1. Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa is an American actor, model, director, writer, and producer.
2. He is known for his television roles as Ronon Dex on the military science fiction television series Stargate Atlantis .
3. Momoa portrayed the title character in the sword and sorcery film Conan the Barbarian .
4. He appeared in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Aquaman, with a solo film for the character following in 2018.
5. He also starred in the lead role and released the film on July 11, 2014.
6. An only child, Momoa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1979, to Coni, a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter. After high school, Momoa began college in Iowa as a marine biology major, studying for a period in the Florida Keys.
7. He transferred his major to wildlife biology at Colorado State University.
8. Before completing his degree, he moved back to the Hawaiian Islands to reconnect with his father.
9. As a young man, Momoa traveled extensively, took up pastel painting in Paris, and studied Buddhist teachings in Tibet.
10. In 1998, Momoa was discovered by international designer Takeo Kobayashi, who encouraged his modeling career.
11. At 19 years old, he also worked part-time in a surf shop before being cast in Baywatch Hawaii.
12. He portrayed the title protagonist in Conan the Barbarian , a reimagining of the 1982 film of the same name and a role made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
13. After the shooting of Stargate Atlantis Season 4 was over, Momoa had his dreadlocks cut off.
14. On the first day of filming for Season 5, his dreadlocks were reattached, but the process was too taxing.
15. The film stars Momoa, Sarah Shahi, Lisa Bonet, Michael Raymond-James and Wes Studi.
16. In March 2014, Momoa joined the dark comedy/thriller indie Sugar Mountain alongside Cary Elwes and Haley Webb; its principal photography was done in Alaska.