Celebrity Then And Now
Jeremy Renner
Name: Jeremy Renner
Birthdate: January 7, 1971
Famous Years: 2008-Present
Currently Known For: Upcoming Avengers Film
Networth: $50 MillionFamous For: The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy, Mission Impossible Series
Jeremy Renner
Name Jeremy Renner
Birthdate January 7, 1971
Famous Years 2008-Present
Currently Known For Upcoming Avengers Film
Networth $50 Million
Famous For The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy, Mission Impossible Series

Even if Jeremy Renner wasn’t part of “Avengers: Infinity War”, he’s still been a major part of the film series that has grossed billions of dollars around the world. Even if he weren’t in another “Avengers” film for the rest of his career, Renner still has a fine body of work in Hollywood that he can fall back on.

Renner was born on January 7, 1971 in Modesto, California with a large family where he has six younger siblings. Renner didn’t come from a wealthy background, and lived a modest life as a teenager in Modesto where he graduated high school in the late 1980s. After high school, Renner went to the local junior college where he took an acting class on a whim, and decided that he wanted to make a career out of it.

Renner’s professional acting career would begin in 1995 when he appeared in the low budget National Lampoon movie “Senior Trip”, and an episode of the show “Deadly Games”. When talking about his first film role, Renner says that “The only thing that was tough was I was getting really frustrated because I just felt like I never got my chance at the plate (with larger budget films).”

After “Senior Trip”, Renner would appear in the film “Paper Dragons”, though he would spend the rest of the decade on television. Most of his appearances were one-episode roles, and it was in 2002 that Renner would finally get his big break when he played the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in the movie “Dahmer”.

Renner’s film career would begin to take off as a result, as he had bigger roles in films such as “S.W.A.T.”, “North Country” and “28 Weeks Later”. Renner would round out the first decade of the new millennium with a TV series, “The Unusuals”, that lasted for just one season and roles in “The Hurt Locker” and “Ingenious.”

Though the 2000s weren’t exactly hard on Renner, the 2010s would prove to be more lucrative. Along with Ben Affleck, Renner starred in the thriller “The Town” that became a success, and followed it up with “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.”

Even if there were other superheroes such as The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor that got their own standalone movies, there were still more members of The Avengers than just those four. There were still two more members of The Avengers that filled out the original roster, and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character had been debuted in “Iron Man 2.”

The final piece of the puzzle was Clint Barton, otherwise known as Hawkeye. Renner was cast as Hawkeye leading up to the “Thor” film in 2011, and the character was introduced briefly in a cameo where he had just a couple of lines. The role would expand greatly as he became a major part of the 2012 film “The Avengers.”

Renner would come back to the Hawkeye role in the film’s sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and then again in “Captain America: Civil War”. However, in the massive blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018, Hawkeye (along with Ant-Man) were noticeably absent. Hawkeye is reported to make his return in the 2019 sequel, so fans of Renner’s character just have to be a bit patient to see him back in action.

He doesn’t want to give any spoilers for Hawkeye’s future, though. “It’s difficult, because you want to speak about the movie but you can’t,” he said. “There’s a lot of superheroes in (The Avengers). It’s gonna be big and it’s gonna be awesome, but I can’t really talk about the movie.” What we do know, though, is that there have been rumors about Hawkeye perhaps getting his own movie with Scarlett Johansson’s character.

Becoming Hawkeye would help to establish Renner as a recognizable star that could take on a lead role. As a result, he had a big first few years following the success of “The Avengers” when he took over the lead role from Matt Damon in “The Bourne Legacy”, following it up with “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” and “American Hustle.”

Renner would return to the “Mission: Impossible” series in 2015’s “Rogue Nation”, and has since starred in “Arrival”, “The House” and “Tag”. When he’s not starring on screen, Renner is usually watching over his daughter Ava who was born in 2013. His daughter came from his relationship with Canadian model Sonni Pacheco before their 2014 marriage that would end by the conclusion of the calendar year.

Renner is slated to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Hawkeye once again, and is also part of the film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad” with the likes of James Franco and Alec Baldwin. The 47 year old’s massive success may have only come in the past decade or so, but he’s had a fine overall career and is still slated for big things down the road. For now, though, “Being a father is number one. That’s what keeps me focused, and not worrying about whether movies may or may not come my way,” he says.