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 Moroccan-born French actor of Spanish descent. 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.
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.
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.
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.
|1979||The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting|
|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|
|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 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||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|
|2011||On ne choisit pas sa famille (film)||You Don't Choose Your Family|
|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||Poilonez|
|2015||The Squad||Serge Buren|
|2015||Brothers of the Wind||Danzer|
|2016||The Last Face|
|2016||La Terreur: Les Visiteurs III||Comte Godefroy de Montmirail|
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- Jean Reno at the Internet Movie Database
- Jean Reno: Cannes, Codes, and... Bouillabaisse (MPM interview)
- Couples Retreat Video Interview at AMCtv.com