Jared Leto Biography

Jared Leto is a musician cum actor acclaimed for his role in ‘Requiem for a Dream’. This biography of Jared Leto provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Jared Leto
Quick Facts

Birthday: December 26, 1971

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Jared Leto Vegans

Age: 47 Years, 47 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Jared Joseph Leto

Born in: Bossier City

Famous as: American actor

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males


mother: Constance Leto

siblings: Shannon Leto

Ideology: Environmentalists

U.S. State: Louisiana

Notable Alumni: University Of The Arts

Founder/Co-Founder: 30 Seconds to Mars

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education: Flint Hill Preparatory School, Oakton, Newton North High School, Newton, Emerson Preparatory School, Washington DC, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, School of Visual Arts, New York City

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Jared Leto is an actor cum musician who was critically praised for his portrayal of the heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in the film ‘Requiem for a Dream’. He began his acting career in a cameo appearance in the television sitcom ‘Camp Wilder’ before moving on to more substantial roles. A major television breakthrough came in the form of an offer to play Jordan Catalano in the teen drama ‘My So-Called Life’ which ensured that the hitherto little-known actor got noticed. Desiring to further his career he made his entry into Hollywood with the film ‘How to Make an American Quilt’. However, it was his role in ‘Prefontaine’ which earned him critical acclaim as an actor and enabled him to bag leading roles in the future. One of the most challenging roles he has ever played was that of drug addict Harry Goldfarb in ‘Requiem for a Dream’ for which he received rave reviews. Deciding to explore his musical streak, he formed the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars with his brother Shannon Leto and some friends. The band experimented with progressive metal, alternative rock, hard rock, emo, and synthrock in their music. Their lyrics were full of philosophical and spiritual allusions reflecting the style of their idol Pink Floyd.

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Jared Leto
Childhood & Early Life
  • Jared Leto was born in Louisiana and had a difficult childhood. His parents divorced when he was very young and he was brought up by his mother Constance. The family moved frequently in search of better job opportunities for the struggling single mother.
  • He attended Flint Hill School and later went to Emerson Preparatory School from where he graduated in 1989.
  • He first enrolled at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts only to shift to New York City’s School of Visual Arts after realizing his interest in acting.
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  • He moved to Los Angeles in 1992 to pursue his career; he was looking for opportunities in both music and acting. He landed his first role in a cameo in the television show ‘Camp Wilder’ the same year.
  • He played Jordan Catalano in the teen drama television series ‘My So-Called Life’ in 1994-95. His portrayal of the rebellious teen with an undiagnosed learning disability got him noticed.
  • In 1995, he landed a small role in the drama film ‘How to Make an American Quilt’.
  • He played the lead role in the film ‘The Last of the High Kings’ in 1996 which was a coming of age movie based on the experiences of a group of teenagers.
  • He formed a rock band 30 Seconds to Mars in 1998 along with his brother Shannon Leto, and recruited a few instrumentalists to complete the lineup. He served as the lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist for the band.
  • In the 1999 drama film, ‘Girl, Interrupted’ he played the character of Toby Jacobs opposite Winona Ryder. His co-stars in the movie included big names like Angelina Jolie and Brittany Murphy.
  • His first big breakthrough in films came in 2000 when he played drug addict Harry Goldfarb in the drama film ‘Requiem for a Dream’. He was nominated for several awards for this role.
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  • The band '30 Seconds to Mars' released their self-titled debut album in 2002. It was a concept album focusing on human struggles which received very positive reviews from critics.
  • '30 Seconds to Mars' released their second album, ‘A Beautiful Lie’ in 2005. This album considerably differed from its predecessor in its music and lyrics and spawned three hit singles.
  • His portrayal of killer Mark David Chapman in the biographical film ‘Chapter 27’ (2007) which depicted the murder of John Lennon was one of his most famous movie roles. The film attempted to explore the killer’s psyche.
  • He starred in the 2009 science fiction drama film ‘Mr. Nobody’ as Nemo Nobody, the last mortal on the Earth who at the age of 118 narrates the main events in his life.
  • The album ‘This is War’ was released by the band in 2009. It reached No. 18 on the Billboard 200. The band members embarked on an extended worldwide tour to promote the album.
  • The band’s latest album, ‘Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams’ was out in 2013. It was a concept album having four segments, one for each of the themes that make up the album’s name. It peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
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Major Works
  • The actor is well known for his choice of versatile roles and has played a heroin addict, a 118 year old man, and a mentally unstable killer with the same dedication.
  • As a musician he formed the band '30 Seconds to Mars' which has till date released four albums and sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
Awards & Achievements
  • He won the Zurich Film Festival Award for Best Performance for his portrayal of Mark David Chapman in ‘Chapter 27’ in 2007.
  • He was presented the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Award for Best Performance for playing a 118 year old man, Nemo Nobody in the 2009 film ‘Mr.Nobody’.
  • He has also won several MTV Video Music Awards for directing the music videos of the singles featured on the albums released by 30 Seconds to mars.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He is a bachelor who has dated several women but never settled down. He was once in a relationship with actress Cameron Diaz from 1999 to 2003.
  • He is involved with several charities, notably Habitat for Humanity. During times of major natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis, he and his band mates make it a point to raise money and contribute towards relief work.
  • He lost a lot of weight in order to realistically portray a drug addict in one of his films.
  • He is a vegan.
  • He directed a music video under the pseudonym of Bartholomew Cubbins.
  • He has appeared in several television commercials.

1. Fight Club (1999)


2. Requiem for a Dream (2000)


3. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

  (Drama, Biography)

4. Artifact (2012)

  (Music, Documentary)

5. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

  (Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Drama)

6. Mr. Nobody (2009)

  (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance)

7. Lord of War (2005)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller)

8. American Psycho (2000)

  (Drama, Crime)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
2014 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Golden Globe Awards
2014 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2014 Best On-Screen Transformation Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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