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Jean Reno…

Jean Reno

Jean Reno at Cannes 2002
Born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez
July 30, 1948 (1948-07-30) (age 61)
Casablanca, Morocco
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Genevieve Reno (1977–1995)
Nathalie Dyszkiewicz (1996–2001)
Zofia Borucka (2007–present)

Jean Reno (born July 30, 1948 in Casablanca, Morocco) is a French actor of Spanish descent. Working in both French and English, he has appeared not only in numerous successful Hollywood productions such as The Pink Panther, Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible and Ronin, but also in European productions such as the French films Les Visiteurs (1993) and Léon (1994) along with the 2005 Italian film The Tiger and the Snow.

Biography…

Early life…

Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez (also written as Don Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez) in Casablanca, Morocco. His Andalusian 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. Reno moved to France at the age of seventeen. His mother died when he was an adolescent. He has a younger sister, María Teresa (Maite). Reno is a former student of the Cours Simon. He was raised Catholic.

Career….

Due to his tall, hulking frame (188 cm, 6′2″), he mostly played villainous brutes early on in his career. Thanks to his skills as an actor, he has broken away from this stereotype and has played everything from romantic-comedy leads to action heroes. Reno’s career began in French cinema, where he appeared in many of Luc Besson’s films, including Besson’s first short film, L’Avant dernier. 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 (1994) (known as The Professional in the United States) which features a young Natalie Portman. 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 The Matrix. He has not neglected to work in French productions either—e.g., Les Visiteurs (1993) (which was later remade in English as Just Visiting in 2001) and The Crimson Rivers (2000). 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 dialog. Reno has also appeared in American television commercials for UPS.

Personal life…

On July 29, 2006, the actor married model and actress Zofia Borucka, 35, at the city hall of Baux-de-Provence in southern France. The French President (at the time, only a Presidential candidate) Nicolas Sarkozy was his best man. (Reno endorsed Sarkozy for the 2007 French Presidential Elections.) He was married twice before and has four children, two from each marriage. His first wife was Geneviève, with whom he has a daughter, Sandra (born in 1978), and a son, Mickael (born in 1980). His second wife is model Nathalie Dyszkiewicz, with whom he has a son, Tom (born 1996), and a daughter, Serena (born 1998). He maintains homes in Paris, Malaysia and in Los Angeles.

He is a huge fan of Elvis Presley and can actually imitate Elvis’s voice. He used his „Thank you very much” impression in a scene of the film Godzilla when the script needed his character to pass as an American. Because of his versatile career in both his native French language films, and in Hollywood, he is considered to be the ‘French Stellan Skarsgård’.

Filmography…

Film and television…

Year Title Role Notes
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
Subway The Drummer
1988 Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue) Enzo Molinari
1990 L’Homme au masque d’or Father Victorio Gaetano
La Femme Nikita Victor, nettoyeur
1991 Loulou Graffiti Pique la Lune
L’Opération Corned-Beef Capitaine Philippe Boulier, dit ‘Le Squale’/Captain Philippe
1992 Kurenai no buta Porco Rosso Voice
1993 La Vis Monsieur K
Paranoïa
Flight from Justice Charlie Bert TV
Les Visiteurs Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail
1994 Léon (The Professional) Leon
1995 Les Truffes Patrick
French Kiss Inspector Jean-Paul Cardon
Al di là delle nuvole Carlo
1996 Mission: Impossible Franz Krieger
Le Jaguar Jean Campana
1997 Roseanna’s Grave Marcello
Un amour de sorcière Molok
Les Soeurs Soleil Un spectateur
1998 Les Visiteurs II: Les Couloirs du temps Comte Godefroy de Montmirail, dit Godefroy
Godzilla Philippe Roaché
Ronin Vincent
2000 Les Rivières pourpres (Crimson Rivers) Pierre Niemans
2001 Just Visiting Count Thibault of Malfete
Wasabi Hubert Fiorentini
2002 Décalage horaire Felix
Rollerball Alexis Petrovich
2003 Tais-toi! Ruby
2004 Onimusha 3: Demon Siege
(Capcom-based popular franchise)
Character model of Jacques Blanc also a Seiyuu
Les Rivières pourpres II: Les anges de l’apocalypse
(Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse)
Commissaire Niemans
Hotel Rwanda Mr. Tillens (uncredited)
L’Enquête Corse Ange Leoni
2005 L’Empire des loups (Empire of the Wolves) Jean-Louis Schiffer
The Tiger and the Snow Fuad
2006 The Pink Panther Gilbert Ponton
Flyboys Captain Thenault
The Da Vinci Code Captain Bezu Fache
Flushed Away Le Frog
2008 Ca$h Maxime – Dubreuil
2009 The Pink Panther 2 Gilbert Ponton
Le Premier Cercle Milo Malakian
Margaret Ramon
Armored Quinn
Couples Retreat Marcel – the lead therapist
2010 The Roundup Dr. Sheinbau
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