Leonardo DiCaprio

BirthDay:

11 Nov 1974

BirthPlace:

Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

BirthName:

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio

Bio:

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.
Filmography

Actor ( 131 credits )

The Revenant (2015) Hugh Glass
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2016)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Jordan Belfort
The Great Gatsby (2013) Jay Gatsby
Movie Guide (2013)  Jay Gatsby / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
The Hollywood Reporter in Focus (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Django Unchained (2012) Calvin Candie
Titanic: 100 Years On (2012) Himself
America's Book of Secrets (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
10 Things You Don't Know About (2012)  J. Edgar Hoover in 'J. Edgar' (archive footage) (1 epi
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
J. Edgar (2011) J. Edgar Hoover
Unite for Japan (2011) Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Zaum - Andare a parare (2011)  Jack Dawson (uncredited) (1 episode, 2011)
Cool It (2010) Himself (archive footage)
Dante Ferretti: Scenografo italiano (2010) Himself
Inception (2010) Cobb
Shutter Island (2010) Teddy Daniels
Running Man (2010)  Romeo Montague (1 episode, 2014)
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Jack Dawson (2 episodes, 2011)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Face 2 Face (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Hubble (2010) Narrator (voice)
Model Culture: One + Night in Bangkok (2009) Himself
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
ES.TV HD (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
A polos 25 (2009)  Jack (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Revolutionary Road (2008) Frank Wheeler
Body of Lies (2008) Roger Ferris
Don't Tell My Booker!!! (2007) Himself
The 11th Hour (2007) Himself - Narrator
Everything's Cool (2007) Himself (archive footage)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2010)
Empreintes (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2011)
American Greed (2007)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore (2007) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Blood Diamond (2006) Danny Archer
The Departed (2006) Billy
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006) Jack Dawson (archive footage) (uncredited)
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2011)
What It Takes (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
20 to 1 (2005)  Jack Dawson / ... (7 episodes, 2006-2010)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Weekend Sunrise (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
The Aviator (2004) Howard Hughes
At the Movies (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Only in LA (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
MovieReal: The Aviator (2004) (archive footage)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Himself (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Cartaz Cultural (2003)  Himself
Senkveld med Thomas og Harald (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Fabulous Life of (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
VH1: All Access (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Simple Life (2003)  Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 200
Gangs of New York (2002) Amsterdam Vallon
Catch Me If You Can (2002) Frank Abagnale Jr.
All the Love You Cannes! (2002) Himself (uncredited)
Don's Plum (2001) Derek
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
History vs. Hollywood (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Eigo de shabera-night (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Beach (2000) Richard
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode)
The Priory (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Celebrity (1998) Brandon Darrow
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) King Louis XIV / Philippe
Fox and Friends (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Titanic (1997) Jack Dawson
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Magacine (1997)  Himself
SAG Foundation Conversations (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Leute heute (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Marvin's Room (1996) Hank
Romeo + Juliet (1996) Romeo
Access Hollywood (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself - 'Pinhead' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots") (1
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2001)
One Hundred and One Nights (1995) Un acteur muet à Hollywood (complete version) (uncredit
Total Eclipse (1995) Arthur Rimbaud
The Basketball Diaries (1995) Jim Carroll
The Quick and the Dead (1995) Kid
Today Tonight (1995)  Frank Wheeler / ... (uncredited) (2 episodes, 2007-200
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2007-2016)
The Foot Shooting Party (1994) Bud
Extra (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Taff (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Mezamashi terebi (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) Arnie Grape
This Boy's Life (1993) Toby
Poison Ivy (1992) Guy (as Leonardo Di Caprio)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (7 episodes, 1997-2010)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 1997-2010)
Critters 3 (1991) Josh
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2005-2013)
The Outsiders (1990)  Kid Fighting Scout (1 episode, 1990)
Parenthood (1990)  Garry Buckman (12 episodes, 1990-1991)
The Word (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Troldspejlet (1989)  Arnie Grape / ... (1 episode, 1994)
The New Lassie (1989)  Glen (2 episodes)
Roseanne (1988)  Darlene's Classmate (uncredited) (1 episode, 1991)
Fox's Fun House (1988)  Himself - Celebrity Contestant (1 episode, 1990)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2014)
Biography (1987)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2009)
CBS This Morning (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2009)
The Movie Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Growing Pains (1985)  Luke Brower (24 episodes, 1991-1992)
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Santa Barbara (1984)  Young Mason Capwell (1 episode, 1990)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2013)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (44 episodes, 2005-2014)
20 heures le journal (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Jack Dawson (uncredited) (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2014)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2013)
Fantástico (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)

Producer ( 18 credits )

Delirium (2017) producer
Robin Hood: Origins (2017) executive producer
Live by Night (2016) producer
Catching the Sun (2015) executive producer
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) producer
Out of the Furnace (2013) producer
Runner Runner (2013) producer
The Ides of March (2011) executive producer
Red Riding Hood (2011) producer
Orphan (2009) producer
Greensburg (2008) executive producer (unknown episodes)
The 11th Hour (2007) producer
Gardener of Eden (2007) producer
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) executive producer
The Aviator (2004) executive producer
A Boy and His Tiger (0) producer
The Corporation (0) producer
Captain Planet (0) producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

Greensburg (2008) (creator) (unknown episodes)

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