Leonardo DiCaprio Biography
Leonardo DiCaprio born Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, is an American actor, film producer, and environmental activist. His career began in the late 1980s as he appeared in television commercials and had recurring roles in various television series.
His public recognition was through the films ‘The Basketball Diaries’ (1995) and the romantic drama ‘Romeo + Juliet’ (1996) in which he had leading roles as well as in Titanic (1997).
He began his career in the 90s in television commercials. In 1992, he earned the lead role in This Boy’s Life after being handpicked by Robert De Niro out of 400 young actors to play the role. The film brought about his breakthrough on the big screen.
The next year, DiCaprio took up the role of a mentally challenged youth in the film ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’. he then took up the role of a young gunslinger in The Quick and the Dead and a drug addict in one of his most challenging roles to date, Jim Carroll in The Basketball Diaries in 1995.
DiCaprio starred in the film Romeo + Juliet in 1996. It is an abridged modernization of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy of the same name which retained the original Shakespearean dialogue. It helped establish Leonardo’s reputation as an actor and it also made Leonardo become a household name, a true movie star. He then co-starred with Kate Winslet in James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ in 1997. It is a film on the story about the sinking of the titular ocean liner.
His role in the movie is of Jack, a poor artist who falls for the rich and beautiful Rose (Winslet) on board. DiCaprio quickly became a world-famous celebrity with a growing list of admirers, his charm and youthful good looks landing him on People magazine’s list of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in 1997 and 1998.
The following year, he made an appearance in the film Celebrity and also starred in the dual roles of the villainous King Louis XIV. After keeping a low profile for a while, DiCaprio soon bounced back. He demonstrated his range as an actor in two films from 2002, Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me if You Can and Gangs of New York.Leonardo DiCaprio
DiCaprio also landed a role in the film ‘The Aviator’ which was released in 2004. His role entailed playing one of America’s most famous businessmen, a role that made him receive another Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of the eccentric and reclusive Howard Hughes. He starred in two well-received films, Blood Diamond and The Departed in 2006 and earned his third Academy Award nomination for, Blood Diamond.
In 2008 and 2010, he reunited with Winslet to star in the films ‘Revolutionary Road’ and ‘Inception’ respectively. In the years 2012 and 2013, Leonardo landed roles in the films ‘Django Unchained’, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and The Great Gatsby. The films did exceptionally well after which he announced that he would be taking a long break after featuring in the above successful films.
In 2015, he partnered with Scorsese to work on the film adaptation of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City. He also played Hugh Glass in the survival drama The Revenant that was directed by Alejandro G. The film was well-received by critics and it also earned him numerous awards, including his first win at the Academy Awards in the Best Actor category, his eleventh nomination and third win at Golden Globes in the Best Actor Drama category, and his first BAFTA award for Best Actor.
In 1998, DiCaprio and his mother donated $35,000 for a “Leonardo DiCaprio Computer Center” at the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, the web site of his childhood home. It used to be rebuilt after the 1994 Northridge earthquake and opened in early 1999. During the filming of Blood Diamond, DiCaprio worked with 24 orphaned youth from the SOS Children’s Village in Maputo, Mozambique, and was said to be extraordinarily touched with the aid of his interactions with the children.
In 2010, he donated $1 million to remedy efforts in Haiti after the earthquake. In April 2013, DiCaprio donated $61,000 to GLAAD, a company which promotes the image of LGBT human beings in the media. In 2016, Leonardo DiCaprio took a phase in an annual fundraising gala match of Children of Armenia Fund, as a specific visitor of his shut friend and gala’s honorary chair Tony Shafrazi. DiCaprio contributing $65,000 to the cause. After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, DiCaprio furnished $1 million to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund through his foundation.
During the 2004 presidential election, DiCaprio campaigned and donated to John Kerry’s presidential bid. The FEC showed that DiCaprio gave $2,300 to Barack Obama’s presidential marketing campaign in the 2008 election, the maximum contribution a character should give in that election cycle, and $5,000 to Obama’s 2012 campaign. In 2016, DiCaprio recommended Hillary Clinton for the 2016 presidential election.
Leonardo DiCaprio Age
Leonardo DiCaprio Family
DiCaprio is the only son of Irmelin Indenbirken, a legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, an underground comix artist and producer and distributor of comic books. His parents got divorced when he was still a toddler and he was mostly raised by his mother. He, however, remained close to his father. He has an older stepbrother by the name, Adam Farrar.
He was named Leonardo because while his mother was pregnant, he first kicked while she was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Uffizi museum in Florence, Italy. He went to Seeds Elementary School (now UCLA Lab School) and John Marshall High School a few blocks away from home, after attending the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years.
Leonardo DiCaprio Wife
Currently, DiCaprio is unmarried. However, he has had several relationships and found himself in the media spotlight for them. This is mainly due to his on-again, off-again relationships with models.
The renowned celebrity has dated models: Kristen Zang, Emma Miller, Bar Rafaeli, Erin Heatherton, Toni Garrn and also actress Blake Lively. As of April 2018, he is reportedly dating model Camila Morrone with their relationship causing a stir due to the 23-year age difference between them.
Leonardo DiCaprio Children
The Titanic star has no children and his reasoning for that is unknown as he has never revealed it even when asked in interviews.
Leonardo Dicaprio House
In April 2018, he reportedly bought Moby’s Los Feliz house, a $4.91 million property.
Leonardo Dicaprio Height
Leonardo Dicaprio Best Movies
Leonardo is a great actor who has acted in many movies and won many awards. Below is a list of Leonardo’s top 10 best movies of all time:
- This Boy’s Life
- What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
- The Quick and the Dead
- The Basketball Diaries
- Total Eclipse
- Romeo + Juliet
- Marvin’s Room
- The Man in the Iron Mask
- The Beach
- Catch Me If You Can
- Gangs of New York
- The Aviator
- The Departed
- Blood Diamond
- The 11th Hour
- Leila Conners Petersen
- Body of Lies
- Revolutionary Road
- Shutter Island
- J. Edgar
- Django Unchained
- The Great Gatsby
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- The Audition
- The Revenant
- Before the Flood
- Ice on Fire
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- Killers of The Flower Moon