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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Jason Momoa

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Famous For:
Aquaman, Frontier, Conan the Barbarian
Networth:
$14 Million
Currently Known For:
Game of Thrones
Famous Years:
1999 - Present
Birthdate:
August 1, 1979
Jason Momoa


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  Famous For:
Aquaman, Frontier, Conan the Barbarian

  Networth:
$14 Million

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There are people who train their entire young lives to become actors and never quite hit the big time. Then, there are those that never really had the aspirations to act but become big stars when someone who has some clout in entertainment spots them. That was the case for Jason Momoa, who had the certain look that appealed to a lot of casting agents in Hollywood from a young age. Over the past 20 years, Momoa has been working steadily, but in the past few has certainly become an A-list talent.Advertisements:


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We often associate Momoa with Hawaii, which makes since as he was born in Honolulu on August 1, 1979. However, Momoa didn’t spend a lot of his childhood in the island state. Instead, he was raised for the most part in rural Iowa, outside the city of Des Moines. During his late teenage years, Momoa would eventually return to Hawaii where he had aspirations of becoming a biologist that worked with wildlife. It was undeniable to many at that time, though, that Momoa certainly had a future in front of a camera.

When he was 19, people had suggested to Momoa that he get his start in modeling, and he took that advice to get his name out there. At the time, he had been working at a surfboard shop and already had a catalog of photos. With that, Momoa was given the chance to act for the first time, being cast on the series “Baywatch: Hawaii” as Jason Ioane. He remained with the show for three years and nearly 40 episodes, as well as a television film.

Momoa remained in the Hawaii-centric portion of television when Fox cast him as Frankie Seau in the short-lived primetime series “North Shore” that lasted for two seasons. Meanwhile, he had made his film debut in 2004 with “Johnson Family Vacation” before landing another significant TV role. That came in 2005 when Momoa became Ronon Dex on the sci-fi series “Stargate Atlantis”, playing this character for more than 70 episodes during the rest of the decade and finishing off with a recurring role in “The Game”. Television had taken up much of his time, so his only remaining film credit in this span was in 2007’s “Pipeline”, another production that centered around Hawaii and the ocean.

When “Game of Thrones” was casting for the first season on HBO, they needed someone to play the intimidating warlord Khal Drogo. For his audition for the character, Momoa decided to get a little creative as Drogo doesn’t have much to say. Because of that, Momoa went with a traditional war dance known as the Haka meant to instill fear into enemies. “It was challenging to do the audition afterward,” Momoa said of the dance. “I couldn’t stop my heart from beating. The first time I did it, they were very scared. But then they wanted me to come back in so they could put it on tape.”

Momoa nailed the audition and was given the role that premiered in 2011, though Drogo lived for just 10 episodes. The character dies from an illness and is put out of his misery, which is something that Momoa didn’t expect so soon upon reading the script. “To play Khal Drogo was phenomenal and I wished there was more stuff he could’ve done,” Momoa said. “I’m going to miss that character.”

“Game of Thrones” really helped to open the door for Momoa’s career as an A-lister, and it really didn’t take long at all. In the same year that he made his “Game of Thrones” debut, Momoa was cast as the title character in the film “Conan the Barbarian”. In the subsequent few years, he had also starred in movies such as “Bullet to the Head”, “Road to Paloma” and “Wolves”. Meanwhile, he remained on television with a role in the series “The Red Road”.

The biggest break for Momoa to this point came in the highly anticipated “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. In the film, Momoa was shown as Arthur Curry for the first time, though you might know him better as Aquaman. The character came back in 2017 for the “Justice League” film, as well as getting his own solo feature that amassed huge success at the box office. Because of that, you can expect another “Aquaman” film to be produced” sooner rather than later.

Outside of the DC Comics movie universe, Momoa has also been part of recent films like “Braven” and “Once Upon a Time in Venice”. In 2016, he joined the cast of the television series “Frontier”, the first scripted show for Discovery Canada. Coming up, Momoa will team with actor Denis Villeneuve to reboot the famous sci-fi series “Dune” with the first of two parts being released in late 2020.

Now nearly 40 years old, Momoa has been around for a while but is still just entering the prime of his career. He’s now married to actress Lisa Bonet (they tied the knot in 2017) and is a father of two. He’s come a long way so far, and Momoa knows what he’s about, especially when it comes to his characters. “I identified with this outcast thing, and I really loved it,” he said. “I don’t think a lot of people are calling me to play doctors and lawyers, which is fine with me. I can put a suit on, but I don’t really like to...some of my favorite movies are where it looks like (expletive) hell to have shot them. The rain and the dirt and mud - it makes it easier to act.”

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