Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor, Producer
Ever since he emerged with a stunning performance as an abused stepson in "This Boy's Life" (1993), actor Leonardo DiCaprio was expected to achieve greatness by critics and the public alike. DiCaprio met these ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (65)

The Revenant 2015 (Movie)

Hugh Glass (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

Jay Gatsby (Actor)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

Jordan Belfort (Actor)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

Calvin Candie (Actor)

The 17th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

J. Edgar Hoover (Actor)

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Greensburg 2007 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Hubble 3D 2010 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Inception 2010 (Movie)

Cobb (Actor)

Shutter Island 2010 (Movie)

Teddy Daniels (Actor)

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Body of Lies 2008 (Movie)

Roger Ferris (Actor)

Revolutionary Road 2008 (Movie)

Frank Wheeler (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 11th Hour 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

A Concert for Hurricane Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

Danny Archer (Actor)

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

Billy Costigan (Actor)

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Howard Hughes (Actor)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

Frank W Abagnale Jr (Actor)

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

Amsterdam Vallon (Actor)

Planet Earth 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beach 2000 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

Furtive and Friendly Appearance (Actor)

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Brandon Darrow (Actor)

Don's Plum 1998 (Movie)

Derek (Actor)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

Phillipe (Actor)

Titanic Mania 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Titanic: Breaking New Ground 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

David Blaine: Street Magic 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

Jack Dawson (Actor)

Marvin's Room 1996 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Romeo (Actor)

The Basketball Diaries 1995 (Movie)

Jim Carroll (Actor)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

Kid (Actor)

Total Eclipse 1995 (Movie)

Arthur Rimbaud (Actor)

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Foot Shooting Party 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

Toby (Actor)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 (Movie)

Arnie Grape (Actor)

Poison Ivy 1992 (Movie)

1st Guy (Actor)

Critters 3 1990 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

Parenthood 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Atari (Movie)

Nolan Bushnell (Actor)

Conspiracy of Fools (Movie)

(Actor)

Growing Pains (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsiders (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (18)

Live by Night 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dear Eleanor 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Under the Bed 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Virunga 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Out of the Furnace 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Runner, Runner 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Red Riding Hood 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Orphan 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 11th Hour 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gardener of Eden 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Atari (Movie)

(Producer)

Conspiracy of Fools (Movie)

(Producer)

Harker (Movie)

(Producer)

Twilight Zone (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Ever since he emerged with a stunning performance as an abused stepson in "This Boy's Life" (1993), actor Leonardo DiCaprio was expected to achieve greatness by critics and the public alike. DiCaprio met these expectations, thanks to an Oscar-worthy performance as a mentally challenged teenager in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and as a troubled teen in "Marvin's Room" (1996). While he became a bona fide star, nothing prepared him for the life-changing celebrity he achieved with the James Cameron's smash "Titanic" (1997). With this one film, DiCaprio went from a somewhat popular actor to an overnight teen idol and international media sensation, relentlessly hounded by the paparazzi. While he never wanted to reach such heights - he always thought of himself as an indie actor - DiCaprio had no choice but to ride the teen idol wave. Eventually, the furor died down and DiCaprio managed to complete the seemingly impossible transition from child actor to adult star, thanks in large part to his collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. Starting with the hyper-violent "Gangs of New York" (2002), DiCaprio and Scorsese made a series of films that seemed to revitalize each artist both creatively and in the market, culminating in the Oscar-winning crime epic, "The Departed" (2006). His transformation was complete with his star turn in "Inception" (2010), Christopher Nolan's mind-bending thriller that became a global box office hit. Because of his deep well of talent and determination, DiCaprio was able to accomplish the rare feat of fulfilling his early youthful promise.

