Jared Leto
American actor and musician
Jared Leto
Jared Joseph Leto is an American actor, director, producer, occasional model and musician. Leto has appeared in both big budget Hollywood films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. He rose to prominence for playing Jordan Catalano in the teenage drama My So-Called Life (1994). He later made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt (1995) and received first notable critical praise for his performance in Prefontaine (1997).
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ASAP Rocky, Tom Hiddleston and Jared Leto Party With Gucci
NYTimes - 5 days
After showing the fall collection, the designer Alessandro Michele hosted the after-party.
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Sorry Internet, But Men Have Been Wearing Chokers For Decades
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The internet had their chokers a little too tightly wound on Tuesday when word spread that Asos offers chokers for men. Just one day later, Matt Lauer got some attention on the “Today” show for trying one on: What a time. pic.twitter.com/ygKf8AiJ70 — Maura Brannigan (@maura_brannigan) January 4, 2017 But we cannot sit idly by a second longer without calling attention to the fact that a) everyone should wear whatever they want, whenever they want and b) men have been wearing chokers for decades. It is in that spirit that we present to you some of our favorite men-in-choker moments, in no particular order, because they are all equally epic, gosh darn it.   Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano in “My So-Called Life”  OK, we lied. This one is our favorite. Jordan Catalano forever.  Mick Jagger Waiting to see a replica of this one on the internet in 3..2.. David Bowie Just one of Bowie’s many iconic fashion moments.  Lenny Kravitz Before th ...
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An All-Female DC Villains Movie Starring Margot Robbie Is Actually Happening
Huffington Post - 3 months
We can all agree that Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn was just about the only thing that worked in “Suicide Squad,” right? Amid the hordes of blob people, deafening music cues and a Joker we’ll never forgive Jared Leto for, Robbie shined, perfecting Quinn’s manic laugh, tough-as-nails personality and seriously skewed sense of right and wrong.  DC also apparently took notice, because Robbie is set to re-team with “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer for an all-female DC villains movie titled “Gotham City Sirens,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Inspired by the Sirens comic book series starring Quinn alongside other classic Gotham City baddies like Catwoman and Poison Ivy, the film will reportedly feature the “top female villains from the DC stable.” Ayer will direct and produce the film, while Robbie will star and executive produce. Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who penned the screenplays for the upcoming “Tomb Raider” movie and “Sherlock Holmes 3,” is set to write the script ...
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Top 10 Celebrity Body Transformations of All Time
Huffington Post - 5 months
Be it Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media platform, we all are guilty of following our favorite celebrities. From their clothes to their hair and even partners, we stalk them daily because we want to know more (or even all) about them. Apart from all these, one thing we enjoy most is seeing how they transform their bodies. It is not just about the gain or loss of weight, some celebrities have completely changed the way they look for different reasons. Here is a list of the top 10 celebrities with the most insane body transformations of all time: 1. Caitlyn Jenner No one has made a bigger body transformation than Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner). The 67-year old former Olympian said goodbye to being a man and made history with the most bizarre gender transformation ever. Caitlyn made her debut, by posing for Vanity Fair and had everyone's attention. After this, the star came with her own show "I am Cait" (which has been cancelled) showing peo ...
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How Much Would You Pay for Andy Warhol’s Panties?
Huffington Post - 5 months
This article originally appeared on artnet News. That Andy Warhol committed a portrait of Mickey Mouse onto a pair of panties is just one of the many gems that Antiques Roadshow has afforded us over the years; and according to the production’s appraisers, the panties can fetch up to six figures. In 1982, the artist picked up the “dime-store” drawers at the now defunct Lamston retailer in New York City’s Union Square neighborhood. He then gifted the specially designed intimates to Titti, the socialite daughter of then Swedish ambassador, Wilhelm Wachtmeister. “In the 1950s, his style as a commercial illustrator, both artistic and personal, was seen as particularly suited to women’s merchandise,” artnet News’ own Warhol biographer, Blake Gopnik, explains. “He once did illustrations for the publicity for a women’s menstrual pad by Modess. He was always interested in crossing over between male and female culture ― even as an art student, he did a self-portrait of himself as a gi ...
