His name allegedly derives from his German mother Irmalin`s having experienced a sudden kick from her unborn boy while enjoying a DaVinci painting at the Uffizi. In the year following his birth, she and his Italian father, George, were divorced. He grew up in Echo Park, then a particularly seedy, drug-dominated area of Los Angeles. At five he appeared on his favorite TV show "Romper Room" (1953) and was nearly thrown off for misbehaving. After a string of commercials, educational films ("Mickey`s Safety Club"), occasional parts in TV series, a debut film role as Josh in Critters 3 (1991), a continuing role as the homeless boy Luke in the TV series "Growing Pains" (1985), he got his break-through part as Toby in This Boy`s Life (1993), co-starring with Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin.
The part led the New York Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics to name him runner-up for Best Supporting Actor. His first Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations came for the difficult role of Arnie in What`s Eating Gilbert Gr*pe (1993). Equally challenging parts were a drug-troubled Jim Carroll in The Basketball Diaries (1995), the tormented homosexual poet Rimbaud in Total Eclipse (1995), and the angry teenage son of a harried mother in Marvin`s Room (1996). He made a major impact with his starring role in a very updated Romeo + Juliet (1996). Superstardom came to DiCaprio playing Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997), highest grossing film ever, tied with Ben-Hur (1959) for most Academy Awards, though Leo himself was not nominated. His performance in the remake of The Man in the Iron Mask (1998/I) was poorly received, but the film still turned a profit. His next major film, The Beach (2000/I), was not a success, but he made another comeback in Catch Me If You Can (2002) and remains an A-list star.
Full Name at Birth
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio
Date of Birth
Intense emotional acting style
Often plays the roles who have suffered from trauma or any loss
Producer, Actor, Writer
Claim to Fame
Titanic, Django Unchained, The Revenant
Creative Artists Agency
Celebrity Talent International
(2009-12) Print ads for Tag Heuer watches & their Natural Resources Defense Council promotional campaign.
TV commercial for Suzuki Wagon R (1998) (Japan)
Print ad for Orico Card (Japan)
1998: Japanese TV commercial for Visa.
TV commercial for Bubble Yum-Bubble Gum.
TV commercial for Fred Meyer clothing.
1988: TV commercial for Matchbox Cars.
(2010) TV commercials: Bridgestone Ecopia tires (Japan)
(2006) TV commercial: Toyota Estima Hybrid (Japan)
(2007) TV commercials: ORIX Real Estate "Re Tokyo" (Japan)
(2005) TV commercials: Toyota Prius (Japan)
(2001) TV commercials: Orient Corporation Orico Card (Japan)
(2013) TV commercial: Jim Beam (Japan)
Other Family Members
Black, White, Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Grey, Brown, Dark Green