Jean Reno

Highest Rated: 91% Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Lowest Rated: 0% Days and Nights (2014)
Birthday: Jul 30, 1948
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
With mournful eyes that suggest deep contemplation lurking beneath a sometimes imposing exterior, French actor Jean Reno (born July 30th, 1948) has carved a particular niche in cinema by portraying men who prefer to define themselves through action rather than words. Though his characters may often resort to violence without pause when necessary, that isn't to say that they are without the sort of honor or dignity that has served to define some of the screen's most memorable action stars. Born Juan Moreno Errere y Rimenes in Casablanca, Morocco, the future star spent his early, more carefree days roaming the beaches with friends to escape the searing summer heat. 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. An early stint in drama school found Reno exploring his acting abilities, but little did the aspiring talent know that his life would soon take a new and unexpected turn. Though Reno's life to that point had been somewhat idyllic, Morocco's increasing instability forced Reno's family to flee to France to start anew. Unfortunately, his new homeland was in the midst of turbulent civil unrest. In order to gain his citizenship, Reno had to sign up with the national service, and he was quickly recruited into the army. When his superiors noticed that he had previously been to drama school, they placed him in charge of arts and entertainment, and after a year of service, Reno set his sights on Paris. More drama school was soon to follow, and throughout the 1970s, Reno gained experience through stage and television work. After being singled out by critics for memorable appearances in such plays as Costa-Gavras' Clair de Femme (a role that he would later revisit in the 1979 film of the same name) and touring Europe with Didier Flamand's theater troupe, Reno made his screen debut in the 1979 Raúl Ruiz film The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting. Throughout the 1980s, Reno made a name for himself playing screen heavies with little dialogue, and in 1981, things began to look up for the rising star when he teamed with hot young French director Luc Besson for the short film L'Avant Dernier. In the years that followed, Reno and Besson not only became close personal friends, but Reno would also appear in almost every one of the director's films. With small parts in Le Dernier Combat (1983) and Subway slowly elevating his star status, it was only a matter of time until Reno landed his breakout role. Of course, it came as no surprise to many that that particular role was in one of Besson's films, and with the release of Besson's Le Grand Bleu in 1988, Reno's time finally came. Cast as the comic rival of diver Jacques Mayhol (Jean-Marc Barr), Reno received international exposure when the film became a worldwide hit with both critics and audiences. In his home country of France, Reno was even nominated for a Best Supporting Actor César. He took a somewhat darker turn two years later when he was cast as a taciturn hit man in Besson's art-house action hit Nikita. By the time Reno took the lead in the 1993 time travel comedy Les Visiteurs (which quickly became the most successful film in French box-office history), he had truly established himself as a lucrative box-office draw. Though the film was indeed a massive success in France, it was deemed "too French" for U.S. distribution, and only the most die-hard fans and critics outside of Reno's native country were truly aware of his star power. If Reno's rise in France had been successfully boosted thanks, in part, to old friend Besson, so would his international exposure thanks to Besson's masterful 1994 effort Léon (released stateside as The Professional). With Reno once again cast in the role of a hit man, Léon told the remarkably tender tale of a sympathetic killer who befriends a young orphan named Mathilda (memorably portrayed by screen newcomer Natalie Portman) aft

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No Score Yet Brothers of the Wind Danzer 2018
17% The Adventurers Pierre $0.3M 2017
5% The Last Face Dr. Love 2017
50% The Promise Admiral Fournet $8.2M 2017
No Score Yet Family Heist (Mes trésors) Patrick 2017
No Score Yet La ragazza nella nebbia Actor 2017
40% The Sweeney - Paris (Antigang) Actor 2015
0% Days and Nights Louis $6.5K 2014
37% Hector And The Search For Happiness Diego 2014
50% Comme un chef (Le Chef) Alexandre Lagarde $0.4M 2014
No Score Yet Paris-story Actor 2014
No Score Yet Summer In Provence (Un Ete En Provence) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Avis De Mistral Paul 2014
No Score Yet Benoît Brisefer: Les taxis rouges Actor 2014
42% 22 Bullets Charly Matteï 2013
12% Alex Cross Giles Mercier $25.9M 2012
56% La Rafle Dr. David Scheinbaum $0.3M 2012
No Score Yet Le jour des corneilles Actor 2012
73% Margaret Ramon $47K 2011
No Score Yet You Don't Choose Your Family Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Philosopher Actor 2010
40% Armored Quinn $16M 2009
11% Couples Retreat Marcel $109.2M 2009
No Score Yet Ultimate Heist (Le premier cercle) Milo Malakian 2009
12% Pink Panther 2 Ponton $36M 2009
No Score Yet Ca$h (Cash) Maxime 2008
21% La tigre e la neve (The Tiger and the Snow) Fuad 2006
73% Flushed Away Le Frog $64.5M 2006
33% Flyboys Capt. Thenault $13.1M 2006
24% The Da Vinci Code Capt. Bezu Fache $217.6M 2006
No Score Yet Shut Up! (Tais Toi) Actor 2006
9% Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Actor $22.3M 2005
No Score Yet Empire of the Wolves Jean-Louis Schiffer 2005
No Score Yet The Corsican Investigation (L'Enquete corse) Actor 2005
91% Hotel Rwanda Mr. Tillens $23.5M 2004
No Score Yet The Corsican File Ange 2004
No Score Yet L'Enquête Corse Actor 2004
No Score Yet Tais-Toi Ruby 2004
No Score Yet Les rivières pourpres II : Les anges de l'apocalypse Commissaire Niemans 2004
57% Jet Lag Felix $0.5M 2003
3% Rollerball Petrovich $18.9M 2002
43% Wasabi Hubert Fiorentini 2001
68% The Crimson Rivers Pierre Niemans 2001
33% Just Visiting Count Thibault 2001
68% Ronin Vincent 1998
16% Godzilla Philippe Roache 1998
No Score Yet Les couloirs du temps: Les visiteurs 2 Godefroy de Montmirail 1998
38% For Roseanna Marcello 1997
63% Mission: Impossible Krieger 1996
No Score Yet Le Jaguar Jean Campana 1996
67% Beyond the Clouds Carlo 1995
50% French Kiss Jean-Paul 1995
No Score Yet Truffes, Les Patrick 1995
72% Léon: The Professional Leon 1994
31% Les Visiteurs (The Visitors ) Godefroy 1993
No Score Yet L'Homme au masque d'or (The Man in the Golden Mask) Father Victor Gaetano 1991
88% La Femme Nikita (Nikita) Victor 1990
62% The Big Blue Enzo Molinari $81.3K 1988
No Score Yet I Love You Dentist 1986
86% Subway The Drummer 1985
No Score Yet Strictement Personnel Actor 1985
No Score Yet Notre histoire (Our Story)(Separate Rooms) Actor 1984
No Score Yet Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (The Last Combat) The Brute 1983
No Score Yet La passante du Sans-Souci (The Passerby) Actor 1982
No Score Yet Clair de Femme Actor 1979
No Score Yet L'Hypothèse du tableau volé (The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting) Actor 1979

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No Score Yet Série noire
1984-1988

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