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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner has made a career of captivating audiences with his dark, anti-hero characters. His acting resume includes roles as a serial killer, a gun-toting alcoholic, and a crooked best friend in his as Best Supporting Actor nominated role in "The Town," about a family of bank robbers living in Boston.

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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Jeremy Renner

Family Life

Jeremy Lee Renner was born in Modesto, California on January 7, 1971. The eldest of four siblings, Renner graduated from Beyer High School and attended Modesto Junior College. Before deciding to explore the world of theatre, Jeremy studied computer science, psychology, and criminology.

Paying His Dues

In 1995, Renner made his feature debut as a misfit in the slapstick comedy franchise, "National Lampoon's Senior Trip."

Notable Film

Renner earned his first Independent Spirit Award Best Actor nomination for his role as serial killer Jeffery Dahmer in the 2002 film, "Dahmer."

Commercially Viable

In 2003, Jeremy experienced mainstream success in "S.W.A.T.," starring Colin Farrell.

Best Actor Award

Jeremy won the Best Actor award at Florida's Palm Beach International Film Festival for his role as a misguided Neo-Nazi who falls in love with a black woman in "Neo Ned."

Director's Eye

Director Kathryn Bigelow cast the actor in his role as Sergeant First Class William James in the "Hurt Locker" after watching his performance in "Dahmer."

Renner is Sharp

Renner played Bobby Sharp in 2005's "North Country," a dramatic film account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the U.S. The fictional film starred Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand.

Out West

In "The Assassination of Jesse James," Jeremy was able to showcase his flair for singing in his role as Wood Hite.

Jeremy Sings on 'The View'

In addition to acting, Renner is musically gifted. Jeremy performed on "The View" and sang his original song titled "The World."

Love

In Kyle Bergersen's 2006 dark comedy, "Love Comes to the Executioner," Jeremy portrays Chick Prigusivac, who is on death row.

Renner's First Academy Nod

Jeremy earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in 2008's "The Hurt Locker."

From Big Screen to TV

Renner starred as Detective Walsh in the comedy-drama series "The Unusuals," which premiered on ABC in 2009. The show focused on the sinister, secretive side in the world of New York City police detectives.

Second Academy Nomination

In Ben Affleck's critically acclaimed film, "The Town," Renner's work as James Coughlin earned him his second nod from the Academy as Best Supporting Actor.

Multiple Award Nominations

"The Town" has garnered Renner nominations as Best Supporting Actor at the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes.

Upcoming Projects

Paying homage to comic book incarnations, Jeremy announced he would make a cameo appearance as Hawkeye in "Thor," following up with a role in "The Avengers," scheduled for a May 2012 release.

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