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Jeremy Lee Renner is an American actor, musician, and film producer. Over the course of more than 20 years, Jeremy has established himself as one of Hollywood's most versatile actors.
Jeremy was born on January 7, 1971 in Modesto, California. While attending Modesto Junior College, he took a drama class, where he developed a passion for acting. Shortly thereafter, Jeremy decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film.
In 1995, Jeremy made his feature film debut in the cult favorite National Lampoon's Senior Trip. This was followed by guest appearances on the shows Deadly Games and Strange Luck. He also had a minor role in the TV film A Friend's Betrayal. In 1998, Jeremy starred in and co-directed a play entitled "Search and Destroy." Director Barry Levinson was so impressed by Jeremy's work that he financed the play's run.
Over the next few years, Jeremy appeared on several other television shows, including Zoe, Duncan, Jack, and Jane (1999), The Net (1999), The Time of Your Life (1999), Angel (2000), and CSI (2001). It was on the set of Angel that Jeremy met Joss Whedon, his future director on The Avengers.
Between 2001 and 2008, Jeremy starred or co-starred in many independent films. The most notable was Dahmer, the 2002 biopic of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Soon afterward, in 2003, Jeremy appeared in the mainstream film S.W.A.T., alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell.
Jeremy starred or co-starred in nine films over the next half-decade, including the critically acclaimed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, in which he played Wood Hite, and Neo Ned, in which he played a neo-nazi skinhead. For his role in Neo Ned, Jeremy received the Palm Beach International Film Festival award for best actor. He also appeared in 28 Weeks Later, the highly-anticipated sequel to 28 Days Later.
In 2007, Kathryn Bigelow, impressed by Jeremy's work in Dahmer, cast him as the self-assured leader of a bomb-disposal unit in The Hurt Locker. This marked the turning point in Jeremy's career. This critically-acclaimed film, released in 2009, earned Jeremy several acting awards, as well as his first Academy Award nomination. The film itself also won many awards, including the 2010 Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year. This recognition, combined with his second Academy Award nomination the following year (for The Town), cemented Jeremy's status as one of the best up-and-coming actors.
Following the success of The Hurt Locker, Jeremy was cast in several major studio films, including Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Bourne Legacy, and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. In 2011, Jeremy joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Hawkeye, the world's greatest marksman. Jeremy's first appearance as Hawkeye was a cameo in Thor. This was followed by The Avengers, the highest-grossing film of 2012 and the fourth-highest grossing film of all time, The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, and Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Also in 2015, Jeremy reprised his role as William Brandt in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.
Other films in which Jeremy has appeared include the critically acclaimed David O. Russell film American Hustle, in which he portrayed Carmine Polito, James Gray's The Immigrant, in which he portrayed Orlando the Magician, and Kill the Messenger, in which he portrayed journalist Gary Webb. Most recently, he has appeared in the critically acclaimed Arrival, in which he portrayed physicist Ian Donnelly. Upcoming projects include Wind River, in which he will costar with Elizabeth Olsen, and the third and fourth installments of the Avengers franchise, in which he will once again reprise his role as Hawkeye. Also upcoming is the comedy Tag, as well as Jeremy's first animated film, Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, in which he will voice the main character Swifty the arctic fox.
In 2011, Jeremy and his partner Don Handfield formed their own production company, The Combine. Kill the Messenger was the first film produced by the company. Additional titles produced by The Combine include the Crackle original film The Throwaways, The Founder, a biopic of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, and Knightfall, a History Channel series about the Knights Templar. The Combine is also publishing a series of graphic novels entitled The Rift.
In addition to acting and producing, Jeremy is also a singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and drummer. He has performed in several of his films, including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, North Country, and Love Comes to the Executioner. Jeremy also runs a successful house-renovating business in Los Angeles with his friend Kristoffer Winters.
Over the years, Jeremy has become involved with several humanitarian campaigns and causes. These include TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), UNMAS (United Nations Mine Action Service), and Got Your 6, which aims to assist servicemen and women as they readjust to civilian life. Jeremy also supports the BVLGARI Save the Children campaign, with its goal of saving the lives of 50,000 infants and women in impoverished countries around the world. Further, Jeremy took part in the "Demand a Plan" PSA to help eliminate gun violence in the United States, and has participated in the "Stand up to Cancer" telethon. He is also a supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America, and WildAid.