Jeremy Renner

American actor, producer, and musician

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Jeremy Renner
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Renner at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Jeremy Lee Renner

(1971-01-07) January 7, 1971 (age 50)
EducationFred C. Beyer High School
Alma materModesto Junior College
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active1995–present
Sonni Pacheco
(m. 2014; div. 2015)
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Jeremy Lee Renner[1] (born January 7, 1971)[2] is an American actor. He began his career by appearing in independent films such as Dahmer (2002) and Neo Ned (2005). Renner earned supporting roles in bigger films, such as S.W.A.T. (2003) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). Renner was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Hurt Locker (2008) and for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Town (2010).

Renner played Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Black Widow (2021) in an uncredited voice cameo; with a further appearance scheduled in the upcoming Disney+ show Hawkeye, to be released in late 2021. He also appeared in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), American Hustle (2013), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), and Arrival (2016).

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.[3][4][5] His parents married as teenagers and divorced when he was ten.[6][7][8] He is the oldest of seven siblings; the youngest of which was born in 2011, making him a new big brother at 40 years old.[9] His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, Swedish, Irish and Panamanian.[10]

Renner graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto in 1989.[4] 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.[4][11]


Early work

Renner made his film debut as an underachieving student in the 1995 comedy National Lampoon's Senior Trip.[12] 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).[13] Renner had a small role in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2001. Renner worked as a makeup artist during this period to help make ends meet.[14]

Early success: 2002–2008

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 murdered seventeen victims.[15] 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.[16] Renner went on to appear in S.W.A.T.[17] as the former police partner of Colin Farrell's character in 2003 and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things in 2004.[18]

In 2005, Renner starred with Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker in A Little Trip to Heaven,[19] 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.

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.[20] He starred with 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[21] but the series was not picked up.[22]


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[23] as well a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.[24]

Renner at The Bourne Legacy premiere in Sydney, Australia

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.[25] He also gained his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor[26] and his second Screen Actors Guild nomination.[27] 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".[28]

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.[29][30][31] 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.[32] 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".[33]

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

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.[34] 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 he served as executive producer.[35]

In 2015, Renner reprised his role as Hawkeye in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to The Avengers.[36] He returned to the Mission: Impossible franchise in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, released in July 2015.[37] 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.[38] Renner is a producer of the 2016 film The Founder starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the man who turned McDonald's into one of the world's largest restaurant chains.[39] In 2015, his production company The Combine signed a deal with PalmStar Media.[40]

In 2016, History announced their historical drama Knightfall, executive produced by Renner, who is expected to guest star.[41] In 2017, while working on the film Tag (2018), Renner fractured his right elbow and his left wrist.[42] He also appeared in the film Wind River with his MCU co-star Elizabeth Olsen.[43]

Renner filmed scenes as Hawkeye for Avengers: Infinity War[44] and Avengers: Endgame,[45] but ultimately did not appear in the former.[46] Because of resulting scheduling conflicts, he was unable to reprise the role of William Brandt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018).[47] In July 2018, Jeremy Renner was announced to play Twitch Williams in Todd McFarlane's Spawn reboot.[48]


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)".[49]

He released his first extended play, "The Medicine" in March 2020.

Jeremy Renner Official mobile app

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.[50]

FastCompany wrote extensively about Renner's app in April 2019, calling it "a surprising new kind of social media".[51] Discussing the self-referential nature of the app, The Ringer stated "Jeremy Renner's Jeremy Renner app is the Jeremy Renner of apps."[52]

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.[53][54][55][56][57]

Personal life

Renner married Canadian model Sonni Pacheco on January 13, 2014.[58] Renner and Pacheco have a daughter, Ava Berlin (born March 28, 2013).[59] On December 30, 2014, Pacheco filed for divorce from Renner, citing irreconcilable differences.[60] They share custody of their daughter.[61] Pacheco and their daughter make cameo appearances in the film American Hustle in which Renner plays Carmine Polito, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey.

Renner lives in Washoe County, Nevada.[62][63][64] He has a house-renovating business with his best friend and fellow actor, Kristoffer Winters.[12][65] He has studied Arnis and Muay Thai martial arts as preparation for his roles in the Mission: Impossible and Avengers franchises.[3][7]

Renner is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.[66] 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,[67] and the introductory video for the grand opening of Levi's Stadium.[68]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Mark "Dags" D'Agastino
1996 Paper Dragons Jack
2001 Fish in a Barrel Remy
2002 Dahmer Jeffrey Dahmer
Monkey Love Dil
2003 S.W.A.T. Brian Gamble
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
Neo Ned Ned
Lords of Dogtown Jay Adams Manager Uncredited[citation needed]
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
Take Saul
2008 The Hurt Locker Sergeant First Class William James
2009 Ingenious Sam aka Lightbulb
2010 The Town James "Jem" Coughlin
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol William Brandt
Thor Clint Barton / Hawkeye Uncredited cameo[69]
2012 The Avengers
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
Arrival Ian Donnelly
2017 Wind River Cory Lambert
The House Tommy Papouli Cameo
2018 Tag Jerry Pierce
2019 Arctic Dogs Swifty Voice role
Avengers: Endgame Clint Barton / Hawkeye
2021 Black Widow Voice; Uncredited cameo
Back Home Again Lieutenant Timber Voice role


Year Title Role Notes
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
2000 Angel Penn 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"[70]
2014 The World Wars Narrator (voice) Miniseries, 3 episodes
Louie Jeff Davis 1 episode
2021 What If...? Clint Barton / Hawkeye (voice) 3 episodes
Mayor of Kingstown Mike McClusky Main role, upcoming series
Hawkeye Clint Barton / Hawkeye Main role, upcoming miniseries


Extended plays (EPs)

  • The Medicine (2020)
  • Live For Now (2020)


  • "Main Attraction" (2019)

Awards and nominations


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