He was taught by his mother to have an appreciation for the arts, which ended up with him studying painting at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
He also joined the School of Visual Arts in New York City to pursue filmmaking before he moved to Los Angeles in 1992.
After his arrival in Los Angeles he was quick to get guest parts on television shows. One was Camp Wilder and another was My So-Called Life which was his breakthrough role as far as his acting career went.
On the big screen, he made his debut in How to Make an American Quilt, with numerous movies following after that.
He became acclaimed for his performance in the movie Requiem for a Dream where he acted as a heroin addict.
For this role he prepared superbly, losing 25 pounds and even living in the streets with junkies so he could get a feel of the role he would be playing.
He went to the other extreme and put on 60 pounds for his role as John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, in the movie, Chapter 27 in 2007. He has had heaps of triumphs in the movie industry.
He also started his band in 1998 with his elder brother, Thirty Seconds to Mars. One song, A Beautiful Lie, reached platinum status.
His name has been linked to swarms of girlfriends, but to date, he is not married and has no children. Currently, his name is linked to that of model Valery Kaufman.
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