Jeremy Renner

by follers on October 4, 2012

Jeremy Renner

Birth Name: Jeremy Lee Renner

Place of Birth: Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 7, 1971

Ethnicity: Panamanian/Jamaican [African-Caribbean], German, English, Scottish, Swedish, Irish

Jeremy Renner is an American actor, singer, and producer. He plays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Jeremy has Panamanian, German, English, Scottish, Swedish, and Irish ancestry. His maternal grandmother was born in Panama, with roots in Jamaica, and was of at least part black ancestry. He has a daughter with his former wife, Canadian model Sonni Pacheco. A picture of Jeremy with his mother can be seen here.

Jeremy is a fifth cousin, once removed, of actress Jennifer Lawrence. Jeremy’s four times great-grandparents, Robert Tague and Sarah/Sallie Caplinger, were also Jennifer’s five times great-grandparents.

Jeremy’s paternal grandfather was Oscar H. “Art” Renner (the son of Levi “Lee” Renner and Lucy E.). Oscar was born in New Jersey. Levi was the son of John F. Renner and Cecelia C. Godfrey.

Jeremy’s paternal grandmother was Ruth Ann Simpson (the daughter of John Shapley Simpson and Lillian M. Scheflen/Sheflen/Schleflen). Ruth was born in New Jersey. John was the son of John Simpson and Annie Rough. Lillian was born in Pennsylvania, to German parents, Sebastian Schoepflin/Sheflen and Anna Poinzar.

Jeremy’s maternal grandfather was Elmer Edward Tague (the son of Eldridge/Elbridge/Elmer Albert Tague and Eva Ruth Peterson). Elmer was born in Washington. Eldridge was the son of George Washington Tague and Eliza Anne Cuppy, and had English and Scottish ancestry. Eva was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents, Peter Person Peterson, from Hoerby, Skane, and Amanda Josephina Carlson, from Velinge, Vastergotland Province.

Jeremy’s maternal grandmother was Eleanor Adele Warren, later Warnock (the daughter of Frank Warren and Mavis Eleanor Hawkins). Jeremy’s grandmother Eleanor was born in Colón, Panama, to a father born in either New York City or Panama, and to a mother born in Colón. Jeremy’s great-grandmother Mavis was the daughter of Frederick Hawting/Hawkins and Alrilla, who were from Jamaica. The 1920 U.S. Census taken in Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone lists Mavis and her parents as black. Mavis re-married to Samuel A. Warnock.

Sources: Family history of Jeremy Renner (focusing mostly on his father’s side) –

Jeremy Renner’s and Jennifer Lawrence’s genealogical relation –

Jeremy’s paternal grandfather, Oscar H. Renner, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Jeremy’s paternal grandmother, Ruth Ann Simpson, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jeremy Renner (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Immigration record of likely Jeremy’s maternal great-grandfather, Frank Warren –

Jeremy’s maternal great-grandmother, Mavis Eleanor Hawkins, on the 1920 U.S. Census taken in Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone [Mavis is the tenth person listed] –

Immigration record of Jeremy’s maternal great-grandmother, Mavis Eleanor (Hawkins) Warnock –

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

follers September 11, 2017 at 5:10 pm

I think Will Ferrell can explain Renner’s grandmother’s background better than I can:

ashash September 11, 2017 at 11:06 pm

Jeremy Renner is 1/8th black.

fuzzybear44 September 12, 2017 at 12:15 am

That’s interesting

follers September 12, 2017 at 3:57 am

He’s black.

andrew September 12, 2017 at 4:43 am


It depends how much actual Sub-Sarahan African ancestry there’s in that 1/8

follers September 12, 2017 at 4:56 am

Renner’s great-grandfather Frank Warren was also likely of Panamanian background, and so there’s a very good chance he was black, as well.

andrew September 12, 2017 at 5:11 am

Panama has a sizeable American Indian population too, the world isn’t split between just black or white.

andrew September 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm
follers September 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm

