Jared Leto

Jared Leto Headshot

Actor • Musician • Singer • Songwriter

Birth Date: December 26, 1971

Age: 52 years old

Birth Place: Bossier City, Louisiana

Partners: Cameron Diaz

Bands: Thirty Seconds to Mars

Actor and musician Jared Leto got his start in the beloved but ill-fated TV series "My So-Called Life" (ABC, 1994-95), but along with his co-star Claire Danes quickly transitioned to feature films. He earned a solid acting reputation with supporting roles in frequently off-beat films and grew into a lead actor known for his daring choices. For several years he alternated between the life of an actor -- immersing himself in roles to the point that his in-character behavior as The Joker during the filming of "Suicide Squad" (2016) reportedly alarmed and upset his castmates -- and the life of a rock star, touring and recording with his successful emo band, 30 Seconds to Mars. Equally captivating was his celebrated love life, which, to the delight of tabloid readers, included an array of Hollywood beauties, including Cameron Diaz, Lindsay Lohan, and Scarlett Johansson.

But it was his increasingly confident work as an actor, culminating in his Best Supporting Actor Oscar win as a transgender prostitute in "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013), that made him one of his generation's most interesting movie stars.

Jared Leto was born on Dec. 26, 1971, in Bossier City, LA. His mother was a travel-loving photographer who raised Leto and his older brother, Shannon, on the road in Alaska, Virginia, Haiti, and Brazil, among other locales. After graduating from high school in Massachusetts, Leto attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and studied painting before transferring to the filmmaking program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He wrote and starred in his first film while at SVA, a short called "Crying Joy." In keeping with his transient nature, Leto picked up and headed for Los Angeles in 1992, this time with his sights firmly set on acting. He made his TV debut on the cult teen hit "My So-Called Life" as Angela's (Claire Danes) crush, whom she was unable to refer to using anything less than his entire name: Jordan Catalano. The show was canceled after only one season, but public outcry by its rabid fan base led MTV to air endless re-runs. As Jordan Catalano, Leto had all the ingredients necessary to become a heartthrob for the MTV teen rebel set, including a disaffected manner, grungy hairstyle, and a rock band.

When the show was canceled, Leto was able to shed the teen slacker image pretty quickly by taking on challenging roles in distinctive films. His first screen roles of note were in "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) and as a virginal Irish teenager in the British film "The Last of the High Kings" (1996), but it was "Prefontaine," a 1997 biopic about Olympic athlete Steve Prefontaine, that put him on the critics' radar. For this challenging role, the actor immersed himself in the athlete's life, meeting with members of the family and training for six weeks with one of the runner's college roommates. With his blond hair and sculpted physique, he bore a striking resemblance to the real Prefontaine, but Leto went beyond just the surface, adopting Prefontaine's voice and unique, upright running style. Despite the attention and praise, the film failed to attract a large audience and disappeared quickly from multiplexes. Leto next delivered another strong turn as a hitchhiking college student suspected of being a serial killer in the thriller "SwitchBack" (1997) before landing the lead role of an aristocratic Brit in the period drama "Basil" (1998). In 1998, he started playing with the big boys, appearing in Terrence Malick's star-packed WWII flick, "The Thin Red Line," alongside Nick Nolte, George Clooney, and Sean Penn.

Due to his raised profile, in 1996 and 1997 Leto appeared on People magazine's "Most Beautiful People" list; whether in spite of or because of that fact, he went on to take a series of roles that required drastic changes in physical appearance or significant strain on his body. In the highly-praised "Fight Club" (1999), a bleached blond "Angel Face" Leto was beaten almost beyond recognition. In "American Psycho" (2000), he was killed with an axe. In "Panic Room" (2002) he was badly burned. For his role as a despairing young drug addict in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream" (2000), he lost nearly 30 pounds. And for his role in the almost universally panned "Chapter 27" (2007), he gained nearly 60 pounds to play the man who killed John Lennon, Mark David Chapman.

Leto had started his career as a young talent admirably determined to avoid the blockbusters, go where the challenges were, and stretch himself and his craft. But somewhere along the way, he became increasingly prone to extolling his own virtues and making public outbursts. Coinciding with this shift, was the rising fame of the band he and his brother, Shannon, had begun in 1998, 30 Seconds to Mars. Their first album had done moderately well but it was their sophomore effort A Beautiful Lie that spawned a successful video for "The Kill," a world tour, and achieved certified sales of over one million copies. Leto's look had gone from '90s suburban kid to retro-gothic, and he was photographed pouting under jet-black hair and wearing dark eyeliner. In 2006, he allegedly attacked fellow actor Elijah Wood at an awards show for Wood's comment during an interview that he didn't like Leto's band.

On the romance front, Leto made headlines as well, dating actress Cameron Diaz for several years, which resulted in an engagement that was later broken off. Also reportedly involved with Scarlett Johansson and Ashley Olson, Leto's most famous post-Diaz dalliance was with his "Chapter 27" co-star, fellow wild child Lindsay Lohan. A few months after the Wood run-in, Leto was in the headlines for lashing out at a photographer at the Sundance Film Festival, after he had reportedly ended the relationship with the actress, stating that he was uncomfortable with being the object of paparazzi. Leto subsequently steered clear of screen acting and focused on his career as a rock star, with his group's third album, This Is War (2009), also proving to be successful. That year, Leto starred in the art-house film "Mr. Nobody," but then returned to music, further cultivating his frontman persona with wild hairstyles and intense performances. In 2013, Thirty Seconds to Mars unveiled Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, and Leto was featured as a transvestite named Rayon in the drama "Dallas Buyers Club." In addition to dressing in drag, the role found the already-thin Leto shedding 30 pounds. His performance won him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, among other accolades. However, Leto chose not to capitalize on that publicity, instead focusing on his band with the filming of a tour documentary miniseries, "Into the Wild" (2014), which he directed under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins.

