Academy award nominee Jeremy Renner starred in the 2010 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker.” Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the film received six academy awards and was inspired by true events about a team in present-day Baghdad that regularly deals with bomb disposal under the constant danger of sniper fire. In his role as the self-assured Sgt. James, Renner was awarded the Breakthrough Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Festival, the Spotlight Award at the Savannah Film Festival and was nominated as Best Actor at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, as well as garnering a nomination for Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Awards in addition to his nomination for Best Ensemble Performance and, of course a nomination as Best Actor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Renner starred in “The Town” a film directed by Ben Affleck for Warner Bros. The film is an adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel “Prince of Thieves” and centers on a thief (Affleck) and his best friend and member of his gang (Renner) and was released in the fall of 2010.
In 2007, Renner was seen in three different features, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” for Warner Bros. directed by Andrew Dominik. Renner starred alongside Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck playing a key member of James’ gang, Wood Hide; “28 Weeks Later,” the highly anticipated sequel to “28 Days Later,” and, “Take” opposite Minnie Driver.
In 2006, he also starred in the acclaimed independent film “12 and Holding” (Independent Spirit Award Nominee – John Cassavetes Award) demonstrating his dramatic range playing ‘Gus,’ a firefighter who moves to a new town after the haunting loss of a young girl in a fire and who finds a way to heal himself by helping a young girl in his new town cope with her own loss and grief.
Other recent film credits include the independent film “Neo Ned” in which he starred opposite Gabrielle Union. “Neo Ned” was screened at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and swept the feature film category at the 11th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2006. “Neo Ned” was awarded Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Actor went to Jeremy. The film was also awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Best Feature Film Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2006. These awards come after winning the Audience Award at the Slamdance, Sarasota and Ashland film festivals.
In Warner Bros.’ “North Country” Renner starred opposite Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron. A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S., Renner is at the center of the unfolding drama as ‘Bobby Sharp.’ Working with ‘Josie Aimes’ (Theron) at the mine in their hometown, ‘Bobby’ often clashes with the single mother over his view that women shouldn’t work in such a demanding environment. Their disagreements drive the drama, leading ‘Josie’ to file a class action lawsuit against the company.
Renner has been on a fast-paced production schedule the past few years. He has been seen in “A Little Trip to Heaven,” where he again refined his skill for dark troubled characters. Starring opposite Julia Stiles, Renner’s diabolical con man ‘Kelvin’ breaks out of prison to find his partner-in-crime/lover ‘Isold’ (Stiles), murdering her current lover, faking his own death and convincing her to join him in a new scheme. “The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things,” directed by Asia Argento as adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by J.T. Leroy. Columbia Pictures’ “Lords of Dogtown” for helmer Catherine Hardwicke and Aura Entertainment’s independent film “Love Comes to the Executioner,” written and directed by Kyle Bergersen.
He also co-starred in the summer 2003 hit “S.W.A.T.” opposite Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson for Columbia Pictures.
The one role that put Renner on the map and that earned the actor an Independent Spirit Award nomination, was his role as ‘Jeffrey Dahmer’ in the indie hit “Dahmer.”
Renner recently starred opposite Tom Cruise in Mission : Impossible- Ghost Protocol for Paramount Pictures, which released in December 2011.
With a background in theater, Renner starred in but also co-directed, “Search and Destroy,” which was produced by Barry Levinson and received stellar reviews. Daily Variety said, “Renner is excellent as a low-keyed sociopath,” while L.A. Weekly boasted “...dapper, would be wise guy, Renner is terrific in finding eccentric comedy...expertly executed.”
Between film and theater, he finds the time to write, record, and perform his own music brand of contemporary rock. Renner has written songs for Warner Chapel Publishing and Universal Publishing.