Date of Birth: January 7, 1971
Jeremy Renner didn't decide to become an actor until he was in college. He dabbled in various areas, studying science, criminology and computer sciences, but it was while taking an elective in acting that he fell in love with it. From there on he made theater his major and went on to perform onstage professionally before scoring the lead role in New Line Cinema's comedy National Lampoon's Senior Trip (2005).
Over the next five years, Renner booked a variety of guest appearances, telefilms and indie films. In 2000, he began playing the recurring role of Penn, a 17th-century vampire in the hit WB series Angel. In 2001, he won a Feature Film Award from the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival for his work in Fish in a Barrel (2001).
The role that put Renner on the map and that earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination, was his role as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the indie hit Dahmer (2002).
His movie career began to heat up with roles in S.W.A.T.(2003) with Colin Farrell; Neo Ned (2005), for which he won Best Actor at the Palm Beach International Film Festival; North Country (2005), opposite Charlize Theron; and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), playing Jesse James' (Brad Pitt) cousin. In 2010, he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his work in The Hurt Locker. His acting career has only since soared. For instance, he appeared alongside Tom Cruise in the sequel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) and stars as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in the Joss Whedon's blockbuster, The Avengers (2012). He also took over for Matt Damon in the fourth installment of the Bourne film franchise, The Bourne Legacy (2012). In 2013, he starred alongside Gemma Arterton in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
With a background in theater, Renner keeps in "shape" by performing in plays throughout the Los Angeles area. His most memorable was Search and Destroy, which he not only starred in but also co-directed.
Between film and theater, he finds the time to write, record, and perform contemporary rock. Renner has written songs for Warner Chapel Publishing and Universal Publishing.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
The Bourne Legacy
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
The Hurt Locker
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
28 Weeks Later
Love Comes to the Executioner (2006)
A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)
Twelve and Holding (2005)
Lords of Dogtown (2005) (uncredited)
Neo Ned (2005)
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)
Monkey Love (2002)
Fish in a Barrel (2001)
Paper Dragons (1996)
National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995)