Leto next appeared onscreen with a small but pivotal role as The Joker in the DC Comics anti-hero comedy-drama "Suicide Squad" (2016); though his time on screen was short, Leto garnered significant press attention for his in-character antics during filming, which reportedly included outlandish pranks on his co-stars. Following the film's commercial success, Leto co-starred in Denis Villeneuve's critically acclaimed sequel to cult science fiction favorite "Blade Runner" (1982) and starred in action thriller "The Outsider" (2018).

Credits

2023 MTV Video Music Awards

Self
Show
2023

Haunted MansionStream

Actor
Crump/Hatbox
Movie
2023
37%

Minutos Iniciais de Morbius

Actor
Show
2022

WeCrashedStream

Actor
Adam Neumann
Series
2022
65%

WeCrashedStream

Executive Producer
Series
2022
65%

Extra: O Vampiro Vivo - Do Gibi para as Telas

Actor
Show
2022

MorbiusStream

Actor
Dr. Michael Morbius
Movie
2022
15%

The Little Things: Extras

Actor
Show
2021

The Little ThingsStream

Actor
Albert Sparma
Movie
2021
45%

Zack Snyder's Justice LeagueStream

Actor
The Joker
Movie
2021
72%

House of GucciStream

Actor
Paolo Gucci
Movie
2021
61%

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

Guest
Talk
2019

A Day in the Life of America

Director
Movie
2019

Böse Nächte

Actor
Paul Allen
Show
2018

Late Night Berlin - mit Klaas Heufer-Umlauf

Actor
Show
2018

Late Late Show With James Corden: Best of the Week

Guest
Show
2018

The Outsider

Actor
Nick Lowell
Movie
2018

Live with Kelly and Ryan

Guest
Talk
2017

Blade Runner 2049Stream

Actor
Niander Wallace
Movie
2017
88%

Great Wide Open

Host
Show
2016

Suicide SquadStream

Actor
The Joker
Movie
2016
26%

Holy Hell

Executive Producer
Movie
2016

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

Guest
Talk
2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

Guest
Talk
2015

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

Guest
Show
2014

Movie Mag

Actor
Show
2014

Off The Wall: Thirty Seconds to Mars

Actor
Show
2014

CNN Spotlight

Actor
Show
2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Guest
Show
2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

Guest
Talk
2014

Made in Hollywood: Awards Special

Guest
Show
2014

You & A

Actor
Show
2013

Circus HalliGalli

Actor
Show
2013

Dallas Buyers ClubStream

Actor
Rayon
Movie
2013
92%

Entertainment Studios.TV

Guest
Show
2012

Artifact

Director
Movie
2012

Artifact

Producer
Movie
2012

Artifact

Self
Movie
2012

Dish Nation

Guest
Talk
2011

Big Morning Buzz Live

Guest
Show
2011

TT Closer to the Edge

Narrator
Movie
2011

ConanStream

Guest
Talk
2010

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Guest
Show
2010

On the Red Carpet

Guest
Show
2010

Lopez Tonight

Guest
Show
2009

The Project

Guest
Show
2009

Skavlan

Guest
Show
2009

Mr. Nobody

Actor
Nemo Adult/Old Nemo
Movie
2009

Chapter 27

Actor
Mark David Chapman
Movie
2007

Chapter 27

Executive Producer
Movie
2007

The One Show

Guest
Show
2006

etalk

Guest
Show
2006

Lonely Hearts

Actor
Raymond Fernandez
Movie
2006

Entertainment Tonight Canada

Guest
Show
2005

ET Canada

Guest
Show
2005

Oruzheynyy baron

Actor
Movie
2005

Lord of War

Actor
Vitaly Orlov
Movie
2005

Alexander

Actor
Hephaestion
Movie
2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Guest
Talk
2003

Last Call With Carson Daly

Guest
Talk
2002

Panic RoomStream

Actor
Junior
Movie
2002
76%

Highway

Actor
Jack Hayes
Movie
2001

Sunset StripStream

Actor
Clem
Movie
2000

American PsychoStream

Actor
Paul Allen
Movie
2000
68%

Requiem for a DreamStream

Actor
Harry Goldfarb
Movie
2000
78%

Independent LensStream

Director
Series
1999

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

Guest
Talk
1999

Fight ClubStream

Actor
Angel Face
Movie
1999
79%

Black and White

Actor
Casey
Movie
1999

Girl, InterruptedStream

Actor
Tobias Jacobs
Movie
1999
53%

Basil

Actor
Basil
Movie
1998

Urban LegendStream

Actor
Paul Gardener
Movie
1998
27%

The Thin Red LineStream

Actor
Lt. Whyte
Movie
1998
80%

hallo deutschland

Guest
Show
1997

Prefontaine

Actor
Steve Prefontaine
Movie
1997

SwitchbackStream

Actor
Lane Dixon
Movie
1997
31%

Access HollywoodStream

Guest
News
1996

The Last of the High Kings

Actor
Frankie Griffin
Movie
1996

How to Make an American Quilt

Actor
Beck
Movie
1995

Extra

Guest
News
1994

My So-Called LifeStream

Actor
Jordan Catalano
Series
1994
94%

Cool and the Crazy

Actor
Michael
Movie
1994

The Torkelsons: Almost Home

Guest Star
Show
1993

Camp WilderStream

Actor
Dexter
Series
1992

Entertainment Tonight

Guest
News
1981

CBS News Sunday MorningStream

Guest
News
1979

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Today

Guest
News
1952

News aboutJared Leto