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JEREMY RENNER (Jem) earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for his work in Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar®-winning Best Picture "The Hurt Locker.” For his performance as the courageous bomb squad leader, Sergeant William James, Renner was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®, BAFTA Award, Independent Spirit Award and Critics' Choice Award, all in the category of Best Actor. In addition, he won a number of critics groups' Best Actor honors, including the Boston, Chicago, and National Society of Film Critics Awards, as well as the Hollywood Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and National Board of Review Awards for Breakthrough Performance. Along with his castmates from "The Hurt Locker,” Renner was also recognized with a SAG Award® nomination and a Gotham Award for Best Ensemble.

Upcoming for Renner are starring roles in two highly anticipated projects. He will play Hawkeye in the ensemble superhero actioner "The Avengers,” which brings the Marvel Comics characters to the screen under the direction of Joss Whedon. Renner will also star with Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible 4,” to be directed by Brad Bird.

Renner first gained attention for his chilling portrayal of a serial killer in the 2002 biopic "Dahmer,” for which he earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor. He went on to co-star with Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson in the actioner "S.W.A.T.” He then starred in the independent features "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things,” and the acclaimed "Neo Ned,” which debuted at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and also swept the major feature film awards at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, including Best Actor for Renner. Renner also appeared in the 2005 releases "Lords of Dogstown,” directed by Catherine Hardwicke; "12 and Holding”; and Niki Caro's true-life drama "North Country,” opposite Charlize Theron.

His subsequent film credits include "A Little Trip to Heaven,” with Julia Stiles; "Love Comes to the Executioner”; the horror sequel "28 Weeks Later”; the crime drama "Take,” opposite Minnie Driver; and Andrew Dominik's acclaimed Western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” with Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.

On stage, Renner directed and starred in the play "Search and Destroy,” which was produced by Barry Levinson and played to stellar reviews. He has also been seen on television, including a series role in "The Unusuals.”

Apart from his acting work, Renner also writes, records and performs his own contemporary rock music, and has written songs for Warner Chapel Publishing and Universal Publishing.

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