Nov. 11th, 1974
Hollywood, California, USA
Leonardo DiCaprio's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2013 - The Wolf of Wall Street
2013 - The Great Gatsby
2012 - Django Unchained
2010 - Shutter Island
2010 - Inception
2008 - Body of Lies
2008 - Revolutionary Road
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
1995 - The Quick and the Dead
1995 - The Basketball Diaries
1995 - Total Eclipse
1992 - Poison Ivy
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Was originally cast in _The Good Shepherd (2006)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Ranked #42 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #74 in 2002 and #60 in 2001.
- He can speak a little German.
- Mentioned in an interview with 'Katie Couric' (qv) that while filming _The Aviator (2004)_ (qv), it brought back his own obsessive-compulsive disorder that he had as a child. (December 23, 2004).
- 'Robert De Niro' (qv) and 'Jack Nicholson' (qv) are his favorite actors.
- In 1994, he became the seventh youngest actor ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor at the age of 19 years. He was nominated for his performance in _What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)_ (qv).
- Was once attached to star in _American Psycho (2000)_ (qv) and was reputedly offered over $20 million for the role.