Jared Leto is an American actor and singer who has amassed a net worth of $90 million throughout his career. “My So-Called Life” (1994 – 1995) was his first major television role, and he has since been in several important films, including “Prefontaine” (1997), “Fight Club” (1999), “Girl, Interrupted” (1999), “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013), and “Suicide Squad” (2015). (2016).
Leto has received a slew of accolades for his work, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club” in 2011. In addition to his acting job, Jared has been a member of the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars since 1998, where he has performed lead vocals, guitar, bass, and keyboard.
Jared Leto was born on December 26, 1971, in Bossier City, Louisiana, to Jared Joseph Bryant and Lisa Leto. His parents, Constance and Anthony, split when Jared was a small child, and he subsequently adopted his stepfather's surname; Anthony committed himself when Jared was eight years old, and Jared was raised by his grandmother.
Leto has an elder brother, Shannon, a half-sister, Jamie, and two half-brothers, Mateo and Matthias. Leto has an older brother, Shannon, and two half-brothers, Mateo and Matthias. During his childhood, Leto resided in several different locales, including Colorado, Wyoming, and Virginia.
His mother was a member of the hippie movement, and she pushed Jared and Shannon to express themselves creatively, leading to the formation of a band. Leto had intended to drop out of school after his sophomore year, but he changed his mind and went on to complete his high school degree at Emerson Preparatory School in Washington, D.C.
Following graduation, he initially enrolled in the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, but then opted to pursue a degree in filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
“My So-Called Life” star Leto went to Los Angeles in 1992 and had his big break two years later when he was hired as Jordan Catalano on the ABC series. Though it received widespread praise throughout its first season, the show was ultimately discontinued. With his role as runner Steve Prefontaine in 1997's “Prefontaine,” Jared made his feature film debut in 1995's “How to Make an American Quilt.”
He has received positive reviews for his depiction of Prefontaine. In 1998, he starred in the horror film “Urban Legend,” which grossed an amazing $72.5 million at the box office, as well as the drama “The Thin Red Line,” which garnered Jared and his co-stars a Satellite Award for their performances.
Leto wrapped off the 1990s with films such as “Fight Club” and “Girl, Interrupted,” and in 2000, he starred as a heroin addict in “Requiem for a Dream” before meeting a gory end in “American Psycho”
Jared appeared as a villain in the 2002 film “Panic Room,” which earned a total of $196.4 million worldwide. For his depiction of Mark David Chapman in the 2007 film “Chapter 27,” for which he gained over 70 pounds, he received overwhelmingly good reviews (resulting in gout).
Following his performance in 2009's “Mr. Nobody,” Leto took a vacation from acting to concentrate on his band, and his first film in five years, “Dallas Buyers Club,” received some of the strongest critical accolades of his career, as well as several honors and nominations.
“Suicide Squad,” in which he starred as the Joker, was released in 2016, and the following year, he featured as the villain Niander Wallace in the films “Blade Runner 2049” and “2036: Nexus Dawn.”
Leto is also the vocalist and major composer for the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, which he founded with his brother Shannon in 1998. In addition to his excellent acting career, Leto is also a musician.
It was in 2002 that they launched their debut album, “30 Seconds to Mars,” which was followed by other studio albums such as “A Beautiful Lie” (2005), “This Is War” (2009),” Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams” (2013), and “America” (2014), among others (2018).
The band has sold more than 15 million records worldwide, and its albums “A Beautiful Lie,” “This Is War,” and “Love, Lust, Faith, and Dreams” have all been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
As a director, Jared has worked on several of the band's videos, including “Kings and Queens” (2009) and “Up in the Air” (2013), both of which were nominated for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards.
It was in 2013 that Leto rebranded his concert ticket business as Adventures In Wonderland. He is also the founder of the social media management company The Hive, as well as the live streaming video service VyRT.
In addition, he was an investor in the social media website Reddit, the private jet airline Surf Air, and the financial services business Robinhood (which was valued at more than $5 billion at the time of this writing).
For a brief period between 1999 to 2003, Jared was in a relationship with actress Cameron Diaz; he has also been romantically linked to actresses Scarlett Johanson and Ashley Olsen. Jared is a vegan who is passionate about animal welfare.
In 2014, PETA awarded him the Sexiest Vegetarian in the World. As a worldwide ambassador for the World Wide Fund for Nature, he represents the organization in various countries, including the United States. He supports several charity organizations, including Art of Elysium, Habitat for Humanity, and the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.
Awards and Honors
Leto's portrayal of a transgender woman in the 2014 film “Dallas Buyers Club” has garnered him multiple honors, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Film Independent Spirit Award, an Online Film & Television Association Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for supporting actor.
Jared also received a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for “Prince of Darkness” in 2006, as well as an Audience Award at the Zurich Film Festival in 2007 for “Chapter 27” in the same year. In 2012, he was recognized with a Gotham Award and the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival for “Artifact,” a documentary in which he starred, directed, and produced.
Leto purchased a 4,021 square foot property in the Hollywood Hills for $1.65 million in 2006, and he sold it for $2.05 million in 2017. When Jared bought a property in Laurel Canyon for $5 million in 2015, it was rumored to feature 8 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The home was originally the Lookout Mountain Air Force Station, and it is now a private residence.