in Hollywood, California on November 11, 1974 of German and Italian
descent, DiCaprio's first brush with fame came when as a child
he was kicked off the set of Romper Room for unruly behavior.
15 the fledgling actor already had his first agent, beginning
a classic Hollywood battle against changing his style of clothes,
his haircut and his name - to Lenny Williams.
DiCaprio forged ahead in his own style, and under his own name,
and eventually won a notable recurring role on TV's Growing
breakthrough film performance in This Boy's Life in 1993
won raves, as did his role a year later playing Johnny
Depp's mentally retarded younger brother in What's Eating
Gilbert Grape, resulting in the 19 year-old's first Oscar
nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
notable performances followed, with the actor winning international
recognition in William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet in
1996 and in the mega-hit, Titanic
the following year.
dominated the screen in 2002 with starring roles in both The
Gangs of New York opposite Cameron
Diaz and in Stephen Spielberg's Catch
Me If You Can, playing the youngest criminal to ever land
on the F.B.I.'s 10-most-wanted list.
Notable film roles throughout the Hollywood actor's career include the mentally challenged Arnie in What's
Eating Gilbert Grape opposite Johnny Depp; as Jack in Titanic; and as Boston cop Billy in The Departed.
actor's next project earned lots of Oscar
buzz in 2005, along with a Golden
Globe award for Best Actor, for his starring role as eccentric
millionaire Howard Hughes in The Aviatordirected
by Martin Scorsese.
2006-2007, DiCaprio led nominees for Best Actor at the Critics'
Choice Awards with a nod for his appearance in yet another
Scorsese film, The
well as his lead role in the thriller Blood
Diamond for which he was nominated Best Actor.
the same two performances, he also competed against himself in
Globe Awards. Most notably, his role in Blood Diamond
also garnered a nod for Best Actor at the Oscar Awards.
The actor's latest movie projects is in a starring role in The Great Gatsby which opened in May 2013 followed by The Wolf of Wall Street which premiered in December.
Off screen, the Hollywood leading man was most recently romantically linked to supermodel Bar Refaeli in an on-again off-again relationship that ended in 2011.
More about Leonardo DiCaprio around the Web:
- Official Website - News updates, complete descriptions
with photos and video trailers of his major films, along with
an illustrated chronological biography, newsletter, scheduled
DiCaprio - IMDB - A complete biography with personal details and career highlights, extensive list of movie and TV appearances,
video clips, photos, and message board at the Internet Movie Database.
Simply Leonardo DiCaprio - Fan
page with recent news, biographical info, filmography, list of
awards and nominations, photo galleries, chat room.