Leonardo DiCaprio

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990...

Born on November 11, 1974

Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Height 1.83m / 6' 0"

Biography

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Titanic (1997), to then become a leading man in Hollywood blockbusters, made by internationally renowned directors such as Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan.Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Irmelin DiCaprio (née Indenbirken) and former comic book artist George DiCaprio. His father is of Italian and German descent, and his mother, who is German-born, is of German and Russian ancestry. His middle name, "Wilhelm", was his maternal grandfather's first name. Leonardo's father had achieved minor status as an artist and distributor of cult comic book titles, and was even depicted in several issues of American Splendor, the cult semiautobiographical comic book series by the late 'Harvey Pekar', a friend of George's. Leonardo's performance skills became obvious to his parents early on, and after signing him up with a talent agent who wanted Leonardo to perform under the stage name "Lenny Williams", DiCaprio began appearing on a number of television commercials and educational programs.DiCaprio began attracting the attention of producers, who cast him in bit part roles in a number of television series, such as Roseanne (1988) and The New Lassie (1989), but it wasn't until 1991 that DiCaprio made his film debut in Critters 3 (1991), a low-budget horror movie. While Critters 3 (1991) did little to help showcase DiCaprio's acting abilities, it did help him develop his show-reel, and attract the attention of the people behind the hit sitcom Growing Pains (1985), in which Leonardo was cast in the "Cousin Oliver" role of a young homeless boy who moves in with the Seavers. While DiCaprio's stint on Growing Pains (1985) was very short, as the sitcom was axed the year after he joined, it helped bring DiCaprio into the public's attention and, after the show ended, DiCaprio began auditioning for roles in which he would get the chance to prove his acting chops.Leonardo took up a diverse range of roles in the early 1990s, including a mentally challenged youth in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), a young gunslinger in The Quick and the Dead (1995) and a drug addict in one of his most challenging roles to date, "Jim Carroll", in The Basketball Diaries (1995), a role which the late River Phoenix originally expressed interest in. While these diverse roles helped establish Leonardo's reputation as an actor, it wasn't until his role as "Romeo" in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996) that Leonardo became a household name, a true movie star. The following year, DiCaprio starred in another movie about doomed lovers, Titanic (1997), which went on to beat all box office records held before then, as, at the time, Titanic (1997) became the highest grossing movie of all time, and cemented DiCaprio's reputation as a teen heartthrob. Following his work on Titanic (1997), DiCaprio kept a low profile for a number of years, with roles in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and the low-budget The Beach (2000) being some of his few notable roles during this period.In 2002, he burst back into screens throughout the world with leading roles in Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Gangs of New York (2002), his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. With a current salary of $20 million a movie, DiCaprio is now one of the biggest movie stars in the world. However, he has not limited his professional career to just acting in movies, as DiCaprio is a committed environmentalist, who is actively involved in many environmental causes, and his commitment to this issue led to his involvement in The 11th Hour, a documentary movie about the state of the natural environment. As someone who has gone from bit parts in television commercials to one of the most respected actors in the world, DiCaprio has had one of the most diverse careers in cinema. DiCaprio continued to defy conventions about the types of roles he would accept, and with his career now seeing him leading all-star casts in action thrillers such as The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010), DiCaprio continues to wow audiences by refusing to conform to any cliché about actors.In 2012, he played a mustache-twirling villain in Django Unchained (2012), and then tragic literary character Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (2013).DiCaprio is passionate about environmental and humanitarian causes, having donated $1,000,000 to earthquake relief efforts in 2010, the same year he contributed $1,000,000 to the Wildlife Conservation Society.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Often appears in the films of Martin Scorsese

Often plays troubled or twisted tycoons (The Aviator, The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street)

Often plays characters who are ill-fated (e.g. The Quick and the Dead, Romeo + Juliet, Titanic, The Departed, The Great Gatsby etc.)

Frequently plays men who have suffered a loss or trauma

Often stars in period films or plays real-life individuals

Intense emotional acting style

Often plays hard-edged anti-heroes

Often plays conflicted, tortured-by-their-own-demons characters, who need to deal with their past

Trivia

[April 16, 1999] While filming The Beach (2000) off the coast of Thailand, Leonardo and others were swept off a camera boat by strong winds and waves. No one was injured.

He and his family funded a state-of-the-art computer center at the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, which was rebuilt after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Younger stepbrother of Adam Farrar.

Attended John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, California.

Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1998]

Auditioned for the role of Dick Grayson/Robin in Batman Forever (1995), which went to Chris O'Donnell.

