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  • Real name : Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez
  • Date of birth : 30/07/1948

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Jean Reno (1948)

Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez

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Jean Reno is a French actor. Working in French, English, Spanish and Italian, he has appeared not only in numerous successful Hollywood productions such as The Pink Panther, Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, Ronin and Couples Retreat, but also in European productions such as the French films Les Visiteurs , its sequel Les Visiteurs 2 and Léon along with the 2005 Italian film The Tiger and the Snow.

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 early life
Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco. His Spanish parents were natives of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Jerez de la Frontera , and had moved to North Africa to find work and escape the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. His father was a linotypist. His mother died when he was a teenager, and he has a younger sister named María Teresa ("Maite"). Reno was raised Catholic. He moved to France at the age of seventeen and studied acting in the Cours Simon School of Drama.

 career
Due to his tall, hulking frame , he mostly played villainous brutes early on in his career. He later appeared in romantic-comedies and action films. Reno's career began in French cinema, where he appeared in many of Luc Besson's films, including Besson's first 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 , the English-language films The Big Blue , and Léon . 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 with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, Mission: Impossible with Tom Cruise, Ronin with Robert De Niro, and Godzilla . Reno turned down the role of Agent Smith in The Matrix. He has not neglected to work in French productions either—e.g., Les Visiteurs , The Crimson Rivers and Jet Lag (Décalage horaire) by Danièle Thompson , which was also a box-office success in France. 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 , 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 and portrayed Doraemon in a Toyota ad in Japan.

 personal life
On July 29, 2006, the actor married a Polish model and actress Zofia Borucka, 35, at the city hall of Baux-de-Provence in southern France. The French President Nicolas Sarkozy was his best man . They welcomed son Cielo in July 2009 in New York City.
He was married twice before and has four older children, two from each marriage. His first wife was Geneviève, with whom he has a daughter, Sandra , and a son, Mickael . His second wife is Polish model Nathalie Dyszkiewicz, with whom he has a son, Tom , and a daughter, Serena . He maintains homes in Paris, Malaysia and in Los Angeles.

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