Jeremy Lee Renner is an American-born actor, best known for playing superhero Clint Barton/Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

He has also starred in one other franchise: the fourth and fifth Mission Impossible films (Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation).

Renner was born in Modesto, California, to Valerie and Lee Renner. His father ran a local bowling alley, and his parents divorced when he was a young child. He has six younger brothers and sisters, and is of German, English, Irish, Swedish and Scottish heritage.

After graduating from Fred C. Beyer High School in 1989, Renner enrolled in Modesto Junior College, where he majored in criminology and computer science. However, decided to become an actor after taking a drama course there.


Renner’s (born January 7, 1971, Jeremy Renner age: 47) first appearance in a feature film was as a slacker student in the widely criticized 1995 comedy National Lampoon’s Senior Trip. 

After making guest appearances on several television shows (some of which were short-lived) like The Net, The Time of Your Life and Angel — and picking up a second gig as a makeup artist to earn extra money — Renner landed his first major role in the 2002 drama film Dahmer. In it, he played notorious serial killer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 people. Renner earned strong reviews for his performance, and he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

He also appeared in the music video for Pink’s song “Trouble” in 2003.

Renner then went on to play supporting roles in several drama films like A Little Trip to Heaven (2005) alongside Forest Whitaker and Julia Stiles, Take (2007) alongside Minnie Driver — and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, (2007) which co-starred Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. 

Renner also appeared in the 2007 British sci-fi horror flick 28 Weeks Later and in the Charlize Theron-led 2005 drama North Country, which is based on a true story and which was nominated for two Oscars.


Renner rose to superstardom after portraying a U.S. sergeant in the 2009 war drama film The Hurt Locker. The film — directed by Kathryn Bigelow — won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Renner himself was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, a BAFTA and a Screen Actors Guild Award for playing a member of a team that defuses bombs during the Iraq war.

In 2010, Renner starred as a bank robber in the Boston-set crime drama The Town alongside Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively and Rebecca Hall. Renner was praised for his performance and was nominated for his second Academy Award, this time for Supporting Actor, and also received his first Golden Globe nomination for the same category.

Renner then played a CIA analyst/agent alongside Tom Cruise in the fourth Mission Impossible film in 2011: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. 

In 2012, Renner starred in two major blockbuster films: as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in Marvel’s The Avengers and in the fourth Bourne franchise film, The Bourne Legacy alongside Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. 

In 2013, Renner starred in the sci-fi/horror film Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, playing an adult version of Hansel from the classic fairytale. He also had a supporting role in David O. Russell’s comedy-drama American Hustle, which focused on the infamous FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Renner played Carmine Polito, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey in the movie, which also starred Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. 

Renner then played the lead role in the 2014 drama Kill The Messenger, in which he played real-life San Jose-based journalist Gary Webb, who helped expose the story about the CIA’s involvement in importing cocaine into the U.S. to secretly fund the Nicaraguan Contra rebels in the 1980s. Renner also co-produced the movie, which was based on Webb’s book Dark Alliance. He also co-produced the 2016 biographical drama film The Founder, which starred Michael Keaton.

Renner reprised his role as CIA agent William Brandt in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015), and as Hawkeye in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and will also return as Hawkeye in Avengers: Infinity War – Part II in 2019.

More recently, Renner starred alongside Amy Adams and Forest Whitaker in the 2016 sci-fi film Arrival, which was about aliens and was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, and in the 2017 neo-Western thriller Wind River, which saw him re-team with his Avengers: Age of Ultron co-star Elizabeth Olsen. He also had a cameo in the 2017 comedy The House (which starred Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) and also starred alongside Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, Jake Johnson and Hannibal Buress in the 2018 comedy Tag. 


Renner sat down with uInterview for an exclusive interview on his latest film, Wind River, which was released on Aug. 4. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the neo-Western thriller sees Renner as Cory Lambert, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker who teams up with an FBI agent (Olsen) to solve the murder of a young woman who was sexually assaulted on an Indian reservation in Wyoming.

Renner praised Olsen for several reasons. “She’s such a trooper,” he said. “She did a lot of gun training and all of these wonderful things, so I was really impressed with how much dedication and time she spent to make the character really believable. She crossed all our t’s and dotted all our i’s. She was on point.”

He also added that, given that the film mainly revolves around his character and Olsen’s, that the setting was more “intimate” than it was when they collaborated on Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

“I was really attracted to the writing, and the landscape, but also just dealing with loss, unflappability and strength” Renner added about making the film.


In January 2014, Renner married Sonni Pacheco, a Canadian model. The couple filed for divorce less than a year later in December 2014 due to irreconcilable differences. They share a daughter named Ava Berlin Renner, who was born in March, 2013.

He studied martial arts to prepare for his parts in the Mission Impossible and Avengers franchises, as well as his role in The Bourne Legacy. 

Renner is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers. According to genealogists who did research on him, Renner is a fifth cousin of his American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence. 

According to reports, Renner’s net worth is $50 million.


“I live my life through fear. If I’m afraid of it I’ll do it just so I’m not afraid of it anymore.”
“I like repressed characters. That gives me a lot of freedom to make a lot of different choices through subtleties.”
“In the ‘Hurt Locker’ there’s a lot of me in there, a sense of humor, a man of few words and a lot of action.”

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