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Jared Leto is both an actor and musician. He is most known for his portrayal of a drug addict in Requiem for a Dream and for his rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, where he is the vocalist and guitarist for the band. Jared Joseph Leto was born on December 26, 1971 in Bossier City, Louisiana. His parents got divorced while he was young and he and his older brother Shannon, lived with their mom. His father remarried and Jared has two younger half-brothers, shortly after the marriage his father died. He went to school in University of the Arts in Philadelphia after high school to become a painter. He later transferred to the School of visual Arts in New York City where he majored in Filmmaking. His first film was “Crying Joy”, which he made while still a student in New York City. He both directed and acted in this film. It wasn’t until 1994 until he got his first mainstream role on the drama series “My So-Called Life”. Even though the show only lasted a year, the popularity helped Jared become well known and was selected as one of People’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 1996 and 1997. Also in 1994, he was featured in the film “Cool and the Crazy” with Alicia Silverstone as his co-star. After this he acted in numerous films with actors such as Dennis Quaid, George Clooney, Sean Penn, and Danny Glover. Jared is a respected actor for all of his dedicationFor his role in Requiem for a Dream, he lost 28 pounds and gave up sex for two months to play the heroin addict. For his role in Chapter 27 (2007) he gained 62 pounds. Jared’s other passion besides acting is his band, 30 Seconds to Mars. He is the lead vocalist and guitarist. His brother Shannon Leto is the drummer of the band. The First album, 30 Seconds to Mars (2002) featured only Jared and Shannon on the tracks. On their second album, A Beautiful Lie (2005) they added members to the band; they welcomed Tomo Milicevic, on guitar, and Tim Kelleher, on bass. For list of other movies Jared Leto has been in and more about his band, use the links on the left.