Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor, film producer and environmentalist. He has often played unconventional roles, particularly in biopics and period films. His accolades include an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe Award for The Revenant. He was named the commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contributions to the arts in 2005.
About Leonardo DiCaprio in brief
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor, film producer and environmentalist. He has often played unconventional roles, particularly in biopics and period films. As of 2019, his films have grossed US$7. 2 billion worldwide. His accolades include an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe Award for The Revenant. He was named the commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his contributions to the arts in 2005. In 2016, he was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time. He is the founder of Appian Way Productions—a production company that has produced some of his films and the documentary series Greensburg —and the Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting environmental awareness. His father is of Italian and German descent, and he is conversant in Italian. His maternal grandfather, Wilhelm Indenbirken, was German, and his maternal grandmother was a Russian-born German citizen. His mother was a legal secretary and his father was an underground comix writer, publisher, and distributor of comic books. He attended Seeds Elementary School and later went to John Marshall High School a few blocks away after attending the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years. He dropped out of high school following his third year, eventually earning his general equivalency diploma. He has said that he hated public school and often asked his mother to take him to auditions instead to improve their financial situation.
He began appearing in commercials for Matchbox cars at age 14, which he considered his first role. In 1989, he played the role of Glen in the television series Romper Room for being disruptive. When his older brother earned from 50,000 USD, he considered becoming a commercial actor. When he was two, he started his interest in performing on stage at a festival and danced spontaneously; he was fascinated with the cheerful response. In 1979, at the age of five, Di caprio was removed from the set of the children’s television series Romper Room for being disruptive for being a stepbrother to Mattel’s Jack Yum and Apple’s Yum Yum. He later appeared in two commercials for Kraft Foods, and later in two Kraft Foods Bubble Yum commercials for Apple. He received acclaim for his supporting role as a developmentally disabled boy in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. He achieved international stardom in the epic romance Titanic, which became the highest-grossing film to that point. In the 2010s, he starred in the science fiction thriller Inception, the western Django Unchained, the biopic The Wolf of Wall Street, the survival drama The Re Covenant, and the comedy-drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, all of which were critical and commercial successes. His parents met while attending college and moved to Los Angeles after graduating. DiCaprios’ parents separated when he was a year old; they initially agreed to live next door to each other.