John Marshall High School
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies
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
Portrayed FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood directed biopic "J. Edgar"
Executive produced "The Ides of March," which starred George Clooney who also directed, co-wrote and produced
Fourth collaboration with Martin Scorsese, the psychological thriller "Shutter Island"
Starred in the sci-fi thriller "Inception," directed by Christopher Nolan
Played a CIA operative in Ridley Scott's screen adaptation of "Body of Lies"
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
Narrated (also co-wrote and co-produced) the environmental documentary "The 11th Hour"
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
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
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
First collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, the period drama "Gangs of New York"
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
Headlined Danny Boyle's feature adaptation of Alex Garland's backpacker cult classic "The Beach"
Played the dual roles of King Louis XIV and his secret twin brother Philippe in "The Man in the Iron Mask"
Co-starred with Kate Winslet in James Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic"; received a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
Cast as the male lead, with Claire Danes as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's modern-day production of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"
Played Meryl Streep's emotionally disturbed son in "Marvin's Room"
Portrayed writer Jim Caroll in "The Basketball Diaries," which was based on Caroll's book of the same name
Played Gene Hackman's alleged son in "The Quick and the Dead"
Portrayed the mentally handicapped brother to Johnny Depp in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Supporting Actor
Breakthrough role playing the lead role of Toby Wolff in "This Boy's Life," co-starring Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin
Cast in a recurring role as Luke, a homeless boy taken in by the Seavers on the ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"
Debut film role in the straight to video "Critters 3"
Played a teenaged alcoholic on the NBC daytime soap "Santa Barbara"
Cast in the short-lived NBC series based on the movie "Parenthood"
Made TV acting debut on the syndicated Saturday morning revival "The New Lassie"
Signed by an agent at the age of 14
Went on first commercial audition at age six
Grew up in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, CA
Appeared in the educational film "How to Deal With a Parent Who Takes Drugs"
Was urged by an agent at age nine to change name to Lenny Williams, which DiCaprio rejected
DiCaprio received his first name by kicking in the womb while his parents viewed a Leonardo da Vinci painting at an Italian museum.
In 1999, he launched the First Annual Leonardo DiCaprio International Online Short Film Festival (LeoFest.com).
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
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.