Jason Momoa, formerly Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa is an America-based actor, director, writer, producer as well as a model. He is famously known for his role as Ronon Dex in the TV series- Stargate Atlantis and also as Khal Drogo in the popular HBO TV series Game of Thrones. Jason has won the heart of many with his hunk body and great acting skills.
Born on the date 1st August 1979, Jason is the son of Coni and Joseph Momoa. His father was a photographer and his mother was a painter. He is the only child and was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.
After his initial high school studies completed, he attended a college in Iowa as a marine biology major. He later transferred to Colorado State University where he changed his major to wildlife biology.
As a Model
Momoa was noticed by the international designer Takeo Kobayashi in the year 1998. He was encouraged to work as a model. After a year of working as a model, Momoa won the Hawaii’s Model of the year. He also hosted the Teen Hawaii contest. Momoa was also working at a surf shop at that time. His acting career began later when he was at the age of 19.
As an Actor
Momoa first debuted in the role of Jason Ioane in an action drama series called Baywatch Hawaii. The series aired from the year 1999 till the year 2001. Later in 2004 he appeared in the series- North Shore and in the film Johnson Family Vacation. He was also a part of the popular Sci-Fi series Stargate: Atlantis. Apart from these, he also portrayed the protagonist in the 2011 film- Conan the Barbarian.
In the year 2011, Momoa auditioned for a role for the series Game Of Thrones. In his audition, he performed Haka- a type of Maori war dance. He was cast in the role of Khal Drogo. He has since been playing the role and has won hearts of many through his acting skills.
In the year 2014, it was confirmed that he would be playing the role of Aquaman in the film Batman Vs Superman. He is also set to be playing the same role in a solo film called Aquaman. The film is said to be releasing in the year 2018.
Besides these, he has starred in several more films like- Bullet to the head, Debug, Wolves, The Bad Batch, Sugar Mountain, Pipeline, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice Road to Paloma, etc.
He has also appeared in multiple episodes of TV shows like- Baywatch Hawaii, Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding, Tempted North Shore, Stargate Atlantis, The Game, The Red Road, Drunk History, Frontier etc.
As a Director and a Writer
In the year 2014, Momoa directed and co-wrote the film- Road to Paloma. It was a drama- thriller film and was co-written with Jonathan Hirschbein and Robert Homer Mollohan. The film was premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival of 2014.
Jason Momoa Dating and Married Life
Momoa was involved in a romantic relationship with the actress Lisa Bonet in the year 2005. The couple met through their common friends and has since been together.
On the date 23 July 2007, they had their fist child together a daughter. Her name is Lola Lolani Momoa. They later got officially married on the date 15 November 2007. Again in the year 2008, they had their second child, a son. They named him Nakoa-Wolf Manakuapo Namakaeha Momoa. His name is the metaphor for Nakoa- Warrior, Mana- Strength, Kaua-rain and Po-dark. The name Namakaeha is shared with his father.
On the date 15 November 2008. Momoa while sitting in the Birds Cafe, he was attacked by another customer with a broken beer glass. His face was slashed very badly and he got around 140 stitches to cover up the wound. The facial scar still remains and can be seen in his later works.
Awards and Nominations
In the year 2011, Jason Momoa won the CinemaCon Award for Rising Star. For his role in the popular TV series “Game of Thrones”, he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award given for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama series. Unfortunately he did not win the award.
Jason Momoa Net Worth
In his career time as a model and an actor, Jason Momoa has been able to garner an estimated amount of around $4 Million as of 2016.