Jeremy Lee Renner is an American actor, singer-songwriter, film producer, former makeup artist, and musician. He is best known for his roles in The Hurt Locker in which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and for playing Hawkeye in Marvel's The Avengers . He also appeared in commercially successful films such as Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol , The Bourne Legacy , and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters . Throughout the 2000s, Renner appeared largely in independent films such as Dahmer and Neo Ned . He also appeared in supporting roles in bigger films, S.W.A.T. and 28 Weeks Later .