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Jared Leto boards Andy Warhol biopic in lead role
Yahoo News - 5 months
The "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Suicide Squad" actor has added another film to his upcoming slate, having agreed to play pop art icon Andy Warhol in an upcoming biographical film.
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Jeffrey Tambor Challenges Hollywood To Give Transgender Actors More Roles
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Kaley Cuoco Attempts To Go Full Method With 'Big Bang Theory' Haircut
Huffington Post - 6 months
For some actors, the only way to own a role is to undergo a total physical, mental and emotional transformation. Leonardo DiCaprio ate raw liver and slept in animal carcasses for “The Revenant.” Jared Leto watched hours of violent crime footage and sent his co-stars grotesque gifts to channel The Joker in “Suicide Squad.”  For Kaley Cuoco, chopping off a few inches of her hair and dying it a slightly darker shade of blond is enough to become her “Big Bang Theory” character, Penny. The actress, who recently began filming Season 10 with the rest of the cast, posted a photo of her “transformation” on Instagram.   “Sending mad  and props to @faye.woods for bringing my cut and colour back to its ‘Penny’ roots,” Cuoco said.  Sending mad and props to @faye.woods for bringing my cut and colour back to its 'Penny' roots #nofilter A photo posted by @normancook on Aug 12, 2016 at 12:20pm PDT See if you notice any differences between her “new look” and t ...
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Jared Leto Is Just As Disappointed With 'Suicide Squad' As The Rest Of Us
Forbes - 7 months
Being the Joker isn't all smiles and laughs.
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Who Cares If The Joker Is Barely In 'Suicide Squad'? Now He's Got His Own Music Video
Huffington Post - 7 months
In case you’ve been living in a media-proof bunker:  A) “Suicide Squad” opened on Friday B) The critics hated it C) It still did really well at the box office and D) The Joker was hardly in the movie.  The caped crusader’s arch-nemesis barely racks up 15 minutes of screen time, according to Variety. He disappears halfway through the movie, only to pop up in the final scene.  So it’s fitting that this great injustice has been course-corrected with the music video for “Purple Lamborghini,” one of the tracks off the film’s far better reviewed soundtrack.  In the video dropped on Friday, Jared Leto’s Joker appears alongside rapper Rick Ross in a song helmed by Skrillex, as they wreak havoc in Gotham City. The trio convene in a club tailor-made for the supervillain ― knives everywhere, masked men, scantily-clad women ― before taking in the city’s sights by boat and, of course, a cavalcade of tricked out vehicles.  Ross and Leto, who admitted his downgraded role took him aback, ...
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WATCH: Jared Leto Says There Are Fewer Opportunities for Gay Actors
ABC News - 7 months
"The View" co-hosts talk about how sexuality can affect fans' perception of actors.
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The ultimate Joker showdown: Will Jared Leto be greater than Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson?
LATimes - 7 months
This is no laughing matter. With the theatrical release of "Suicide Squad" fast approaching, there has been much buzz about Jared Leto's performance as the infamous Batman foe, the Joker. There is even talk that his performance is the best interpretation of the maniacal villain yet.  With such...
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Jared Leto: Gay Actors Don't Get The Same Chances As Straight Ones
Huffington Post - 7 months
From “American Psycho” to “The Dallas Buyers Club,” Jared Leto has received great acclaim for his unconventional taste in movie roles. Unfortunately, the Oscar winner doesn’t think an openly gay actor would have the same opportunity to take those chances.  Leto, 44, told GQ Style that he still thinks an actor’s sexuality directly impacts his or her chances of Hollywood success, even though he wishes it were different.  “I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s offensive or not, but that’s my thought right now. It shouldn’t be that way.” The “Suicide Squad” star went on to note that he believed that an openly gay actor’s opportunities in Hollywood are about the same as they are for any other minority group.  “I think that this is still a very conservative business,” he told GQ Style.  Leto has been more open to exploring sexuality and gender identity on the big screen when c ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jared Leto
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    In September 2016, it was announced that Leto would play Andy Warhol in a biopic written by Terence Winter and produced by Michael De Luca.
