Leonardo DiCaprio Height Weight Age Biography Family Wiki Net Worth, Affairs, Marriage & much more. Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer. Known for his work in biopics and period films, DiCaprio is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and three Golden Globe Awards. As of 2019, his films have grossed over $7.2 billion worldwide, and he has been placed eight times in annual rankings of the world’s highest-paid actors.
Born in Los Angeles, DiCaprio began his career in the late 1980s by appearing in television commercials. In the early 1990s, he had recurring roles in various television shows, such as the sitcom Parenthood, and had his first major film part as author Tobias Wolff in This Boy’s Life (1993). At age 19, he received critical acclaim and his first Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for his performance as a developmentally disabled boy in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). He achieved international stardom with the star-crossed romances Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Titanic (1997). After the latter became the highest-grossing film at the time, he reduced his workload for a few years. In an attempt to shed his image of a romantic hero, DiCaprio sought roles in other genres, including crime drama in Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Gangs of New York (2002); the latter marked the first of his many successful collaborations with director Martin Scorsese.
DiCaprio portrayed Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004) and received acclaim for his performances in the political thriller Blood Diamond (2006), the crime drama The Departed (2006), and the romantic drama Revolutionary Road (2008). In the following decade, DiCaprio starred in several high-profile directors’ projects, including the science fiction thriller Inception (2010), the western Django Unchained (2012), the biopic The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), the survival drama The Revenant (2015), for which he won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the comedy-drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), all of which were critical and commercial successes.
DiCaprio is the founder of Appian Way Productions, a production company that has produced some of his films and the documentary series Greensburg (2008–2010), and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting environmental awareness. He regularly supports charitable causes and has produced several documentaries on the environment. In 2005, he was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contributions to the arts, and in 2016, he appeared in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Early life and acting background
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California. He is the only child of Irmelin (née Indenbirken), a legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, an underground comix writer, publisher, and distributor of comic books; they met while attending college and moved to Los Angeles after graduating. His father is of Italian and German descent; DiCaprio is conversant in Italian and German. His maternal grandfather, Wilhelm Indenbirken, was German, and his maternal grandmother, Helene Indenbirken, was a Russian-born German citizen. In an interview in Russia, DiCaprio referred to himself as “half-Russian” and said that two of his late grandparents were Russian. DiCaprio was raised Catholic.
DiCaprio was named Leonardo because his mother, then pregnant with him, first felt him kick while she was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Uffizi museum in Florence, Italy. His parents separated when he was one year old; they initially agreed to live next door to each other to not deprive DiCaprio of his father’s presence in his life as he mostly lived with his mother. For a while though, DiCaprio lived with his father, stepmother and older stepbrother, Adam Farrar, with whom he was close growing up. DiCaprio and his mother later moved around to multiple Los Angeles neighborhoods, such as Echo Park and Los Feliz, while she worked several jobs. He went to the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years and later Seeds Elementary School, before moving onto the John Marshall High School. DiCaprio has said he hated public school and often asked his mother to take him to auditions instead to improve their financial situation. He dropped out of high school following his third year, eventually earning his general equivalency diploma.
DiCaprio has said his career choice as a child was to become a marine biologist or an actor but eventually favored the latter, as he was fond of impersonating characters and imitating people. When he was two, he went on stage at a performance festival and danced spontaneously; the cheerful response from the crowd started his interest in performing. His stepbrother earned $50,000 for a television commercial, which fascinated DiCaprio and helped him decide to become an actor. In 1979, DiCaprio, at age five, was removed from the set of the children’s television series Romper Room for being disruptive. He began appearing in several commercials at age 14 for Matchbox cars by Mattel, which he considered his first role, and later for Kraft Foods, Bubble Yum, and Apple Jacks. In 1989, he played the role of Glen in two episodes of the television show The New Lassie.
At the beginning of his career, DiCaprio had difficulty finding an agent. When he did find one, he suggested DiCaprio change his name to Lenny Williams to appeal to American audiences, which he declined to do. DiCaprio remained jobless for a year and a half, even after 100 auditions. Disillusioned at this, he initially decided to quit acting, but his father encouraged him to further explore his creative side, introducing him to underground art and art in general. Motivated by his father and the need to financially support his mother, he began acting regularly on television by the early 1990s, starting with a role in the pilot of The Outsiders (1990) and one episode of the soap opera Santa Barbara (1990), in which he played the young Mason Capwell. DiCaprio got a break that year when he was cast in Parenthood, a series based on a successful comedy film of the same name. Before being cast in the role of Garry Buckman, a troubled teenager, he analyzed Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in the original film. His work that year earned him two nominations at the 12th Youth in Film Awards—Best Young Actor in a Daytime Series for Santa Barbara and Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series for Parenthood. DiCaprio was also a celebrity contestant on the children’s game show Fun House, on which he performed several stunts, including catching the fish inside a small pool using only his teeth.
