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Also Known As: Leo Dicaprio, Leonardo Wilhelm Dicaprio Died:
Born: November 11, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, producer

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Revenant, The (2015)
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 Django Unchained (2012)
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 Hubble 3D (2010)
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 Inception (2010)
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 Shutter Island (2010)
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 Body of Lies (2008)
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Grew up in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, CA
1981:
Went on first commercial audition at age six
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Was urged by an agent at age nine to change name to Lenny Williams, which DiCaprio rejected
1988:
Signed by an agent at the age of 14
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Appeared in the educational film "How to Deal With a Parent Who Takes Drugs"
1990:
Made TV acting debut on the syndicated Saturday morning revival "The New Lassie"
1990:
Played a teenaged alcoholic on the NBC daytime soap "Santa Barbara"
1990:
Cast in the short-lived NBC series based on the movie "Parenthood"
1991:
Debut film role in the straight to video "Critters 3"
1991:
Cast in a recurring role as Luke, a homeless boy taken in by the Seavers on the ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"
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
1995:
Played Gene Hackman's alleged son in "The Quick and the Dead"
1995:
Portrayed writer Jim Caroll in "The Basketball Diaries," which was based on Caroll's book of the same name
1996:
Cast as the male lead, with Claire Danes as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's modern-day production of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet"
1996:
Played Meryl Streep's emotionally disturbed son in "Marvin's Room"
1997:
Co-starred with Kate Winslet in James Cameron's Oscar-winning blockbuster "Titanic"; received a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination
1998:
Played the dual roles of King Louis XIV and his secret twin brother Philippe in "The Man in the Iron Mask"
2000:
Headlined Danny Boyle's feature adaptation of Alex Garland's backpacker cult classic "The Beach"
2002:
First collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, the period drama "Gangs of New York"
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
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
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
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
2007:
Narrated (also co-wrote and co-produced) the environmental documentary "The 11th Hour"
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
2010:
Fourth collaboration with Martin Scorsese, the psychological thriller "Shutter Island"
2010:
Starred in the sci-fi thriller "Inception," directed by Christopher Nolan
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"
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
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Education

John Marshall High School: Los Angeles , California -
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

DiCaprio got his first name by kicking in the womb while his parents viewed a da Vinci painting in Italy.---from "The Young Leonardo" by Erin Culley, US, January 1994.

"He's like a man-child," explains (director Renny) Harlin, who is executive producing "The Foot Shooting Party", 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, January 1994.

"Leonardo's the real thing. A fabulous little genius."---Meryl Streep on her "Marvin's Room" co-star quoted in USA TODAY, February 4, 1997.

"I am convinced he is, as you say in America, star material," says ['What's Eating Gilbert Grape'] director Lasse Hallstrom. Michael Caton-Jones, who directed DiCaprio in his film debut, 'This Boy's Life', opposite De Niro and Ellen Barkin, says: "He's going to be what we call in England the thinking woman's crumpet. He'll do intelligent material with depth, feel and range, but he'll also have a lot of sex appeal. I saw his performance in 'Gilbert Grape,' that's what separates movie stars from everyday actors, the ability to take a flying leap of madness."---From "The Young Leonardo" by Erin Culley, US, January 1994.

"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, November 2, 1995.

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

"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", to the London TIMES, January 8, 2000.

"The whole Titanic phenomenon came from a period of time when I did two movies in particular: Romeo + Juliet, which started it, and then Titanic, 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 on becoming the biggest movie star in the world, almost overnight to The Miami Herald, December 19, 2002.

"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, December 2004.

"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," says DiCaprio. "You actually think you've altered the course of history."---DiCaprio quoted to Vanity Fair, December 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Kristen Zang. Model. Dated c. 1996-97; reportedly reconciled briefly in 1998; no longer together.
companion:
Vanessa Hayden. Model. Dated briefly in 1998.
companion:
Gisele Bundchen. Model. Brazilian ; dating as of spring 2000; she reportedly told a Brazilian magazine in February 2001 that she and DiCaprio were engaged; reportedly split c. fall 2002; reconciled as of May 2003; Leonardo reportedly proposed in October 2003.

Family close complete family listing

grandmother:
Helena Idenbirken.
father:
George DiCaprio. Producer. Former comic-book distributor; divorced from DiCaprio's mother.
mother:
Irmelin DiCaprio. Former legal secretary. Divorced from DiCaprio's father; born in Germany.
step-mother:
Peggy DiCaprio. Professional body builder. Was previously married and has son Adam from that marriage.
step-brother:
Adam Farrar. Actor. Born c. 1971; featured in the film "Pups" (1999); arrested in March 2000 for allegedly attempting to murder his girlfriend.
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