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    In August 2016, Leto has expressed interest in reprising his role as the Joker in future DC Extended Universe instalments, including Ben Affleck's Batman solo film.
    More Details Hide Details Later that month, Leto was cast in the untitled Blade Runner sequel.
    In April 2016, it was announced that Leto would appear in the 2017 film The Outsider, directed by Martin Zandvliet.
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    In 2016, he played the DC Comics supervillain Joker in the DC Extended Universe film Suicide Squad.
    More Details Hide Details Leto's performance as a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club (2013) earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor. Leto is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health. He is also known to be selective about his film roles. Leto is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and main songwriter for Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band he formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, with his older brother Shannon Leto. Their debut album, 30 Seconds to Mars (2002), was released to positive reviews but only to limited success. The band achieved worldwide fame with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie (2005). Their following releases, This Is War (2009) and Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013), received further critical and commercial success. As of September 2014, the band has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Leto has also directed music videos, including the MTV Video Music Award–winning "The Kill" (2006), "Kings and Queens" (2009), and "Up in the Air" (2013).
  • 2015
    Age 43
    In February 2015, Leto was named a global ambassador for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
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  • 2014
    Age 42
    On September 30, 2014, Leto hosted the event Haiti: The Journey Is the Destination in New York City, benefitting those affected by the 2010 earthquake in the Caribbean country.
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  • 2012
    Age 40
    In May 2012, he expressed support after hearing that Barack Obama had endorsed same-sex marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Leto has been active in several charitable pursuits. He has been volunteering at the charity Art of Elysium, which helps children with serious medical conditions. He has supported the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, a program specializing in type 1 diabetes research and care. In 2006, he created the cover art for the album 97X Green Room: Volume 2, which proceeds from the sales benefited The Nature Conservancy. In June 2008, he joined Habitat for Humanity to work with Thirty Seconds to Mars on a home being repaired and renovated through the Greater Los Angeles Area's "A Brush With Kindness" programme. He also supported Habitat for Humanity in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Leto has supported Aid Still Required, a non-profit corporation committed to bringing attention and humanitarian aid to areas suffering from natural disasters or human crises. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he released a book of photographs taken during his trip to the Caribbean country in 2011, in a bid to raise funds for the earthquake-ravaged country. He has connected with and helped various organizations since arriving there, including J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Leto spent a year in Haiti during his childhood, and returned there in January 2011 to "reconnect" with his former home following the tremor of January 2010.
    In 2012, he chaired a Gen44 event, a campaign set up by Obama to energize voters under 40.
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    In 2012, Leto became an investor in Surf Air, a California-based air service.
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    In 2012, Leto made his directorial debut with the documentary film Artifact.
    More Details Hide Details It chronicles the modern music business as it charts the legal dispute between Thirty Seconds to Mars and record label EMI, after the band tried to exit its contract over a royalties dispute. Artifact was made on a limited budget provided by Leto and personal assistant Emma Ludbrook through the production company Sisyphus Corporation. It premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival where it received the People's Choice Award for Best Documentary. Critics praised the examination of the state of the modern music industry and its focus on the relationship between artists and record companies. The film received a limited theatrical release beginning November 23, 2013, before being released digitally on December 3, 2013. Thirty Seconds to Mars released their fourth album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, in May 2013 through Universal. The album was produced by Leto with previous collaborator Steve Lillywhite. It received generally positive reviews and reached the top ten in more than fifteen countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. Leto filmed the 2013 short film for "Up in the Air" at a now-defunct aerospace manufacturing building in Los Angeles, California. He described it as a "bizarre and hallucinogenic journey through an incredibly surreal landscape." The short film features several artists, including burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, gymnasts McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber, writer Neil Strauss and a number of animals. It garnered several awards, including the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video, and competed at the 2013 Camerimage.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    In 2011, Leto launched the online platform VyRT.
