Born on July 30, 1948 in Casablanca, Morocco, Jean Reno settled in France at the age of 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films.
Due to his tall and large frame, he most played villainous brutes early on in his career. Thanks to his skills as an actor, he has broken away from this stereotype and has played everything from romantic-comedy leads to action heroes.
Throughout the 1980s, Reno made a name for himself playing screen heavies with little dialogue, and in 1981 Reno 's career began in French cinema, where he appeared in Luc Besson's film L'AVANT DERNIER.
His breakout role came when he was cast as the comic rival of diver Jacques Mayhol (Jean-Marc Barr) in BESSON'S LE GRAND BLEU in 1988 for which he received international exposure when the film became a worldwide hit with both critics and audiences.
In the years that followed, Reno made it a point to act in one French film for each American film in which he appeared, and with stateside roles in FRENCH KISS (1995), MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996), and ROSEANNA'S GRAVE (1997).
Some of his blockbuster roles include supporting performances in THE PINK PANTHER (2006), THE DA VINCI CODE (2006), and FLYBOYS (2006).
Reno pleased both the male fans and his more sensitive female followers. Reno was captivated by the likes of such screen legends as John Wayne, Marlon Brando, and Jean Gabin, who would form the foundation of his screen persona much later in life. He is mentioned by name in song "Cosmopolitan" by Vincent Delerm.
Reno resides in Paris with two of his children and wife/model Zofia Borucka (29 July 2006 - present). He was married twice before, and has four children, two from each marriage. Nathalie Dyszkiewicz (1996 - 2001) and Genevieve Reno (1977 - 1995).
Working in both French and English, he has appeared in numerous successful Hollywood productions. His awards include 4 nominations, 3 for Best Actor, 1 for Best Supporting actor, César Awards, France and European Film Awards, and won the Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema, European Film Awards in 2000.
Jean Reno in FRENCH KISS (1995)
Jean Reno in DAVINCI CODE (2006)