Jared Leto: Biography at a Glance

  • Won an Academy Award for his portrayal of 'Rayon' in Dallas Buyers Club
  • Other credits include Suicide Squad, Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream, Mr. Nobody, American Psycho, Chapter 27, Panic Room, Lord of War and Alexander
  • Produced the documentary Artifact, which received the People's Choice award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Made more than 50 investments in early stage tech companies, including Uber and Airbnb
  • Founded a handful of small companies, including the streaming video-platform, Vyrt, and the social- and digital-media marketing outfit, The Hive


Actor & Musician

Jared Leto is an actor, director, musician, and entrepreneur best known for his powerful performances as a method actor and for his alt-rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. Between his acting and music careers, Leto has been nominated for 119 awards and won 68.

Leto’s moving performance as the transgender AIDS patient Rayon in Jean-Marc Vallée’s "Dallas Buyers Club" opposite Matthew McConaughey earned him the Award for Best Supporting Actor from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG, and a host of other associations.

Leto most recently starred as The Joker in the 2016 Warner Bros film "Suicide Squad," Niander Wallace in 2017 sci-fi film "Blade Runner 2029," and as Nick Lowell in 2018 Netflix crime thriller "The Outsider."

Leto’s other performances have included his portrayals in Darren Aronofsky’s "Requiem for a Dream," alongside Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans; Steve James’ "Prefontaine," as real-life athlete Steve Prefontaine; J.P. Schaefer’s "Chapter 27," for which he was voted the Audience Award at the 2007 Zurich Film Festival; David Fincher’s "Fight Club," with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, and "Panic Room," with Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker; Mary Harron’s "American Psycho," opposite Christian Bale; Andrew Niccol’s "Lord of War," alongside Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke; Oliver Stone’s "Alexander," opposite Colin Farrell; Todd Robinson’s "Lonely Hearts," alongside Salma Hayek and James Gandolfini; James Mangold’s "Girl, Interrupted," with Winona Ryder and Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie; Terrence Malick’s "The Thin Red Line;" and Jaco Van Dormael’s "Mr. Nobody," opposite Sarah Polley, Rhys Ifans, and Diane Kruger.

Jared was honored with a Gotham Independent Film Award for his documentary feature "Artifact," which he directed and co-produced with Emma Ludbrook. The documentary also won the People’s Choice Award For Best Documentary at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Off the big screen, Leto is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the multi-platinum-selling rock band Thrity Seconds to Mars, which comprises Mr. Leto, his brother Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic. Thirty Seconds to Mars has released four studio records, including 2013’s "Love Lust Faith + Dreams." Among their rock radio hits have been the songs “The Kill,” “Kings and Queens,” and most recently, "City of Angels." The band has circled the globe in sold-out arenas, playing over 300 shows in nearly 60 countries on six continents to 3 million people, thereby breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest-ever concert tour by a rock band. Thirty Seconds to Mars has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and their music videos have received more than 300 million views on YouTube. The group has received numerous awards worldwide, including a dozen MTV Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and honors from NME, Kerrang!, and Fuse. They were also nominated for three 2013 MTV VMAs, including best rock video, which they won.

In addition to his career as an award-winning actor and musician, Jared is also a successful tech investor. Leto has made more than 50 investments in early stage tech companies, including ride-hailing service Uber, smart-home company Nest, and home rental marketplace Airbnb. He serves as an advisor to several start-ups and has founded a handful of small companies, including the video streaming platform, VyRT, and the social/digital-media marketing outfit, The Hive.

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