Jean Renoir

  • Birth Place: Paris, France
  • Died: February 12, 1979
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Author
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  • Studied mathematics and philosophy in college.
  • Shot in the leg while serving with the French cavalry in WWI.
  • Took up ceramics before discovering filmmaking; several pieces are displayed with his father's artwork at Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation.
  • First wife Catherine was formerly one of his father's models.
  • Established himself in U.S. with La Grand Illusion (1937), the first foreign-language film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
  • Fled to the U.S. after German invasion of France in 1940.
  • Reconstructed his now-lauded The Rules of the Game a decade after the negatives were destroyed in a WWII bombing raid. The film was derided and banned in France upon its 1939 introduction. 
  • Served as Regents' Professor of English and Dramatic Art at Cal-Berkeley.


  • 1946, Venice Film Festival — Critics' Prize for Best Film: Winner
  • 1945, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner


  • Catherine Hessling — Ex-wife
  • Aline Charigot — Mother
  • Claude Renoir — Nephew
  • Claude Renoir — Brother
  • Dido Freire — Wife
  • Marguerite Renoir — Ex-significant Other
  • Alain Renoir — Son
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir — Father
  • Pierre Renoir — Brother


  • University of Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France (1913)

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