Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio(pronounced /dɨˈkæpri.oʊ/; born November 11, 1974)is an American actor and film producer . He has received multiple awards, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance inThe Aviator(2004). In addition, he has won a Silver Bear , a Chlotrudis Award and a Satellite Award among others, and has been nominated by the Screen Actors Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts .Born and raised in Los Angeles , California , DiCaprio started his career by appearing in television commercials prior to landing recurring roles in TV series such as the soap operaSanta Barbaraand the sitcomGrowing Painsin the early 1990s. He made his film debut in the comedic sci-fi horror filmCritters 3(1991) and received first notable critical praise for his performance inThis Boy's Life(1993).DiCaprio achieved recognition for his subsequent work in supporting roles inWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape(1993),Marvin's Room(1995), andThe Basketball Diaries(1996), before landing a leading role inRomeo + Juliet(1996), and came to international fame with his role in James Cameron 'sTitanic(1997), the highest-grossing film for more than 12 years until 2010.Since the 2000s, DiCaprio's performances have continued to draw positive comments from film critics, and he has been nominated for various accolades for his work in such films asCatch Me If You Can(2002),Gangs of New York(2002),The Aviator(2004),Blood Diamond(2006),The Departed(2006), andRevolutionary Road(2008).His latest filmsShutter Island(2010) andInception(2010) rank among the biggest commercial successes of his career.DiCaprio owns a production company named Appian Way Productions, whose productions include the filmsGardener of Eden(2007) andOrphan(2009).A committed environmentalist, DiCaprio has received praise from environmental groups for his activism.His romantic relationships have been widely covered in the media.Following a high-profile relationship with Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen , he is currently in a relationship with Israeli model Bar Refaeli .

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 Leonardo DiCaprio's Early life and family

DiCaprio, an only child, was born in Los Angeles , California . His mother, Irmelin ( née Indenbirken), is a former legal secretary, and his father, George DiCaprio , is an underground comic artist and producer/distributor of comic books .DiCaprio's mother moved from Oer-Erkenschwick at the Ruhr , Germany , to the U.S. during the 1950s,while DiCaprio's father is a fourth-generation American of half south- Italian (from the Naples region) and half German descent (from Bavaria in southern Germany).His maternal grandmother, Helene Indenbirken (1915–2008),who was born Yelena Smirnova, was a Russian immigrant to Germany .His paternal grandmother, Olga Anne Jacobs (1904–1984),was German -born.

DiCaprio's parents met while attending college together and subsequently moved to Los Angeles.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 divorced when he was a year old and he lived mostly with his mother, although his father was around intermittently. During his childhood, DiCaprio was interested in baseball cards , comic books , and frequently visited museums with his father.

DiCaprio and his mother lived in several Los Angeles neighborhoods, such as Echo Park , and at 1874 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz district (which was later converted into a local public library), while his mother worked several jobs to support them.He attended Seeds Elementary School and graduated from John Marshall High School a few blocks away, after attending the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years.

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 Leonardo DiCaprio's Career

Early career

DiCaprio's career began with his appearance in several commercials and educational films. After being booted off the set of children's television seriesRomper Roomfor being disruptive at the age of five,DiCaprio followed his older stepbrother Adam Farrar into television commercials, landing an ad for Matchbox cars at 14.In 1990, he got his break on television when he was cast in the short-lived series based on the movieParenthood. AfterParenthood, DiCaprio had bit parts on several shows, includingThe New LassieandRoseanne, as well as a brief stint on the soap operaSanta Barbara, playing the young Mason Capwell. His involvement inParenthoodand the daily soap earned him a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor each.

1991—1995

His debut film role was in the comedic sci-fi horror filmCritters 3, in which he played the stepson of an evil landlord, a role that DiCaprio described as "your average, no-depth, standard kid with blond hair." Released in 1991, the movie went direct-to-video .Soon after, he became a recurring cast member on the ABC sitcomGrowing Pains, playing Luke Brower, a homeless boy who is taken in by the Seavers family. DiCaprio made his big screen breakthrough in 1992, when he was handpicked by Robert De Niro out of 400 young actors to play the lead role inThis Boy's Life, co-starring Ellen Barkin and De Niro himself.

