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“I’m very lucky. I could have pretty easily been driving a forklift.” A singer, actor, producer and movie star, Jeremy Renner (1971-) is equally at home in an indie drama or the biggest movies of all time. A Californian, studying criminology, psychology and computer science, drama was as an elective in college. After a role-play as a domestic disturbance perpetrator as part of a police-training exercise for $50 he dropped out and decided to pursue acting seriously studying in San Francisco. On stage, directing, in commercials, making his film debut in “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip” and then television, playing serial killer Jeffrey “Dahmer” brought him great acclaim. Six years later after some small roles in big productions and more indie fare he was remembered by Kathryn Bigelow and cast in his Oscar nominated turn as a bomb disposal expert in “The Hurt Locker.” Affleck’s much praised “The Town” brought another Oscar nomination a year later. Within another year he joined three major franchises. As Hawkeye in Marvel’s “Thor” as an introduction to “The Avengers”, Cruise’s much welcomes return to “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” and replacing Damon in “The Bourne Legacy” as Aaron Cross with credibility. Internationally “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” was a solid hit. In between three more Marvel blockbusters, more of stretch were the fine “American Hustle”, the superb “Arrival” with Adams and the fine indie “Wind River.” Playing often flawed and complicated characters in big and smaller projects, he would make even driving a forklift a deeper, more meaningful and most likely a scene stealing moment.