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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (Leo, Lenny D)

Few actors in the world have had a career quite as diverse as Leonardo DiCaprio's. DiCaprio has gone from relatively humble beginnings, as a supporting cast member of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985) and low budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991), to a major teenage heartthrob in the 1990s, as the hunky lead actor in movies such as Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Titanic (1997).

Background

  • Ethnicity: His father is of Italian and German descent, and his mother, who is German-born, is of German and Russian ancestry.

  • His father is of Italian and German descent, and his mother is of German and Russian ancestry (his grandmother Elena Smirnova was taken out Belarus in Germany)

  • Education

    • At that tim he was mostly interested in baseball cards, comic books and frequently visited museums, with his father.

    Career

    • DiCaprio began attracting the attention of producers, who cast him in bit part roles in a number of television series, such as Roseanne (1988) and The New Lassie (1989), but it wasn't until 1991 that DiCaprio made his film debut in Critters 3 (1991), a low-budget horror movie. While Critters 3 (1991) did little to help showcase DiCaprio's acting abilities, it did help him develop his show-reel, and attract the attention of the people behind the hit sitcom Growing Pains (1985). Leonardo took up a diverse range of roles in the early 1990s, including a mentally challenged youth in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), a young gunslinger in The Quick and the Dead (1995) and a drug addict in one of his most challenging roles to date, "Jim Carroll", in The Basketball Diaries (1995), a role which the late River Phoenix originally expressed interest in. While these diverse roles helped establish Leonardo's reputation as an actor, it wasn't until his role as "Romeo" in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996) that Leonardo became a household name, a true movie star. The following year, DiCaprio starred in another movie about doomed lovers, Titanic (1997). Titanic (1997) became the highest grossing movie of all time, and cemented DiCaprio's reputation as a teen heartthrob. Following his work on Titanic (1997), DiCaprio kept a low profile for a number of years, with roles in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) and the low-budget The Beach (2000) being some of his few notable roles during this period. In 2002, he burst back into screens throughout the world with leading roles in Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Gangs of New York (2002), his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese.

      DiCaprio continued to defy conventions about the types of roles he would accept, and with his career now seeing him leading all-star casts in action thrillers such as The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010), DiCaprio continues to wow audiences by refusing to conform to any cliché about actors. In 2012, he played a mustache-twirling villain in Django Unchained (2012), and then tragic literary character Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (2013).

      Filmography:

      The Revenant 2015

      The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

      The Great Gatsby 2013

      Django Unchained 2012

      J. Edgar 2011

      Inception 2010

      Shutter Island 2010

      Revolutionary Road 2008

      Body of Lies 2008

      Blood Diamond 2006

      The Departed 2006

      The Aviator 2004

      Catch Me If You Can 2002

      Gangs of New York 2002

      Don's Plum 2001

      IThe Beach 2000

      Celebrity 1998

      IThe Man in the Iron Mask 1998

      Titanic 1997

      Marvin's Room 1996

      Romeo + Juliet 1996

      Total Eclipse 1995

      The Basketball Diaries 1995

      The Quick and the Dead 1995

      The Foot Shooting Party 1994

      What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993

      This Boy's Life 1993

    Politics

    Leo’s a hardcore Democrat. In 2008, he donated over $38,000 to the Democratic party including directly to then-candidate Barack Obama. So far, for the 2012 election cycle, Leo has donated at least $5,000 to Obama’s re-election campaign. DiCaprio is widely-known as a serious environmentalist. It seems, among the wide variety of liberal causes, that DiCaprio certainly puts the environment above the rest but acknowledging many other important issues.

    Party affiliation: Democratic Party

    Religion

    DiCaprio was raised a Roman Catholic, probably due to his German and Italian background. DiCaprio (like many Catholics) isn’t religious, but he’s not an atheist. Based on this quote, maybe religion would do him some good: "Death freaks me out. I don’t know about an afterlife. I’m not religious, you know. I’m not an atheist, but I’ve never had a religion".

