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Jean Reno

Highest Rated:   90% Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Lowest Rated:   0% Days and Nights (2014)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
8% The Last Face
  • Dr. Love
2017
50% The Promise
  • Admiral Fournet
$8.2M 2017
40% The Sweeney - Paris (Antigang)
  • Actor
2015
0% Days and Nights
  • Louis
$6.5k 2014
36% Hector And The Search For Happiness
  • Diego
2014
48% 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
74% 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
72% Flushed Away
  • Le Frog
$64.5M 2006
33% Flyboys
  • Capt. Thenault
$13.1M 2006
25% 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
90% 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
56% 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
65% Beyond the Clouds
  • Carlo
1995
45% French Kiss
  • Jean-Paul
1995
No Score Yet Truffes, Les
  • Patrick
1995
71% 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
63% 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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