Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

Born Jeremy Lee Renner
(1971-01-07) January 7, 1971
Modesto, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Sonni Pacheco (m. 2014; div. 2015)
Children 1

Jeremy Lee Renner (born January 7, 1971)[1][2][3] is an American actor and singer. Throughout the 2000s, Renner appeared largely in independent films such as Dahmer (2002) and Neo Ned (2005). He also appeared in supporting roles in bigger films such as S.W.A.T. (2003) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). He then turned in a much-praised performance in The Town (2010), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Renner is best known for his roles in The Hurt Locker (2008) for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and for playing Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), Marvel's The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). He also appeared in commercially successful films such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), American Hustle (2013), and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).

Early life

Renner was born in Modesto, California, to mother Valerie Cearley (née Tague) and father Lee Renner, who managed McHenry Bowl, a Modesto bowling alley, in the 1980s.[4][5][6] His parents married as teenagers and divorced when he was ten.[7][8][9] He is the oldest of seven siblings.[10] His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, Swedish, Irish, and Panamanian.[11][12]

Renner graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto in 1989.[5] He attended Modesto Junior College, where he studied computer science and criminology, before he took a drama class as an elective and decided to pursue acting.[5][13]


Early work

Renner's film debut came in 1995 when he played an underachieving student in the cult favorite National Lampoon's Senior Trip.[14] Although the film was critically panned, he went on to guest star on two television shows, Deadly Games and Strange Luck and had a minor role in the television movie, A Friend's Betrayal as the friend of Brian Austin Green's character. Over the next few years, Renner had guest roles in Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane (1999), The Net (1999), The Time of Your Life (1999) and Angel (2000).[15] Renner also had a small role on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2001. In between acting roles, Renner worked as a makeup artist to make ends meet.[16]

Early success: 2002–2008

In 2002, Renner had a starring role in the film Dahmer playing serial-killer Jeffrey Dahmer. He found the role a challenge to cope with after he had finished shooting after seeing how easily Dahmer took advantage of his victims.[17] His performance was well received, and he gained a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male. He also appeared in Pink's 2003 music video for her song "Trouble" as a Bad Boy Sheriff.[18] Renner went on to appear in S.W.A.T.[19] as the former police partner of Colin Farrell's character in 2003 and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things[20] in 2004.

Renner at the Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters premiere in 2013

In 2005, Renner starred with Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker in A Little Trip to Heaven,[21] with roles in North Country and 12 and Holding. He next starred as a neo-Nazi skinhead who is admitted into a psychiatric hospital in Neo Ned opposite Gabrielle Union. The film won all of the awards it was nominated for at festivals, including the Palm Beach International Film Festival Award for Best Actor. Renner also had a small (though uncredited) role in skateboard film Lords of Dogtown as the manager of Emile Hirsch's character. In 2006 he starred with Ginnifer Goodwin in Love Comes to the Executioner.

Renner had supporting roles in 2007 in the critically acclaimed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as Wood Hite, the cousin of outlaw Jesse James portrayed by Brad Pitt, and as Sergeant Doyle in 28 Weeks Later.[22] He appeared alongside Minnie Driver in Take and guest starred as a patient in an episode of House as a reckless rock musician. Renner had a role in the pilot of The Oaks[23] but the series was not picked up.[24]

Breakthrough: 2009–present

After starring with Dallas Roberts in the comedy-drama Ingenious and starring in the short-lived television series The Unusuals, Renner went on to achieve critical success for his portrayal of bomb disposal expert, Sergeant William James in the 2009 Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker (directed by Kathryn Bigelow). The role earned him several awards in the Best Actor category and his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor[25] as well a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.[26]

In 2010, Renner's performance in Ben Affleck's The Town alongside Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Slaine and Michael Yebba garnered him rave reviews and his second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.[27] He also gained his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor[28] and his second Screen Actors Guild nomination.[29] The Hollywood Reporter named Renner as one of the young male actors who are "pushing – or being pushed" into taking over Hollywood as the new "A-List".[30]

In 2011, Renner had an uncredited cameo appearance as Hawkeye in Thor for familiarity with his character for The Avengers, which was released in May 2012.[31] In December 2011,[32] he starred alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, as William Brandt, a new addition to Ethan Hunt's team.