Was considering starring in a movie about actor James Dean, but turned down the role because he felt he wasn't experienced enough to do the film. [1996]

Ranked #75 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Sues Playgirl magazine over plans to publish pictures --including full frontal nudity -- of himself. [March 1998]

His first publicity spot was about MILK.

Quotes

The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it. It's a great outlet. As for myself, I'm not sure who I am. It seems that I change every day.

The great thing about turning 30 in this business is that you get to perpetuate being young or old as long as we want.

On Martin Scorsese: Martin has brought so much to the art form of film, and he is not the type of person who would be upset by not receiving an Oscar, although it is a practical joke that he has not won an Academy Award after all these years. Whatever opinions critics will have of The Aviator (2004), I really think that this is a great piece of art: once again, he has made a great classic film.

On turning 30: I kind of feel like the same person except more time has gone by. I hate to say that I feel like an adult now. I have to admit I wish I was still 18. After all, even through the time while I was representing that wild kid, I really wasn't. I was just living my life. I was just not making movies at the time.

I don't really have many extravagances. I don't fly private jets and I don't have bodyguards and I don't buy crazy things. I have a couple of houses here and there. I bought a very expensive watch, and I am going to buy a really expensive movie poster, the original for The Thief of Bagdad (1940). I love movie posters.

On fame: As soon as enough people give you enough compliments and you're wielding more power than you've ever had in your life, it's not that you become an arrogant little prick, or become rude to people... but you get a false sense of your own importance and what you've accomplished. You actually think you've altered the course of history.

It's a really obvious thing to say, but the more people know too much about who you really are, and it's a fundamental thing, the more the mystery is taken away from the artist, and the harder it is for people to believe that person in a particular role.

You can either be a vain movie star, or you can try to shed some light on different aspects of the human condition.

On working with Martin Scorsese in Gangs of New York (2002): He's a perfectionist, obsessed with detail. That's why he went over budget and over schedule.

People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.

Salaries

What's Eating Gilbert Grape  What's Eating Gilbert Grape  $ 75,000
The Wolf of Wall Street  The Wolf of Wall Street  $ 25,000,000 (including bonuses)
Der große Gatsby  Der große Gatsby  $ 20,000,000
J. Edgar  J. Edgar  $ 2,000,000
Inception  Inception  $ 59,000,000 (includes salary and all back-end points off worldwide gross + share of D.V.D. and pay-T.V. revenue)
Blood Diamond  Blood Diamond  $ 20,000,000
The Departed  The Departed  $ 20,000,000
The Aviator  The Aviator  $ 20,000,000
Catch Me If You Can  Catch Me If You Can  $ 20,000,000
Gangs of New York  Gangs of New York  $ 18,000,000 + Gross Points
The Beach  The Beach  $ 20,000,000
Titanic  Titanic  $ 2,500,000
The Basketball Diaries  The Basketball Diaries  $ 1,000,000
The Quick and the Dead  The Quick and the Dead  $ 150,000
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Filmography

