Celebrating Native American Indian & Alaska Heritage Month
Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa was born on August 1, 1979, in Honolulu, Hawaii. After high school, he moved to Hawaii, where he landed a lead role, beating out of thousands of hopefuls in the TV series Bay Watch. When the show ended, he was cast as the popular character "Ronon Dex" in the TV series Stargate Atlantis. Then appeared in the series Game of Thrones, playing the Dothraki king, Khal Drogo. In 2014 he landed the role of Aquaman (a half-human, half-Atlantean being who possesses the powers to manipulate water and communicate with sea creatures. In addition to acting, Momoa was active in environmental and philanthropic circles. He founded Mananalu, a company that packages water in aluminum cans and advocates for and contributes its profits to recycling plastics and removing plastic pollution from the oceans.