    More Details Hide Details Created as a live video streaming service, it also features social networking and official merchandise. Its idea came from some frustrating experiences Leto faced with Thirty Seconds to Mars in streaming their own live events. In June 2012, VyRT was awarded Best Online Concert Experience at the O Music Awards.
  • 2010
    Age 38
    In 2010, Leto launched The One and Only Golden Tickets, a full service company which operates worldwide and manages exclusive services for concerts, festivals, and events.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, the company was renamed Adventures In Wonderland.
  • 2009
    Age 37
    In October 2009, he raised money to the campaign against California Proposition 8, created by opponents of same-sex marriage to overturn the California Supreme Court decision that had legalized same-sex marriage.
    More Details Hide Details He spoke out in support of LGBT rights group Freedom Action Inclusion Rights (FAIR).
    In 2009, Leto recruited scores of extras and all manner of surrealist street performers for the short film of "Kings and Queens", which features a critical mass movement founded with forward-thinking and eco-conscious intentions, through Los Angeles at night.
    More Details Hide Details The short film premiered on November 9, 2009 at the Montalban Theater in Los Angeles and was positively received. At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, "Kings and Queens" received four nominations, including Video of the Year and Best Direction, and went on to win Best Rock Video. Thirty Seconds to Mars began their Into the Wild Tour in February 2010 and was among the hardest-working touring artists of the year. Leto filmed "Closer to the Edge" (2010), a short film featuring tour footage, fan commentary and pictures of Thirty Seconds to Mars from their youth, during the band's Into the Wild Tour. Critics lauded the simplicity of the video; James Montgomery from MTV wrote, "there's no denying the power of seeing tens of thousands of fans finding a simultaneous salvation, of a crowd of individuals becoming one. It's what rock and roll is supposed to be about, really: inclusion." In December 2011, Thirty Seconds to Mars entered the Guinness World Records for most live shows during a single album cycle, with 300 shows.
    Leto's next film was the 2009 science fiction drama Mr. Nobody, directed by Jaco Van Dormael.
    More Details Hide Details He portrayed the title role of Nemo Nobody, the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. His role required him to play various versions of his character, from 34 to 118 years old, spending six hours daily for the full make-up and adopting the voice of an old-aged man. Mr. Nobody premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. Critical response praised the film's artistry and Leto's performance. Boyd van Hoeij from Variety felt that "his acting talent really comes into full view in his scenes as the last dying man on Earth. Despite too much old-age makeup, Leto nevertheless infuses the character with some real raw emotional power;" while Bruce Kirkland of Toronto Sun claimed that Leto gave "a marvelously full-blooded, brain-spinning, tour-de-force performance."
  • 2008
    Age 36
    In the 2008 presidential election, Leto supported Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    In 2007, Leto starred in the biographical film Chapter 27.
    More Details Hide Details He portrayed Mark David Chapman, a fanatic fan of The Beatles and the murderer of John Lennon. Leto prepared for his role by relying on interviews with Chapman and on audiotapes recorded by a librarian which the actor met during a visit to the inmate's hometown. Leto gained 67 pounds to approximate the killer's physique. The abruptness of his weight gain gave him gout. He was forced to use a wheelchair due to the stress of the sudden increase in weight put on his body. After the shooting of the film, he quickly went on a liquid diet. Chapter 27 premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Despite divided critical opinion on the film as a whole, Leto's performance was widely praised. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly considered his acting "a genuine transformation, as the actor submerges himself in Chapman's couch-potato flab and red-rimmed eyes.... Leto disappears inside this angry, mouth-breathing psycho geek with a conviction that had me hanging on his every delusion."
  • 2006
    Age 34
    In 2006, Leto appeared in the neo-noir crime drama Lonely Hearts, the true story of the notorious "lonely hearts killers" of the 1940s, Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck.
