Profession: Actor, Producer, Executive Producer
Birth Name: Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio
Date of Birth: November 11, 1974
Place of Birth: Hollywood, California, United States
Leonardo Dicaprio Biography:
Born to an Italian father and a German mother, Leonardo DiCaprio’s innate artistic talent became evident at an early age. He embarked on his acting journey during his school years, beginning with acting lessons. In 1988, he took his first steps in the entertainment industry by starring in commercials. Soon after, he secured minor roles in television series such as “The New Adventures of Lassie” and “Santa Barbara.” However, it was his appearance in the series “What’s New, Doctor?” in 1991 that started to turn heads.
Although he made strides on television, DiCaprio’s true passion lay in the world of cinema. In 1993, he landed his first notable film role in “Critters 3.” It was his role as Robert De Niro’s abused stepson in “This Boy’s Life” (1993) that catapulted him to the forefront of the film industry. Subsequently, he delivered a captivating performance as a mentally challenged individual in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993), outshining even Johnny Depp. His portrayal earned him double nominations for Best Supporting Role at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars in 1994.
Demonstrating versatility across various genres, he starred in a western film, “The Quick and the Dead” (1995), portrayed the famous poet Arthur Rimbaud in “Total Eclipse,” and tackled the role of a young drug addict in “The Basketball Diaries.” DiCaprio’s career truly took off in 1996 with “Romeo + Juliet,” a contemporary and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare’s work directed by Baz Luhrmann. This risky endeavor became an international success, propelling him to stardom.
Yet, his crowning achievement came with “Titanic” in 1997, directed by James Cameron. The film’s unprecedented success, with earnings exceeding $600 million in the United States alone, made him a romantic icon and triggered a global “DiCaprio mania.” Subsequent releases like Woody Allen’s “Celebrity” and “The Man in the Iron Mask” capitalized on this newfound popularity.
His fee skyrocketed from $2.5 million to $20 million for his role in the transformative journey of “The Beach” (2000) directed by Danny Boyle.
DiCaprio’s collaboration with director Martin Scorsese commenced with “Gangs of New York” (2003) and flourished over the years with films including “The Aviator” (2004), “The Departed” (2006), “Shutter Island” (2010), and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013). Success consistently followed.
His characters often grapple with enduring tensions, a trait exemplified by his roles as a mercenary in “Blood Diamond” (2006), a spy in “Body of Lies” (2008), and a husband navigating marital crises in “Revolutionary Road” (2008), where he reunited with Kate Winslet. DiCaprio maintained a prolific partnership with renowned directors, including Christopher Nolan (“Inception”), Clint Eastwood (“J. Edgar”), Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”), Baz Luhrmann (“The Great Gatsby”), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (“The Revenant”). The latter’s Western epic, in which DiCaprio delivered an iconic performance, finally earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Following this career-defining moment, DiCaprio became more selective in his roles. In 2019, he assumed another iconic character in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Set in 1969 Hollywood, the film featured DiCaprio as a fading actor, supported by his stuntman, brilliantly portrayed by Brad Pitt. The film received critical acclaim and generated $377 million in global box office revenue.
Next, he graced the screen in the whimsical Netflix comedy “Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial” alongside Jennifer Lawrence. In 2023, he reunited with Martin Scorsese for “Killers of the Flower Moon,” a historical epic that sheds light on a dark chapter in American history: a series of murders targeting the native Osage tribe in Oklahoma during the 1920s.