Leonardo Di Caprio Biography ( Complete Story)

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Leonardo Di Caprio Biography

Over the course of a single decade – the 1990s –
Leonardo DiCaprio graduated from supporting work in
television to a status as one of the most sought-after
Hollywood actors under 30. After leading roles in

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and James
Cameron’s Titanic, the actor became a phenomenon,
spawning legions of websites and an entire industry
built around his name.
DiCaprio was born November 11, 1974, in Hollywood,
CA. The son of a German immigrant mother and an
underground comic book artist father who separated
shortly after Leonardo’s birth, he was raised by both of
his parents, who encouraged his early interest in
acting. At the age of two and a half, the fledgling
performer had his first brush with notoriety and
workplace ethics when he was kicked off the set of
Romper Room for what the show’s network deemed
“uncontrollable behavior.” After this rather
inauspicious start to his career, DiCaprio began to
hone his skills with summer courses in performance
art while he was in elementary school. He also joined
The Mud People, an avant-garde theater group, with
which he performed in Los Angeles. In high school,
DiCaprio acted in his first real play and began doing
commercials, educational films, and the occasional
stint on the Saturday morning show The New Lassie.
In 1990, after securing his first full-time agent at the
age of 15, DiCaprio landed a role as a teenage
alcoholic on the daytime drama Santa Barbara. He
also continued to appear on other TV shows, such as
The Outsiders and Parenthood, and made his film
debut in the 1991 horror film Critters 3. The actor got
the first of many big breaks with a recurring role on
the weekly sitcom Growing Pains. His portrayal of a
homeless boy won him sufficient notice to get him an
audition for Michael Caton-Jones’s harrowing screen
adaptation of Tobias Wolff’s This Boy’s Life. DiCaprio
won the film’s title role after beating out 400 other
young actors and it became his career breakthrough.
The 1993 film, and DiCaprio’s performance opposite
Robert DeNiro, won raves and the actor further
increased the adulation surrounding him when, later
that year, he played Johnny Depp’s mentally retarded
younger brother in Lasse Hallström’s What’s Eating
Gilbert Grape. DiCaprio won an Oscar nomination for
Best Supporting Actor for his performance, and at the
tender age of 19, was hailed as an actor to watch.
Subsequent roles in three 1995 films, Sam Raimi’s
Western The Quick and the Dead; Total Eclipse (as
the bisexual poet Rimbaud) and The Basketball
Diaries (as a struggling junkie) all put the actor in the
limelight, but it wasn’t until the following year that he
became a bona fide star, thanks to his portrayal of
Romeo opposite Claire Danes in director Baz
Luhrmann’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
(1996). The success of the film brought DiCaprio
international fame, many lucrative opportunities, and
frequent comparisons to predecessors such as James
Dean. After starring with Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep,
and DeNiro in Marvin’s Room (1996), DiCaprio
achieved iconic status with his starring role in James
Cameron’s Titanic. With Kate Winslet as the female
lead, the film became a box office sensation, earning
garnered 14 Oscar nominations, winning 11, including
Best Picture and Best Director, and earned a
whopping 1.8 billion dollars at the global box office.
DiCaprio’s much-discussed exclusion from the Oscar
nominations did nothing to hurt his popularity, and
somewhat ironically, he next chose to parody his own
celebrity with an appearance in Woody Allen’s
Celebrity (1998) as a badly behaved movie star. After
displaying his nastier side, he tackled a dual role as
twins in the same year’s swashbuckler The Man in the
Iron Mask, opposite Jeremy Irons, Gabriel Byrne, John
Malkovich, and Gérard Depardieu. Following the
commercial success of the film, DiCaprio then
traveled in a completely different direction, with a
lead role in Danny Boyle’s screen adaptation of Alex
Garland’s novel The Beach. The film met with eager
anticipation from its first day of shooting, as Leo fans
everywhere waited with baited breath to see what
kind of impression their golden child would next make
on the film world; unfortunately, the muddled Beach
drew neither praise nor box-office success.
In 2002, DiCaprio began what became a series of
collaborations with the legendary director Martin
Scorsese, starting with the the epic Gangs of New
York (2002) – a sprawling tale of gangland violence in
early America. Reportedly delayed by a year given
much-publicized disagreements between director
Scorsese and producer Harvey Weinstein, the film
was ultimately released in time for the 2002 holiday/
Oscar season. The tireless actor re-united with
director Steven Spielberg with the release of Catch
Me if You Can, the true-life tale of Frank Abagnale, Jr.,
a scam artist so effective that he eluded authorities
while assuming a number of high-profile false
identities and racking-up over $2.5 million in
fraudulent checks. Two years later, DiCaprio and
Scorsese embarked on a sophomore collaboration –
the biopic The Aviator (2004), with DiCaprio in a
critically-praised, star-making turn as eccentric
billionaire genius
Howard Hughes in The Aviator. DiCaprio and
Scorsese scaled even greater heights in 2006 with
The Departed, a crime drama in which DiCaprio
played an undercover cop trying to bring down
criminal Jack Nicholson.
Doubling up during Oscar season yet again, that same
year he played the lead in Edward Zwick’s Blood
Diamond, as an Afrikaner who must team up with a
South African mercenary in order to find a rare gem of
great value to both of them. Both films opened to
praise and box-office success, resulting in dual
Golden Globe nominations. Perhaps pushing its luck,
Warner Bros. — the studio behind both films —
campaigned DiCaprio for a lead Oscar in Diamond
and a supporting one in Departed; Oscar voters only
nominated him for Diamond.
In the years that followed, DiCaprio showed no signs
of tapering off when it came to challenging and even
iconic roles. He joined Titanic co-star Kate Winslet,
megaproducer Scott Rudin and others for the
blistering marriage drama Revolutionary Road (2008),
teamed with Scorsese a fourth time for the thriller
Shutter Island (2010), toplined Christopher Nolan’s
complex, elusive sci-fi drama Inception (2010), and in
2011, worked with director Clint Eastwood and
screenwriter Dustin Lance Black on the biopic J.
Edgar (2011), playing the famous titular FBI director.
Meanwhile, DiCaprio also signed on for another
collaboration with Baz Luhrmann – a new adaptation
of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, co-starring
Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, not to mention a
first-time collaboration with Quinten Tarantino for
Django Unchained. In 2013, he and Scorsese joined
forces yet again for The Wolf of Wall Street, earning
DiCaprio two Oscar nominations, for both Best Actor
and Picture.
DiCaprio took the next two years off, focusing on
environmental causes, but came back in 2015 in
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant. He nabbed his
sixth Oscar nom for the film and finally landed his first
win, for Best Actor.
The hybrid-car driving DiCaprio has also been an
outspoken proponent of environmentalism, a topic he
is so passionate about he was allowed to interview
then-President Bill Clinton on the issue in a 2000
televised prime-time special. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx,
Rovi

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