Known for his stature, build, long hair and facial scar, Jason Momoa has built an acting, writing and producing career over the past two decades. He's also amassed a net worth of $14 million. Jason Momoa never intended to act. In fact he was majoring in wildlife biology in his native Hawaii when he was discovered as a model and ended up at a "Baywatch" casting call. The father of two fell into an acting career. He's also worked as a screenwriter and producer and owns a production company Pride of Gypsies.
Jason Momoa was born on August 1, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His dad Joseph is a native Hawaiian and a painter. His mom Coni is a photographer. Momoa grew up with his mom and grandma in Norfolk, Iowa and credits them with his Midwestern values. Momoa often visitis his mother, grandmother, cousins, nieces and nephews who still live in Norfolk, Iowa. After graduating from High School, Momoa attended community college in Iowa before transferring to the University of Colorado in Boulder where he studied marine and wildlife biology. Momoa transferred to the University of Hawaii so that he could reconnect with his father. While working part time in a surf shop, Momoa modeled for designers Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi. He won Hawaii's Model of the Year award. He went on a casting call for the reboot of the television series "Baywatch" and got a part. He played lifeguard Jason Ione from 1999 through 2001. Ironically, Momoa had worked as a lifeguard.
Television & Film
Never imagining he'd become an actor, Jason Momoa dropped out of school and acted full time when he was hired for "Baywatch". Following "Baywatch", he starred in the show "North Shore" and in the movie "Johnson Family Vacation". From 2005 through 2009, Momoa played Ronon Dex on "Stargate: Atlantis". He appeared in four episodes of "The Game" in 2009. In 2011 Momoa starred in the reboot of "Conan the Barbarian" before landing the role of Dathraki leader Khal Drogo in HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones"".
Jason Momoa founded his production company Pride of Gypsies in 2010. He sees it as an opportunity to work with friends who are writers, directors and actors who like to share their stories. In 2014 Momoa co-wrote and produced his first film "Road to Paloma". The film also starred his wife Lisa Bonet, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and had a limited release in Los Angeles and New York City. That year, Momoa also began playing superhero Aquaman in several DC movies including "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", "Justice League", and "Aquaman" which was as box office success. Momoa has starred in several television shows including Sundance TV's 'Ramapough Mountain Indian", "The Red Road" and "Frontier". He's starred in several action films including "Wolves", "The Bad Batch", "Just Cause", and "Braven" . Momoa currently stars in the Apple drama "See". He plays a blind father of two children who can see set in a post apocalyptic world where there are only 2 million people living on Earth after a virus kills off most of the population. No one living has the gift of sight until his two children are born.
Jason Momoa's recognizability and popularity has increased since "Game of Thrones" and "Aquaman. He has become an iconic figure in Hollywood. He recently voiced the character of Aquaman in "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part". He has played characters in a couple episodes of "Drunk History". This year he hosted an episode of "Saturday Night Live". He also voiced his own character on "The Simpsons".
Jason Momoa met Australian actress Simmone Jade McKinnon on the set of "Baywatch" in 1999. The couple were together for seven years and were engaged to be married. Then, Momoa met actress Lisa Bonet in 2005. She was actually his childhood crush when she played Denise Huxtable on "The Cosby Show". The couple have been together ever since and married in 2017. Bonet has a daughter, Zoe Kravitz, with former husband, musician Lenny Kravitz. She also has a son Deskacher with yoga instructor Brian Kest. Momoa and Bonet welcomed daughter Lola Iolani in 2007 and son Nakoa-Wolf the following year. The family lives on a Los Angeles area ranch. They limit electronic devises and claim they didn't even have a television set until recently. They enjoy nature and the farm animals they are raising on the ranch and hope to instill this in their children.
A lover of music, particularly heavy metal music, Jason Momoa plays the guitar and the drums. He also likes to ride his motorcycle and enjoys running, dirt bike riding and, his favorite, mountain climbing. Momoa learned martial arts for his role in "Stargate: Atlantis" and recently learned Brazillian jiu-jitsu. The tall actor is 6'4". He's best known for his long hair and the scar above his left eye. He got that in a bar fight in Hollywood.
Along with starring as Baba Voss in Apple TV's "See", Jason Momoa has several other projects in the works. He plays Duncan Idaho in the movie "Dune" about a noble family's son entrusted with protecting scare water based on Frank Herbert's 1920 novel which will be out in 2020. It's hopeful that this version of the film will do better than the 1984 version that starred Sting. Momoa also stars as Cooper and produces the Netflix movie "Sweet Girl" which is currently filming. When not filming Jason Momoa spends time with his wife and kids on their ranch. He's also been spotted around the Midwest riding his vintage motorcycle, attending a Pittsburgh Steelers football game, eating breakfast in cafes and spending time with his family.
Written by Allen Lee
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