Nov. 11th, 1974
Hollywood, California, USA
Leonardo DiCaprio's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2013 - The Great Gatsby
2013 - The Wolf of Wall Street
2012 - Django Unchained
2010 - Inception
2010 - Shutter Island
2008 - Revolutionary Road
2008 - Body of Lies
2007 - Everything's Cool
2006 - Blood Diamond
2006 - The Departed
2004 - The Aviator
2002 - Catch Me If You Can
2002 - Gangs of New York
2000 - The Beach
1998 - Celebrity
1997 - Titanic
1996 - Marvin's Room
1996 - Romeo + Juliet
1995 - Total Eclipse
1995 - The Quick and the Dead
1995 - The Basketball Diaries
1993 - This Boy's Life
1993 - What's Eating Gilbert Grape
1992 - Poison Ivy
Guest TV Roles
Kid Fighting Scout
Leonardo DiCaprio's name allegedly derives from his German mother Irmalin's having experienced a sudden kick from her unborn boy while enjoying a DaVinci painting at the Uffizi. In the year following his birth, she and his Italian father, George, were divorced. He grew up in Echo Park, then a particularly seedy, drug-dominated area of Los Angeles. At five he appeared on his favorite TV show Romper Room (1953) and was nearly thrown off for misbehaving. After a string of commercials, educational films ("Mickey's Safety Club"), occasional parts in TV series, a debut film role as Josh in Critters 3 (1991), a continuing role as the homeless boy Luke in the TV series Growing Pains (1985), he got his break-through part as Toby in This Boy's Life (1993), co-starring with 'Robert De Niro' and 'Ellen Barkin'.
The part led the New York Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics to name him runner-up for Best Supporting Actor. His first Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations came for the difficult role of Arnie in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). Equally challenging parts were a drug-troubled Jim Carroll in The Basketball Diaries (1995), the tormented homosexual poet Rimbaud in Total Eclipse (1995), and the angry teenage son of a harried mother in Marvin's Room (1996). He made a major impact with his starring role in a very updated Romeo + Juliet (1996). Superstardom came to DiCaprio playing Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997), highest grossing film ever, tied with Ben-Hur (1959) for most Academy Awards, though Leo himself was not nominated. His performance in the remake of The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) was poorly received, but the film still turned a profit. His next major film, The Beach (2000), was not a success, but he made another comeback in Catch Me If You Can (2002) and remains an A-list star.
- Very good friends with actress 'Kate Winslet' (qv) and 'Vincent Gallo' (qv).
- Has said his two favorite performances are 'Robert De Niro' (qv)'s Travis Bickle in _Taxi Driver (1976)_ (qv) and 'James Dean (I)' (qv)'s Cal Trask in _East of Eden (1955)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Turned down 'Michael Pitt (II)' (qv)'s role in _The Dreamers (2003)_ (qv) because he felt he was too old to play a twenty-year-old student.
- Campaigned for the role of 'John Dillinger (I)' (qv) in _Public Enemies (2009)_ (qv), but 'Johnny Depp' (qv) was cast in the part instead.
- Thanked by 'Blink 182' (qv) in the liner notes of their album "Enema of the State".
- Was once attached to star in _American Psycho (2000)_ (qv) and was reputedly offered over $20 million for the role.
- Was set to star in _American Psycho (2000)_ (qv) but had to drop it due to scheduling conflicts. 'Christian Bale' (qv) took the part instead.