Later in 1993, DiCaprio co-starred as the mentally handicapped brother to Johnny Depp inWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape, a comic-tragic odyssey of a dysfunctional Iowa family. Director Lasse Hallström admitted he was initially looking for a less good-looking actor but finally settled on DiCaprio as he had emerged as "the most observant [actor]" among all auditioners.Budgeted at US$11.0 million,the film became a financial and critical success, resulting in a domestic box office total of US$9.1 million and various accolades for DiCaprio, who was awarded the National Board of Review Award and nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his portrayal.New York Timescritic Janet Maslin praised DiCaprio's performance, writing "the film's real show-stopping turn comes from Mr. DiCaprio, who makes Arnie's many tics so startling and vivid that at first he is difficult to watch. The performance has a sharp, desperate intensity from beginning to end."

DiCaprio's first effort of 1995 was Sam Raimi 'sThe Quick and the Dead, a western film in which he appeared alongside Gene Hackman , Sharon Stone , and Russell Crowe , playing the role of Hackman's alleged son named Kid. Sony Pictures was dubious over DiCaprio's casting, and as a result, Stone decided to pay for the actor's salary herself.The film was released to a dismal box office performance, barely grossing US$18.5 million in the United States, and received mixed reviews from critics. Jonathan Rosenbaum from theChicago Readerobserved that "Raimi tries to do a Sergio Leone , and thoughThe Quick and the Deadis highly enjoyable in spots, it doesn't come across as very convincing."Afterwards DiCaprio starred inTotal Eclipse, a fictionalized account of the homosexual relationship between Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine , played by David Thewlis . He replaced River Phoenix in the role of Rimbaud, who had died during pre-production on the project.A minor arthouse success, the film grossed US$0.34 million throughout its domestic theatrical run.

DiCaprio appeared alongside friends Kevin Connolly and Tobey Maguire in the mostly improvised short film calledDon's Plumas a favor to aspiring director R.D. Robb.When Robb decided to expand the black-and-white film to feature length however, DiCaprio and Maguire obtained its blocking, arguing that they never intended to make it a theatrical release as it would have commercial value thanks to their stardom.Nevertheless, the film eventually premiered at the 2001 Berlin International Film Festival , where it was well-received by critics, withTime Out New Yorkwriter Mike D'Angelo calling it "the best film [I saw] in Berlin."DiCaprio's last film of the year 1995 wasThe Basketball Diaries, a biopic about Jim Carroll .

1996—2001

In 1996, DiCaprio appeared opposite Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann 's filmRomeo + Juliet, an abridged modernization of William Shakespeare 's romantic tragedy of the same name which retained the original Shakespearean dialogue. The project was one of the first films to cash in on DiCaprio's future star-status, with a worldwide box office take of $147 million.

Later that year, he starred in Jerry Zaks ' family dramaMarvin's Room, reuniting with Robert De Niro . Based on Scott McPherson 's screenplay adaptation of his own 1991 stage play of the same name , the film revolves around two sisters, played by Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton , who are reunited through tragedy after 17 years of estrangement.DiCaprio portrayed the character of Hank, Streep's troubled son, who has been committed to a mental asylum for setting fire to his mother's house.On his Chlotrudis Award -winning performance, Lisa Schwarzbaum ofEntertainment Weeklycommented: "The deeply gifted DiCaprio [..] keeps right up with these older pros [Keaton and Streep]. The three are so full-bodied and so powerfully affecting that you're carried along on the pleasure of being in the presence of their extraordinary talent."

DiCaprio during an official press conference for his filmThe Beachin February 2000.

