Leonardo DiCaprio

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo +... See full bio »
 
 

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio’s. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Titanic (1997), to then become a leading man in Hollywood blockbusters, made by internationally renowned directors such as Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan.

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Irmelin DiCaprio (née Indenbirken) and former comic book artist George DiCaprio. His father is of Italian and German descent, and his mother, who is German-born, is of German and Russian ancestry. His middle name, “Wilhelm”, was his maternal grandfather’s first name. Leonardo’s father had achieved minor status as an artist and distributor of cult comic book titles, and was even depicted in several issues of American Splendor, the cult semi-autobiographical comic book series by the late ‘Harvey Pekar’, a friend of George’s. Leonardo’s performance skills became obvious to his parents early on, and after signing him up with a talent agent who wanted Leonardo to perform under the stage name “Lenny Williams”, DiCaprio began appearing on a number of television commercials and educational programs.

DiCaprio began attracting the attention of producers, who cast him in small roles in a number of television series, such as Roseanne (1988) and The New Lassie (1989), but it wasn’t until 1991 that DiCaprio made his film debut in Critters 3 (1991), a low-budget horror movie. While Critters 3 (1991) did little to help showcase DiCaprio’s acting abilities, it did help him develop his show-reel, and attract the attention of the people behind the hit sitcom Growing Pains (1985), in which Leonardo was cast in the “Cousin Oliver” role of a young homeless boy who moves in with the Seavers. While DiCaprio’s stint on Growing Pains (1985) was very short, as the sitcom was axed the year after he joined, it helped bring DiCaprio into the public’s attention and, after the sitcom ended, DiCaprio began auditioning for roles in which he would get the chance to prove his acting chops.

Leonardo took up a diverse range of roles in the early 1990s, including a mentally challenged youth in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), a young gunslinger in The Quick and the Dead (1995) and a drug addict in one of his most challenging roles to date, Jim Carroll in The Basketball Diaries (1995), a role which the late River Phoenix originally expressed interest in. While these diverse roles helped establish Leonardo’s reputation as an actor, it wasn’t until his role as Romeo Montague in Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet (1996) that Leonardo became a household name, a true movie star. The following year, DiCaprio starred in another movie about doomed lovers, Titanic (1997), which went on to beat all box office records held before then, as, at the time, Titanic (1997) became the highest grossing movie of all time, and cemented DiCaprio’s reputation as a teen heartthrob. Following his work on Titanic (1997), DiCaprio kept a low profile for a number of years, with roles in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and the low-budget The Beach (2000) being some of his few notable roles during this period.

In 2002, he burst back into screens throughout the world with leading roles in Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Gangs of New York (2002), his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. With a current salary of $20 million a movie, DiCaprio is now one of the biggest movie stars in the world. However, he has not limited his professional career to just acting in movies, as DiCaprio is a committed environmentalist, who is actively involved in many environmental causes, and his commitment to this issue led to his involvement in The 11th Hour, a documentary movie about the state of the natural environment. As someone who has gone from small roles in television commercials to one of the most respected actors in the world, DiCaprio has had one of the most diverse careers in cinema. DiCaprio continued to defy conventions about the types of roles he would accept, and with his career now seeing him leading all-star casts in action thrillers such as The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010), DiCaprio continues to wow audiences by refusing to conform to any cliché about actors.

In 2012, he played a mustache twirling villain in Django Unchained (2012), and then tragic literary character Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (2013) and Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

DiCaprio is passionate about environmental and humanitarian causes, having donated $1,000,000 to earthquake relief efforts in 2010, the same year he contributed $1,000,000 to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

From his early roles in “Growing Pains” and The Basketball Diaries, to his performance in Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, take a look at Leonardo DiCaprio’s extensive career.