Good Morning America Good Morning America Himself-Guest(2episodes,2013)
Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live Himself(uncredited)(1episode,2014)
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(62episodes,2005-2016)
Wetten, dass..? Wetten, dass..? Himself(1episode,2003)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara YoungMasonCapwell(1episode,1990)
Growing Pains Growing Pains LukeBrower(24episodes,1991-1992)
Larry King Live Larry King Live Himself-Guest(1episode,2003)
The Oprah Winfrey Show The Oprah Winfrey Show Himself-Guest(3episodes,2004-2009)
Biography Biography Himself(3episodes,2005-2009)
Roseanne Roseanne Darlene'sClassmate(uncredited)(1episode,1991)
The New Lassie The New Lassie Glen(2episodes)
The Outsiders The Outsiders KidFightingScout(1episode,1990)
Parenthood Parenthood GarryBuckman(12episodes,1990-1991)
Critters 3  Critters 3  Josh
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(3episodes,2005-2010)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself-Guest(1episode,1995)
This Boy's Life  This Boy's Life  Toby
What's Eating Gilbert Grape  What's Eating Gilbert Grape  ArnieGrape
The Foot Shooting Party  The Foot Shooting Party  Bud
Cinema 3 Cinema 3 Himself-Interviewee(2episodes,2010-2013)
The Basketball Diaries  The Basketball Diaries  JimCarroll
The Quick and the Dead  The Quick and the Dead  Kid
Total Eclipse  Total Eclipse  ArthurRimbaud
Don's Plum  Don's Plum  Derek
Titanic  Titanic  JackDawson
The Man in the Iron Mask  The Man in the Iron Mask  KingLouisXIV/Philippe
The Beach  The Beach  Richard
Access Hollywood Access Hollywood Himself(3episodes,2008-2016)
The Word The Word Himself(1episode,1994)
Romper Room and Friends Romper Room and Friends Child(1episode,1979)
Film 2016 Film 2016 Himself(1episode,2007)
Gangs of New York  Gangs of New York  AmsterdamVallon
The Directors The Directors Himself(1episode)
Extra Extra Himself(10episodes,2007-2016)
Catch Me If You Can  Catch Me If You Can  FrankAbagnaleJr.
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Himself-Guest(3episodes,2005-2013)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards  The 70th Annual Academy Awards  JackDawson(archivefootage)(uncredited)
Weekend Today Weekend Today Himself(1episode,2016)
The Concert for New York City  The Concert for New York City  Himself
Richard & Judy Richard & Judy Himself-Guest(1episode,2003)
David Blaine: Street Magic  David Blaine: Street Magic  Himself-Host
History vs. Hollywood History vs. Hollywood Himself(1episode,2004)
Leute heute Leute heute Himself(1episode,2002)
Beyond Titanic  Beyond Titanic  Himself(archivefootage)
HBO First Look HBO First Look Himself(7episodes,1997-2010)
Troldspejlet Troldspejlet ArnieGrape/...(1episode,1994)
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years  Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years  Romeo/JackDawson(archivefootage)
VH1: All Access VH1: All Access Himself(1episode,2006)
Directors: James Cameron  Directors: James Cameron  Himself
Leo Mania  Leo Mania  Himself(archivefootage)
Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men  Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men  Himself(archivefootage)(uncredited)
The Aviator  The Aviator  HowardHughes
The Aviator  The Aviator 
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories  AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories 
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards  The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards  Himself-Nominee:BestActorinaMotionPictureDrama
CBS This Morning CBS This Morning Himself(1episode,1995)
Taff Taff Himself(1episode,2003)
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion  Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion  Himself
Growing Pains Growing Pains Himself(archivefootage)
'Catch Me If You Can': Behind the Camera  'Catch Me If You Can': Behind the Camera  Himself
The 100 Greatest Movie Stars  The 100 Greatest Movie Stars  Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself-Guest(3episodes,2014-2016)
Senkveld med Thomas og Harald Senkveld med Thomas og Harald Himself(1episode,2007)
Fantastic Fantastic Himself(1episode,2010)
Días de cine Días de cine Himself-Interviewee(1episode,2010)
Frank Abagnale: Between Reality and Fiction  Frank Abagnale: Between Reality and Fiction  Himself
Titanic: The Premiere  Titanic: The Premiere  Himself
Gardener of Eden  Gardener of Eden 
The Departed  The Departed  Billy
To Leo with Love  To Leo with Love  Himself(archivefootage)
Eigo de shabera-night Eigo de shabera-night Himself(1episode,2008)
At the Movies At the Movies Himself(1episode,2013)
The Fabulous Life of The Fabulous Life of Himself(1episode,2005)
Le grand journal de Canal+ Le grand journal de Canal+ Himself(1episode,2010)
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards  The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards  Himself-Winner:BestActorinaMotionPicture[Drama]
Omg! Insider Omg! Insider Himself(4episodes,2014-2016)
Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope  Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope  Himself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  Himself-Nominee:OutstandingPerformancebyaMaleActorinaLeadingRole/OutstandingPerformancebyaCastofaMotionPicture/Co-Presenter:FilmClipfrom'TheAviator'
Blood Diamond  Blood Diamond  DannyArcher
Corazón de... Corazón de... Himself(3episodes,2005-2006)
20 heures le journal 20 heures le journal Himself(1episode,2010)
Mundo VIP Mundo VIP Himself(1episode,1998)
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up  50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up  Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #1.15 Episode #1.15 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #1.4 Episode #1.4 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #1.9 Episode #1.9 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #2.1 Episode #2.1 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #2.3 Episode #2.3 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #2.6 Episode #2.6 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #1.2 Episode #1.2 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode dated 20 July 2005 Episode dated 20 July 2005 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode dated 20 September 2005 Episode dated 20 September 2005 Himself
The Films of James Cameron The Films of James Cameron Himself
Episode dated 22 October 2005 Episode dated 22 October 2005 Himself(archivefootage)
Episode #3.7 Episode #3.7 Himself-CelebrityContestant
In vino veritas In vino veritas LukeBrower
It's Not Easy Being Green It's Not Easy Being Green LukeBrower
Jason Sings the Blues Jason Sings the Blues LukeBrower
Menage a Luke Menage a Luke LukeBrower
Paper Tigers Paper Tigers LukeBrower
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