Nov. 11th, 1974
Hollywood, California, USA
Leonardo DiCaprio's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Inception
2010 - Shutter Island
2010 - IMAX: Hubble 3D
2008 - Body of Lies
2008 - Revolutionary Road
2007 - The 11th Hour
2007 - Everything's Cool
2006 - The Departed
2006 - Blood Diamond
2004 - The Aviator
2002 - Gangs of New York
2002 - Catch Me If You Can
2000 - The Beach
1998 - Celebrity
1997 - Titanic
1996 - Romeo + Juliet
1996 - Marvin's Room
1995 - The Basketball Diaries
1995 - The Quick and the Dead
1995 - Total Eclipse
1993 - This Boy's Life
1993 - What's Eating Gilbert Grape
1992 - Poison Ivy
Guest TV Roles
Kid Fighting Scout
His 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/I) was poorly received, but the film still turned a profit. His next major film, The Beach (2000/I), was not a success, but he made another comeback in Catch Me If You Can (2002) and remains an A-list star.
- Appeared in the television series _"Parenthood" (1990)_ (qv), in the role originally played by 'Joaquin Phoenix' (qv). In the original film, Phoenix's grandfather is played by 'Jason Robards' (qv), who, like DiCaprio, has played 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv).
- In his childhood, he and his mother lived in poor neighborhoods in Los Angeles which he describes as "Ghettos of Hollywood".
- Attended John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, California.
- Thanked by 'Blink 182' (qv) in the liner notes of their album "Enema of the State".
- Won the role of Rimbaud in _Total Eclipse (1995)_ (qv) after the death of actor 'River Phoenix' (qv) in 1993.
- Was cast in the lead role in 'Baz Luhrmann' (qv)'s doomed Alexander The Great-project.
- When he was a child, his favorite films were _Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)_ (qv), _Watership Down (1978)_ (qv) and _Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)_ (qv).
- 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv) considered casting Leo as SS Colonel Hans Landa in _Inglourious Basterds (2009)_ (qv), but he eventually chose 'Christoph Waltz' (qv) to play the role instead.