Jean RENO (real name Juan MORENO HERRERA y GIMENEZ) was born the 30th of July, 1948 in Casablanca (Morocco was then under French protectorte) from parents born in the province of Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain.

He lived his childhood and youth in Casablanca and moved to Paris after serving France in Germany. It is there where, after a difficult personal period, different jobs, … in 1975 Jean is allowed to audit the classes of Andreas Voutsinas at the Bouffes du Nord (Voutsinas’ workshop uses a method inspired by both Stanislavski and the New York Actor Studio).

His movie debuts are very slow: In 1978/79 he participates in “L’hypothese du tableau volé” by Raul Ruiz. In 1979 Costa- Gavras who had seen him in “Prend bien garde aux Zeppelins”, a play by Didier Flamand performed at the Bouffes du nord in Paris, gave him a small part in “Clair de femme” allowing him to act with Romy Shneider and Yves Montand.
In the 80’s Jean starts getting bigger parts and participates in:

“Les Bidasses aux grandes manoeuvres” (1981) by Raphael Delpart with Michel Galabru. “La passante du Sans-Souci” (1981-82) by Jacques Rouffio with Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli. “ Notre Histoire” (1984) by Bertrand Blier with Alain Delon and Nathalie Baye.

It is during the casting of the “Bidasses aux grandes manoeuvres” that Jean meets Luc Besson. Later, Jean will be directed several times by Besson: “Subway”(1985) with Isabelle Adjani and Christophe Lambert; “Le grand Bleu”(1987) with Jean-Marc Barr and Rosanna Arquette, a part that will introduce him to great audiences and will provide him with a nomination to the prestigious Cesars (the French equivalent of the Oscars);

“Leon”, (“ The professional”), (1994) with Nathale Portman and Gary Oldman will provide him with a second nomination to the Cesars. The movie will become a cult film in the US and make Jean an international star.
Jean RENO has become one of the most popular French actors in the US; he participates in several American productions:

“French Kiss” (1994) by Lawrence Kasdan with Meg Ryan.
“Mission Impossible” (1995) by Brian de Palma with Tom Cruise.
“”Godzilla” (1997) by Roland Emmerich with Matthew Broderick.
“Ronin” (1997) by John Frankenheimer with Robert de Niro.
“Rollerball” (2002) by John Mc Tiernan with Chris Klein.

In 2006, Jean becomes a voting member for the Oscars given by the Academy of Performing Arts in Hollywood.

Voluntarily Jean will pursue a movie career that tries to escape type casting and genre; he does not want to be pigeon holed and he dabs in very diverse enterprises:

“Le Jaguar” (1995) by Francis Veber with Patrick Bruel.
“Hotel Rwanda” (2005) by Terry George with Don Cheadle.
“Le tigre et la neige” (2005) by Roberto Benigni with Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi.
“The Pink Panther” (2006) by Shawn Levy with Steve Martin and Kevin Kline.
“The Da Vinci Code” (2006) by Ron Howard with Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou.

Jean RENO has been nominated twice for the « Cesars du Cinema Français » (the French Oscars), the first time in 1989 for the part of « Enzo » in « Le grand Bleu » of Luc Besson in the supporting actor category; and the second time in 1995, for the role of « Leon » in « Leon » of Luc Besson in the leading actor category.
In 2000 Jean Reno received “The European Achievement in the World Cinema Award” given by the “ European film Academy “.

Jean RENO has also received the highest awards given to French citizens and has been named first “Officer de la Legion d’Honneur” then “Chevalier dans l’ordre du Merite National” and finally “Chevalier Des Arts et des Lettres”.
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