In 2012, Renner starred as Hawkeye in the Marvel film, The Avengers.[33][34] The same year, he also starred in the fourth film in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, which was written and directed by Tony Gilroy.[35] Renner played a new lead character, Aaron Cross, in place of Jason Bourne, who was played by Matt Damon in the first three films. Renner has expressed interest in doing a Bourne film with Damon in the future, stating that "[it] would be kick-ass. I love Matt".[36]

Renner at The Bourne Legacy premiere in Sydney, Australia

Renner starred in the action horror film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (released in January 2013), in which he and Gemma Arterton played Hansel and Gretel, respectively. The 3-D film was set 15 years after Hansel and Gretel killed the witch who kidnapped them.[37]

Renner was also featured in the ensemble cast of David O. Russell's dramedy American Hustle based on the controversial FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The film, which was released in December 2013, also starred Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence in principal roles. The film earned much critical acclaim, including the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In October 2014, Renner starred as journalist Gary Webb in the Focus Features movie Kill the Messenger based on Webb's book Dark Alliance. Renner also co-produced the film.[38] In December 2014, Crackle aired The Throwaways, a film for which he served as executive producer.[39]

In 2015, Renner reprised his role as Hawkeye in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to The Avengers.[40] He returned to the Mission: Impossible franchise in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, released in July 2015.[41] In 2016, Renner will star in the sci-fi film Arrival, opposite his American Hustle co-star Amy Adams, and played Hawkeye again in Captain America: Civil War.[42]

In spring 2016, History announced their new historical drama, Knightfall, executive produced by Renner who is expected to guest star. It will premiere in late 2016.[43]


As well as acting, Renner is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and drummer. Early in his acting career, he performed in the Sons of Ben. For the soundtrack of North Country he performed "I Drink Alone". In the 2006 films Love Comes to the Executioner and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Renner performed the songs "American Pie" and "Good Ole Rebel". He also appeared in music videos for "Trouble" by P!nk and "Scenes on Sunset" by Brother Sal.

Personal life

Renner married Canadian model Sonni Pacheco on January 13, 2014.[44][45][46] Renner and Pacheco have a daughter, Ava Berlin (born March 28, 2013).[47][48] On December 30, 2014, Pacheco filed for divorce from Renner, citing irreconcilable differences.[49] They share custody of their daughter.[50]

Renner also runs a house-renovating business with his best friend and fellow actor, Kristoffer Winters.[14][51] In addition to acting, he studied Arnis (Filipino martial arts) and Muay Thai martial arts, mainly as preparation for his roles in the Mission Impossible and Avengers franchises.[4][52]

Renner is a supporter of the San Francisco 49ers.[53] He narrated the NFL Network documentary series The Timeline episode "A Tale of Two Cities", which chronicles the history of the team's notable rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys,[54] and the introductory video for the grand opening of Levi's Stadium.[55]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Dags
1996 Paper Dragons Uncredited
2001 Fish in a Barrel Remy
2002 Dahmer Jeffrey Dahmer
2002 Monkey Love Dil
2003 S.W.A.T. Brian Gamble
2004 Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, TheThe Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Emerson
2005 Little Trip to Heaven, AA Little Trip to Heaven Fred
2005 North Country Bobby Sharp
2005 12 and Holding Gus Maitland
2005 Neo Ned Ned
2005 Lords of Dogtown Jay Adams Manager Uncredited
2006 Love Comes to the Executioner Chick Prigusivac
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Wood Hite
2007 28 Weeks Later Sergeant Doyle
2007 Take Saul
2008 Hurt Locker, TheThe Hurt Locker Sergeant First Class William James
2009 Ingenious Sam aka "Lightbulb"
2010 Town, TheThe Town James "Jem" Coughlin
2011 Thor Clint Barton / Hawkeye Uncredited cameo
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol William Brandt
2012 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Clint Barton / Hawkeye
2012 The Bourne Legacy Aaron Cross / Kenneth J. Kitsom
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Hansel
2013 The Immigrant Orlando the Magician
2013 American Hustle Carmine Polito
2014 Kill the Messenger Gary Webb Also producer
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Clint Barton / Hawkeye
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation William Brandt
2016 Captain America: Civil War Clint Barton / Hawkeye
2016 Arrival Ian Donnelly
2017 Wind River Cory Lambert


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Deadly Games Tod Episode: "Boss"
1996 Strange Luck Jojo Picard Episode: "Blinded by the Son"
1996 Friend's Betrayal, AA Friend's Betrayal Simon TV movie
1997 Nightmare Come True, AA Nightmare Come True Steven Zarn TV movie
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane Jack Pilot episode
1999 Net, TheThe Net Ted Nida Episode: "Chem Lab"
1999 Time of Your Life Taylor Episode: "The Time the Truth Was Told"
2000 Angel Penn Episode: "Somnambulist"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Roger Jennings Episode: "Alter Boys"
2002 It Factor, TheThe It Factor Himself
2007 House Jimmy Quidd Episode: "Games"
2008 Oaks, TheThe Oaks Dan Pilot episode
2009 Unusuals, TheThe Unusuals Detective Jason Walsh 10 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Sergeant First Class William James (voice) Episode "Fool's Goldfinger"
2012 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Jeremy Renner/Maroon 5"[56]
2014 The World Wars Narrator
2014 Soccer Aid Himself
2014 Louie Jeff Davis Episode: "In the Woods"
2016 The Grand Tour Himself Amazon Prime / Amazon Video

Awards and nominations



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