Beninese American actor Djimon Hounsou must have a great agent, because I totally thought that he would have an extensive acting resume. At the time of this writing, however, he only has 35 credits to his name, which is surprising to say the least! Hounsou began acting in 1989 when he appeared in the music video for Straight Up by Paula Abdul. His film debut was a year later in the movie Without You I’m Nothing, after which he appeared in an episode of Beverly Hills 90210 and played secondary roles in Stargate, Ill Gotten Gains, and Amistad (which earned him much acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination). In 1998 he played a role in the highly underrated schlocky monster movie Deep Rising, and in 1999 he had a reoccurring role on ER. He rose to prominance in the early 2000s, starting with a major role in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. In 2004, he earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in the film In America, and other prominent film credits to his name include Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Constantine, Beauty Shop, The Island, Blood Diamond (which earned him another Academy Award nomination), Eragon, Never Back Down, Push, and The Tempest. He has also made an appearence on the TV series Alias, and voices the superhero Black Panther on the animated series of the same name. He’s currently in line to play Kratos in a video-game-to-movie adaptation of God of War, which could well seal his fate as a super star forever. Djimon Hounsou turns 48 today.