Jeremy Lee Renner
January 7, 1971
Modesto, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Modesto Junior College|
(m. 2014; div. 2015)
Jeremy Lee Renner (born January 7, 1971) is an American actor. He began his career by appearing in independent films such as Dahmer (2002) and Neo Ned (2005), then supporting roles in bigger films, such as S.W.A.T. (2003) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). Renner gained Academy Award nominations for Best Actor for his performance as a soldier in The Hurt Locker (2009) and for Best Supporting Actor for playing a hot-headed robber in The Town (2010).
Renner has played Clint Barton / Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including in The Avengers (2012) and in the Disney+ miniseries Hawkeye (2021). He also appeared in the action films Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015); and the dramas American Hustle (2013), Arrival (2016), and Wind River (2017). Since 2021, he has starred in the Paramount+ crime thriller series Mayor of Kingstown.
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. His parents married as teenagers and divorced when he was ten. He is the oldest of seven siblings, the youngest of whom was born in 2011. He is of Irish and German descent.
Renner graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto in 1989. 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.
Renner made his film debut as an underachieving student in the 1995 comedy National Lampoon's Senior Trip. 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 film A Friend's Betrayal as the friend of Paul Hewitt (Brian Austin Green). 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). In 2001 Renner had a small role in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Renner worked as a makeup artist during this period to help make ends meet.
In 2002, Renner starred in Dahmer as the eponymous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. He found the non-fiction role a challenge to cope with after he had finished shooting the film, knowing that Dahmer had murdered seventeen victims. 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. Renner went on to appear in S.W.A.T. as the former police partner of Colin Farrell's character in 2003 and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things in 2004.
In 2005, Renner starred with Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker in A Little Trip to Heaven, 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 with Gabrielle Union. The film won awards at multiple film 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.
In 2007 Renner had supporting roles 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. He starred with Minnie Driver in Take and guest-starred as a patient (a reckless rock musician) in an episode of House. Renner had a role in the pilot of The Oaks, but the series was not picked up.
After starring with Dallas Roberts in the comedy-drama Ingenious and starring in the short-lived television series The Unusuals, Renner portrayed U.S. Army bomb disposal expert Sergeant First Class 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 as well a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
In 2010, Renner's performance in Ben Affleck's The Town alongside Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Slaine and Michael Yebba received extremely positive reviews and earned Renner's second Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. He also gained his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor and his second Screen Actors Guild nomination. 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".
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. 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. 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".
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. 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 film Kill the Messenger, based on Webb's book Dark Alliance. Renner also co-produced the film. In December 2014, Crackle aired The Throwaways, a film for which Renner served as executive producer.
In 2015, Renner reprised his role as Hawkeye in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to The Avengers. He returned to the Mission: Impossible franchise in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, released in July 2015. In 2016, Renner played Hawkeye again in the summer blockbuster film Captain America: Civil War, and starred with Amy Adams in the sci-fi film Arrival. Renner is a producer of the 2016 film The Founder starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc. In 2015, his production company The Combine signed a deal with PalmStar Media.
In 2016, Renner was an executive producer on History's historical drama Knightfall. In 2017, while working on the film Tag (2018), Renner fractured his right elbow and his left wrist. He also appeared in the film Wind River with his MCU co-star Elizabeth Olsen.
Renner filmed scenes as Hawkeye for Avengers: Infinity War (2018) but ultimately did not appear in the film, with his scenes instead moved to Avengers: Endgame (2019), where he had a starring role. Because of scheduling conflicts resulting from the filming of Infinity War and Endgame, he was unable to reprise his role as William Brandt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018). In July 2018, Renner was announced to play Twitch Williams in Todd McFarlane's Spawn reboot. He reprised his role as Hawkeye in the eponymous 2021 Disney+ series. In the same year, Renner starred in the Paramount+ series Mayor of Kingstown, which was renewed for a second season set to broadcast in 2023.
Renner is also a singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and drummer. Early in his acting career, he performed in the Sons of Ben. He has performed songs on several film soundtracks: "I Drink Alone" for North Country, "American Pie" for Love Comes to the Executioner, and "Good Ole Rebel" for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He also appeared in music videos for "Trouble" by P!nk and "Scenes on Sunset" by Brother Sal. He was featured in Sam Feldt's 2018 single, "Heaven (Don't Have a Name)".
He released his first extended play, The Medicine, in March 2020.
Main article: Jeremy Renner Official
Renner released a mobile app called "Jeremy Renner" (Android) and "Jeremy Renner Official" (iOS) in March 2017. The app was created by Escapex, a company that specializes in monetized apps for celebrities. Fast Company wrote extensively about Renner's app in April 2019, calling it "a surprising new kind of social media".
