Leonardo DiCaprio in the one of the most versatile actor in the Hollywood industry, who become “a hero from the zero”. He started the journey to most known Hollywood celebrity from gentle beginning, as a supporting role in Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movie Citters 3 (1991). Now, he is an American actor and a film producer.
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974 in Hollywood, California. He was the only child of Irmelin (née Indenbirken), a German-born legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, an underground comics artist and producer and distributor of comic books. DiCaprio’s father is of half Italian (from the Naples area) and half German (from Bavaria) descent. He was named Leonardo because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when DiCaprio first kicked. His parents separated when he was a year old, and he lived mostly with his mother.
DiCaprio attended Seeds Elementary School (now UCLA Lab School) and John Marshall High School a few blocks away, after attending the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years. However, he dropped out of high school following his third year, eventually earning his general equivalency diploma (GED). DiCaprio spent part of his childhood in Germany with his maternal grandparents, Wilhelm and Helene. He speaks a little German and Italian.
This Hollywood celebrity’s career began with the appearances in some commercials and educational films. Leonardo DiCaprio debuted in an ad for Matchbox cars at the age of 14. In 1990, he got his break on television, in the Short-Lived Series, based on the movie Parenthood. Later he did an opera soap, Santa Barbara. His performance in Parenthood and the daily soap earned him a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor each.
DiCaprio’s debut film role was in the comedic sci-fi horror film Critters 3, in which he played the stepson of an evil landlord. Soon after, he became a recurring cast member on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains, playing Luke Brower, a homeless boy who is taken in by the Seaver family. In 1992, he got his break-through role in the film This Boy’s Life, as a lead role.
In 1993, Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the film, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, a comic-tragic odyssey of a dysfunctional Iowa family, resulting in various accolades for Leonardo DiCaprio, who was awarded the National Board of Review Award and nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his portrayal.
His role in The Quick and the Dead, got a gloomy box office performance. DiCaprio next starred in Total Eclipse, a fictionalized account of the homosexual relationship between two persons. Later he appeared in the short film named Don’s Plum, which had received positive reviews from critics in 2001 berlin International Film Festival. At the last of the 1995 he acted in the biopic film on Jim Carroll, The Basketball Diaries.
In 1996, DiCaprio appeared in film Romeo + Juliet, an abridged modernization of William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy of the same name, which retained the original Shakespearean dialogue. The project achieved a worldwide box office take of $147 million. Later he starred in a family drama Marvin’s Drama.
In 1997, DiCaprio starred in James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) as twenty-year-old Jack Dawson, a penniless Wisconsin man who wins two tickets for the third-class on the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Though he was suspicious of his own ability to portray the character of Jack, the film went on to become the highest-grossing film to date, grossing more than $1.843 billion in box-office receipts worldwide, and transformed DiCaprio into a commercial movie superstar. Despite he did not get nomination in Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, he got his second nomination for the Golden Globe.
The following year, DiCaprio made a self-mocking cameo appearance in Woody Allen’s caustic satire of the fame industry, Celebrity (1998). That year, he also starred in the dual roles of the villainous King Louis XIV and his secret, sympathetic twin brother Philippe in Randall Wallace’s The Man in the Iron Mask. DiCaprio’s next project was the drama film The Beach (2000), an adaption of Alex Garland’s 1996 novel of the same name. He played an American backpacking tourist looking for the perfect way of life in a secret island commune in the Gulf of Thailand. The next year, he was nominated for another Razzie Award for his work on the film. Catch Me If You Can received favorable reviews and proved to be an international success, becoming DiCaprio’s highest-grossing film since Titanic with a total of US$351.1 million worldwide.
DiCaprio’s first film of 2002 was the biographical crime drama film Catch Me If You Can, based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr.
Also in 2002, DiCaprio appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. He starred in The Aviator (2004), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for best Actor, alongside the nomination for another Academy Award.
In 2005, DiCaprio was made a commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture for his contributions to the arts. The following year, the actor starred in both Blood Diamond and The Departed. In Edward Zwick’s war film Blood Diamond, he starred as a diamond smuggler from Rhodesia who is involved in the Sierra Leone Civil War. In Scorsese’s The Departed he played the role of Billy Costigan, a state trooper working undercover in an Irish Mob in Boston. Both the film received huge appreciation from the critics and made box office hit.
This Hollywood celebrity got Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for his The Departed film. The same year, both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild nominated DiCaprio twice in the Best Actor category for both of his 2006 features, and in addition, Leonardo DiCaprio earned his third Academy Award nomination for Blood Diamond.
In 2008, Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Body of Lies, a spy film telling the story of three men battling a terrorist organization, and each other. Later this Hollywood celebrity did the film, Revolutionary Road (2008), based on a drama same name. In 2010, he did a psychological thriller film Shutter Island (2010).
Same year, DiCaprio starred in director Christopher Nolan’s science-fiction film Inception. Inspired by the experience of lucid dreaming and dream incubation.
In 2011, DiCaprio starred in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, a biopic about J. Edgar Hoover. Written by Dustin Lance Black, the film focuses on the career of the FBI director from the Palmer Raids onwards, including an examination of his private life as an alleged closeted homosexual.
In 2012, DiCaprio starred as villainous Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western, Django Unchained, which got him the ninth nomination from the Golden Globes.
DiCaprio’s next film was The Great Gatsby and his performance was praised as the title role. DiCaprio reunited with Scorsese for the fifth time in 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. The movie was released on 25 December, 2013. The role in that film got him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
In 2015, DiCaprio played fur trapper Hugh Glass in the survival drama The Revenant. The film was well received by critics and DiCaprio’s performance garnered universal acclaim that 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.
On October 21, 2016, it was announced that DiCaprio will portray Sam Phillips, founder of Memphis-based Sun Studio, in the forthcoming film based on Peter Guralnick’s book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll.
This Hollywood celebrity won 47 several awards, became runner-up in 4 awards and got nominated for 168 awards in total.
DiCaprio’s romantic relationships have been widely covered in the media. Among those he has dated were actress Bijou Phillips in the late 90s, model Kristen Zang, and British model and socialite Emma Miller. In 2000, he met Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen who he dated until 2005. He was romantically involved with Israeli model Bar Refaeli from 2005 through 2011, during which time he met with Israeli president Shimon Peres and visited Refaeli’s hometown of Hod HaSharon.