Jeremy Lee Renner (born January 7, 1971) is an American actor, singer, and film producer. Throughout the 2000s, Renner appeared largely in independent films such as Dahmer (2002) and Neo Ned (2005). He also appeared in supporting roles in bigger films such as S.W.A.T. (2003) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). He then turned in a much-praised performance in The Town (2010), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Renner is best known for his roles in The Hurt Locker (2008) for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and for playing Hawkeye in Thor (2011), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). He also appeared in commercially successful films such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), and American Hustle (2013), and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015). He will reprise his role as Clint Barton / Hawkeye in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
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. His parents married as teenagers and divorced when he was ten. He is the oldest of seven siblings. His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, Swedish, Irish, and Panamanian.
Renner graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto in 1989. He attended Modesto Junior College, where he studied computer science and criminology, before he took a drama class and decided to start acting.
Renner married Canadian model Sonni Pacheco on January 13,2014 Renner and Pacheco have a daughter, Ava Berlin (born March 28, 2013). On December 30 2014, Pacheco filed for divorce from Renner, citing irreconcilable differences. They share custody of their daughter.
Renner also runs a house-renovating business with his best friend and fellow actor, Kristoffer Winters. In addition to acting, he has studied disciplines including world religion, criminology, Arnis (Filipino martial arts), and Muay Thai martial arts.