Graduate, New York School Industrial Arts. Postgraduate, Yale University.
His numerous credits include Bullitt (1968), Monte Walsh (1970), The Goodbye Girl (1977), Coma (1978), The Presidio (1988), Pretty Woman (1990), Backdraft (1991), and Mr. Saturday Night (1992). Born in New York, Brenner is a graduate of the New York School of Industrial Arts and he worked on department store window displays before World World War World War II After the war, he was a graduate student at the Yale Drama School and later taught scenic design, costume design and technical theatre at the University of Kansas City.
After returning to New York in the early 1950s, Brenner worked in theater as an assistant to designer Sam Leve.
He designed live television programs for American Broadcasting Company and Columbia Broadcasting System, as well as television commercials and industrial films. Other television credits are Carolina 54, Where Are You (1961) and The Philosophy Silvers Show (1955).
Brenner repeatedly worked with directors Herbert Ross, Peter Hymas and Gary Marshall. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards in the category Best Art Direction.
With United States Army Air Force, 1943-1946, PTO. Member Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (governor 1991-1994, lifetime member), Society Motion Picture & television Art Directors (president 1986-1987, lifetime member).
Married Margaret Rogers (divorced). Children: Faye Brenner Peake, Mara, David, Rachel. Married Susan Phelps Shonnard, May 4, 1991.