    More Details Hide Details Playing Fernandez, he co-starred with Salma Hayek who played the role Beck. The film received mixed reviews from critics; however, Leto's acting was widely praised; Heather Huntington from Reelz wrote that his "layered performance as the nattily dressing dandy with no remorse is truly impressive." The same year, Leto directed the music video for "The Kill", a song by Thirty Seconds to Mars. At a press release, he stated that an "insanely obnoxious Danish albino" named Bartholomew Cubbins directed the video. He later explained his decision to direct with a pseudonym saying, "I really wanted people to be able to enjoy and experience the video without having any more preconceived notions or distractions, and just to let it be what it was. It wasn't important for me to lay claim to it in that way." Bartholomew Cubbins is a recurring character in the Dr. Seuss universe and one of Leto's favorite characters created by the writer. "The Kill" was inspired by themes of isolation and insanity present in the Stanley Kubrick-directed psychological horror film The Shining (1980). Leto said, "The idea of isolation, identity, and self discovery were all elements present in the song. I thought this light homage was a good starting point and it soon grew to include many more elements outside of Kubrick's original piece." The short film received a largely positive response and numerous accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award.
  • 2004
    Age 32
    Leto's next film was the 2004 biographical film Alexander, directed by Oliver Stone.
    More Details Hide Details He portrayed Hephaestion, the closest friend of Alexander the Great. The film failed in the United States; Stone attributed its poor reception to disapproval of the depiction of Alexander's bisexuality, but it succeeded internationally, with worldwide revenue of US$167 million. The following year, Leto starred together with Nicolas Cage in the political crime thriller Lord of War. He played Vitaly, the younger brother of illegal arms dealer Yuri Orlov. The film was officially endorsed by the human rights group Amnesty International for highlighting the arms trafficking by the international arms industry. It was positively received by movie critics and was a moderate commercial success. It took two years to record Thirty Seconds to Mars' second studio album A Beautiful Lie, with the band traveling to four different continents to accommodate Leto's acting career. A Beautiful Lie was released on August 30, 2005, in the United States. It has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has reached platinum and gold status in several countries, with a sales total of over four million. The band heavily toured in support of the album and played at several major festivals, including Roskilde, Pinkpop, Rock am Ring, and Download.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003, Leto and Cameron Diaz ended their four-year relationship.
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  • 2002
    Age 30
    Leto returned to acting in 2002 with the thriller Panic Room, which marked his second teaming with director David Fincher.
    More Details Hide Details He played the supporting role of Junior, a burglar who terrorizes Jodie Foster. The film was well received by critics and became a financial success, grossing nearly US$200 million worldwide.
    During this period Leto focused increasingly on his music career, working with producers Bob Ezrin and Brian Virtue on his band's debut album 30 Seconds to Mars, which was released on August 27, 2002, in the United States through Immortal and Virgin.
    More Details Hide Details It reached number 107 on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the US Top Heatseekers. Upon its release, 30 Seconds to Mars was met with mostly positive reviews; music critic Megan O'Toole felt that the band managed to "carve out a unique niche for themselves in the rock realm." The album was a slow-burning success, and eventually sold two million copies worldwide.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 27
    He began dating actress Cameron Diaz in 1999 and the couple became engaged in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Leto played Paul Allen, a rival of Patrick Bateman, in the psychological thriller American Psycho (2000). Though the film polarized audiences and critics, Leto's performance was well received. The same year, he starred as heroin addict Harry Goldfarb in Requiem for a Dream, an adaptation of Hubert Selby, Jr.'s novel of the same name, directed by Darren Aronofsky and co-starring Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. To prepare for his role, Leto lived on the streets of New York City and refrained from having sex for two months prior to shooting. He starved himself for months, losing 28 pounds to realistically play his heroin addict character. After the shooting of the film, Leto moved to Portugal and lived in a monastery for several months to gain weight. His performance received critical acclaim by film critics who notably praised the actor's emotional courage in portraying the character's physical and mental degradation. Peter Travers from Rolling Stone commented that Leto "excels by going beyond Harry's gaunt look to capture his grieving heart. His scenes with Ellen Burstyn as Sara, Harry's widowed mother, achieve a rare poignancy as son and mother drown in delusions."