In 1997, DiCaprio starred in James Cameron 'sTitanic(1997), alongside Kate Winslet . Cast as twenty-year-old Jack Dawson , a penniless Wisconsin man who wins two tickets for the third-class on the fated RMSTitanic, DiCaprio initially refused to portray the character but was eventually encouraged to pursue the role by Cameron who strongly believed in his acting ability.Against expectations, the film went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time (it was surpassed in 2009 with the release of Avatar), grossing more than US$ 1.843 billion in box-office receipts worldwide,and transformed DiCaprio into a commercial movie star, resulting in fan worship among teenage girls and young women in general that became known as "Leo-Mania."Subsequently, he was nominated for most of the high-profile awards, including a second Golden Globe nomination.Upon the success of theTitanic, DiCaprio stated in 2000: "I have no connection with me during that wholeTitanicphenomenon and what my face became around the world [...] I'll never reach that state of popularity again, and I don't expect to. It's not something I'm going to try to achieve either."

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 'sThe Man in the Iron Mask, based on the same-titled 1939 film . Despite receiving a rather mixed to negative response,the film became a box office success, grossing US$180 million internationally.Though DiCaprio's performance was generally well-received, withEntertainment Weeklycritic Owen Gleiberman writing that "the shockingly androgynous DiCaprio looks barely old enough to be playing anyone with hormones, but he's a fluid and instinctive actor, with the face of a mischievous angel,"he was awarded a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple for both incarnations the following year.

DiCaprio's next project was the drama filmThe Beach(2000), an adaption of Alex Garland 's same-titled 1996 novel . Starring alongside Tilda Swinton and Virginie Ledoyen , he played an American backpacking tourist looking for the perfect way of life in a secret island commune in the Gulf of Thailand . Budgeted at $US50 million, the film became a financial success, grossing $US144 million worldwide,but as with DiCaprio's previous project, the film was largely panned by critics.Todd McCarthy ofVarietynoted that "Richard [DiCaprio's role] is too much the American Everyman and not enough of a well-defined individual to entirely capture one's interest and imagination, and DiCaprio, while perfectly watchable, does not endow him with the quirks or distinguishing marks to make this man from nowhere a dimensional character."The next year, he was nominated for another Razzie Award for his work on the film.

2002—2007

DiCaprio's first film of 2002 was the crime-comedyCatch Me If You Can, based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr. , who, before his 19th birthday, used his charm, confidence, and several different personas, to make millions in the 1960s writing bad checks . Directed by Steven Spielberg and co-starring Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken , the film was shot in 147 different locations in only 52 days, making it "the most adventurous, super-charged movie-making" DiCaprio had experienced yet.Catch Me If You Canreceived favourable reviews and proved to be an international success, becoming Dicaprio's highest-grossing film sinceTitanicwith a total of US$351.1 million worldwide. Roger Ebert praised his performance, and noted that while "DiCaprio, who in recent films [...] has played dark and troubled characters, is breezy and charming here, playing a boy who discovers what he is good at, and does it."The following year, DiCaprio received his third Golden Globe nomination for his work on the film.

DiCaprio at the pre-premiere ofGangs of New Yorkat the 2002 Cannes Film Festival .

Also in 2002, DiCaprio appeared in Martin Scorsese 'sGangs of New York, a historical film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of New York City . Director Scorsese initially struggled selling his idea of realizing the film until DiCaprio became interested in playing protagonist Amsterdam Vallon, a young leader of the Irish faction , and thus, Miramax Films got involved with financing the project.Nonetheless production on the film was plagued by blown-out budgets and producer-director squabbles, resulting in a marathon eight-month shoot and, at US$103 million, the most expensive film Scorsese had ever made.Upon its release,Gangs of New Yorkbecame a financial and critical success however.DiCaprio's acting was well-received but remained overshadowed by Daniel Day-Lewis ' performance among most critics.

