Jason Momoa | Biography, Films, and Tv Shows

Jason Momoa, Aquaman (2018)
Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa was born on August 1, 1979. He made his acting debut as Jason Ioane on the syndicated action drama series Baywatch: Hawaii, and went on to play Ronon Dex on the Syfy science fiction series Stargate Atlantis, Khal Drogo in the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones for the first two seasons, and Declan Harp on the Discovery Channel historical drama series Frontier, and See (2019-), as Baba Voss character on Apple TV+. In the two most recent series, Momoa was the main character.

Since 2016, Momoa has played Arthur Curry / Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) outside of television. He starred in an eponymous picture in 2018, and a sequel is in the works. In the 2021 cinematic version of the science fiction novel Dune, Momoa will play Duncan Idaho.

Early years

He was the only child of his family. He was born in 1979 in Nnkuli, Hawaii, to photographer Coni (Lemke) and painter Joseph Momoa. His father is a Native Hawaiian, whereas his mother is German, Irish, and Native American. His mother reared him in the town of Norwalk.

Jason Momoa, Aquaman (2018)
Jason Momoa, Aquaman (2018)


Designer Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi found Momoa in 1998 and pushed him to pursue a modeling career. He also worked part-time at a surf store when he was 19 years old before getting cast in the action drama series Baywatch Hawaii, where he played Jason Ioane from 1999 to 2001.

Momoa played Roman in four episodes of the comedy-drama television series The Game,(2009) in addition to his roles in Johnson Family Vacation (2004) and Stargate: Atlantis (2005–2009).  In Conan the Barbarian (2011), he played the title character, a remake of the 1982 film of the same name and a role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Momoa landed the part of Khal Drogo on HBO’s Game of Thrones after performing a Haka, one of several frightening Mori dances typically intended to communicate a challenge to an opponent or a welcome to a visitor, during his audition.

With authors Jonathan Hirschbein and Robert Homer Mollohan, Momoa directed and co-wrote the American drama thriller film Road to Paloma (2014). Momoa, Sarah Shahi, Lisa Bonet, Michael Raymond-James, and Wes Studi appear in the film. In April 2014, it had its world debut at the Sarasota Film Festival. On July 15, 2014, the film had a limited theatrical release in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as a VOD release.

Momoa joined Cary Elwes and Haley Webb in the dark comedy/thriller independent Sugar Mountain in March 2014, with main filming taking place in Alaska. He also appeared in the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road (2014–2015) as Phillip Kopus, a Ramapough Mountain Indian.

Momoa was said to have been cast in the role of Aquaman in June 2014. Aquaman made his live-action movie debut in a cameo appearance in the blockbuster picture Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the 2017 ensemble film Justice League, Momoa portrays the character in a prominent role. After that, he starred in the solo Aquaman film, which came out in late 2018. In The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, he reprised his role.

In 2014, Momoa featured as Connor in the Canadian horror action thriller Wolves and wrote and directed the sci-fi horror film Debug, which was written and directed by Momoa’s former Stargate Atlantis co-star David Hewlett. It was revealed in February 2015 that he would play a cannibal in the drama thriller The Bad Batch. Momoa was cast in the Canadian action film Braven in 2015, and the film premiered on February 2, 2018.

He joined the official Just Cause film series in early 2017.

Momoa starred as Declan Harp in all three seasons of the Canadian historical drama television series Frontier (2016 TV series) and served as an executive producer on the project from 2016 and 2018. The story follows Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Cree criminal who is fighting to break the Hudson’s Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade in Canada, which has grown corrupt and engages in illicit operations to profit itself, during the late 1700s.

In July 2018, Momoa was cast in Apple’s upcoming drama series See.

Momoa was cast as Duncan Idaho in Denis Villeneuve’s forthcoming film Dune in February 2019.

In February 2020, Momoa featured in a halftime ad for Rocket Mortgage during Super Bowl LIV, as well as a teaser for Ozzy Osbourne’s album Ordinary Man’s song “Scary Little Green Men.”

