Today Jared Letowho we’ve come to love through the movies he’s starred in and been in, as well as his rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, is celebrating his 51st birthday.

The American actor, singer and composer was born in Bossier, Louisiana, however, his family never had a stable base. Throughout his childhood, Leto moved from state to state with his mother, stepfather – from whom he took his last name – and brother. This path continued into his adult life. While initially studying painting in Philadelphia, he left his studies to pursue acting in New York.

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He gained recognition in acting circles for the first time, when he took part in the television series “My So-Called Life” (1994). Then he began to take on bigger roles, his film career got a new boost and a few years later he established himself in Hollywood. In 1988 he began his first musical steps with his group Thirty Seconds to Mars, which would later experience worldwide success, with the second album A Beautiful Lie (2005) giving them international fame and the fourth album LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS (2013) to be their biggest commercial success.