Forging a collaboration with Scorsese, the two paired again for a biopic of the eccentric and obsessive American film director and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes inThe Aviator(2004). Centering on Hughes' life from the late 1920s to 1947, DiCaprio initially developed the project with Michael Mann , who decided against directing it after back-to-back film biographies inAliandThe Insider.The actor eventually pitched John Logan 's script to Scorsese, who quickly signed on to direct.Altogether, DiCaprio reportedly spent more than a year and a half in preparation for the film which was not necessarily shot in continuity because of actors and locations schedules.The Aviatorbecame a critical and financial success.DiCaprio received rave reviews for his performance and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor , also receiving another Academy Award nomination.

In 2006, DiCaprio starred in bothBlood DiamondandThe Departed. In Edward Zwick 's war filmBlood Diamond, he co-starred alongside Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou as a diamond smuggler from Rhodesia who is involved in the Sierra Leone Civil War . The film itself received generally favorable reviews,and DiCaprio was praised for the authenticity of his South African Afrikaner accent, known as a difficult accent to imitate.In Scorsese'sThe Departedhe played the role of Billy Costigan , a state trooper working undercover in an Irish Mob in Boston . Highly anticipated, the film was released to overwhelmingly positive reviews and became one of the highest-rated wide release films of 2006.Budgeted at US$90 million, it also emerged as DiCaprio and Scorsese's highest-grossing collaboration to date, easily beatingThe Aviator´s previous record of US$213.7 million.DiCaprio's performance inThe Departedwas applauded by critics and earned him a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor .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, DiCaprio earned his third Academy Award nomination forBlood Diamond.

2008—present

In 2008, DiCaprio starred inBody of Lies, a spy film based on the novel of the same name by David Ignatius , set in context of the Middle East and the war on terror , unfolding the story of three men battling a terrorist organization, and each other.Directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Russell Crowe and Vince Colosimo , DiCaprio dyed his hair brown and wore brown contacts for the role, which he chose to pursue because he considered it a throwback to political films in the 1970s such asThe Parallax View(1974) andThree Days of the Condor(1975).The film received mixed reviews from critics,and at a budget of US$67.5 million, became moderate box office success, grossing US$115 million worldwide.

DiCaprio at a charity event in March 2009.

The same year, DiCaprio reunited with Kate Winslet to film the dramaRevolutionary Road(2008), directed by Winslet's then-husband Sam Mendes . As both actors had been reluctant to make romantic films similar toTitanic, it was Winslet who suggested that both should work with her on a film adaptation of the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates after reading the script by Justin Haythe , knowing that plot had little in common with the 1997 blockbuster.Once DiCaprio agreed to do the film, it went almost immediately into production.He noted that he saw his character as "unheroic" and "slightly cowardly" and that he was "willing to be just a product of his environment."Portraying a couple in a failing marriage in the 1950s, DiCaprio and Winslet watched period videos promoting life in the suburbs to prepare themselves forRevolutionary Road,which earned them favorable reviews.For his portrayal DiCaprio garnered his seventh nomination from the Golden Globes.

DiCaprio continued his run with Scorsese in the 2010 psychological thriller filmShutter Island(2010), based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane . Co-starring Ben Kingsley , Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams in supporting roles, the actor played U.S. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels, who is investigating a psychiatric facility located on an island. With US$41 million, the film opened at number-one at the box office, giving both DiCaprio and Scorsese their best box office opening yet.

Also in 2010, DiCaprio starred in director Christopher Nolan 's science-fiction filmInception. Inspired by the experience of lucid dreaming and dream incubation ,the film, centers on the character of Dom Cobb, played by DiCaprio, an "extractor", who enters the dreams of others to obtain information that is otherwise inaccessible,and is promised a chance to regain his old life in exchange for planting an idea in a corporate target's mind.DiCaprio, the first actor to be cast in the film,was "intrigued by this concept — this dream-heist notion and how this character's gonna unlock his dreamworld and ultimately affect his real life."Released to critical acclaim, the film grossed over US$21 million on its opening day, with an opening weekend gross of US$62.7 million.

