Biography

While myriad actors dream of becoming Hollywood icons, DiCaprio has spent a lot of time and energy distancing himself from his megastar image, which was born when he starred in one of the highest-grossing blockbusters of all time: the 1997 epic Titanic. As a charismatic and resourceful artist who wins the heart of the society gal played by Kate Winslet, DiCaprio became an international heartthrob. But the media's sudden and obsessive fascination with the young actor's private life prompted him to step back and carefully plan the rest of his career so he wouldn't forever be pigeonholed. Interestingly, his romantic Titanic role was markedly different than the troubled characters he usually played: a junkie in The Basketball Dairies, an absinthe-drinking poet in Total Eclipse, a juvenile delinquent in Marvin's Room. After starting out in commercials and TV as a child (he was the homeless kid taken in by the Seavers on the last season of Growing Pains), DiCaprio concentrated on the big screen. But 1993 became his breakthrough year: In addition to winning raves for his turn as a rebellious '50s youth clashing with his abusive stepfather in This Boy's Life, he also earned his first Oscar nod as Johnny Depp's sweet but slow brother in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. DiCaprio subsequently appeared in modest hits (Romeo + Juliet) and outright flops (The Quick and the Dead), but nothing prepared him for Titanic's reception and the subsequent hysteria. He poked fun at his situation by appearing as a grossly distorted version of himself in Woody Allen's Celebrity, and set out to prove himself as a serious actor. In the '00s, he began a successful collaborative relationship with director Martin Scorsese, and the two went on to make numerous critically acclaimed films together. Under Scorsese's guidance, he played a tough Irish thug out to avenge his father's murder in Gangs of New York, the brilliant but unstable billionaire Howard Hughes in The Aviator, an undercover cop infiltrating the Boston underworld in The Departed, and a U.S. Marshal investigating a mysterious mental institution in Shutter Island. Off-screen, DiCaprio maintains an avid interest in environmental causes and actively campaigns for changes in environmental policy.

Fast Facts

  • Made his first commercial, for Matchbox cars, at age 14.
  • Met long-time friend Tobey Maguire when both were auditioning for the 1990-91 sitcom Parenthood (DiCaprio won the part).
  • Portrayed homeless Luke Brower, who was taken in by the Seaver family, on the ABC series Growing Pains from 1991 to 1992.
  • Made a brief appearance as "First Guy" in Drew Barrymore's 1992 film Poison Ivy.
  • Sued Playgirl magazine in 1998 to stop publication of nude photos of him; the case was settled out of court.
  • An ardent environmentalist, established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to champion his favorite conservation causes.
  • Produced and narrated the documentary The 11th Hour to help raise awareness about the effect of human impact on the planet.

Awards

  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2014, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Winner
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Winner
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1997, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
  • 2004, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2013, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actor: Winner
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2006, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy: Winner
  • 2006, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
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  • 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Blake Lively — Ex-significant Other
  • Erin Heatherton — Ex-significant Other
  • Toni Garrn — Ex-significant Other
  • Irmelin DiCaprio — Mother
  • Peggy DiCaprio — Stepmother
  • Adam Farrar — Stepbrother
  • Bar Refaeli — Ex-significant Other
  • Gisele Bündchen — Ex-significant Other
  • George DiCaprio — Father

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Details

  • Birth Name: Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Birthday: November 11, 1974, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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