Birth Date: 11 November 1974
Nickname: Leo, The Noodle
Occupation: Actor, Film Producer
DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles and is the only child of George DiCaprio and Irmelin DiCaprio. His parents divorced when he was barely a year old; however, despite the separation, his parents played an important role in his upbringing. Though he was mostly raised by his mother, Leo stayed in touch with his father who played an important role in boosting his innate talent.
One of his first stage ventures include being a tap dancer. At an early age, he had faced dejection by being thrown out of the sets of Romper Stomper, one of DiCaprio's favorite show, for unruly behavior.
He attended Seeds University Elementary School but confessed that he never really enjoyed studying as much as he enjoyed performing on stage. He graduated from John Marshall High School and later attended the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.
DiCaprio spent most of his holidays taking courses in performing arts; he followed his stepbrother Adam Farrar's footsteps. DiCaprio, who had the support of his parents, went to several auditions but was only rejected for his rather ethnic-sounding name. He was requested to change his name to 'Lenny Williams' but stubborn as he was, Leonardo refused to budge.
DiCaprio made cameo appearances in ads for milk, Matchbox cars and some educational films like, 'Mickey's Safety Club' and 'How to Deal With a Parent Who Takes Drugs'. Apart from that, he also bagged roles of making guest appearances in 'The New Lassie', 'Parenthood', and 'Roseanne'. His first movie 'Critters 3' literally gave him jitters with him wanting to forget all about his role in the horror flick of 1991. DiCaprio proved his mettle in the sitcom 'Growing Pains' and overshadowed the rest of the cast with his performance. He got his first big break as the stepson of Robert De Niro in 'This Boy's Life' and eventually garnered the critics' attention.
His next role as the mentally retarded Arnie in 'What's Eating Gilbert Gape?' won him a nomination for an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe, while he took home the National Board of Review Award. 'The king of the world', DiCaprio in Titanic set ablaze the 'Leo-mania'. The portrayal of romantic Jack cemented his reputation as a heartthrob. DiCaprio, known for playing diverse roles, post his fame in Titanic, chose to perform in 'The Man in the Iron Mask' and 'The Beach'. His performance in 'Catch Me if You Can' was termed as the most charming and mature performance.
He worked in 'The Aviator' which won him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award. After that, he essayed noteworthy performances in 'The Departed' and 'Blood Diamond' for which he earned his third Oscar nomination. He reunited with Kate Winslet in 'Revolutionary Road' where they played the role of a couple in a troubled marriage, which won him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award.
His work apart, DiCaprio has earned himself the tag of being an environmentalist. He launched the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998, now known as 'The Leonardo DiCaprio Fund at CCF', to foster awareness of the environment. DiCaprio, being a true environmentalist, has his house installed with solar panels and owns cars that are eco-friendly. DiCaprio donated $1,000,000 towards Haiti Earthquake relief funds in 2010. DiCaprio also donated towards Russia's Tiger Summit; he joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund's campaign in 2011.
DiCaprio has been good friends with Kate Winslet, Tobey Maguire and the late Christopher Pettiet. DiCaprio's personal life has been in the limelight for a long time, for apparent reasons. Leonardo has dated a string of famous models including Kristen Zang, Emma Miller, Gisele Bundchen and Bar Refaeli. Currently dating supermodel Erin Heatherton, Dicaprio has been previously associated with model and actress Blake Lively with whom he split in October 2011.
Leonardo DiCaprio is an established star, rising to critical acclaim with all due credit to his acting prowess. With immense respect for his innate talent, I end quoting Leonardo, "If you can do what you do best and be happy, you're further along in life than most people."