Jean Reno

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Jean Reno (* 30 July 1948 as Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez in Casablanca , Morocco ) is a French actor .


Jean Reno was born on July 30, 1948 as Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez in Casablanca as the son of a worker from Sanlúcar de Barrameda and a seamstress from Jerez de la Frontera , who were initially able to flee from Spain to Morocco before Francoism . At the age of twelve, his family sent him to a school in Montpellier , where he only stayed two years. Nevertheless, afterwards he wanted to return to France. In Morocco he then attended an acting school .

At the age of 19, he was forced to join the French army after his parents were granted French citizenship . During his time in the army he was stationed in Wittlich , where he learned a little German . After completing his military service, he moved to live with a friend in Paris , where he kept himself afloat with odd jobs and occasional theater and television appearances. In 1979 he was given a tiny supporting role in a major film production (in Constantin Costa-Gavras ' Die Liebe einer Frau mit Yves Montand and Romy Schneider ). Further short appearances followed ( The Walker from Sans-Souci , Our Story ). From now on, he fully concentrated on his acting career and toured Europe with Didier Flamand's theater group.

In 1981 he made friends with the director Luc Besson and received first small ( Subway ) and soon larger roles in his films. The international breakthrough came in 1988 with Besson's In Rush of the Deep ( Le Grand Bleu ). For his portrayal of apnea diver Enzo Molinari he received a nomination for the film award César as Best Supporting Actor considered.

In the same year he separated from his first wife, Geneviève, with whom he has two children.

In his next film with Besson, the dark thriller Nikita (1990), he appeared in a supporting role as the hardened hit man Victor and thus laid the foundation for his later leading role in Besson's Léon - The Professional , in which he refined this character. Besson promoted Reno's career, which no other director took notice.

In 1993, however, he changed the genre , playing alongside Christian Clavier the second major role in the journey - Comedy visitors . With over 13 million admissions, the film became one of the greatest box office hits in France.

Jean Reno was already a star in his home country, but it wasn't until Léon - The Professional that he became known internationally. At the side of Natalie Portman and as an opponent of Gary Oldman he played the taciturn and withdrawn hired killer Léon, who matures in the course of the film to the substitute father and protector of the orphaned Mathilda.

Role offers from Hollywood followed , and Reno took on larger roles in US films (e.g. Mission: Impossible alongside Tom Cruise ), but returned regularly to French films. In 2000, for example, he played both in the thriller Die purple rivers and in the French sequel to The Visitors ( Die Zeitritter ). In an interview in 2000 he emphasized his strategy of making a French film for every Hollywood film.

He describes one characteristic of his portrayal of introverted figures as follows: “I always leave a small space between feelings. This can then create nuances. "

Jean Reno with his third wife Zofia Borucka (2010)

In November 1999, France's President Jacques Chirac made him a Knight of the Legion of Honor for his services to French film . In 2004 he was appointed officer of the Legion of Honor.

Reno was married to the model Nathalie Dyszkiewicz in 1996 in his second marriage. This marriage resulted in two children. Reno lives alternately in Paris and Los Angeles.

For his third marriage on July 29, 2006 in Les Baux-de-Provence with the 23-year-old acting model Zofia Borucka, he had chosen prominent witnesses , Nicolas Sarkozy , the then Interior Minister and later President of France, and the singer Johnny Hallyday . With Zofia, Reno became the father of two other sons.

In addition to his native French, he also speaks Spanish, English and Italian.

In German Reno is dubbed by Joachim Kerzel .



European film award

  • 2000 awarded for outstanding performance by a European in world cinema

DIVA Award

  • 1999



Web links

Commons : Jean Reno  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

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  2. Jean Reno, the distinctive face from France. Retrieved July 7, 2020 .