Academy Award winning actor Jared Leto has had a bountiful career in the film industry with several career defining roles attached to his name that prove his worth as one of the most distinguished actors in the cutthroat business that the film industry is. Born on December 26, 1971, Leto hardly looks his forty three years of age and still very much the teenage heartthrob as he was in the mid 1990s when he was portraying Jordan Catalano in My So Called Life. His foray into film began with How to Make an American Quilt in 1995 and critically acclaimed roles in Prefontaine, Fight Club, American Psycho and Requiem for a Dream followed in the latter half of the decade.
Leto is from Bossier City, Louisiana where he lived with his mother, her parents and elder brother Shannon Leto, drummer for Thirty Seconds to Mars, the rock band that Leto currently fronts. While a teenager, he dropped out of high school but later graduated nonetheless and went on to study art at the Corcoran College of Art and Design from where he eventually dropped out during his junior year to focus more on acting. Besides, his fame and success in the film and music industry, the blue eyed actor also gets wild attention in the media because of his personal relationships. Leto, who dated actress Cameron Diaz for four years, has been linked to 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o. But the actress cleared up the rumors in an interview. Leto and Diaz were engaged for a short time in 2000.
Leto starred as Jordan Catalano, alongside Claire Danes, in the short lived ABC drama series My So Called Life in the early 90s. The teen series ran for only a season but has been critically acclaimed by the audience. He made his film debut with How to Make an American Quilt in 1995. He portrayed Steve Prefontaine in the biographic movie Prefontaine in 1997. His following performances in Urban Legend, The Thin Red Line, Black and White and Girl, Interrupted were equally, if not more, praiseworthy. During this time, Leto co-founded Thirty Seconds to Mars with Shannon Leto on drums and guitarist Tomo Milicevic. The band released their eponymously titled debut album in 2002. David Fincher directed him in the critically acclaimed Fight Club in 1999. In 2000, he starred in American Psycho and Requiem for a Dream both of which are important works of his career. 2002’s Panic Room also further cemented his reputation in the industry. Thirty Seconds to Mars’ A Beautiful Lie was released in 2005 and led the band to a world tour. He immersed himself in character to portray Mark David Chapman in the critically acclaimed biopic Chapter 27. In 2009, he starred as Nemo Nobody in Jaco Van Dormael’s syfy Mr. Nobody. As a director, he debuted with 2012’s Artifact at the Toronto International Film Festival. A year later he went on to produce his band’s album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. His first film role since 2009 was in Dallas Buyers Club in 2013 in which he portrayed a HIV positive transgender woman alongside fellow AIDS victim, portrayed by Matthew McConaughey. The role was awarded with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Leto will be portraying Joker in the upcoming movie, Suicide Squad, in 2016.
Leto has been associated with various charities like The Nature Conservancy, Habit for Humanity, Aid Still Required, J/P Haitian Relief Organization and since February 2015 has been serving as World Wide Fund for Nature’s global ambassador.
Jared Leto has been extremely versatile in his acting roles. Several of his performances have been critically acclaimed and have defined his long running career in the film industry.