Jean Reno

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Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez known as Jean Reno (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ ʁeno]; born July 30, 1948) is a French-Spanish actor. Working in French, English, Japanese, Spanish and Italian, he has appeared not only in numerous successful Hollywood productions such as The Pink Panther (2006), Godzilla (1998), The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, Ronin and Couples Retreat, but also in European productions such as the French films Les Visiteurs (1993), its sequel Les Visiteurs 2 (1998) and Léon (1994) along with the 2005 Italian film The Tiger and the Snow. Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco. His Spanish parents were natives of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), and had moved to North Africa to find work and escape the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. His father was a linotypist. His mother died when he was a teenager, and he has a younger sister named María Teresa ("Maite"). Reno was raised Catholic. He moved to France at the age of seventeen and studied acting in the Cours Simon School of Drama. Due to his tall, hulking frame (1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)), he mostly played villainous brutes early on in his career.
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