Jean Reno

Jean Reno

Birth name: Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez
Born: July 30, 1948
Age: 75
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
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Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez (born 30 July 1948), known as Jean Reno, is a French actor. Of Spanish descent, he has worked in French, English, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian, and appeared in films such as Crimson Rivers, Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, The Pink Panther, Ronin, Les visiteurs, The Big Blue, and Léon: The Professional.


Early life

Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco. His parents were Spanish, natives of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, and had moved to North Africa to find work and escape the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. He has a younger sister named María Teresa ("Maite"), and the children were raised Catholic. Their father was a linotypist. Their mother died when Juan was a teenager. He learned Spanish from his parents, and Arabic and French growing up in Morocco.

At the age of seventeen, Juan Moreno moved to France, where he studied acting in the Cours Simon School of Drama.

When Moreno moved to France he served in the French Army which was mandatory to gain his French citizenship.


After he started to get acting jobs in France, Juan adopted the French version, Jean, of his name, and shortened his surname to Reno. Due to his large frame (1.88 m or 6 ft 2 in), Reno was called on to play "heavies" in his early career. He later appeared in romantic-comedies and action films. He began his film career in France, appearing in many films by director Luc Besson, including his early Le dernier combat (1985). The two have continued to work together, collaborating in films produced, written or directed by Besson. Of their joint work, those that have achieved the most critical and commercial success include: Nikita (1990), and the English-language films The Big Blue (1988) and Léon: The Professional (1994). Reno did the voice-over for Mufasa in the French-language version of The Lion King, a role originally performed in English by James Earl Jones in the American film.

Reno has starred in such high-profile American films as French Kiss (1995) with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, Mission: Impossible (1996) with Tom Cruise, Ronin (1998) with Robert De Niro, and Godzilla (1998). Reno turned down the role of Agent Smith in The Matrix. He also acted in French productions —e.g., Les Visiteurs (1993) (which was remade in English as Just Visiting in 2001); The Crimson Rivers (2000), and Jet Lag (Décalage horaire) by Danièle Thompson (2002), which was also a box-office success in France.

In 2006, Reno had a prominent role in the remake of The Pink Panther and its sequel, playing Gilbert Ponton, opposite Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau. He portrayed Captain Bezu Fache in the Ron Howard film The Da Vinci Code. Among his most successful films are Les Visiteurs and L'Enquète corse.

In other media, Reno was involved in the production of the third installment in the popular Capcom series Onimusha (Onimusha 3: Demon Siege), lending his likeness to the protagonist Jacques Blanc, as well as providing the voice for the character's French dialogue. In advertising work, Reno has appeared in American television commercials for UPS and portrayed Doraemon in a series of Toyota ads in Japan, as part of the "ReBorn" campaign.

Personal life

Reno first married Geneviève, with whom he has a daughter, Sandra (born 1978), and a son, Mickael (born 1980). Reno's second wife was Nathalie Dyszkiewicz, a Polish model, with whom he has a son, Tom (born 10 January 1996), and a daughter, Serena (born 28 June 1998).

On 29 July 2006, Reno married for the third time, to another Polish model and actress, Zofia Borucka, 35, at the city hall of Baux-de-Provence in southern France. Then-presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy served as his best man (Reno endorsed Sarkozy for the 2007 French presidential election). Zofia and Reno welcomed their first son Cielo born in July 2009 in New York City. Their second son Dean was born in September 2011. Reno maintains homes in Paris, Malaysia, and Los Angeles.


Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting
1979 Womanlight Traffic policeman
1980 The Moroccan Stallion
1982 La Passante du Sans-Souci
1983 Signes extérieurs de richesse Marc Letellier
1983 Le Dernier Combat
1985 Le téléphone sonne toujours deux fois!! Marraine's confidence man
1985 Subway The Drummer
1988 Le Grand Bleu Enzo Molinari aka The Big Blue
Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990 L'Homme au masque d'or (fr) Father Victorio Gaetano
1990 Nikita Victor, cleaner
1991 Loulou Graffiti Pique la Lune
1991 L'Opération Corned-Beef Captain Philippe Boulier
1992 Porco Rosso Porco Rosso Voice acting for the French dub
1993 La Vis Monsieur K
1993 Paranoïa Short Subject
1993 Flight from Justice Charlie Bert TV
1993 Les Visiteurs Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
1994 Le Roi Lion Mufasa aka The Lion King
1994 Léon: The Professional Leone "Léon" Montana Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
1995 Les Truffes Patrick
1995 French Kiss Inspector Jean-Paul Cardon
1995 Al di là delle nuvole Carlo
1996 Mission: Impossible Franz Krieger
1996 Le Jaguar Jean Campana
1997 Roseanna's Grave Marcello
1997 Un amour de sorcière Molok
1997 Les Soeurs Soleil Un spectateur
1998 Les Visiteurs II: Les Couloirs du temps Comte Godefroy de Montmirail, dit Godefroy
1998 Godzilla Philippe Roaché
1998 Ronin Vincent
2000 Les Rivières pourpres Pierre Niemans aka Crimson Rivers
Nominated - European Film Award: Jameson People's Choice Award - Best European Actor
2001 Just Visiting Count Thibault of Malfete
2001 Wasabi Hubert Fiorentini
2002 Décalage horaire Felix
2002 Rollerball Alexis Petrovich
2003 Tais-toi! Ruby
2004 Onimusha 3: Demon Siege Jacques Blanc (voice and likeness) Video game
2004 Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse Commissaire Niemans
2004 Hotel Rwanda Mr. Tillens Uncredited
2004 L'Enquête Corse Ange Leoni
2005 L'Empire des loups Jean-Louis Schiffer aka Empire of the Wolves
2005 The Tiger and the Snow Fuad
2006 The Pink Panther Gilbert Ponton
2006 Flyboys Captain Thenault
2006 The Da Vinci Code Captain Bezu Fache
2006 Flushed Away Le Frog (voice)
2008 Ca$h Maxime - Dubreuil
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Gilbert Ponton
2009 Le Premier Cercle Milo Malakian
2009 Couples Retreat Marcel
2009 Armored Quinn
2010 The Round Up Dr. Sheinbaum
2010 The Philosopher Baggio
2010 L'immortel Charly Matteï aka 22 Bullets
2011 On ne choisit pas sa famille (film) You Don't Choose Your Family
2011 Margaret Ramon
2012 Alex Cross Giles Mercier
2012 The Chef Alexandre Lagarde
2012 Le Jour des Corneilles Le père Courge
2013 Jo Joseph "Jo" St-Clair TV series (8 Episodes)
2013 Days and Nights Louis
2014 Avis de mistral Paul
2014 Hector and the Search for Happiness Diego
2014 Benoît Brisefer : Les Taxis rouges (fr) Poilonez
2015 The Squad Serge Buren
2015 Brothers of the Wind Danzer
2016 The Last Face
2016 Les Visiteurs: La Révolution Comte Godefroy de Montmirail
2016 The Promise
2017 Mes trésors Patrick

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