The band achieved worldwide fame with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie (2005).
Their following releases, This Is War (2009) and Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013), received further critical and commercial success. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he and his older brother, Shannon Leto, lived with their mother and their maternal grandparents, Ruby (Russell) and William Lee Metrejon.
When the group first started, Jared Leto did not allow his position of Hollywood actor to be used in promotion of the band.
In 1999, Leto played a gay high school teacher who attracts the attentions of Robert Downey, Jr.
He later began focusing increasingly on his music career, returning to acting with Panic Room (2002), Alexander (2004), Lord of War (2005), Lonely Hearts (2006), Chapter 27 (2007), and Mr. In 2012, he directed the documentary film Artifact.