Born in Manhattan, attended Putney School and Columbia University, graduating with a B.A. degree in English Literature and a minor in Art History. For the next twenty-five years acted on and off Broadway, starred in Hollywood and International films and television series. His credits include “Dallas” for which he originated the role of ‘Dusty Farlow’, “How the West Was Won”, “War of the Worlds” in which he played Harrison Blackwood, and “The Fantastic Journey”, in which he played Varian. He starred on Broadway in the Tony award winning “Torch Song Trilogy”.
After retiring from acting Jared co–founded the Big Picture Alliance, Philadelphia’s celebrated youth media center where he served as Creative Director for over a decade. In this capacity he directed over 30 films; receiving awards from Cine Eagle, Intercom, and the Chicago International Film Festival. He has authored the novel “Avagadro's Number", two photo-narratives “Dazhengzhou, a 1000 Year Old Chinese Village” and “Letter From Zibo” and is completing a third 'Caprivi". He has been exhibited in group shows, and his image “Temple Workers” was awarded the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Best Landscape Photograph of 2008. Five years ago he began printing his own work and experimenting with mixed media and different surface applications such as pumice, varnishes and encaustic.