Just because her rootsweb or findagrave page says Eleanor was born in New York, that doesn’t make it. Shouldn’t you know this by now?

andrew September 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Fair enough. But is there a proof that she was born in Panama?

follers September 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm

I think she’s on the U.S., Consular Reports of Births. I’ll be able to access it tomorrow.

andrew September 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm

we’ll wait and see

follers September 11, 2017 at 4:14 pm

Yes, that was my source. Eleanor Adele Warren, born at Colón Hospital, in Colón, Panama, at 7:30AM on March 10, 1926. It lists her father as born in New York City and her mother in Colón. They married October 19, 1925, in Cristobal.

follers September 11, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Mavis and her parents are on the 1920 U.S. Census in Cristobal, Civilians In Canal Zone, Panama Canal Zone. Mavis and her parents are all listed as “B” under “Race”, which I assume means black. Her mother was evidently from Jamaica originally, and possibly her father as well.

andrew September 11, 2017 at 4:53 pm

“B” can mean blanco -> white

follers September 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm

I checked other 1920 Panama censuses, and they list white people as “W”.

Here is the census on, with the family’s section badly photocopied. They’re the family after the first four listings. Both of Mavis’s parents were Jamaican.

andrew September 11, 2017 at 5:27 pm

If it’s correct, this would make her mother a quadroon, in the one-drop rule sense of the term.

This woman:

You need a lot of generations to wash away the Sub-Sarahan genes. After all, Jeremy Renner looks kinda German.

bablah September 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm


Imagine if Tina Knowles had a child with Mitt Romney.

follers September 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm
andrew September 11, 2017 at 6:15 pm


Craig Romney is Hispanic:

follers September 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

Of course. His grandfather George was born in Mexico.

follers July 13, 2017 at 5:56 pm

Can anyone find anything more on Renner’s maternal grandmother?

andrew July 14, 2017 at 5:36 am

I suppose a Wasp/upper class Spanish mix

andrew December 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm
nokto October 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm

I love his eyes. But I believe panamanian is not an ethnicity, although there are many ethnicities in Panama.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 4:51 am

He’s so fucking ugly. Never hated somebody’s looks so much!!

bleachsoda August 5, 2015 at 5:57 pm

His grandma had to be either mestizo or Amerindian I can see the Indian in him

cwm85 August 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Her surname suggest she was not Spanish, native but ancestry. Last name was warren. Just because she was born in panama does not make her a mestizo or Indian. Mitt Romney’s relatives were from Mexico but none of them were of mestizo or native descent. That’s like saying someone born in Ghana but is of Italian descent. Place of birth does not automatically make you a certain ethnic group or groups.

neiltennant July 14, 2017 at 9:44 am


today i read at least 16 comments about obviously european looking people where this person claimed that she or he has some black or native american

please invite us in europe and see the people i guess you will be in germany and think that most of them have also AMERICAN INDIAN roots haha

neiltennant July 26, 2015 at 6:12 am

bla bla bla
panamians could be white but most of them are related to latinos

marjanel October 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Oh muy god! Latino is not a race and it is really a eurocentric word.Why are you always talking about latinos when do you know anything about them

marjanel January 4, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Panamian like American is not an ethnicity.

follers January 4, 2015 at 9:44 pm

It isn’t an ethnicity, but I’m not sure what his grandmother’s background is exactly. She may have been of Mestizo, Zambo, or Amerindian ancestry.

marjanel October 13, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Then American is an ethnicity?

andrew May 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm
The King February 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

He’s a very good looking man, I have to say.

noneofyourbusiness February 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

Hell no. He’s quite fugly, and his nose is large and strange looking.

fukyou April 19, 2015 at 11:40 am

It’s an opinion, not a dick. Don’t take it so hard.

The King February 6, 2013 at 7:25 am

Correction – his eyes are blue and he has dark blonde hair. :)

ethnic February 7, 2013 at 5:28 am

I agree that he has bluish eyes but I think lightens his hair.

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