- His name is pronounced Jie-mon Hahn-soo.
- Djimon Hounsou was born on 24 April 1964 in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook.
- He moved to Lyon, France, when he was 13.
- Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator (2000) by Ridley Scott and Amistad (1997) by Steven Spielberg.
- Came to Paris from Benin at the age of 13, couldn't find a job and ended as a vagrant, sleeping under bridges and rummaging in trash cans for food.
- A chance meeting with a photographer led to Hounsou being introduced to fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who encouraged Hounsou to pursue a modeling career.
- He was in a Janet Jackson video "Love Will Never Do Without You" (1992).
- On ER (1994), he played Mobalage Ikabo, a refugee from Nigeria. His actual homeland of Benin shares its largest border with Nigeria.
- Fourth male African to receive an Oscar-nomination for acting. The other three were Basil Rathbone, Cecil Kellaway and Omar Sharif. All four men were nominated for 'Best Supporting Actor'.
- He learned English by watching television.
- He was in a relationship from 2007-2012 with his ex-fiancée, Kimora Lee Simmons.
- He has a son, Kenzo Lee Hounsou, born 30 May 2009, from her ex-fiancée Kimora Lee Simmons.