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Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

Jeremy Renner is the perfect reason why an actor should never give up, even when things are looking like they are going to be tough for a while. Renner has slaved his way through a career that started way back in 1995 and it has only been the last few years that this talented actor has received the acclaim and popularity that he deserves.

Renner’s love for acting began way back in his college days at Modesto Junior College. While he dabbled in psychology, computer science and criminology, it was the fact that he could show emotional expression in the theater department that led him to concentrate on his acting. Aside from college, he decided to expand his acting range by working at the local Police Academy as an actor as part of the Police training exercises. He then traveled to San Francisco so he could train at the American Conservatory Theater.

On his arrival in Los Angeles in 1993, he headed straight into the theater world when he starred in and co-directed the critically acclaimed “Search And Destroy,” before landing a role in the feature film “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip.” He then appeared in a number of television shows and movies including “Deadly Games,” “Strange Luck,” “A Friend’s Betrayal,” “A Nightmare Come True,” “To Have & Hold,” “Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane,” “The Net,” “Time Of Your Life” and “Angel” before scoring more feature film roles in “Paper Dragons,” “Fish In A Barrel” and “Monkey Love.”

Renner’s career took a huge step forward when in 2002 he played serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in David Jacobson’s “Dahmer” – a role that saw him gain plenty of critically praise. Then in 2003, he gained box office success when he starred alongside good friend Colin Farrell in the action blockbuster “S.W.A.T.”

The success of “S.W.A.T.,” however, didn’t have a huge impact on Renner’s career straight away and soon the actor once again found himself picking up a variety of roles, ranging from voicing a character in the “Catwoman” video game through to appearing in Pink’s video clip for “Trouble.” He did, however, manage to appear in notable films including “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things,” “Lords Of Dogtown,” (with Heath Ledger), “North Country,” (alongside good friend Charlize Theron) zombie flick “28 Weeks Later” and the critically acclaimed “The Assassination Of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” – the latter being a film that saw him get to act amongst an A-List cast including Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.

Then came the film that made Renner a worldwide name right around the world – Kathryn Bigelow’s intense war drama “The Hurt Locker,” which earned him a Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award nomination at the 2010 Oscars. He then backed that up with another performance that saw him earn another Oscar nomination; this time for the Ben Affleck directed “The Town.”

These nominations saw Renner become hot property in Hollywood. Soon he found himself playing comic book character Hawkeye who first appeared in “Thor” and then had a major part in the mega blockbuster hit “The Avengers.” Now considered a true action hero Renner soon found himself acting alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and then with Rachel Weisz in “The Bourne Legacy.” He also starred in the underrated “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.”

Jeremy Renner is very much THE MAN in Hollywood at the moment and the fact that he is one of the stars of three major franchises will ensure that he will be seen on cinema screens for a number of years. Yes, Jeremy Renner really has made it in Hollywood.

Russell Crowe

Soap television shows. Yes, they quite often have some very tragic story-lines, terribly clichéd dialogue and some woeful acting, but believe or not some of the finest actors going around today got their start in the acting world in those dreaded soaps. Let’s have a look at some actors who have soap operas to thank for launching them.

Russell Crowe: It’s hard to imagine that screen strong man Russell Crowe started his career off in a soap opera. The actor, who hails from New Zealand, may have made a name for himself winning an Oscar for playing the tough Maximus in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” but he started his acting career in an Australia soap opera called “Neighbours.” As a television show, “Neighbours” is often joked about, yet has been the starting ground for many a young celebrity including Dean Geyer, Kylie Minogue and even Guy Pearce. The ‘soft’ opening to his career certainly didn’t hold back Crowe who has become a megastar and has performed in many memorable films including “The Insider” and “A Beautiful Mind,” which also earned him Oscar nominations.

Susan Sarandon: There isn’t much that Susan Sarandon has achieved during her acting career. She has appeared in classic films such as “Thelma & Louise” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as receiving a number of Oscar nominations over the years – for films such as “Atlantic City,” “Lorenzo’s Oil” and “The Client.” She even won an Oscar in 1996 for her role in “Dead Man Walking,” but what most people don’t realise is that five years before she made a name for herself in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” she spent a year playing Patrice Kahlman in television soap “A World Apart.”

Chris Hemsworth: These days, movie fans know Aussie actor Chris Hemsworth mainly as “Thor,” the God with the Hammer that has had two feature films of his own as well as appearing in the big action blockbuster “The Avengers.” The last few years has seen Hemsworth appear in a number of big films including “Rush,” the “Star Trek” franchise, “Red Dawn,” “Snow White + The Huntsman” and “The Cabin In The Woods,” but before that Hemsworth was known to Australians as a soap star. He first made a guest appearance in “Neighbours” before starring in the other ‘rival’ soap “Home & Away” for three years.

Liam Hemsworth: Of course, it wouldn’t be right to mention Chris Hemsworth without mentioning his brother Liam who is known right around the world as the quiet and brooding Gale Hawthorne in “The Hunger Games” franchise. Liam also made a name for himself as a soap star in Australia before making his way to Hollywood. In an exact opposite to his brother, Liam started his career with a guest spot in “Home And Away” before landing a semi-regular role in “Neighbours” playing  Josh Taylor. Liam Hemsworth has also made a name for himself in America appearing in “The Expendables 2” and “Paranoia” alongside Harrison Ford.

Josh Duhamel: Many wrongfully believe that modern day big screen star Josh Duhamel got his acting break on television drama “Las Vegas,” where he played intelligent detective Danny McCoy. That theory however is wrong because Duhamel had been on the small screen years earlier than that as he played Leo du Pres in “All My Children” from 1999 to 2002. In only a storyline that only soap operas could get away with, Leo disappeared over a waterfall and his body was never found again. Since those days, Duhamel has made his way onto the big screen and appeared in “Transformers,” “When In Rome” and “Life As We Know It.”

So if you’re a budding young actor and you get cast in a television soap, certainly don’t think that the role on offer is beneath you, because as you can see, so many great big screen actors of today started with a role in the humble television soap.