Jared Leto is an actor, musician and director.
His two decades of work as an actor have encompassed a host of intense and transformative performances. Leto’s recent performance as the transgender AIDS patient ‘Rayon’ in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club opposite Matthew McConaughey has earned him Best Supporting Actor honors from nearly two dozen critics’ organizations. He was named best supporting actor by the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Leto gained his first Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for the role. In addition to winning both the latter awards, Leto’s performance has brought him his first Academy Award. He was most recently seen in the DC Comics / Warner Bros film, Suicide Squad.
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.
He was honored with a Gotham Independent Film Award for his documentary feature Artifact, which he produced with Emma Ludbrook; Artifact was voted the Gothams’ Audience Award. The movie also won the People’s Choice award, for documentaries, at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Leto directed Artifact under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Also under that name, he directs music videos for the multi-platinum-selling rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for the band, 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 3 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 and home rental marketplace Airbnb. He serves as an advisor to several start-ups.
“I would say almost every investment I made I’ve been incredibly proactive, really aggressive,” he said.
He was also an investor in smart home startup Nest, which Google purchased in 2014 for $3.2 billion and now resides under the Alphabet umbrella. He also founded a handful of small companies, including the streaming video-platform, Vyrt, and the social- and digital-media marketing outfit, The Hive.