->''"I need to react to a script, to feel strongly about it in some way. And I need it to be a complex character for sure. And also, I think a lot about what kind of audience there is for the film, what they're looking for and ways to connect with them in the playing of a character."''

Jeremy Lee "Renni" Renner (born 1971) is an American actor known for his role in Creator/JossWhedon's ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' as ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}. He also starred in ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' and ''MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' as [[TheAtoner William Brandt]], as Aaron Cross in ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' and as Sergeant First Class William James in ''Film/TheHurtLocker''.

Renner first became interested in acting through an exercise at a local police academy, which gave him the opportunity to role-play a domestic disturbance perpetrator as part of a police-training exercise for an easy $50.

In addition to his work as an actor, Renner continues to cultivate a lifelong love of music. A singer, songwriter, and musician, he performed with the band Sons of Ben early in his career. Scenes in ''Love Comes to the Executioner'', ''North Country'', and ''The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford'' briefly showcase Renner's singing talents.
!!His notable roles include:

* ''{{Series/Angel}}'' (TV series, episode "Somnambulist", 2000): Penn "The Pope"
* ''Dahmer'' (2002): [[SerialKiller Jeffrey Dahmer]]
* ''Film/{{SWAT}}'' (2003): Brian Gamble
* ''Film/NorthCountry'': (2005): Bobby Sharp
* ''Love Comes to the Executioner'' (2006): Chick Prigusivac
* ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater:'' (2007): Doyle
* ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' (2007): Wood Hite
* ''Film/TheHurtLocker'' (2009): Sergeant First Class William James -- Academy Award nomination for Best Actor
* ''Film/TheUnusuals'' (2009): Detective Jason Walsh
* ''Film/TheTown'' (2010): James "Jem" Coughlin -- Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
* ''Film/MissionImpossible'' films (2011 -- 2015) as William Brandt:
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' (2011)
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' (2015)
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (2011 -- present) as [[ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} Clint Barton / Hawkeye]]:
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' (2011) [[note]]cameo[[/note]]
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' (2012)
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' (2015)
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' (2016)
* ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' (2012): Aaron Cross
* ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'' (2013): Hansel
* ''Film/AmericanHustle'' (2013): Mayor Carmine Polito
* ''Kill the Messenger'' (2014): Gary Webb
* ''Film/{{Arrival}}'' (2016): Ian Donnelly
* ''Film/WindRiver'' (2017)
* ''Film/{{Tag}}'' (2018)
!! Tropes displayed by Jeremy Renner include:

* AdvertisedExtra: Admitted that while he was happy to have done ''The Avengers'', he felt that Hawkeye was snubbed in screentime. Joss seemed to noticed this, as Hawkeye had a much larger and more important role in ''Avengers: Age of Ultron''.
* TheCameo: Appeared in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' as ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, but was neither named nor credited.
* TheCastShowoff: [[invoked]] Similarly to his fellow Marvel costar Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Renner is also musically talented.
** He once parodied Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" as Hawkeye.
* LoonyFan: Was sadly a victim of this after playing [[SerialKiller Jeffrey Dahmer]] - one fan bit him on his arm, while another kidnapped his pet cat Milo.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Not as much as some in Hollywood but it's still hard to believe the man is his forties, especially since almost all of his roles involve characters that are almost a decade (or more) younger than his actual age. This is accentuated in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'', where he plays a character that is, at the most, in his late twenties.
* RealMenWearPink: Renner is primarily an action star, and has played a lot of roles that reek of testosterone. He started out in showbiz as a make-up artist, and happily hands out make-up advice to co-stars and fans at the drop of a hat.
* TheSouthpaw: Notable in ''Film/{{SWAT}}'' because he wears a vest designed for right-handed shooters.