Born on January 7, 1971 in Modesto, California, Jeremy Renner is an actor who catapulted to fame with his role in the 1995 comedy National Lampoon’s Senior Trip.
Renner began his acting career in theater, 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.
Eventually, Renner landed roles on the small screen, including the serial killer and vampire Penn on Angel. He further rose to prominence with his characters in several independent films. His portrayal of real-life cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the 2002 indie flick Dahmer earned him critical acclaim, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead.
In 2007, Renner was seen in three different features, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, directed by Andrew Dominik, 28 Weeks Later, the highly anticipated sequel to 28 Days Later, and Take, opposite Minnie Driver.
Renner also took time to pursue a music career, writing and recording his own take on contemporary rock after performing in some of his films’ soundtracks and scenes. Not turning his back on independent films, he was nominated for a second Spirit Award, this time for the 2008 drama The Hurt Locker.
In 2009, Renner was cast in the crime series The Unusuals.