More Jean Reno Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Jean Reno is a renowned French actor who rapidly gained recognition among American audiences with pivotal roles in blockbusters such as Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible opposite Tom Cruise, Roland Emmerich's Godzilla, Luc Besson's The Professional with Natalie Portman, and John Frankenheimer's Ronin opposite Robert DeNiro.
Reno recently finished filming the French-language film Jetlag, starring opposite Juliette Binoche. He was also recently seen in Wasabi, an action-comedy produced by Reno and Luc Besson from a script by Besson based on a story idea by Reno.
Last year Reno starred in Just Visiting, a remake of Jean-Marie Poire's comedy Les Visiteurs, in which Reno also starred. Les Visiteurs is the highest grossing film in French box office history. Its sequel, Les Visteurs II, also broke many box office records. Reno also appeared in Mathieu Kassovitz's Les Rivieres Pourpres, a.k.a. The Crimson River, based on the best-selling French novel by Jean-Christophe Grange.
Reno is by far one of France's leading actors. He has enjoyed a tremendously successful collaboration with the acclaimed French director Luc Besson. Reno has costarred in many of Besson's films, including Le Dernier Combat, Subway opposite Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani, The Big Blue opposite Rosanna Arquette, the acclaimed thriller La Femme Nikita opposite Anne Parillaud, and The Professional opposite Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman.
Born in Casablanca to Spanish parents, Reno pursued his dream of acting in France after serving his military service in Germany. Settling in Paris, Reno joined stage director Didier Flamand in a traveling theater company that took him around the country. His screen debut was in the French film Clair de Femme directed by Costa Gavras.
Other international film credits include Francis Verber's Le Jaguar, Christian Le Jale's Loulou Graffiti, Jean-Marie Poire's L'Operaton Corned Beef, Eric Duret's L'Homme Au Masque D'Or, Marco Ferreri's I Love You, Bertrand Blier's Notre Histoire and Jaques Monnet's Signes Exterieurs de Richesse. Other American film credits include Paul Weiland's For Roseanna opposite Mercedes Ruehl and Lawrence Kasdan's French Kiss.
Reno splits his time between the South of France and Los Angeles.