Relationships

Helena Idenbirken

Grandmother
Maternal grandmother Leo called her "Oma" Died Aug. 4, 2008 in her native North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Gisele Bündchen Actor

Companion
Began dating spring 2000 Split fall 2002 Reconciled May 2003 Split again November 2005

George DiCaprio

Father
Former comic-book distributor Divorced from DiCaprio's mother

Irmelin DiCaprio

Mother
Born in Germany Divorced from DiCaprio's father

Peggy DiCaprio

Step-Mother
Was previously married and had son Adam from that marriage

Adam Farrar Actor

Step-Brother
Born c. 1971; featured in the film "Pups" (1999); arrested in March 2000 for allegedly attempting to murder his girlfriend

Vanessa Hayden

Companion
Dated briefly in 1998

Erin Heatherton Actor

Ex-Companion

Paris Hilton Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated

Juliette Lewis Actor

Companion
Dated in 2003 while co-starring in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"

Blake Lively Actor

Companion
Reportedly began dating in May 2011 Split in October 2011

Bar Refaeli Actor

Companion
Began dating in January 2006 Split for six months in 2009 Ended relationship in May 2011

Amber Valletta Actor

Companion
Dated briefly in early 1998 No longer together

Kristen Zang

Companion
Dated c.1996-97 Reportedly reconciled briefly in 1998 No longer together

EDUCATION

John Marshall High School

Los Angeles , California

Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2012

Offered villainous turn as slave owner Calvin Candie opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

2011

Executive produced "The Ides of March," which starred George Clooney who also directed, co-wrote and produced

2011

Portrayed FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood directed biopic "J. Edgar"

2010

Fourth collaboration with Martin Scorsese, the psychological thriller "Shutter Island"

2010

Starred in the sci-fi thriller "Inception," directed by Christopher Nolan

2008

Played a CIA operative in Ridley Scott's screen adaptation of "Body of Lies"

2008

Re-teamed with Kate Winslet for "Revolutionary Road," an adaptation of Richard Yates' critically-lauded 1961 novel; directed by Winslet's husband Sam Mendes; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

2007

Narrated (also co-wrote and co-produced) the environmental documentary "The 11th Hour"

2006

Cast in Edward Zwick's "Blood Diamond" as a South African mercenary; received second of two Golden Globe nominations that year for Best Actor; also received SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actor

2006

Played an undercover cop posing as a gangster in Martin Scorsese's Mob drama, "The Departed"; received first of two Golden Globe nominations that year for Best Actor; earned a SAG nomination for Supporting Actor

2004

Portrayed legendary mogul Howard Hughes in the "Aviator"; second collaboration with Scorsese; also served as executive producer; earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Picture

2002

Portrayed Frank Abagnale Jr., the youngest man ever to make the FBI's ten most wanted list in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can"; earned a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination

2002

First collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, the period drama "Gangs of New York"

2000

Headlined Danny Boyle's feature adaptation of Alex Garland's backpacker cult classic "The Beach"

1998

Played the dual roles of King Louis XIV and his secret twin brother Philippe in "The Man in the Iron Mask"

1997

Co-starred with Kate Winslet in James Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic"; received a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination

1996

Played Meryl Streep's emotionally disturbed son in "Marvin's Room"

1996

Cast as the male lead, with Claire Danes as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's modern-day production of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"

1995

Portrayed writer Jim Caroll in "The Basketball Diaries," which was based on Caroll's book of the same name

1995

Played Gene Hackman's alleged son in "The Quick and the Dead"

1993

Breakthrough role playing the lead role of Toby Wolff in "This Boy's Life," co-starring Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin

1993

Portrayed the mentally handicapped brother to Johnny Depp in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Supporting Actor

1991

Cast in a recurring role as Luke, a homeless boy taken in by the Seavers on the ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"

1991

Debut film role in the straight to video "Critters 3"

1990

Played a teenaged alcoholic on the NBC daytime soap "Santa Barbara"

1990

Made TV acting debut on the syndicated Saturday morning revival "The New Lassie"

1990

Cast in the short-lived NBC series based on the movie "Parenthood"

1988

Signed by an agent at the age of 14

1981

Went on first commercial audition at age six

Grew up in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, CA

Was urged by an agent at age nine to change name to Lenny Williams, which DiCaprio rejected

Appeared in the educational film "How to Deal With a Parent Who Takes Drugs"

Bonus Trivia

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DiCaprio received his first name by kicking in the womb while his parents viewed a Leonardo da Vinci painting at an Italian museum.