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DiCaprio’s personal life is the subject of widespread media attention. He rarely grants interviews and is reticent about his private life, but he has been the subject of several articles detailing his involvement with women aged 25 or younger. In 1999, DiCaprio met Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen, whom he dated until 2005. He was romantically involved with Israeli model Bar Refaeli from 2005 to 2011, during which time he met with Israeli president Shimon Peres and visited Refaeli’s hometown of Hod HaSharon. He later dated German fashion model Toni Garrn from July 2013 until December 2014, and later in 2017. DiCaprio has been in a relationship with Argentine-American model and actress Camila Morrone since 2017.
DiCaprio owns a home in Los Angeles and an apartment in Battery Park City. In 2009, he bought an island, Blackadore Caye, off mainland Belize—on which he is set to open an environment-friendly resort—and in 2014, he purchased the original Dinah Shore residence designed by mid-century modern architect Donald Wexler in Palm Springs, California.
In 2005, DiCaprio’s face was severely injured when model Aretha Wilson hit him over the head with a broken bottle at a Hollywood party. As a result, he required 17 stitches to his face and neck. Wilson pled guilty to the attack and was sentenced in 2010 to two years in prison. In 2017, when The Wolf of Wall Street producer Red Granite Pictures was involved in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal, DiCaprio turned over the gifts he received from business associates at the production company to the US government. These included the Best Actor Oscar trophy that Marlon Brando won for his role in 1954’s On the Waterfront, a $3.2 million Pablo Picasso painting and a $9 million Jean-Michel Basquiat collage.
List of Awards and Nominations
|1993||This Boy’s Life||Tobias “Toby” Wolff|
|What’s Eating Gilbert Grape||Arnold “Arnie” Grape|
|1995||The Basketball Diaries||Jim Carroll|
|The Quick and the Dead||Fee “The Kid” Herod|
|Total Eclipse||Arthur Rimbaud|
|1996||Romeo + Juliet||Romeo Montague|
|1998||The Man in the Iron Mask||King Louis XIV / Philippe|
|2002||Catch Me If You Can||Frank Abagnale, Jr.|
|Gangs of New York||Amsterdam Vallon|
|2004||The Aviator||Howard Hughes|
|2006||The Departed||William “Billy” Costigan|
|Blood Diamond||Danny Archer|
|2007||The 11th Hour||Himself/Narrator|
|2008||Body of Lies||Roger Ferris|
|Revolutionary Road||Frank Wheeler|
|2010||Shutter Island||Edward “Teddy” Daniels|
|2011||J. Edgar||J. Edgar Hoover|
|2012||Django Unchained||Calvin J. Candie|
|2013||The Great Gatsby||Jay Gatsby|
|The Wolf of Wall Street||Jordan Belfort|
|2015||The Revenant||Hugh Glass|
|The Audition||Himself||Short film|
|2016||Before the Flood||Documentary|
|2019||Once Upon a Time in Hollywood||Rick Dalton|
|Ice on Fire||Narrator (voice)||Documentary|
|2021||Don’t Look Up||Dr. Randall Mindy|
|2022||Killers of the Flower Moon||Ernest Burkhart|
|The Assassination of Richard Nixon|
|2007||The 11th Hour|
|Gardener of Eden|
|2011||Red Riding Hood|
|The Ides of March||Executive producer|
|Out of the Furnace|
|The Wolf of Wall Street|
|2015||Catching the Sun|
|2016||The Ivory Game|
|Before the Flood||Producer|
|Live by Night|
|Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski|
|2019||And We Go Green|
|The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52|
|2022||Killers of the Flower Moon|
|1989||The New Lassie||Glen|
|1990||Teen Win, Lose or Draw||Self|
|1990||The Mickey Mouse Club||Alex|
|1990||The Outsiders||Kid Fighting Scout|
|1990||Santa Barbara||Young Mason Capwell|
|1991–1992||Growing Pains||Luke Brower|
|2014||Saturday Night Live||Himself (cameo)|
|2018||The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen||—|
|2020||The Right Stuff||—|
|2020||Whose Vote Counts, Explained||Narrator (voice)|
|2021||The Titans That Built America||—|