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Two-time Academy Award nominee JEREMY RENNER (Mayor Carmine Polito) starred in the 2010 Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Winner of six Academy Awards and inspired by true events, The Hurt Locker is the story of a bomb disposal team in Baghdad that has volunteered for one of the world's most dangerous jobs. 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 received Best Actor nominations from the 2008 BAFTA Awards and Independent Spirit Awards For The Hurt Locker, Renner also garnered nominations for Breakthrough Actor and Best Ensemble Performance at the Gotham Awards, nominations for Leading Actor and Best Ensemble from the SAG Awards, and of course, a nomination as Best Actor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The following year, Renner was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Town, directed by Ben Affleck for Warner Bros. Renner was also honored with Supporting Actor nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes.

In December 2011, Renner co-starred opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird for Paramount Pictures. In the spring of 2012, Renner starred as Hawkeye in Joss Whedon's The Avengers, the third-highest-grossing film in history. The actor next starred in The Bourne Legacy, a new installment of the popular Bourne franchise, and followed that up with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, a bona fide global hit which earned $220 million dollars.

Upcoming for Renner is Nightingale with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix for director James Gray and The Weinstein Company.

He and partner Don Handfield have formed The Combine, a production company that will be creating, developing and producing high-quality, character-driven content for mainstream audiences.

In 2007, Renner was seen in three features: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford for Warner Bros, directed by Andrew Dominik; 28 Weeks Later, the 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).

Other film credits included the independent film Neo Ned, which 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 the Best Actor Award went to Renner. 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.

Renner also starred in Warner Bros.' North Country opposite Charlize Theron, in A Little Trip to Heaven opposite Julia Stiles, and in The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, Love Comes to the Executioner, Lords of Dogtown for director Catherine Hardwicke, and in S.W.A.T. opposite Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson for Columbia Pictures.

The role that initially put Renner on the map was his portrayal of Jeffrey Dahmer in the indie hit Dahmer, which earned the actor an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

With a background in theater, Renner starred in and also co-directed Search and Destroy, which was produced by Barry Levinson and received stellar reviews.


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