With piercing eyes, towering height, and startling beauty, it’s easy to believe that Jason Momoa was destined to be in front of cameras. He has had a successful career that has spanned several industries from modeling to television. Over the years, he has appeared in numerous roles, many of which have helped him achieve global acclaim and popularity. He is best known for starring as Khal Drogo in HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, as well as Aquaman, the underwater superhero in the DC Extended Universe film. Jason has also embodied the titular character in the 2011 remake of the famous movie, Conan the Barbarian.
The actor’s film experience extends beyond just acting as he has worked as a director, producer, and has even written his own movies. His first directorial outing was in Road to Paloma, in which he also played the lead role. Jason thrilled sci-fi fans with his performances when he was featured in Stargate Atlantis, portraying Ronan Dex from 2004-2009. He landed a starring role in the television series Frontier, where he plays Declan Harp. With dozens of movie and television credits to his name and the array of characters he has given life to, Jason has become one of the A-list actors in Hollywood and is set to appear in even more blockbusters in the future.
Jason Momoa Bio
The Honolulu native was born Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa on August 1, 1979, in Hawaii. He spent most of his growing years in Iowa, where he attended high school. He pursued a degree in marine biology at university but ended up switching to wildlife biology. By this time, Jason had returned to Hawaii, where he was discovered by the famous designer, Takeo Kobayashi, who advised him to consider pursuing a career in modeling. This event turned out to be a turning point in his life because he found success very quickly working as a model, thanks to his impeccably gorgeous looks and exceptional physique.
When he was 19 years old, Jason Momoa hit a new height in his career as one of the few models who were selected to strut the runway for Louis Vuitton at the prestigious Governor’s Fashion Show; he was also awarded Hawaii’s Model of the Year. With a growing modeling career on his side, he set out to conquer the entertainment industry. Jason began auditioning for roles including that of the lead protagonist in season 10 of Baywatch. Out of more than 1,000 actors, he was cast as the lead character, Jason Loane, in the show Baywatch Hawaii from 1999 until 2001 when the show came to an end.
After traveling around the world, Momoa headed to Los Angeles to find better acting opportunities and before long he appeared in the made for television movies Tempted and Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding. In 2004, he took on the series North Shore which ended after 20 episodes. This was followed by appearances in the series Stargate: Atlantis, where he played Ronan Dex. His career and life almost came to an end when his face was slashed open with a broken bottle during an argument outside a bar in Los Angeles. The actor had to get 140 stitches and undergo reconstructive surgery because of it.
His next role turned out to be the cherry on his career after he successfully auditioned for the role of Khal Drogo, ruler of the Dothraki tribe in the Game of Thrones series which began airing in April 2011. The more fame the show garnered, the greater his popularity became. After this, Jason Momoa was featured in Conan the Barbarian, Bullet to the Head, and Road to Paloma, which he wrote, directed and produced. Bigger roles came his way in the years that followed which culminated in appearances in The Bad Batch, Once Upon a Time in Venice, Frontier, and Braven.
Jason’s most prominent role to date is Aquaman, the superhero character he began playing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, followed by Justice League. His own full-length feature, Aquaman, released in 2018. The movie earned over $1 billion at the global box office and Jason’s brilliant performance earned him overflowing praises from critics and audiences alike.
Family – Wife, Kids, Parents, and Ethnicity
Jason Momoa is married to the iconic actress Lisa Bonet. Although it was believed that they have been married to each other since 2007, the couple actually tied the knot in October 2017. Jason met his lovely wife in 2005 when they were introduced to each other by mutual friends and they fell hopelessly in love. The power duo has two children together: a daughter named Lola Lolani Momoa and a son called Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. He also has a step-daughter Zoe Isabella Kravitz, whom Lisa had with her ex-husband Lenny Kravitz.
The Aquaman actor is the only child born to his parents Coni Lemke and Joseph Momoa. His father worked as a painter while his mother was a photographer. Jason’s mother belongs to Irish, Native American, and German ancestry, while his father is of Native Hawaiian descent. The actor was brought up by his mother in Norwalk, Iowa before he decided to move back to his birthplace.
Jason Momoa’s Net Worth
Jason Momoa has earned a lot of money from his modeling and acting career over the years which have helped to elevate his financial status. He is estimated to be worth over $14 million, which is expected to more than triple in the coming years.