Next up, DiCaprio is set to star in Clint Eastwood 'sHoover, a biopic about J. Edgar Hoover , the controversial first director of the FBI of the United States.He was cast in the title role in Oliver Stone 's filmTravis McGee, in which he is expected to play a salvage consultant who helps his clients on recover lost property, and is attached to star as a father who kidnaps and tortures the man who kidnapped his daughter in the thrillerPrisoners.In addition, DiCaprio is said to be involved in the pre-production of Ridley Scott 's projectsThe Wolf of Wall StreetandBrave New World, Marc Forster 'sThe Chancellor Manuscriptand the biopicSinatra, a film about Frank Sinatra to be directed by Martin Scorsese.In July 2010, it was announced that DiCaprio had pulled out of a Viking movie to be directed by Mel Gibson amid controversy over Gibson's rage-fueled rant tapes and domestic violence probe.

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 Leonardo DiCaprio's Personal life

DiCaprio is a close friend of Tobey Maguire , whom he met while auditioning for theParenthoodseries in 1990, and is a longtime friend of both fellow actors Kevin Connolly and Lukas Haas ,andTitanicandRevolutionary Roadco-star Kate Winslet . He was a childhood friend of the late Christopher Pettiet .

DiCaprio at the red carpet at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival .

His romantic relationships have been widely covered in the media.DiCaprio has dated women including model Kristen Zang on-and-off for several years, and British model and socialite Emma Miller.In 2001, he met Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen with whom he had an on-and-off relationship until their separation in 2005.DiCaprio began a relationship with Israeli model andSports IllustratedSwimsuit Issue covergirl Bar Refaeli in November 2005 after meeting her at a Las Vegas party thrown for members of U2 .In the course of their trip to Israel in March 2007, the couple met with Israeli president Shimon Peres and visited Refaeli's hometown of Hod HaSharon .The relationship ended in June 2009.Since, Leo has been linked with model Emma Miller.However, numerous reports indicate that, as of early 2010, the romance with Refaeli may have been rekindled.

DiCaprio owns a home in Los Angeles, California and an apartment in the TriBeCa neighborhood in Lower Manhattan , New York . In 2009, he bought an island in Belize where he is planning to create an eco-friendly resort, as well as an apartment in Riverhouse, an eco-friendly building overlooking the Hudson River in Manhattan.

Environmental activism and philanthropy

A committed environmentalist , DiCaprio has received praise from environmental groups for his activism.In the past, he has opted to fly on commercial flights instead of chartering private jets, and it was reported that he drives a hybrid car and has solar panels installed on his house.In an interview withUkulaabout his 2007 film11th HourDiCaprio cited global warming as "the number-one environmental challenge."

At the 2007 Oscar ceremony , DiCaprio and former vice-president Al Gore appeared to announce that the Academy Awards had incorporated environmentally intelligent practices throughout the planning and production processes, thus affirming their commitment to the environment, and on July 7, 2007, DiCaprio presented at the American leg of Live Earth . In 2010, his environmental work earned DiCaprio a nomination for the VH1 Do Something Award . The awards show, produced by VH1 , is dedicated to honoring people who do good and is powered by Do Something , an organization that aims to empower, celebrate, and inspire young people.

In 1998, DiCaprio and his mother donated $35,000 for a state-of-the-art “Leonardo DiCaprio Computer Center” at the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (1874 Hillhurst Avenue) which happens to be the site of his childhood home. It was rebuilt after the 1994 Northridge earthquake , and opened in early 1999.During the filming ofBlood Diamond, DiCaprio worked with 24 orphaned children from the SOS Children's Village in Maputo, Mozambique , and was said to be extremely touched by his interactions with the children.In 2010, he donated $1,000,000 to relief efforts in Haiti after the earthquake .

During the 2004 Presidential election , DiCaprio campaigned and donated to John Kerry 's presidential bid . FEC showed DiCaprio gave $2300 to Barack Obama 's presidential campaign in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election , the maximum contribution an individual can give in an election cycle.

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