24 april, 1964
Name pronounced Jie-mon Hahn-soo.
Came to Paris from Benin at the age of 13, couldn't find a job and ended as a vagrant, sleeping under bridges and rummaging in trash cans for food. Things changed for the better when fashion designer Thierry Mugler discovered him and made him a fashion model.
Was in Janet Jackson video "Love Will Never Do Without You" (1992).
On "ER" (1994), he played Mobalage Ikabo, a refugee from Nigeria. His actual homeland of Benin shares its largest border with Nigeria.
Born on the same day as actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer.
Fourth male African to receive an Oscar-nomination for acting. The other three were Basil Rathbone, Cecil Kellaway and Omar Sharif. All four men were nominated for 'Best Supporting Actor'.
Learned English by watching television.
His fiancée is Kimora Lee Simmons.
Has a son, born May 30, 2009, with Kimora Lee Simmons.