Jean Reno was actually born Juan Moreno in Casablanca Morocco 30th July 1948, to parents that were from Cadiz
in Spain. Jeans parents had fled the civil war of General Francos regime. In Morocco, they were under the French protectorate.
On the whole, Jean had a happy childhood in Morocco with his friends, and in 1955 he was to become the brother
of a little sister called Marie-Thérèse. At 11 years old, it was found that Jean had Athsma, and the Doctor prescribes fresh
mountain air for him. Jeans parents weren't very wealthy, but eventually he gets to live for two years on Montpellier, and
this cures him of his Athsma. These two years are like a very long holiday for Jean. Whilst at Montpellier, Jean isn't going
to school, instead he spends his days lounging in front of an old black and white TV set, but this opens his eyes to the world
of entertainment and of the cinema.
Unfortunately for Jean though,with his athsma cured, he has to go back to Casablanca in Morocco. His parents
had moved whilst Jean was away, so the new apartment they are in is very strange and bewildering for the young Jean. Jeans
mother is always tired and his father is an authoritarian, his father doesn't like it that Jean hasn't made the grade in school
whilst he was away at Montpellier, so he tries to make a draughtsman out of him. Jean is not impressed and reluctantly signs
up to the Industrial school doing drawing,design and trigonometry. All the while he is dreaming of a life more like what Marlon
Brando would be leading. Jean has decided that his vocation in life is to be an actor, he wants the big screen and to get
his name and face into the glossy magazines. He doesn't speak about his dream to anyone, especially not his dad, he knows
his dad would never understand. Still, young Jean wants to make his mother happy, so he does try his hardest at the Industrial
school, where his mother is always so tired, he just has to give it a go, it pays off and he gets a patent for his efforts,
his mother is overjoyed at Jean for trying so hard. This sadly, is the last happiness that Jean gives his mother, it is found
out that his mothers chronic tiredness is due to the last stages of bone cancer. The family try for a chance of a hoiday to
cure the cancer and send mother to Montpellier in 1965, but deep down, they know their efforts are in vain, his mum unfortunately
passes away in france, far away from her loving children. Aged just 17, Jean has the first great pain of his adult life.
In 1967 the family decided to move to France when the six day war broke out in Morocco and shattered their happy
life there. To become a French citizen, Jean had to join the armed forces for a while,but once they saw that he had attended
the National drama school of Casablanca,he was put into the entertainment core whilst doing his patriotic bit in Germany.