Leto was born in Bossier City, Louisiana. During his childhood, Leto and his family—his mother, Constance, and his older brother Shannon Leto—moved frequently, living in Louisiana, Wyoming, Colorado, Virginia, and even Haiti. After dropping out briefly in the 10th grade, Jared decided to return and focus on his education at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. He graduated from the prep school Emerson Preparatory School, in Washington, DC, in 1989. When he finished school, Leto enrolled at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts to pursue his interests in painting. However, he then transferred to the School of Visual Arts in New York City after developing an interest in acting.
Jared Leto Bio
In 1992, Jared Leto moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, but also accepted some part-time acting roles. Two years later, he landed a role in the TV show My So-Called Life in which he played Jordan Catalano, opposite Claire Danes. After the show ended in 1995, Leto acted in several films such as How to Make an American Quilt, Girl, Interrupted, Urban Legend, The Thin Red Line, Prefontaine and Fight Club.
Leto directed the videos for the songs “The Kill”, “From Yesterday” and “Kings and Queens” under the alias of Bartholomew Cubbins , and “A Beautiful Lie” under the alias of Angakok Panipaq.
For most shows, Leto uses either one of two custom-made Steve McSwain guitars, a white one called “Pythagoras” or a black one called “Artemis”. The guitars: one a baritone and the other with a 25½” scale length, have the image of a gryphon which he drew for McSwain. Occasionally he plays a white Gibson SG 61′ Reissue as seen in the video for “A Beautiful Lie”. Jared also plays a Gibson Maestro acoustic guitar for acoustic performances. Jared uses Mesa/Boogie amps, more specifically the Triple Rectifier model and matches them with Mesa/Boogie speaker cabinets as well. Leto has cited how the De Havilland Law from decades ago was instrumental in resolving the band’s contract issues and how Olivia de Havilland, the Gone With the Wind actress, helped in a roundabout way.
Recently, the band collaborated with rapper Kanye West on the song Hurricane from their latest album This Is War.
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