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Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez

(1948-07-30) 30 July 1948 (age 70)
Years active1977–present
  • Genevieve Reno(m. 19771995)
  • Nathalie Dyszkiewicz(m. 19962001)
  • Zofia Borucka(m. 2006)
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Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez [1] (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, and 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 .

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Early life

Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez [2] 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 Francoist Spain.[ citation needed ]

Sanlúcar de Barrameda Municipality in Andalusia, Spain

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, or simply Sanlúcar, is a city in the northwest of Cádiz province, part of the autonomous community of Andalucía in southern Spain. Sanlúcar is located on the left bank at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River opposite the Doñana National Park, 52 km from the provincial capital Cádiz and 119 km from Sevilla capital of the autonomous region Andalucía. Its population is 65,805 inhabitants.

Jerez de la Frontera Municipality in Andalusia, Spain

Jerez de la Frontera, or simply Jerez, is a Spanish city and municipality in the province of Cádiz in the autonomous community of Andalusia, in southwestern Spain, located midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cádiz Mountains. As of 2015, the city, the largest in the province, had a population of 212,876. It is the fifth largest in Andalusia, and has become the transportation and communications hub of the province, surpassing even Cádiz, the provincial capital, in economic activity. Jerez de la Frontera is also, in terms of land area, the largest municipality in the province, and its sprawling outlying areas are a fertile zone for agriculture. There are also many cattle ranches and horse-breeding operations, as well as a world-renowned wine industry (Xerez).

Francoist Spain Period of Spain (1936 to 1975)

Francoist Spain, known in Spain as the Francoist dictatorship, officially known as the Spanish State from 1936 to 1947 and the Kingdom of Spain from 1947 to 1975, is the period of Spanish history between 1936 and 1975, when Francisco Franco ruled Spain as dictator with the title Caudillo.

He has a younger sister named María Teresa ("Maite"), and 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.

Linotype machine Printing machine

The Linotype machine was a "line casting" machine used in printing sold by the Mergenthaler Linotype Company and related companies. It was a hot metal typesetting system that cast blocks of metal type for individual uses. Linotype became one of the mainstay methods to set type, especially small-size body text, for newspapers, magazines, and posters from the late 19th century to the 1970s and 1980s, when it was largely replaced by phototypesetting, offset lithography printing and computer typesetting. The name of the machine comes from the fact that it produces an entire line of metal type at once, hence a line-o'-type, a significant improvement over the previous industry standard, i.e., manual, letter-by-letter typesetting manually using a composing stick and shallow subdivided trays, called "cases". Capital letters were in a case above the case for small letters, hence the term "lower case" for small letters.

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

René Simon, was a French actor and founder in 1925 of the Cours Simon drama school in Paris.

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

French Army Land warfare branch of Frances military

The French Army, officially the Ground Army to distinguish it from the French Air Force, Armée de l'Air or Air Army, is the land-based and largest component of the French Armed Forces. It is responsible to the Government of France, along with the other four components of the Armed Forces. The current Chief of Staff of the French Army (CEMAT) is General Jean-Pierre Bosser, a direct subordinate of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CEMA). General Bosser is also responsible, in part, to the Ministry of the Armed Forces for organization, preparation, use of forces, as well as planning and programming, equipment and Army future acquisitions. For active service, Army units are placed under the authority of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CEMA), who is responsible to the President of France for planning for, and use, of forces.


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.

Luc Besson French film director, writer, and producer

Luc Besson is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988), and Nikita (1990). Besson is associated with the Cinéma du look film movement. He has been nominated for a César Award for Best Director and Best Picture for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. He won Best Director and Best French Director for his sci-fi action film The Fifth Element (1997). He wrote and directed the 2014 sci-fi thriller film Lucy and the 2017 space opera film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

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<i>Nikita</i> (film) 1990 Franco-Italian action thriller film directed by Luc Besson

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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

Reno with his wife Zofia Borucka at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Zofia Borucka Jean Reno Shankbone 2010 NYC.jpg
Reno with his wife Zofia Borucka at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

Reno first married a woman named 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 homes in Paris, Malaysia and New York City.



1978 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 MolinariThe Big Blue
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 RossoVoice acting for the French dub
1993 La Vis Monsieur K
1993 Paranoïa Short subject
1993 Flight from Justice Charlie BertTV
1993 Les Visiteurs Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de MontmirailNominated – César Award for Best Actor
1994 The Lion King MufasaVoice acting for the French dub
1994 Léon: The Professional Leone "Léon" MontanaNominated – 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 NiemansCrimson 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. TillensUncredited
2004 L'Enquête Corse Ange Leoni
2005 L'Empire des loups Jean-Louis SchifferEmpire 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
2010The PhilosopherBaggio
2010 L'immortel Charly Matteï22 Bullets
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-ClairTV series (eight episodes)
2013 Days and Nights Louis
2014Avis de mistralPaul
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 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 Waiting for Anya Henricompleted \ post-production
2019 Polina and the mystery of a film studio Screen Hologrampost-production
2020 The Manuscript Le Grenouillepre-production
TBA Da 5 Bloods post-production


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