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JEAN RENO (Gilbert Ponton) is the renowned French actor who rapidly gained
recognition among American audiences with pivotal roles in box-office
blockbusters such as Brian DePalma's Mission: Impossible opposite Tom Cruise,
Roland Emmerich's Godzilla, Luc Besson's The Professional with Natalie
Portman and John Frankenheimer's Ronin opposite Robert DeNiro.
More recently, Reno touched American audiences with his romantic portrayal of
a love-struck gourmet chef who sweeps Juliette Binoche off her feet in Jet Lag.
Reno recently starred in L'Empire de Loups (Empire of the Wolves), based on a
best-selling French novel by Jean-Christophe Grange who also wrote Crimson
Rivers, a novel that was also made into a blockbuster feature film starring Reno.
Reno is one of France's most revered and respected actors, having starred
opposite Gerard Depardieu in the blockbuster comedy Tais Toi and Les Visiteurs
opposite Christian Clavier, which became the highest grossing film in French box
office history when it was released. Its sequel, Les Visiteurs II, also broke box
office records. He has enjoyed a tremendously successful collaboration with the
acclaimed French director Luc Besson. In addition to The Professional, he has
co-starred in Besson's Le Dernier Combat, Subway opposite Christopher
Lambert and Isabelle Adjani, The Big Blue opposite Roseanna Arquette and the
acclaimed thriller La Femme Nikita opposite Anne Parillaud. The duo also
collaborated on the making of Wasabi, in which Reno starred.
Reno will be seen in Roberto Benigni's upcoming The Tiger and the Snow and in
Columbia Pictures' highly anticipated film version of the worldwide bestseller The
Da Vinci Code for director Ron Howard and co-starring Tom Hanks and Audrey
Born in Casablanca to Spanish parents, Reno pursued his dream of acting in
France after completing his military service in Germany. Settling in Paris, Reno
joined stage director Didier Flamand in a traveling theater company that took him
around the country. His screen debut was in the French film Claire de Femme
directed by Costa Gavras. Other international film credits include Francis
Verber's Le Jaguar, Christian Le Jale's Loulou Graffiti, Jean-Marie Poire's
L'Operaton Corned Beef, Eric Duret's L'Homme Au Masque D'Or, Marco
Ferreri's I Love You, Betrand Blier's Notre Histoire, and Jaques Monnet's Signes
Exterieurs de Richesse. Other American film credits include Paul Weiland's For
Roseanna in which he co-starred opposite Mercedes Ruehl, Lawrence Kasdan's
French Kiss with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan, and John McTiernan's Rollerball.
Reno, who spoke only his native Spanish for the first 11 years of his life, speaks
fluent French, Italian, English and Japanese. He splits his time between the
South of France, Corsica, New York and Los Angeles.
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