Jean Reno

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Jean Reno
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Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez

(1948-07-30) 30 July 1948 (age 71)
Years active1977–present
  • Genevieve Reno (m. 1977⁠–⁠1995)
  • Nathalie Dyszkiewicz (m. 1996⁠–⁠2001)
  • Zofia Borucka (m. 2006)
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Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez (born 30 July 1948), known as Jean Reno (French: [ʒɑ̃ ʁeno]), is a French actor of Spanish descent. He has worked in French, English, Japanese, Spanish and Italian productions; Reno appeared in films such as Crimson Rivers, Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, The Pink Panther, Ronin, Les Visiteurs, The Big Blue, Hector and the Search for Happiness and Léon: The Professional.[1]

Early life[edit]

Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco.[2] His parents were Spanish, natives of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia. They had moved to North Africa to find work and escape Francoist Spain.[citation needed]

He has a younger sister named María Teresa ("Maite"); the children were raised Catholic.[3] Their father was a linotypist.[4] Their mother died when he was a teenager.[3] He learned Spanish from his parents, and Arabic and French growing up in Morocco.

At the age of 17, he moved to France, where he studied acting in the Cours Simon School of Drama.[5]

When he moved to France, he served in the French Army, which was mandatory after his family gained its French citizenship.


After he started to get acting jobs in France, Juan adopted the French version of his name, Jean, 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. 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) with Matthew Broderick. Reno turned down the role of Agent Smith in The Matrix. He also acted in French productions: 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 Pink Panther 2006 remake and its sequel The Pink Panther 2, 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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Reno with his wife Zofia Borucka at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

Reno married Geneviève, with whom he had a daughter, Sandra (born 1978), and a son, Mickael (born 1980). Reno's second wife was Nathalie Dyszkiewicz, a Polish model, with whom he had 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 British model and actress of Polish descent, Zofia Borucka, 35, at the Les Baux-de-Provence city hall.[7] The presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy served as his best man (Reno endorsed Sarkozy for the 2007 French presidential election).[8][9] 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 three homes in Paris, Malaysia and Los Angeles.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting Tableaux Personnel
1979 Womanlight Traffic policeman
1980 The Moroccan Stallion
1982 La Passante du Sans-Souci Angry Man
1983 Signes extérieurs de richesse Marc Letellier
1983 Le Dernier Combat The Brute
1985 Le téléphone sonne toujours deux fois!! Marraine's confidence man
1985 Subway The Drummer
1988 The Big Blue Enzo Molinari Nominated – César Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990 Nikita Victor, cleaner
1991 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 Les Visiteurs Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
1993 La Vis Monsieur K
1993 Paranoïa Short subject
1993 Flight from Justice Charlie Bert TV
1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Shadow Voice acting for the French dub
1994 The Lion King Mufasa Voice acting for the French dub
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 Spectator
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 Crimson Rivers
Nominated – European Film Award: Jameson People's Choice Award - Best European Actor
2001 Just Visiting Count Thibault of Malfete
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Vincenzo "Vinny" Saltorini Voice acting for the French dub
2001 Wasabi Hubert Fiorentini
2002 Décalage horaire Felix
2002 Rollerball Alexis Petrovich
2003 Tais-toi! Ruby
2004 Onimusha 3: Demon Siege Jacques Blanc Video game, provide voice and likeness
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 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 Voices for both the English original version and the French dub
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 22 Bullets
2011 Zookeeper Bernie the Gorilla Voice acting for the French dub
2011 You Don't Choose Your Family Docteur Luix
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 (eight episodes)
2013 Days and Nights Louis
2014 Avis de mistral Paul
2014 Hector and the Search for Happiness Dr. Diego Baresco
2014 Benoît Brisefer: Les Taxis rouges Poilonez
2015 The Squad Serge Buren
2015 Brothers of the Wind Danzer
2016 The Last Face Dr. Mehmet Love
2016 The Visitors: Bastille Day Comte Godefroy de Montmirail
2016 The Promise Admiral Fournet
2017 Mes trésors Patrick
2017 The Girl in the Fog Augusto Flores
2017 The Adventurers Pierre
2019 4 latas Jean Pierre
2019 Cold Blood Henry
2019 The Lion King Mufasa Voice acting for the French dub
2019 Waiting for Anya Henri Post-production
2019 Polina and the Mystery of a Film Studio Screen Hologram Post-production
2020 The Manuscript Le Grenouille Pre-production
TBA Da 5 Bloods Post-production


  • 1977 : Prends bien garde aux zeppelins
  • 1978 : Ecce Homo
  • 1978 : Celimare le bien-aimé
  • 1979 : Je romps et ne plie pas
  • 1979 : Société Un
  • 1981 : La Manufacture
  • 1984 : Terre étrangère
  • 1989 : Andromaque
  • 1991 : Montserrat
  • 2006 : Les Grandes Occasions
  • 2015 : Nos femmes


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