The following biography
Jared Joseph Leto (December
26, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He has appeared in films
such as Fight Club; Girl, Interrupted; Panic Room; American Psycho;
Alexander; Requiem for a Dream; Lord of War; and Chapter 27. He is the
lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the popular
American rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. He has directed music videos
under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins (a name borrowed from Dr. Seuss'
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins).
Born Jared Joseph Leto
December 26, 1971 (1971-12-26) (age
Bossier City, Louisiana, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician,
singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, pianist, keyboardist, lyricist, composer,
film director, music producer
Years active 1994–present
Leto was born in Bossier City,
Louisiana. During his childhood, Leto and his family—his mother, Constance, and
his older brother Shannon Leto—moved frequently, living in Louisiana, Wyoming,
Colorado, Virginia, and even Haiti.[dead link][dead link]
After dropping out briefly in the
10th grade, Jared decided to return and focus on his education at Flint Hill
School in Oakton, Virginia. He graduated from the prep school Emerson
Preparatory School, in Washington, DC in 1989. When he finished school, Leto
enrolled at Philadelphia's University of the Arts to pursue his interests in
painting. However, he then transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York
City after developing an interest in acting.
In 1992, Jared Leto moved to Los
Angeles to pursue a career in music, but also accepted some part-time acting
roles. Two years later, he landed a role in the TV show My So-Called Life in
which he played Jordan Catalano, opposite Claire Danes. After the show ended in
1995, Leto acted in several films such as How to Make an American Quilt, Girl,
Interrupted, Urban Legend, The Thin Red Line, Prefontaine and Fight Club.
However, it was his portrayal of
heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream in the
year 2000, that garnered him more critical praise. The same year he portrayed a
misfortuned yuppie colleague of Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman, in Mary
Harron's American Psycho. After that, he returned with David Fincher for Panic
Room, then teamed up with Jake Gyllenhaal in Highway in 2002, then acted
opposite Colin Farrell in Oliver Stone's Alexander, and later with Nicolas Cage
in Lord of War.
Leto was a lacto-ovo vegetarian,
and especially mentioned this in interviews where he talked about his increase
of weight for the film Chapter 27 (starring alongside Lindsay Lohan) in which he
plays John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman. He gained more than 60 pounds
for this role.
He played Nemo Nobody in the film
Mr. Nobody, which was released in 2010.
Main article: 30 Seconds to Mars
Aside from his film career, Jared
Leto is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and sole songwriter of the band 30
Seconds to Mars. He started the band in 1998 with his brother, Shannon Leto, who
is the band's drummer. The band has released three full-length albums: the
eponymous debut 30 Seconds to Mars, 2005's A Beautiful Lie and 2009's This Is
War. They began opening for other bands and started their first headlining tour,
Forever Night Never Day, in March 2006. In May 2007, the band started touring
Europe. In August 2008, Virgin Records filed a $30 million lawsuit against Jared
and 30 Seconds to Mars, claiming the band refused to deliver three albums as
required by its contract. According to the lawsuit, the band "repudiated" a 1999
contract in July. In late April 2009 the lawsuit with EMI was annulled and 30
Seconds To Mars decided to re-sign with Virgin Records. Their third album This
Is War was released on December 8, 2009, while the first single, "Kings and
Queens" premiered Tuesday, October 6, 2009."This is War" was the second single
of the album.
Leto directed the videos for the
songs "The Kill", "From Yesterday" and "Kings and Queens" under the alias of
Bartholomew Cubbins , and "A Beautiful Lie" under the alias of Angakok
For most shows, Leto uses either
one of two custom-made Steve McSwain guitars, a white one called "Pythagoras" or
a black one called "Artemis". The guitars: one a baritone and the other with a
25½" scale length, have the image of a gryphon which he drew for McSwain.
Occasionally he plays a white Gibson SG 61' Reissue as seen in the video for "A
Beautiful Lie". Jared also plays a Gibson Maestro acoustic guitar for acoustic
performances. Jared uses Mesa/Boogie amps, more specifically the Triple
Rectifier model and matches them with Mesa/Boogie speaker cabinets as well.
Leto has cited how the De Havilland
Law from decades ago was instrumental in resolving the band’s contract issues
and how Olivia de Havilland, the Gone With the Wind actress, helped in a
Recently, the band collaborated
with rapper Kanye West on the song Hurricane from their latest album This Is
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See also: 30 Seconds to Mars#Awards
and List of awards and nominations received by 30 Seconds to Mars
Leto got the award for "Prince of
Darkness" at the Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. (Aired October 28, 2006).
Leto received an award for
Breakthrough Crossover Artist given at the 6th Annual Hollywood Life Awards held
in December 2006.
Year Film Role Notes
1992 Camp Wilder Dexter TV Show 2
1993 The Torkelsons/Almost Home
Rick Aiken TV Show 1 episode
1994 My So-Called Life Jordan
Catalano TV show
Cool and the Crazy Michael
1995 How to Make an American Quilt
1996 The Last of the High Kings
Frankie Griffin (Summer Fling)
1997 Prefontaine Steve Prefontaine
Switchback Lane Dixon
1998 Basil Basil
Urban Legend Paul Gardener
The Thin Red Line Second Lieutenant
1999 Black and White Casey
Fight Club Angelface
Girl, Interrupted Tobias "Toby"
2000 American Psycho Paul Allen
Sunset Strip Glen Walker
Requiem for a Dream Harry Goldfarb
2001 Sol Goode Wannabe Rockstar
2002 Panic Room Junior
Highway Jack Hayes
2003 Phone Booth Actor uncredited
2004 Alexander Hephaestion
2005 Lord of War Vitaly Orlov
2006 Lonely Hearts Raymond
2007 Chapter 27 Mark David Chapman
Gained 67 pounds for this role
2010 Mr. Nobody Nemo Nobody
Main article: 30 Seconds to Mars
2002 - 30 Seconds to Mars
2005 - A Beautiful Lie
2009 - This Is War
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7.^ "30 Seconds to Mars".
8.^ August Brown (29 November
2009). "30 Seconds to Mars Soars:The band's legal struggles with EMI-since
resolved with an unlikely Old Hollywood assist-inform its new album, This Is
War". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-30-seconds-to-mars29-2009nov29,0,7437853.story.
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