His first on-screen appearance was in the 1990 Janet Jackson video “Love Will Never Do (Without You).” He also starred in a 2002 Gap commercial directed by Peter Lindbergh, dancing to a rendition of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” by Arrested Development’s Baba Oje.
He received wide critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his role as Cinqué in the 1997 Steven Spielberg film Amistad.
Hounsou was first encouraged to pursue a modeling career by a fashion designer Thierry Mugler.
As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards.
Hounsou became a naturalized American citizen in 2007.
He immigrated to Lyon in France at the age of thirteen with his brother, Edmond. In the 1989 he appeared in a music video of Straight Up by Paula Abdul.
In 1987, he became a model and established a career in Paris. Hounsou’s film debut was in the 1990 Sandra Bernhard film Without You I’m Nothing, and he has had television parts on Beverly Hills, 90210 and ER and a guest starring role on Alias, but received a larger role in the science fiction film Stargate.
The rest of the Bloodborn's elite forces were comprised of Chaos Space Marine warbands which included the Skulltakers, the Apostles of Minth Ras, the Claws of Lorek, and the Death Shadows. M41, the Bloodborn assaulted the Ultramarines' Realm of Ultramar in the campaign remembered simply as the Invasion of Ultramar.