Actor (58 credits) Roosevelt (announced)
Theodore Roosevelt The Devil in the White City (TV Series) (announced)
Dr. H. H. Holmes The Black Hand (pre-production)
Joe Petrosino 2021Killers of the Flower Moon (pre-production)
Ernest Burkhart Don’t Look Up (filming)
Dr. Randall Mindy 2020Grant (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Senior Soldier- Unlikely Hero (2020) … Senior Soldier (uncredited) 2019Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Rick Dalton 2019Lil Dicky: Earth (Video short)
Leonardo DiCaprio (voice) 2017BYD: Build Your Dreams (Video short)
BYD Model 2017BYD: Make History (Video short)
BYD Model 2015The Revenant
Hugh Glass 2015/IIIThe Audition (Short)
Leonardo DiCaprio 2014Jim Beam: Black (Video short)
Jim Beam Model 2014Telecom: La tecnologia e importante ma anche tutto il resto (Video short)
Telecom Model 2013Jim Beam: Bourbon (Video short)
Jim Beam Model 2013The Wolf of Wall Street
Jordan Belfort 2013The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby 2012Django Unchained
Calvin Candie 2011Oppo: Find Me (Video short)
Oppo Model 2011Wild Aid: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jackie Chan (Video short)
Leonardo DiCaprio 2011J. Edgar
J. Edgar Hoover 2010Inception: The Cobol Job (Video short)
Cobb 2010Inception
Cobb 2010Shutter Island
Teddy Daniels 2008Revolutionary Road
Frank Wheeler 2008Body of Lies
Roger Ferris 2006Blood Diamond
Danny Archer 2006The Departed
Billy 2004The Aviator
Howard Hughes 2002Catch Me If You Can
Frank Abagnale Jr. 2002Gangs of New York
Amsterdam Vallon 2001Don’s Plum
Derek 2000/IThe Beach
Richard 1998Celebrity
Brandon Darrow 1998/IThe Man in the Iron Mask
King Louis / Phillippe 1997Titanic
Jack Dawson 1996Marvin’s Room
Hank 1996Romeo + Juliet
Romeo 1995Honda: Miracle Civic (Video short)
Honda Model 1995Total Eclipse
Arthur Rimbaud 1995The Quick and the Dead
Kid 1995The Basketball Diaries
Jim Carroll 1994The Foot Shooting Party (Short)
Bud 1993What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Arnie Grape 1993This Boy’s Life
Toby 1991-1992Growing Pains (TV Series)
Luke Brower- The Last Picture Show: Part 1 (1992) … Luke Brower (credit only)- The Wrath of Con Ed (1992) … Luke Brower (credit only)- Maggie’s Brilliant Career (1992) … Luke Brower- The Truck Stops Here (1992) … Luke Brower- Don’t Go Changin’ (1992) … Luke BrowerShow all 23 episodes 1992Poison Ivy
Guy (as Leonardo Di Caprio) 1991Kraft: Kraft Free Singles (Video short)
Kraft Model 1991Critters 3
Josh 1990-1991Parenthood (TV Series)
Garry Buckman- Fun for Kids (1991) … Garry Buckman- Gil vs. the Deck (1990) … Garry Buckman- Thanksgiving with a T That Rhymes with B That Stands for Basketball (1990) … Garry Buckman- Take My Parents, Please (1990) … Garry Buckman- Small Surprises (1990) … Garry BuckmanShow all 12 episodes 1991Roseanne (TV Series)
Darlene’s Classmate- Home-Ec (1991) … Darlene’s Classmate (uncredited) 1990Street Safe, Street Smart (Video short)
Alex 1990Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Young Mason Capwell- Episode #1.1472 (1990) … Young Mason Capwell 1990The Outsiders (TV Series)
Kid Fighting Scout- Un Combat inégal (1990) … Kid Fighting Scout 1989Bubble Yum: Keeps it Poppin’ (Video short)
Bubble Yum Model 1989Fred Meyer: You’ll Find it at Freddy’s (Video short)
Freddy’s Model 1989The New Lassie (TV Series)
Glen- Snake Pit (1989) … Glen- New Generation (1989) … Glen 1979Romper Room (TV Series)
Child- Episode #27.1 (1979) … Child

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