Jared Leto is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. Leto is a renaissance man who’s both a celebrated actor and musician. He started his acting career in the early 1990s and founded an internationally-recognized band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, in 1998. Leto has won countless awards for his work as an actor and musician, including an Academy Award for his role as a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club (2013).
Jared Leto Net Worth As Of 2019: $40 Million
The Suicide Squad and Requiem for a Dream actor has accrued a net worth of $40 million throughout his acting and music career. Let’s take a look back at how it all started for this multi-talented star.
Jared Joseph Leto was born on December 26, 1971, in Bossier City, Louisiana. Growing up, Leto lived with his older brother, mother, and his maternal grandparents. His mom was in the “hippie movement” and encouraged her sons to get involved with the arts. Leto stated he “was raised around a lot of artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people that were in theater.” After graduating from the Emerson Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., he enrolled in the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to pursue large-scale visual art. While in Philly he developed an interest in filmmaking and transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
In 1992, Leto moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in directing, intending to take acting roles on the side. He found minor roles on television shows but his first break came in 1994 after he was cast opposite Claire Danes as Jordan Catalano, her love interest, in the short-lived but well-reviewed ABC teen drama My So-Called Life. The show was cancelled after just one season, but it helped catapult Leto’s career. Over the next few years, he landed major roles in films like How To Make An American Quilt (1995), Prefontaine (1997),and The Thin Red Line (1998) alongside Sean Penn and Adrien Brody.
Leto formed the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars in 1998 in Los Angeles, California with his brother Shannon. Since the band’s formation, they have made five albums and sold tens of millions of albums worldwide. Making a critically-acclaimed band didn’t seem to slow down Leto’s acting career at all. In 1999 alone, Leto was in Fight Club, Girl Interrupted, and Black and White alongside Robert Downey, Jr. Over the next decade, he starred in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream (2000) and had many other credits including American Psycho (2000), Panic Room (2002), Alexander (2004), and Lonely Hearts (2006).
In 2009, Leto starred in Mr. Nobody, playing Nemo Nobody, a 118-year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. In 2012, Leto won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club alongside Matthew McConaughey, who won Best Actor. Leto played the role of Joker in Suicide Squad (2016). Despite mixed reviews of his performance as the popular Batman villain, in 2018, it was announced that Jared Leto’s Joker will be getting his own standalone movie with DC Comics.
After Suicide Squad sequel, Jared Leto will return as the Joker for the movie along with Margot Robbie and Will Smith.