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Also Known As: Juan Moreno, Juan Moreno Y Herrera Jimnez Died:
Born: July 30, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Morocco Profession: actor

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After making a name for himself in his native France, particularly with his collaborations with action director Luc Besson, actor Jean Reno crossed the Atlantic to become a highly-sought character performer in big budget Hollywood fare. Though he broke the ice with American audiences with the cult classic "La Femme Nikita" (1991), Reno made his greatest impression on U.S. shores playing a reluctant hit man training a young girl (Natalie Portman) in the strangely heartwarming thriller "The Professional" (1994). Ever since, Reno made his mark playing coolly ambiguous and frighteningly cunning characters who more often than not reveal themselves to be all-too-human. Reno was perhaps most memorable in action thrillers like "Ronin" (1998) and "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), but least appreciated in silly blockbusters like "Godzilla" (1998) and "The Pink Panther" (2006). Despite not possessing a marquee name, Reno proved himself to be an invaluable character performer capable of switching from foreign films to Hollywood features with ease.

After making a name for himself in his native France, particularly with his collaborations with action director Luc Besson, actor Jean Reno crossed the Atlantic to become a highly-sought character performer in big budget Hollywood fare. Though he broke the ice with American audiences with the cult classic "La Femme Nikita" (1991), Reno made his greatest impression on U.S. shores playing a reluctant hit man training a young girl (Natalie Portman) in the strangely heartwarming thriller "The Professional" (1994). Ever since, Reno made his mark playing coolly ambiguous and frighteningly cunning characters who more often than not reveal themselves to be all-too-human. Reno was perhaps most memorable in action thrillers like "Ronin" (1998) and "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), but least appreciated in silly blockbusters like "Godzilla" (1998) and "The Pink Panther" (2006). Despite not possessing a marquee name, Reno proved himself to be an invaluable character performer capable of switching from foreign films to Hollywood features with ease.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 immortel, L' (2013)
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 Chef, The (2012)
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 Alex Cross (2012)
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 Round Up, The (2012)
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 Margaret (2011)
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 Armored (2009)
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 Couples Retreat (2009)
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1960:
Moved to France at the age of seventeen
1974:
Made professional stage debut in "Ecce Homo"
1978:
Screen acting debut in "L'Hypothese du tableau vole"
1983:
Made first film with director Luc Besson, "Le Dernier Combat"
1987:
Portrayed a champion free diver in Luc Besson's "The Big Blue"
1990:
Cast as 'The Cleaner' in Luc Besson's "La Femme Nikita"
1993:
Starred in the cult French film "The Visitors"
1994:
Made U.S. acting debut in "The Professional"; directed by Besson
1996:
Featured opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible"
1998:
Played a French scientist in the big-budget "Godzilla"
2000:
Co-starred with Vincent Cassel in the French police drama "The Crimson Rivers"
2001:
Reprised role from "The Visitors" for an American remake titled "Just Visiting"
2001:
Portrayed a French detective in "Wasabi"; written and produced by Luc Besson
2002:
Co-starred with Juliet Binoche in the romantic comedy "Jet Lag"
2006:
Co-starred with Steve Martin in a prequel to the 1964 Peter Sellers original film "The Pink Panther"
2006:
Cast as Bezu Fache in Ron Howards' feature adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code"
2009:
Re-teamed with Steve Martin and reprised role for "The Pink Panther 2"
2009:
Co-starred as Marcel, a therapist and operator of a beach resort, in the comedy "Couples Retreat"
2009:
Joined the ensemble cast of the action thriller "Armored"
2011:
Cast alongside Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, and Mark Ruffalo in "Margaret"; filming began in 2005, but spent more than five years in post-production
2012:
Featured in crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel <i>Cross</i> by James Patterson and starring Tyler Perry
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Education

Cours Simon Drama School: - 1970

Notes

"All actors should work with comedians. You can learn a tremendous amount. Making people laugh is the most difficult thing in the world." --Jean Reno in LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 16, 1996

"I won't do anything that offends my moral sense. I prefer making love with gestures, rather than taking my clothes off and getting into bed with a woman. I'd hate to have my children see that." --Reno in LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 16, 1996

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wife:
Nathalie Reno.

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