Now I have seen this fine speciman from time to time in ads and on TV but hadn’t really paid to much attention until his newest project. Jason Momoa, who is playing Conan in Conan the Barbarian. I’d seen the commercials but never put it together it was him because he has packed on so much weight. Check out the brief bio taken from www.imdb.com .
Born Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 1st, 1979, Jason was raised in Norwalk, Iowa by his mother. After high school, he moved to Hawaii where he landed a lead role out of thousands of hopefuls in the TV series, “Baywatch” (1989) (known as “Baywatch Hawaii” in its tenth season). When the show ended, he spent the next couple of years traveling around the world. In 2001, he moved to Los Angeles where he continued to pursue an acting career.
In 2004, after the short-lived TV series “North Shore” (2004), he was cast as the popular character “Ronon Dex” in the TV series “Stargate: Atlantis” (2004), which achieved a cult-like following. In 2010, he appeared in the Emmy-nominated HBO series “Game of Thrones” (2011) playing the Dothraki King, “Khal Drogo”. To illustrate to the producers he was Khal Drogo, he performed the Haka, a traditional war dance of the Maori of New Zealand. The audition was with the same casting director who was casting the titular role in the reboot of Conan the Barbarian (2011). Four weeks after he was cast as the popular Robert E. Howard character, he began shooting in Bulgaria. His approach, like the filmmakers, was to pull from the eight decades of comics and stories as well as the Frank Frazetta images rather than the hugely popular 1982 movie.
Jason has a production company, “Pride of Gypsies”, in which he is expanding his career from actor to filmmaker. He has directed a couple of short films and is working on his feature film debut “Road to Paloma” which is pulled from a series of stories he’s been developing over the years which he calls the Brown Bag Diaries: Ridin’ the Blinds in B Minor (2010).
Jason lives with actress Lisa Bonet with whom he has two children: Lola and Nakoa-Wolf.