JEAN RENO (Phillipe Roche) is arguably France's hottest actor,
having starred in Jean-Marie Poire's box-office record-breaking
comedy "Les Visiteurs." He has equally impressed American
audiences with his recent performances in Brian DePalma's spy
thriller "Mission: Impossible," opposite Tom Cruise;
in Paul Weiland's romantic comedy "For Roseanna," with
Mercedes Ruehl and in Lawrence Kasdan's "French Kiss,"
with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. His work in Luc Besson's thriller
"The Professional," (a.k.a. "Leon"), opposite
Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman, won him widespread critical and
popular plaudits. The busy actor recently completed the sequel
to the popular "Les Visateurs," "Les Visateurs
in Casablanca to Spanish parents, Reno arrived in France after
serving his military service in Germany and began to pursue his
dream of acting. Settling in Paris, he joined stage director Didier
Flamand in a traveling theater company that took him around the
country. His screen break came with Costa Gavras' "Claire
de Femme" in 1979 and his bravura turn in Luc Besson's "Le
Dernier Combat" earned him critical and audience recognition.
Reno went on to collaborate with Besson in several subsequent
films, including "Subway," starring Isabelle Adjani,
"The Big Blue," with Roseanna Arquette and the acclaimed
thriller "La Femme Nikita."
other film credits include Francis Veber's "Le Jaguar,"
Christian Le Jale's "Loulou Graffiti," Jean-Marie Poire's
"L'Operation Corned Beef," Eric Duret's "L'Homme
Au Masque D'Or," Marco Ferreri's "I Love You,"
Bertrand Blier's "Notre Histoire" and Jacques Monnet's
"Signes Exterieurs de Richesse."
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