Oscar Actors: Leto, Jared: Actor Profile

Jared Leto won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for The Dallas Buyers Club.

Leto starred and produced “Chapter 27,” about the insane assassin of John Lennon.

Known for his intense and intelligent performances, Jared Leto’s big screen presence was established in his compelling portrayal of a delusional heroin addict in Darren Aronofsky’s dark drama “Requiem for a Dream,” starring opposite Jennifer Connelly and Ellen Burstyn.

Last seen in Andrew Niccol’s “Lord of War,” opposite Nicholas Cage and Ethan Hawke, Leto recently performed in Jarrett Schaefers Chapter 27, in which he stars as Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon. To take on the role of the real-life murderer, Leto put on 60 pounds and became almost the same weight as Mark Chapman at the time he had carried on the murder.

Leto also stars in the romantic thriller “Lonely Hearts,” alongside Salma Hayek for director Todd Robinson.

Additional credits include Oliver Stone’s classic epic, “Alexander,” with Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer; David Fincher’s “Panic Room,” with Jodie Foster and Forrest Whitaker; “Girl Interrupted,” with Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie and Brittany Murphy; “Fight Club,” with Ed Norton and Brad Pitt; Terrence Malick’s ensemble World War II action-drama, “The Thin Red Line”; and “Prefontaine,” a docudrama that chronicles the tragic life of Steve Prefontaine, an Olympic hopeful in long-distance running. He starred opposite Ed O’Neill in this acclaimed film.

Leto’s TV credits include his notorious role as “Jordan Catalano,” the high school heartthrob, in the critically acclaimed realistic teen drama series, “My So Called Life.” Leto also is the front man for his band, 30 Seconds to Mars. He is currently on tour for the 2005 release of their second album A Beautiful Life.