Leonardo DiCaprio Biography
Leonardo DiCaprio,an American actor, film producer, and environmental activist was born Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio on November 11, 1974 as the only child of Irmelin DiCaprio and George DiCaprio.DiCaprio’s parents divorced when he was still a toddler and he was mostly raised by his mother, a legal secretary born in Germany.
Leonardo DiCaprio however remained close to his father, who was a comic book artist and also a distributor.
Leonardo DiCaprio Movie Career
DiCaprio’s career began by his appearance in television commercials in the early 90s, after which he got recurring roles in various television series such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains. Leonardo DiCaprio later in 1990 appeared in the film Parenthood and this appearance earned him a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor.
In 1992 Leonardo DiCaprio was handpicked by Robert De Niro out of 400 young actors to play the lead role in This Boy’s Life,a film that brought about his breakthrough on the big screen.The following year saw DiCaprio take up the role of a mentally challenged youth in the film ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’.1995 he 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 1996, Leonardo DiCaprio appeared in the film Romeo + Juliet, an abridged modernization of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy of the same name which retained the original Shakespearean dialogue.The film helped establish Leonardo’s reputation as an actor and it also made Leonardo become a household name, a true movie star.
Later in 1997 Leonardo DiCaprio co-starred with Kate Winslet in James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’, a film on the story about the sinking of the titular ocean liner. In the film he plays 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, DiCaprio made an appearance in the film Celebrity and also starred in the dual roles of the villainous King Louis XIV.After keping a low profile for a while,DiCaprio soon bounced back. He demonstrated his range as an actor in two two films from 2002, Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me if You Can and Gangs of New York.
DiCaprio landed a role in the film The Aviator which was released in 2004, the 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. In 2006, he starred in two well-received films, Blood Diamond and The Departed. Leonardo DiCaprio earned his third Academy Award nomination for , Blood Diamond.
In 2008 and 2010, DiCaprio reunited with Winslet and starred in Revolutionary Road and the film Inception respectively.In the years 2012 and 2013 Leonardo DiCaprio landed roles in films that did exceptionally well,the movies were: Django Unchained, The Wolf of Wall Street, a film based on the life of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who was arrested in the late 1990s for securities fraud and money laundering and The Great Gatsby.Leonardo DiCaprio then announced that he is going to take a long break after featuring in the above successful films.
2015 saw DiCaprio and Scorsese partner up again to work on the film adaptation of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City.Leonardo DiCaprio also played Hugh Glass in the survival drama The Revenant, 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.
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Leonardo DiCaprio Wife
Currently Leonardo DiCaprio is unmarried however he has found himself in the media spotlight for his personal life. 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.His last split was with Kelly Rohrbach.
Leonardo DiCaprio Children
Currently the popular 41 year old actor has no children and his reasoning to that is unknown as he has never revealed it even when asked in interviews.
Leonardo DiCaprio Awards
The actor has bagged many awards which include: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award, Academy Award for Best Actor, AACTA Award for Best actor, Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best actor, Austin Film Critics Association, Berlin International Film Festival, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association, Dorian Awards and many other awards.