Jeremy Renner spent much of his career working in independent movies, until his star glowed brighter at the turn of the century. Since then, he’s been on a hot streak, landing major roles in Hollywood Blockbusters and proving himself a dependable clutch performer. Check out these highlights from the long-running filmography of Jeremy Renner.
10. The Town
Character: James Coughlin
This 2010 crime thriller has Renner playing the best friend and brother-from-another-mother to Ben Affleck‘s Doug MacRay. They’re badasses when the time comes to rob some shit.
Character: Jeffrey Dahmer
Famed homosexual cannibal and Wisconsin serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is brought to life by Renner in this 2002 film.
Character: Ian Donnelly
Renner partners with Amy Adams to investigate gigantic spaceships landing around the world in this modern sci-fi classic from 2016.
7. Marvel Cinematic Universe
Character: Hawkeye/Clint Barton
Hawkeye/Clint kills Black Widow (Scarlett Johnansen) in Avengers: Endgame….spoiler alert…
6. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
This classic Brothers Grimm tale was updated in 2013 with Renner and Gemma Arterton as the titular characters. And they won’t be as easy to bake and eat as you remember in the fairy tale.
Character: Jerry Pierce
Renner joins Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, and Hannibal Buress in a game of tag that drags out into adulthood and the real world. This 2018 comedy is actually based on a true story, making it that much more fun to watch.
4. Kill the Messenger
Character: Gary Webb
Renner plays real-life journalist Gary Webb, the California journalist who broke the story about the Iran Contra scandal of the 1990s, in this 2014 film. Long story short, the CIA helped smuggle cocaine into the U.S., where it’s responsible for creating the crack epidemic that ravages poor, mostly minority communities.
3. Mission: Impossible Franchise
Renner joins Tom Cruise and the gang for two movies in the franchise about IMF agent Ethan Hunt.
2. 28 Weeks Later
Renner is a Delta Force sniper helping guard a post-apocalytpic safe zone in London from rampaging zombies in this 2007 horror sequel.
1. The Hurt Locker
Character: Staff Sergeant William James
This 2008 war drama cemented Renner in the minds of moviegoers. He plays a U.S. Army soldier working for the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) unit in Iraq with a maverick attitude. I don’t know that bomb disposal is something I’d want to improvise at, but hey, to each his own.