Jean Reno in 2012
|Born||Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez
30 July 1948
Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez (born 30 July 1948), known as Jean Reno (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ ʁeno]), is a Spanish-French actor. Working in French, English, Japanese, Spanish and Italian, he has appeared in numerous successful 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.
Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco. His Spanish parents were natives of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), and had moved to North Africa to find work and escape the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. His father was a linotypist. His mother died when he was a teenager, and he has a younger sister named María Teresa ("Maite"). Reno was raised Catholic. He moved to France at the age of seventeen and studied acting in the Cours Simon School of Drama.
Due to his tall frame (1.91 m; 6 ft 3 in), he mostly played brutes early on in his career. He later appeared in romantic-comedies and action films. Reno's career began in French cinema, where he appeared in many of Luc Besson's films, including Besson's first film, Le dernier combat. The two have continued to work together throughout their careers, in films produced, written or directed by Besson. Of the films they have done together, the ones that have achieved the most critical and commercial success include: Nikita (1990), the English-language films The Big Blue (1988), and Léon: The Professional. Additionally, Reno did the voice-over for Mufasa in the French-language version of The Lion King, a role originally performed by James Earl Jones.
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. Then he was involved in French productions —e.g., Les Visiteurs (1993) (which was later 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, he had a prominent role in the remake of The Pink Panther and its sequel, playing Gilbert Ponton, the partner of Inspector Clouseau opposite Steve Martin, and also portrayed Captain Bezu Fache in the Ron Howard film The Da Vinci Code. Among his most successful films are Les Visiteurs and L'Enquete corse.
In other media, Reno was involved in the production of the third installment in the popular PlayStation 2 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. Reno has also appeared in American television commercials for UPS and portrayed Doraemon in a series of Toyota ads in Japan, as part of the "ReBorn" campaign.
On 29 July 2006, Reno married Polish model and actress Zofia Borucka, 35, at the city hall of Baux-de-Provence in southern France. The former French President (at the time, only a presidential candidate) Nicolas Sarkozy was his best man (Reno endorsed Sarkozy for the 2007 French presidential election). They welcomed their first son, Cielo in July 2009 in New York City. Their second son, Dean was born in September 2011. Reno has been married twice before and has four older children, two from each marriage. His first wife was Geneviève, with whom he has a daughter, Sandra (born 1978), and a son, Mickael (born 1980). Reno's second wife was Polish model Nathalie Dyszkiewicz, with whom he has a son, Tom (born 10 January 1996), and a daughter, Serena (born 28 June 1998). He maintains homes in Paris, France, Malaysia, and Los Angeles.
|1980||The Moroccan Stallion|
|1982||La Passante du Sans-Souci|
|1983||Le Dernier Combat|
|1985||Le téléphone sonne toujours deux fois!!||Marraine's confidence man|
|1988||Le Grand Bleu||Enzo Molinari||aka The Big Blue
Nominated – César Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1990||L'Homme au masque d'or||Father Victorio Gaetano|
|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||Flight from Justice||Charlie Bert||TV|
|1993||Les Visiteurs||Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail||Nominated – César Award for Best Actor|
|1994||Léon: The Professional||Leone "Léon" Montana||Nominated – César Award for Best Actor|
|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||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|
|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|
|2004||Onimusha 3: Demon Siege||Jacques Blanc (voice)||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||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|
|2010||The Round Up||Dr. Sheinbaum|
|2010||L'immortel||Charly Matteï||aka 22 Bullets|
|2012||Alex Cross||Giles Mercier|
|2012||The Chef||Alexandre Lagarde|
|2013||Jo||Joseph "Jo" St-Clair||TV series|
|2013||Days and Nights||Post-production|
|2014||Hector and the Search for Happiness|
|2014||Les Taxis rouges|
|2014||Les visiteurs 3|
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- Film star Jean Reno's live-action Doraemon ad streamed
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- "Les acteurs qui soutiennent des candidats : Jean Reno - Nicolas Sarkozy". Linternaute.com. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jean Reno.|
- Jean Reno at the Internet Movie Database
- Jean Reno: Cannes, Codes, and... Bouillabaisse (MPM interview)
- Couples Retreat Video Interview at AMCtv.com