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Jeremy Renner

Renner at MJC Institute Days and Performing and Media Arts Center Grand Opening, January 2009
Born Jeremy Lee Renner
January 7, 1971 (1971-01-07) (age 39)
Modesto, California, USA
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1995–present
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Jeremy Lee Renner (born January 7, 1971) is an American actor and musician. Renner appeared in films throughout the 2000s, mostly in supporting roles. He gave critically acclaimed performances in Dahmer (2002) and Neo Ned (2005). Renner gained fame and recognition for his starring performance in the 2009 war thriller The Hurt Locker, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.


Early life

Renner was born in Modesto, California, the eldest of five children, to Valerie Cearley and Lee Renner.[1] He graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School and attended Modesto Junior College.[2]


In 2003, Renner was one of the actors who appeared in the Bravo reality television series The It Factor.

Renner has made a career out of playing charismatic anti-heroes. He has portrayed an eighteenth-century vampire, a gun-toting alcoholic, and a notorious serial killer, among other film roles. In addition to having done extensive theater work, Renner has starred in several major independent films, including the 2009 Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker (directed by Kathryn Bigelow) which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He received several other major award nominations for Best Actor for this role, and won that award from the San Diego Film Critics Society.

He portrayed serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Dahmer (2002), which earned Renner his first Independent Spirit Award Best Actor nomination. He has also played supporting roles in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and 28 Weeks Later. In 2005 he won the Best Actor award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival for his role in Neo Ned.

In 2010, Renner will appear in Ben Affleck's The Town and will shoot for The Raven, which is scheduled for release in 2011.[3] Renner was in talks with Marvel Entertainment about potentially playing the character Hawkeye in a movie series based on The Avengers but has since explained that it was pure conjecture and no truth to him actually doing it.[4]




Year Film Role Notes
1995 Senior Trip Dags
1996 Paper Dragons
2001 Fish in a Barrel Remy
2002 Dahmer Jeffrey Dahmer Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
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
Twelve and Holding Gus Maitland
Neo Ned Ned Palm Beach International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
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 Sgt. Doyle
Take Saul
2008 The Hurt Locker Sergeant First Class William James Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2010 The Town Jem Coughlin
2011 The Raven[3]

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