Jason Momoa, Aquaman (2018)
Jason Momoa, Aquaman (2018)

Personal life

In the year 2005, Momoa began dating actress Lisa Bonet. Momoa and Bonet did not marry until October 2017, despite the fact that they were thought to have married on November 15, 2007. Momoa is the stepfather to Zo Kravitz, Bonet’s daughter with ex-husband, singer Lenny Kravitz, as a result of his marriage to her. The couple’s first child, a girl, was born in July 2007. In December 2008, they had their second child, a boy.

For his part as Ronon in Stargate Atlantis, Momoa studied martial arts. Momoa began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2017.

He likes heavy metal music and says he “builds his characters around metal tunes.” He encouraged members of Archspire to perform in cameo roles in the first episode of the TV show See, and he also rehearsed appropriate screaming technique with Archspire’s vocalist, Oli Peters, for a key moment in the show. Momoa was featured in the black metal band Scour’s song “Doom” on October 30, 2020.

Momoa wears a half-sleeve on his left forearm that is a homage to his family god, or “aumakua.”

He was a vocal opponent of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s construction on Mauna Kea, a sacred Hawaiian spiritual place.

Does Jason Momoa have a wife?

Yes, the pair married in a low-key ceremony in the fall of 2017 after 12 years of being partners and having two children together.

Wife: Lisa Bonet (m. 2017)

Children: Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, Lola Iolani Momoa

Who is Lisa Bonet’s father?

Lisa Bonet’s father is Allan Bonet.

Jason Momoa’s Filmography

Year Title Role Director Notes
2004 Johnson Family Vacation Navarro Christopher Erskin
2007 Pipeline Kai Jordan Alan
2010 Brown Bag Diaries: Ridin’ the Blinds in B Minor Mikey Himself Short film
Also director and screenwriter
2011 Conan the Barbarian Conan Marcus Nispel
2012 Bullet to the Head Keegan Walter Hill
2014 Road to Paloma Robert Wolf Himself Also director, producer and co-writer
Debug Iam David Hewlett
Wolves Connor David Hayter
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder Cameo
Sugar Mountain Joe Bright Richard Gray
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Spyder Mark and Robb Cullen
The Bad Batch Miami Man Ana Lily Amirpour
Justice League Arthur Curry / Aquaman Zack Snyder
2018 Braven Joe Braven Lin Oeding Also producer
Aquaman Arthur Curry / Aquaman James Wan
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Mike Mitchell Voice
2021 Zack Snyder’s Justice League Zack Snyder
Sweet Girl  Raymond “Ray” Cooper Brian Andrew Mendoza Also producer
Dune  Duncan Idaho Denis Villeneuve Completed
2022 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom  Arthur Curry / Aquaman James Wan Filming
Also co-story writer
2022 Slumberland  Flip Francis Lawrence Post-production
Jason Momoa, Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Jason Momoa, Conan the Barbarian (2011)


Jason Momoa, Bullet to the Head (2012)
Jason Momoa, Bullet to the Head (2012)


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 Baywatch: Hawaii Jason Ioane 38 episodes
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding Television film
Tempted Kala
2004–2005 North Shore Frankie Seau 21 episodes
2005–2009 Stargate Atlantis Ronon Dex 73 episodes
2009 The Game Roman 4 episodes
2011–2012 Game of Thrones Khal Drogo 11 episodes
2014–2015 The Red Road Phillip Kopus 12 episodes
Drunk History Various roles 2 episodes
2016–2018 Frontier Declan Harp 18 episodes; also executive producer
2018 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: “Jason Momoa/Mumford & Sons”
2019 The Simpsons Himself (voice) Episode: “The Fat Blue Line”
2019–present See Baba Voss 8 episodes
Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones (2011-2012)
Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones (2011-2012)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 CinemaCon Awards Male Rising Star Conan the Barbarian & Game of Thrones Won
Scream Awards Best Ensemble Game of Thrones Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2017 Canadian Screen Awards Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Frontier Nominated
2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor Aquaman Nominated
Favorite Superhero Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Amber Heard) Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor Nominated


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