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"He's like a man-child," explains (director Renny) Harlin, who executive produced "The Foot Shooting Party" (1994), a short featuring DiCaprio as a '70s rocker planning to put a bullet in his foot to avoid the draft. "He is both awkward and adult. He's also man-woman. He appeals to both men and women." – from "Childhood's Sweetheart" by John Clark, Premiere Magazine, January 1994

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"Leonardo's the real thing. A fabulous little genius." – Meryl Streep, his "Marvin's Room" (1996) co-star, USA Today, Feb. 4, 1997

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"My mistake is that I think I can actually be like a normal human being and have fun and go to normal places. I'm realizing that I have to lead a sheltered life where I watch out for everything I do." – DiCaprio on fame, quoted to Larry Worth in the New York Post, Nov. 2, 1995

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In 1999, he launched the First Annual Leonardo DiCaprio International Online Short Film Festival (LeoFest.com).

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"He's one of the best actors I ever met, and very generous with his partners. He's always keeping on trying things. He's not posh, he's an actor who likes what he's doing." – Virginie Ledoyen, co-star of "The Beach" (2000) to The London Times, Jan. 8, 2000

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"The whole Titanic phenomenon came from a period of time when I did two movies in particular: 'Romeo + Juliet' (1996), which started it, and then 'Titanic' (1997), which really brought it to a new level. It may sound naive to say this, but I had no realization that those were going to turn me into a heartthrob, or make me reach that audience of teenage girls. That truly was not my intent going into it." – DiCaprio to The Miami Herald, Dec. 19, 2002

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"It's a really obvious thing to say, but the more people know too much 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 the person in a particular role." – DiCaprio quoted to Vanity Fair Magazine, December 2004

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"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." – DiCaprio quoted to Vanity Fair Magazine, December 2004

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"While I don't want anyone to cry me a river or anything, making a movie is very hard work. But I'm not at a point in my life where fun is my priority. My No.1 priority is to do this thing that I've been wanting to do for as long as I can remember, to take advantage of the opportunities that I have right now." – DiCaprio to The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 10, 2006

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"I've gotten to this great place where I'm able to steer the course of my career. This is my opportunity to try to emulate the heroes that I had as a young actor – Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, people like that. That's why I'm in hard-core work mode now." – DiCaprio to People Magazine, Nov. 15, 2006

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DiCaprio on wanting to give up acting after the hit movie "Titanic" (1997): "It was pretty disheartening to be objectified like that. I wanted to stop acting for a little bit. It changed my life in a lot of ways, but at the same time, I can't say that it didn't give me opportunities. It made me, for the first time, in control of my career." – from Newsweek, January 2007

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In 1998, DiCaprio and his mother donated $35,000 for a state-of-the-art "Leonardo DiCaprio Computer Center" at the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (1874 Hillhurst Avenue) which happened to be the site of his childhood home.

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"Probably the only thing I knew with complete clarity was that I wanted to be an actor. But there was a lot of rejection early on, and so it never felt like, Hey, I've got something here. There was always an element of me that needed to prove something to myself. It's something I don't want to get rid of, because it's what drives me. I'm never settled and I'm never satisfied." – DiCaprio quoted in Esquire magazine, March 2010

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On Aug. 4, 2010, DiCaprio was granted a restraining order against Aretha Wilson, a woman who attacked him with a beer bottle back in 2005. The actor was at a private Hollywood party in June 2005 when he was hit on the side of his head with broken beer bottle. The injury sent him to the hospital, where he received about a dozen stitches to his face and neck.

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"I'm a very fortunate person. I get to choose the movies that I want to do. I have a lot of friends in this industry that don't get to do that. I realize every day how lucky I am to have this opportunity. While I'm here, I'm going to try to do exactly what I want." – DiCaprio quoted in 944 magazine, August 2010

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"The thing I've always admired about Leo is that he's willing to extend himself. He could easily, at his stage, be doing some of these comic-book movies that are making a tremendous amount of dough, but he wants to be an actor who's finding new things to hurdle. I saw a little bit of myself, what I used to have." – Clint Eastwood on directing DiCaprio in "J. Edgar" (2011), quoted in GQ, October 2011

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