Jeremy Renner

13 Feb 2024

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Lee Renner, born on January 7, 1971, is an American actor known for his versatile performances across various genres. He began his acting career with appearances in independent films such as "Dahmer" (2002), where he portrayed the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and "Neo Ned" (2005), in which he played a man with a white supremacist background who falls in love with a black woman.
Renner's talent and versatility quickly caught the attention of Hollywood, leading to supporting roles in larger productions such as "S.W.A.T." (2003) and "28 Weeks Later" (2007). However, it was his standout performances in critically acclaimed films that garnered him widespread recognition. He received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor for his portrayal of a soldier in the intense war drama "The Hurt Locker" (2009) and for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a volatile bank robber in the crime thriller "The Town" (2010).

Renner's career continued to ascend with prominent roles in blockbuster franchises and acclaimed films. He portrayed Clint Barton, also known as Hawkeye, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in films like "The Avengers" (2012) and the Disney+ miniseries "Hawkeye" (2021). He showcased his action chops in movies such as "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" (2011), "The Bourne Legacy" (2012), and "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation" (2015), while also demonstrating his range in dramas like "American Hustle" (2013), "Arrival" (2016), and "Wind River" (2017).
In addition to his film work, Renner ventured into television with his starring role in the Paramount+ crime thriller series "Mayor of Kingstown" (2021), further solidifying his status as a versatile and accomplished actor in both film and television.

Jeremy Renner was born in Modesto, California, to Valerie Cearley (née Tague) and Lee Renner. His father managed McHenry Bowl, a popular Modesto bowling alley in the 1980s. Renner's parents married young but divorced when he was ten years old. He is the eldest of seven siblings, with the youngest being born in 2011. Renner's ancestry is primarily Irish and German.
He attended Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto, graduating in 1989. Initially, Renner pursued studies in computer science and criminology at Modesto Junior College. However, after taking a drama class as an elective, he discovered his passion for acting and decided to pursue it as a career path.

Jeremy Renner's film debut came in the 1995 comedy "National Lampoon's Senior Trip," where he portrayed an underachieving student. Despite the film's critical reception, Renner continued to pursue acting, landing guest roles on television shows such as "Deadly Games" and "Strange Luck." He also had a minor role in the television film "A Friend's Betrayal," playing the friend of Paul Hewitt, portrayed by Brian Austin Green.
In the following years, Renner appeared as a guest star in several television series, including "Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane" (1999), "The Net" (1999), "The Time of Your Life" (1999), and "Angel" (2000). Additionally, in 2001, he had a small role in an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." During this period, Renner also worked as a makeup artist to supplement his income.

In 2002, Jeremy Renner took on the challenging role of portraying the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the film "Dahmer." Despite the difficulty of embodying such a dark character, Renner's performance was well-received, earning him a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male. He also made an appearance in Pink's music video for "Trouble" in 2003 and starred in "S.W.A.T." as the former police partner of Colin Farrell's character.
Renner continued to diversify his roles, appearing in "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" in 2004 and "A Little Trip to Heaven" in 2005 alongside Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker. He gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of a neo-Nazi skinhead in "Neo Ned," a role that earned him awards at various film festivals. Renner also had a supporting role in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and appeared in "28 Weeks Later" in 2007.
In 2009, Renner's career reached new heights with his role as U.S. Army bomb disposal expert Sergeant First Class William James in the Iraq war thriller "The Hurt Locker," directed by Kathryn Bigelow. His performance garnered widespread acclaim, earning him numerous awards and his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

In 2010, Jeremy Renner delivered a standout performance in Ben Affleck's crime drama "The Town," earning him widespread acclaim and his second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor. His portrayal alongside a stellar cast including Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, and others garnered him his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor and his second Screen Actors Guild nomination. Renner's compelling performance solidified his position as one of Hollywood's rising stars, with The Hollywood Reporter recognizing him as part of the new generation of leading male actors poised to dominate the industry.

The following year, in 2011, Renner made an uncredited cameo appearance as Hawkeye in "Thor," setting the stage for his more substantial role in the highly anticipated superhero ensemble film "The Avengers," released in 2012. Additionally, in 2011, he starred in "The Bourne Legacy," the fourth installment in the Bourne franchise, where he portrayed a new lead character, Aaron Cross. Renner's performance showcased his versatility as an actor and his ability to helm major film franchises. Despite taking on a new role in the Bourne series, Renner expressed enthusiasm for the possibility of working alongside Matt Damon in future Bourne films, emphasizing his admiration for Damon's portrayal of the iconic character.


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