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Jared Leto: 30 second to infamy / Music
In the vein of musicians-turned-actors, Jared Leto is a very familiar face in recent film history. Although he has always been the lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and songwriter for American band 30 Seconds to Mars, Leto will always be remembered as an accomplished actor for the numerous, challenging projects he has taken in his life.
Born in Bossier City, Louisiana, in 1971, Leto and his family travelled across the United States throughout Leto's childhood. Leto would continue this trend when he initially dropped a study of painting at Philadelphia's University of the Arts in favour of a focus on acting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
In 1992, Leto moved to Los Angeles to pursue a musical career, intending to take acting roles on the side. Leto's first appearances on screen were as guest appearances on the short-lived television shows "Camp Wilder", "Almost Home", and "Rebel Highway". However, his next role would change everything for Leto. While searching for film roles, he was cast in the show My So-Called Life (TV Series 1994-1995). Leto's character was Jordan Catalano, the handsome, dyslexic slacker, but also the main love interest of Angela (played by Claire Danes). Leto contributed to the soundtrack of the film, and so impressed the producers initially that he was soon a regular on the show until its end.
Elsewhere, Leto began taking film roles. His first theatrically released film was the ensemble piece How to Make an American Quilt (1995), based on a novel of the same name and starring renowned actresses Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, and Alfre Woodard. The film was a modest success, and while Leto's next film, The Last of the High Kings (1996), was a failure, Leto secured his first leading role in Prefontaine (1997), based on long-distance runner...
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