Born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Morocco to Spanish parents, Reno moved to France when he was 17. After a short stint in the French army (required for citizenship) he became an actor, using a Frenchified version of his name.
Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez (born July 30, 1948 in Casablanca, Morocco), francized to "Jean" and shortened to "Reno", is a French actor of Spanish descent (his parents came from Andalusia and lived in Morocco when it was a Spanish protectorate).
Reno was born on July 30, 1948 in Casablanca, Morocco. His name at birth was Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jimenez, which he later shortened to Jean Reno once he began booking acting jobs in France. His parents were natives of Spain but had moved to Morocco in order to find better work and escape Spain, which had been under the rule of dictator Francisco Franco. His father worked as a linotypist
Jean RenoBackground informationBornJuan Moreno y Herrera-JiménezJuly 30, 1948 (age 70)Casablanca, MoroccoNationality FrenchOccupationsActor and voice actorYears active1977-presentSpouseGenevieve Reno (1977-1995)Nathalie Dyszkiewicz (1996-2001)Zofia Borucka (2006-present)ChildrenSandra, Mickael (both with Reno), Tom, Serena (both with Dyszkiewicz), Cielo, and Dean (both with Borucka)[Source]Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez , known professionally as Jean Reno (born July 30, 1948), is a Moroccan-born French actor who did the voice-over for Mufasa in the French-language version of The Lion King, a role originally performed by James Earl Jones; Vincenzo Santorini in the French-language version of Atlantis: The Lost Empire a role originally performed by Don Novello, and Shadow in the French version of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, a role originally performed by the late Don Ameche. He also played the role of Count Thibault de Malféte in Just Visiting.