Khal Drogo is played by Jason Momoa in Game of Thrones
Everybody who watched Dothraki leader Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones was curious as to who played the Dothraki warlord. Lo and behold, it was Jason Momoa, a familiar face of baywatch.
He indicates that at the audition, he performed a haka war-dance as part of his audition, he said, and then apparently showed off his backside to the audience in preparation for further nudity in the pilot, which would mark both his first nude scene and his first sex scene as an actor. He also apparently mentioned disliking horses, and not really looking forward to the riding scene the pilot requires (much less the rest of the riding scenes that will be required if the show goes forward).
Jason Momoa was an only child born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Norwalk, Iowa by his mother. His father was a Native Hawaiian and his mother was of German, Irish, and Native American ancestry. Momoa is 6’3″ (1.93m) and the nephew of fam
ed surfer Brian Keaulana.
On November 15, 2008, Momoa was attacked with a broken beer glass in Hollywood. Momoa received around 140 stitches during reconstructive surgery.
On July 23, 2007, Lisa Bonet gave birth to their daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa. On December 15, 2008, Bonet and Momoa had a son, Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. The birth was first announced by Momoa’s mother on the fan forums of his official site. She said that Nakoa means “warrior” and Mana stands for “strength/spirit,” while Kaua (“rain”) and Po (“dark”) pertain to the circumstances surrounding his birthday (he was born on a rare bad-weather night in L.A.). He shares his other middle name, Namakaeha, with his father.
In 1998, Momoa returned to Hawai`i, where he was discovered by international designer Takeo and launched his modeling career. In 1999, he won Hawai`i’s Model of the Year and hosted the Miss Teen Hawai`i contest. Momoa is best known for his roles as Jason Ioane (1999–2001) in Baywatch Hawaii and as Ronon Dex (2005–09) in Stargate Atlantis.
After the shooting of Stargate Atlantis Season 4 was over, Momoa had his dreadlocks cut off. Their weight had been causing him headaches, and even whiplash when filming action scenes. Producers of Atlantis agreed with the decision and had planned to film a scene where Ronon cuts off his hair for Season 5’s “Broken Ties,” but that change was ultimately overruled by the Sci Fi network. On the first day of filming for Season 5, his dreadlocks were reattached, but the process was too taxing, forcing Momoa to switch to using his stunt double’s wig until a custom wig could be made and delivered two weeks later.
Momoa appeared in four episodes of The Game as Roman, and appeared as Khal Drogo in the first season of the HBO series Game of Thrones. Momoa has also been cast as the title character in Conan the Barbarian.