Jean Reno

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]

Jean Reno
Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez

(1948-07-30) 30 July 1948
ResidenceParis, France
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1977–present
  • Genevieve Reno (m. 19771995)
  • Nathalie Dyszkiewicz (m. 19962001)
  • Zofia Borucka (m. 2006)

Early life

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.

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

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.



1978The Hypothesis of the Stolen PaintingTableaux Personnel
1979WomanlightTraffic policeman
1980The Moroccan Stallion
1982La Passante du Sans-SouciAngry Man
1983Signes extérieurs de richesseMarc Letellier
1983Le Dernier CombatThe Brute
1985Le téléphone sonne toujours deux fois!!Marraine's confidence man
1985SubwayThe Drummer
1988The Big BlueEnzo MolinariNominated – César Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990NikitaVictor, cleaner
1991L'Homme au masque d'orFather Victorio Gaetano
1991Loulou GraffitiPique la Lune
1991L'Opération Corned-BeefCaptain Philippe Boulier
1992Porco RossoPorco RossoVoice acting for the French dub
1993Les VisiteursGodefroy de Papincourt, Comte de MontmirailNominated – César Award for Best Actor
1993La VisMonsieur K
1993ParanoïaShort subject
1993Flight from JusticeCharlie BertTV
1993Homeward Bound: The Incredible JourneyShadowVoice acting for the French dub
1994The Lion KingMufasaVoice acting for the French dub
1994Léon: The ProfessionalLeone "Léon" MontanaNominated – César Award for Best Actor
1995Les TruffesPatrick
1995French KissInspector Jean-Paul Cardon
1995Al di là delle nuvoleCarlo
1996Mission: ImpossibleFranz Krieger
1996Le JaguarJean Campana
1997Roseanna's GraveMarcello
1997Un amour de sorcièreMolok
1997Les Soeurs SoleilSpectator
1998Les Visiteurs II: Les Couloirs du tempsComte Godefroy de Montmirail, dit Godefroy
1998GodzillaPhilippe Roaché
2000Les Rivières pourpresPierre NiemansCrimson Rivers
Nominated – European Film Award: Jameson People's Choice Award - Best European Actor
2001Just VisitingCount Thibault of Malfete
2001Atlantis: The Lost EmpireVincenzo "Vinny" SaltoriniVoice acting for the French dub
2001WasabiHubert Fiorentini
2002Décalage horaireFelix
2002RollerballAlexis Petrovich
2004Onimusha 3: Demon SiegeJacques BlancVideo game, provide voice and likeness
2004Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the ApocalypseCommissaire Niemans
2004Hotel RwandaMr. TillensUncredited
2004L'Enquête CorseAnge Leoni
2005L'Empire des loupsJean-Louis SchifferEmpire of the Wolves
2005The Tiger and the SnowFuad
2006The Pink PantherGilbert Ponton
2006FlyboysCaptain Thenault
2006The Da Vinci CodeCaptain Bezu Fache
2006Flushed AwayLe FrogVoices for both the English original version and the French dub
2008Ca$hMaxime - Dubreuil
2009The Pink Panther 2Gilbert Ponton
2009Le Premier CercleMilo Malakian
2009Couples RetreatMarcel
2010The Round UpDr. Sheinbaum
2010The PhilosopherBaggio
2010L'immortelCharly Matteï22 Bullets
2011ZookeeperBernie the GorillaVoice acting for the French dub
2011You Don't Choose Your FamilyDocteur Luix
2012Alex CrossGiles Mercier
2012The ChefAlexandre Lagarde
2012Le Jour des CorneillesLe père Courge
2013JoJoseph "Jo" St-ClairTV series (eight episodes)
2013Days and NightsLouis
2014Avis de mistralPaul
2014Hector and the Search for HappinessDiego
2014Benoît Brisefer: Les Taxis rougesPoilonez
2015The SquadSerge Buren
2015Brothers of the WindDanzer
2016The Last FaceDr. Mehmet Love
2016The Visitors: Bastille DayComte Godefroy de Montmirail
2016The PromiseAdmiral Fournet
2017Mes trésorsPatrick
2017The Girl in the FogAugusto Flores
2017The AdventurersPierre
20194 latasJean Pierre
2019Cold BloodHenry
2019The Lion KingMufasaVoice acting for the French dub
2019Waiting for AnyaHenriPost-production
2019Polina and the Mystery of a Film StudioScreen HologramPost-production
2020The ManuscriptLe GrenouillePre-production
TBADa 5 BloodsPost-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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