Has frequently discussed how several traumatic childhood events, including his parents' divorce when he was 11 years old, led to his cocaine and methamphetamine use as a teenager. Fronted the rock band Grey Daze in the late 1990s but eventually quit over creative differences. Soon after departing Grey Daze, joined the rap-metal group Hybrid Theory; he suggested they change their name to Linkin Park. Linkin Park made its full-length debut in 2000 with the hit Hybrid Theory, which was followed by the multiplatinum Meteora (2003) and Minutes to Midnight (2007). Formed a side band in the mid-'00s called Dead by Sunrise with Orgy members Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck Made his big-screen debut with a cameo in the 2006 action movie Crank.