Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and producer Leonardo DiCaprio, in full Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio, (born November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.), is an American actor and producer who emerged as one of Hollywood’s top performers in the 1990s, renowned for his portrayals of unorthodox and complicated characters.
At the age of five, Leonardo DiCaprio had his acting debut on the children’s television programme Romper Room. As a teenager, he appeared in countless commercials and educational films. Beginning in 1990, he appeared on a number of television programmes, including The New Lassie and Roseanne. In 1991, he was cast in a recurring role on Growing Pains. In the same year, DiCaprio made his big-screen debut in the low-budget horror flick Critters 3.
In 1992, Leonardo DiCaprio beat out 400 other aspirants to star opposite Robert De Niro in This Boy’s Life (1993). DiCaprio received wonderful reviews, and for his following picture, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), he was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his realistic portrayal of an intellectually disabled youngster. Several independent films followed, such as The Basketball Diaries (1995) and Total Eclipse (1995), which centred on the homosexual relationship between poet Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine.
Midway through the 1990s, Leonardo DiCaprio began attracting a larger audience with more mainstream films. After starring in Baz Luhrmann’s modern rendition of the classic love story, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), he became an adolescent idol. Titanic, the 1997 epic film directed by James Cameron, catapulted Leonardo DiCaprio to international fame. Titanic became one of the highest-grossing pictures of all time due to his attractive looks and moving depiction of Jack Dawson, a destitute artist who falls in love with an upper-class passenger (played by Kate Winslet).
Although he was inundated with offers to appear in blockbusters and other mainstream entertainment, Leonardo DiCaprio chose to focus his career on complicated characters. In the year 2000, he starred in The Beach, a film depicting a young traveller’s search for paradise. Two years later, he starred in Martin Scorsese’s period piece Gangs of New York, about mid-1800s New York City gangsters. In the same year, he appeared alongside Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can as the real-life con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. In The Aviator (2004), DiCaprio portrayed a teenage Howard Hughes, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor.
The Departed (2006) and Blood Diamond (2007) were some of Leonardo DiCaprio’s latter efforts with Martin Scorsese (2006). Both films earned DiCaprio some of the greatest reviews of his career, and his portrayal of a diamond smuggler in the latter picture earned him an Oscar nomination. In Ridley Scott’s 2008 film Body of Lies, he portrayed a CIA operative in pursuit of a fleeing terrorist. In Revolutionary Road (2008), a film version of Richard Yates’ novel, DiCaprio and Winslet play a young couple attempting to reconcile their unusual goals with their restrictive 1950s suburban lives. DiCaprio portrays a troubled U.S. marshal assigned to a facility for the criminally ill to investigate the disappearance of an inmate in Scorsese’s Shutter Island (2010).
In the science fiction movie Inception (2010), Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed a corporate spy able to invade people’s dreams. In the biopic J. Edgar, he portrayed veteran FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (2011). In the 2012 film Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio played a slave-driving plantation owner in colonial Mississippi. The following year, he portrayed the main character in Baz Luhrmann’s lavish 2013 rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. This part was replicated in his bombastic performance as stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who stole millions from his clients, in Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013); the film was based on Belfort’s memoir of the same name, published in 2007. DiCaprio garnered his fourth Oscar nomination for his performance. He finally earned an Academy Award for his performance in Alejandro González Iárritu’s 2015 film The Revenant, in which he portrayed a fur trapper seeking vengeance after his comrades kill his son and abandon him for dead after a bear attack.
Four years later, Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. The film, which centres on a washed-up actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) in 1969 Los Angeles, premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2019 to a standing ovation, and DiCaprio won his sixth Oscar nomination for acting for his portrayal. Next, he appeared in Don’t Look Up (2021), a drama in which Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence portrayed astronomers who attempt to warn humanity of an impending comet strike that will destroy the planet.
DiCaprio became involved with a variety of causes, most notably environmental concerns. In 2000, he organised Earth Day celebrations and interviewed Bill Clinton for a television series on climate change. In 2004, Leonardo DiCaprio joined the Natural Resources Defence Council and Global Green USA boards. In 2007, he developed and voiced the environmental documentary The 11th Hour, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He later created and presented the 2019 documentary Ice on Fire, which examines the possibilities of reversing climate change.