all six of Herbert's original Dune novels.
Idaho was portrayed by Richard Jordan in David Lynch's 1984 film version of Dune, and by James Watson in the 2000 Sci-Fi Channel miniseries. Edward Atterton assumed the role in the 2003 miniseries Children of Dune. The character will be played by Jason Momoa in the upcoming Denis Villeneuve film Dune.Dune (2020 film)
Dune is an upcoming 2020 American epic science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay by Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve. It is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, and will cover roughly the first half of the book. The film stars an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
Dune is scheduled to be released in the United States in IMAX and 3D on December 18, 2020 by Warner Bros. Pictures.Frontier (2016 TV series)
Frontier is a Canadian historical period drama television series co-created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie, chronicling the North American fur trade in late 1700s Canada. The series is co-produced by Discovery Canada, as the channel's first original scripted commission, and Netflix. The series premiered on November 6, 2016.
The series was renewed for a second season in October 2016, ahead of its premiere, which premiered on October 18, 2017. Frontier was renewed for a third season on September 20, 2017, also ahead of the previous second season. The entirety of the third season premiered first on Netflix on November 23, 2018, and was broadcast in Canada between December 7 and 21, 2018.Khal Drogo
Khal Drogo is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin and in the first two seasons of its television adaptation, Game of Thrones.
Introduced in 1996's A Game of Thrones, Drogo is a khal, a leader of the Dothraki, a tribe of warriors who roam the continent of Essos. He is regarded to be the strongest and most feared of all of the khals. Daenerys Targaryen is sold into marriage to him by her older brother Viserys in order to secure an alliance with the khal. Her ensuing relationship with him, and her introduction to the brutal world of the Dothraki, prove to be fundamental to her growth as both a ruler and a conqueror.
Drogo is portrayed by Jason Momoa in the HBO television adaptation.Lisa Bonet
Lilakoi Moon (born Lisa Michelle Bonet, November 16, 1967) is an American actress. Bonet played Denise Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, which originally aired from 1984 to 1992, and starred in its spinoff comedy, A Different World, for its first season (1987–1988).Once Upon a Time in Venice
Once Upon a Time in Venice (also known as LA Vengeance in the UK) is a 2017 American action comedy film directed by Mark Cullen in his directorial debut, and co-written with his brother Robb. The film stars Bruce Willis, Jason Momoa, John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen, and Adam Goldberg with supporting roles by Christopher McDonald, Stephanie Sigman, and Wood Harris.
The film was released in a limited release and through video on demand on June 16, 2017, by RLJ Entertainment.Oz Comic Con
Oz Comic Con is a speculative fiction entertainment and comic convention that has been running since 2012 within various major Australian cities, and is a local franchise of the New York Comic-Con. Attendees have included Nintendo Australia. Oz Comic Con currently runs in the cities of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.Road to Paloma
Road to Paloma is a 2014 American drama thriller film directed, produced, co-written by and starring Jason Momoa. It co-stars Sarah Shahi, Lisa Bonet, Michael Raymond-James and Wes Studi. The film was released on July 11, 2014.Ronon Dex
"Ronon" redirects here. See also Ronin.Ronon Dex is a fictional character in the science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis. Played by Jason Momoa, he is a Satedan, a civilization from the Pegasus Galaxy who had a technological level comparable to Earth in the mid-20th century but met the fate of all advanced civilizations in Pegasus when their homeworld Sateda (P3R-534) was devastated several years ago by the Wraith. When Ronon Dex and the Atlantis expedition first met in the season 2 episode "Runner", Ronon Dex had been a Runner for the past seven years. He joined the Atlantis Expedition shortly afterwards, effectively replacing Aiden Ford on Sheppard's team after Ford had become addicted to a Wraith enzyme and had fled Atlantis.
Jason Momoa, along with some of his fellow cast members, have said that they think of Ronon as the Atlantis version of Chewbacca. This joke is carried through into the show, and Lt Col Sheppard occasionally refers to Ronon as "Chewy."See (TV series)
See is an upcoming American drama web television series produced for Apple TV+. It is written by Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence. Executive producers include Knight, Lawrence, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo.Stargate Atlantis (season 2)
The second season of the television series Stargate Atlantis commenced airing on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States on July 15, 2005, concluded on The Movie Network in Canada on January 30, 2006, and contained 20 episodes. The show itself is a spin off of its sister show, Stargate SG-1. The series was developed by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who also served as executive producers. Season two regular cast members include Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell, Paul McGillion, and David Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay. The second season focuses on the Atlantis Expedition continuing to make the Wraith think that the city self-destructed, (The Siege Part III) while continuing to explore Pegasus and hunt for ZPMs (although they do have one now) this means at times lying to new allies about the city even sometimes claiming to be a small contingent that escaped the Siege; the season also marks the first time the Expedition is able to make contact with Earth although doing so uses a lot of power so the contact is oftentimes via the Daedalus, an intergalactic Earth-Asgard vessel commanded by Col. Steven Caldwell who makes clear his desire to be Military Leader of Atlantis but eventually settles for a sort of advisory role as it becomes clear that Dr. Weir and the Lt.Col Sheppard are a duo not to be messed with. The central plot of the second season is the development of Dr. Beckett's retrovirus, which can, theoretically, turn a Wraith into a human.
The one-hour premiere, "The Siege Part III", aired on July 15, 2005. The theme song for the series received an Emmy nomination in the category "Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)". The series was developed by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, who also served as executive producers. Season two regular cast members include Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rainbow Sun Francks, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa and David Hewlett.Sugar Mountain (film)
Sugar Mountain is an American thriller film directed by Richard Gray and written by Abe Pogos. The film stars Cary Elwes, Jason Momoa, Drew Roy, Haley Webb, and Shane Coffey. Filming began on March 10, 2014 in Seward, Alaska and ended on April 18.
The film was released in the US on December 9, 2016.The Bad Batch
The Bad Batch is a 2016 American dystopian thriller film directed and written by Ana Lily Amirpour. The film is about a young woman (Suki Waterhouse) exiled to a desert where she is attacked by a group of cannibals (led by Jason Momoa), barely escaping alive to a bizarre settlement run by a charismatic leader (Keanu Reeves). Other actors include Jim Carrey, Giovanni Ribisi, and Diego Luna.
It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. It was released in theaters on June 23, 2017, by Neon.The Red Road (TV series)
The Red Road is an American drama television series that aired on SundanceTV from February 27, 2014 to May 7, 2015. This was SundanceTV's second fully owned scripted original series; the first was Rectify. The Red Road was canceled after its second season, as confirmed by Jason Momoa, who played Phillip Kopus in the series. The show's plot is based on the plight of the Ramapough Mountain Indians at the Ringwood Mines landfill site in New Jersey, where toxic wastes from the nearby Mahwah Ford plant were dumped.Valar Morghulis
"Valar Morghulis" is the tenth and final episode of the second season of the HBO medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones. It is the sixth episode of season 2 to be written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and is directed by Alan Taylor, his fourth episode of the season. The episode is 64 minutes long and aired on June 3, 2012.
The episode's title is a code phrase spoken by Jaqen H'ghar to Arya Stark during the episode, but its meaning is not explained until the third season episode "Walk of Punishment": "All men must die." This is consistent with the meaning given in the books upon which the series is based.This episode marks the final appearance of Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo).Wolves (2014 film)
Wolves is a 2014 Canadian action horror film directed by David Hayter and starring Lucas Till, Jason Momoa, Merritt Patterson, John Pyper-Ferguson, Stephen McHattie, Kaitlyn Leeb, and Jennifer Hale. The film received a negative critical response.