The community developed to include memes, selfies, and a "Happy Rennsday" event on Wednesdays. As early as October 2017, there were claims of censorship, bullying, and "contest-rigging". In September 2019, comedian Stefan Heck publicized his discovery of the fact that replies through the app appear as if they were sent by Renner himself in push notifications. After several users abused this feature, Renner asked Escapex to shut down the app.
Renner married Canadian model Sonni Pacheco on January 13, 2014. Renner and Pacheco have a daughter. On December 30, 2014, Pacheco filed for divorce from Renner, citing irreconcilable differences. They share custody of their daughter. Pacheco and their daughter made cameo appearances in the film American Hustle.
Since 2014, Renner has lived in Washoe County, Nevada, near Nevada State Route 431 and the Mount Rose ski resort. He has a house-renovating business with his best friend and fellow actor, Kristoffer Winters. He has studied Arnis and Muay Thai martial arts as preparation for his roles in the Mission: Impossible and Avengers franchises.
Renner is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers. He narrated the NFL Network documentary series The Timeline episode "A Tale of Two Cities", which chronicles the history of the team's rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys, and the introductory video for the grand opening of Levi's Stadium.
On January 1, 2023, Renner was hospitalized after an accident in which he suffered blunt chest trauma and 30 broken bones from being hit and run over by his snowplow at home.The snowplow was an extremely large snowcat weighing 14,330 pounds (6,500 kg). Renner was flown by helicopter to Renown Regional Medical Center (the region's only trauma center). Renner underwent surgery and remained in the intensive care unit in critical condition. By January 17, Renner was released from the hospital and had returned home to continue his recovery. Doctors who treated him said that Renner's physicality and health likely helped him survive the accident, and added that ten weeks after the accident, Renner was beginning to regain enough strength to walk with a cane.
|1995||National Lampoon's Senior Trip||Mark "Dags" D'Agastino|
|2001||Fish in a Barrel||Remy|
|2004||The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things||Emerson|
|2005||A Little Trip to Heaven||Fred|
|North Country||Bobby Sharp|
|12 and Holding||Gus Maitland|
|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|
|28 Weeks Later||Sergeant Doyle|
|2008||The Hurt Locker||Sergeant First Class William James|
|2010||The Town||James "Jem" Coughlin|
|2011||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||William Brandt|
|Thor||Clint Barton / Hawkeye||Uncredited cameo|
|The Bourne Legacy||Aaron Cross / Kenneth J. Kitsom|
|2013||Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters||Hansel|
|The Immigrant||Orlando the Magician|
|American Hustle||Carmine Polito|
|2014||Kill the Messenger||Gary Webb||Also producer|
|2015||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||William Brandt|
|Avengers: Age of Ultron||Clint Barton / Hawkeye|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War|
|2017||Wind River||Cory Lambert|
|The House||Tommy Papouli||Cameo|
|2019||Arctic Dogs||Swifty||Lead voice role|
|Avengers: Endgame||Clint Barton / Hawkeye|
|2021||Black Widow||Voice; uncredited cameo|
|Back Home Again||Lieutenant Timber||Voice|
|2022||Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery||Himself||Uncredited likeness only|
|1995||Deadly Games||Tod||1 episode|
|1996||Strange Luck||Jojo Picard||1 episode|
|A Friend's Betrayal||Simon||Television film|
|1997||A Nightmare Come True||Steven Zarn||Television film|
|1998||To Have & to Hold||Ted Fury||1 episode|
|1999||The Net||Ted Nida||1 episode|
|Time of Your Life||Taylor||1 episode|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Roger Jennings||1 episode|
|2003||The It Factor||Himself||Reality television series|
|2007||House||Jimmy Quidd||1 episode|
|2009||The Unusuals||Detective Jason Walsh||Main role, 10 episodes|
|2011||Robot Chicken||Sergeant First Class William James (voice)||1 episode|
|2012||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Jeremy Renner/Maroon 5"|
|2014||The World Wars||Narrator (voice)||Miniseries, 3 episodes|
|Louie||Jeff Davis||1 episode|
|2021||What If...?||Clint Barton / Hawkeye||Voice; 3 episodes|
|Hawkeye||Main role; miniseries, 6 episodes|
|2021–present||Mayor of Kingstown||Mike McClusky||Main role|
|2023||Rennervations||Himself||Miniseries, 4 episodes|
Extended plays (EPs)
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Jeremy Renner
actor Jeremy Renner in 1971 (age 48)
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