Jean Reno

by ethnic on August 3, 2010

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Birth Name: Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez

Place of Birth: Casablanca, French Morocco

Date of Birth: July 30, 1948

Ethnicity: Spanish

Jean Reno is a French actor. He was born in Casablanca, French Morocco, to Spanish parents. His father was from Sanlúcar de Barrameda and his mother was from Jerez de la Frontera, both in Andalusia, Spain. Jean moved to France when he was seventeen.

Jean was raised Catholic.

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neiltennant July 23, 2015 at 5:21 am

he is one of the pale spanish guys

he could pass for french, german etc

anen87 December 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm

What?! He is not even considered pale in Spain, his skin tone is totally average. There is MANY spanish actors with the same skin tone or lighter. And his family hails from Andalusia, isn’t that where the darker people suppose to come from, the south Lol. Just comes to show the misconception people have about spaniards.

Capricious May 7, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Why is he ashamed of his Spanish side?

He’s always playing French roles and trying hard to be French. That’s all he ever does in his movies. It’s so cheesy.

You will always be Spanish dude…

andrew May 8, 2015 at 4:20 pm

I dunno if he is ashamed of his Spanish background, but:

1 He grew up in Morocco that was a French colony
2 He moved to France becoming a French Citizen at 17
3 He began his film career in France

Capricious May 9, 2015 at 1:14 am

Yes, I know that he’s a French citizen. But he’s always acting like a stereotypical French in his film. He never acknowledges his ethnicity. He’s typecast in his films at best. Always playing a Frenchman.

He maybe a French citizen, but he’ll always be Spanish. He even looks Spanish.

Initially, I thought he was a French Arab (French of North African descent).

andrew June 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm


he speaks Spanish

they even gave him the honorary citizenship of Cádiz

SpaniardIam May 9, 2015 at 1:30 am

Jean does not have a Spanish side. Jean is completely Spanish on all four sides. All their parents, their grandparents are Spanish. He does not have a gram of French blood. If he wants to hide that, that’s his problem.

neiltennant July 23, 2015 at 5:20 am

i read your comments and I’m sure you are an idiot

you claim that he is ashamed of his roots ?

he was offered roles of french and he accepted them

whats the deal ?

andrew November 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

more details:

his father was from Sanlúcar de Barrameda and his mother was from Jerez de la Frontera, both in Andalusia, Spain.

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