Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner

Renner in 2012, image via kathclick/

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’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/Lillie Mae Scheflen/Sheflen/Schleflen). Ruth was born in New Jersey. John was the son of John Simpson and Annie/Anne F. Rough. Lillian was born in Pennsylvania, to German parents, Sebastian Schoepflin/Sheflen/Scheflen and Anna Marie/Mary Poinzar/Ponser/Poncer/Ponsar.

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, Jr. and Eliza Anne/Ann 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/Eleanore 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-grandfather Frank appears to have his “race” described as “Panama” in one record. 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.

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.

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

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

Genealogies of Jeremy Renner –

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/Eleanore 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/Eleanore (Hawkins) Warnock –

44 Responses

  1. bleachsoda says:

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

    • cwm85 says:

      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 says:


        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

  2. neiltennant says:

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

  3. marjanel says:

    Panamian like American is not an ethnicity.

  4. The King says:

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

  5. The King says:

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

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