Jeremy Renner | Career in pictures
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Jeremy Renner: Career in pictures

Jeremy Renner | Career in pictures
Modesto native Jeremy Renner dabbled in a diverse area of studies, including criminology, computer science and psychology, before the acting bug finally bit him. He studied the art at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre before moving to Los Angeles.  (Kirk McKoy /Los Angeles Times)
‘Dahmer’ | 2002
After working the acting circuit through commercials and supporting roles in TV and film, Renner made a name for himself when he portrayed a deeply complex, dark serial killer in the drama “Dahmer.” Critics noticed. Plus, Renner earned an Independent Spirit Award nod.  (Peninsula Films)
‘S.W.A.T.’ | 2003
In his first commercially successful film, Renner played a former S.W.A.T. member turned mercenary, alongside A-list actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. Renner’s role catapulted him to fame among a mainstream audience.  (Merrick Morton / Columbia Pictures )
‘Neo Ned’ | 2005
Renner landed a leading role in the romantic drama “Neo Ned.” He played an institutionalized white supremacist in love with an African American woman, played by Gabrielle Union, pictured. His portrayal earned him the Palm Beach International Film Festival’s best actor award. (Sharon Cavanagh / Kismet Entertainment Group )
‘North County’ | 2005
In the drama “North County,” a fictionalized story of the first successful sexual harassment case in America, Renner played a supporting role alongside actors Woody Harrelson, pictured, and Charlize Theron. Renner took on several supporting roles on the big screen shortly after this one.  (Richard Foreman)
‘The Hurt Locker’ | 2008
When celebrated director Kathryn Bigelow looked to cast her lead, Sgt. 1st Class William James, in the war thriller “The Hurt Locker,” she immediately thought of Renner -- and she got what she wanted. His memorable role in “Dahmer” (2002) stayed with her.  (Summit Entertainment)
‘The Hurt Locker’ wins a best picture Oscar | 2010
Renner’s performance in “The Hurt Locker” earned him a lead actor Oscar nod. The war thriller also took home the best picture Oscar. Director Kathryn Bigelow, bottom left, congratulates her cast members, from left, Renner, Brian Geraghty and Anthony Mackie.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
‘The Town’ | 2010
In the bank heist-thriller “The Town,” co-written and directed by Ben Affleck, Renner portrayed a dark yet loyal criminal alongside actors, from left, Slaine, Ben Affleck and Owen Burke. Renner’s performance earned him a supporting actor Oscar nod.  (Warner Bros.)
‘Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol’ | 2011
Cementing his status in commercially successful films, Renner took on a supporting role in the adventure thriller “Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol” alongside Paul Patton, pictured, and Tom Cruise. The movie became the highest-grossing “Mission: Impossible” film.  (David James / Paramount)
‘The Avengers’ | 2012
Taking the sci-fi genre for a spin, Renner played a role in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers,” with a team of actors including Scarlett Johansson, pictured, as well as Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans.  (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel)
‘The Bourne Legacy’ | 2012
With Rachel Weisz, Renner starred in the fourth installment of the hugely popular espionage franchise “The Bourne Legacy.” Critics praised Renner’s performance.  (Mary Cybulski / Universal Pictures )
‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ | 2013
Working side by side with Gemma Arteron as Gretel in the action fantasy film “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” Renner portrayed her partner, Hansel. The pair became bounty hunters in charge of finding and killing witches across the globe.  (David Appleby / Paramount Pictures )
‘The Immigrant’ | 2013
In the romantic drama “The Immigrant,” Renner plays a magician who tries to protect a newly arrived immigrant (Marion Cotillard) so desperate to survive she becomes a prostitute. The film was nominated for the highest award, the Palme d’Or, at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  ( Anne Joyce / Wild Bunch )
‘American Hustle’ | 2013
In David O. Russell’s much-buzzed-about con-artist drama “American Hustle,” Renner portrayed the troubled Mayor Carmine Polito. An all-star cast including Jennifer Lawrence, far left, and Christian Bale, second from right also starred in the flashy film.  (Francois Duhamel / Columbia Pictures )
‘Kill the Messenger’ | 2014
Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, Renner takes on the title role as the scribe who becomes the target of a malicious campaign after revealing the CIA’s role in arming contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California.  (Chuck Zlotnick / Focus Features)