    In 1999, Leto played a gay high school teacher who attracts the attentions of Robert Downey, Jr. in Black and White, and got a supporting role in the drama Girl, Interrupted, an adaptation of the memoir of the same name by Susanna Kaysen.
    More Details Hide Details He then portrayed Angel Face in Fight Club (1999), a film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name, directed by David Fincher.
  • 1998
    Age 26
    Leto formed the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars in 1998 in Los Angeles, California with his brother Shannon.
    More Details Hide Details When the group first started, Jared Leto did not allow his position of Hollywood actor to be used in promotion of the band. Their debut album had been in the works for a couple of years, with Leto writing the majority of the songs. Their work led to a number of record labels being interested in signing Thirty Seconds to Mars, which eventually signed to Immortal Records.
    After landing the lead role of a British aristocrat in the 1998 drama Basil, Leto starred in the horror Urban Legend.
    More Details Hide Details The film was poorly received by most movie critics, however, it was a financial success. The same year, Terrence Malick cast Leto for a supporting role in the war film The Thin Red Line alongside Sean Penn and Adrien Brody. It garnered mostly positive reviews and was a moderate success in the box office. It received multiple awards and nominations, including seven Academy Award nominations; Leto shared a Satellite Award with the rest of the cast.
  • 1997
    Age 25
    In 1997, Leto starred in the biopic Prefontaine in which he played the role of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine.
    More Details Hide Details For the preparation of the role, Leto immersed himself in the runner's life, training for six weeks and meeting with members of his family and friends. He bore a striking resemblance to the real Prefontaine, also adopting the athlete's voice and upright running style. His portrayal received positive reviews from critics and is often considered his breakthrough role. Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle noted how Leto played the athlete with raw vitality; "With hypnotic blue eyes and dirty blond hair, Leto captures the rock-star style Prefontaine affected, and he looks natural in fiery performances on the track, as well as off, where Pre affected a brash, confrontational style."
  • 1995
    Age 23
    The same year, he made his television film debut starring alongside Alicia Silverstone in Cool and the Crazy, and landed his first film role in the 1995 drama How to Make an American Quilt.
    More Details Hide Details He later co-starred with Christina Ricci in The Last of the High Kings (1996) and got a supporting role in Switchback (1997).
  • 1994
    Age 22
    He found minor roles on television shows but his first break came in 1994, after he was cast opposite Claire Danes as Jordan Catalano, her love interest, in the short-lived but well-reviewed ABC teen drama My So-Called Life.
    More Details Hide Details The show was praised for its portrayal of adolescence and gained a strong cult following, despite being canceled after only one season.
  • 1992
    Age 20
    In 1992, Leto moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in directing, intending to take acting roles on the side.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Jared Joseph Leto was born on December 26, 1971, in Bossier City, Louisiana, to Constance Leto (née Metrejon).
    More Details Hide Details His mother has Cajun ancestry. "Leto" is the surname of his stepfather. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he and his older brother Shannon Leto lived with their mother and their maternal grandparents, William Lee Metrejon and Ruby Russell. His father remarried and committed suicide when Jared was eight. Leto moved frequently with his family from his native Louisiana to different cities around the country. "My mom's father was in the Air Force," Leto has explained, "so moving around a lot was a normal way of life." Leto has two younger half-brothers from his father's second marriage. Constance joined the hippie movement and encouraged her sons to get involved in the arts. "I was raised around a lot of artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people that were in theater," he stated in an interview with Kerrang!; "Just having the art communal hippie experience as a child, there wasn't a clear line that was drawn. We celebrated creative experience and creative expression. We didn't try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growth." Leto started playing music with his brother at an early age and his first musical instrument was a broken-down piano.
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