    Recently, DiCaprio was dating a Jewish woman by the name of Bar Refaeli and it was rumored he would convert to Judaism to marry her. They even took a trip to Israel but the couple split before that could happen. Perhaps DiCaprio’s alleged willingness to convert to Judaism and the fact that he is a “non-religious” Catholic would point to him being spiritually flexible. There is more evidence of that considering in 1998, as a result of exhaustion, DiCaprio entered a Buddhist center in Los Angeles to meditate and “recharge.” He’s also listed as a Buddhist on various celebrity religion sites.

    Denomination: Catholic

    Views

    In 1998, he created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to support organizations and initiatives dedicated to securing a sustainable future for our planet. Since that time, Leonardo has built longstanding relationships with some of the great leaders and thinkers on the planet, staying continually engaged and active on the most pressing issues we face – climate change, access to clean water, protecting biodiversity, oceans conservation and disaster relief. In addition to WWF, Leonardo sits on the board of several organizations dedicated to these issues including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Global Green USA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Over the last 12 years, Leonardo has worked strategically to shift public awareness on key issues. Through his foundation, Leonardo has produced a number of media projects that communicate the urgency of the issues to the public, including two short web films Water Planet and Global Warning, which have been viewed by people around the world. He dedicated half of his website to environmental news and content and is now building his social media channels in an effort to reach the public more directly.

    Quotations: 1. "Don't think for a moment that I'm really like any of the characters I've played. I'm not. That's why it's called 'acting".

    2. "Drugs? Every one has a choice and I choose not to do drugs".

    3. "I didn't know what types of movies I wanted to do. I want to do things that are different. I want to take my time with each role".

    4. " I don't think my parents would be shocked about anything I did, because they're so laid-back".

    5. " I like to be able to play a character and act out a lot of things which I can't or don't do in my normal everyday life".

    6. "I've just got to maintain my passion for what I do".

    7. "If you can do what you do best and be happy, you're further along in life than most people".

    8. "My mother is a walking miracle".

    9. "My dad's probably one of the kindest people in the world. When I was younger that's not how I was- I was a little spoiled brat".

    10. "Portraying emotionally ill characters gives me the chance to really act".

    Membership

    • Feeding America , USA

    • Global Green USA , USA

    • Internetional Fund for Animal Welfare , USA

    • Natural Resources Defense Council , USA

    • Sos Children's Villages International

    Personality

    He is very conscientious, responsible, and concerned with his duty, his public image and reputation, and becoming a person of stature in the world. Leonardo DiCaprio understands the need for hard work and careful planning in order to accomplish anything substantial and he is capable of much self-discipline and patience once he sets his sights on a goal. But Leonardo DiCaprio is very judgmental and hard on himself if he fails to attain success, and he can become dry, bitter, or cynical if the world does not recognize his efforts.

    Quotes from others about the person

    Jim Carrey:

    "If I had never ventured beyond being a stand-up comic, then I would be sitting in my house today working on my Leonardo DiCaprio impression".

    Sam Rockwell:

    "Good acting is good acting, however you learn it. Some people who haven't studied are amazing. Some people like Leonardo DiCaprio are naturally gifted - he's learned technique by working with people early on".

    Dylan O'Brien:

    "My heroes are guys like Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon. These are amazing actors with amazing careers that every actor should aspire to. I'm not saying I'm going to get anywhere close. It's not going to be an easy feat. I'm just in awe of their careers".

    Interests

    Writers: Ernest Hemingway

    Sport & Clubs: Baseball and basketball

    Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson are his favorite actors, and Martin Scorsese is his favorite director. His favorite food is pasta. His favorite drink is lemonade. He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes. Favorite color - dark green. Favorite cities: New York City and San Fransisco. Favorite TV show - The Twilight Zone. Favorite actress - Meryl Streep. Favorite car - A ’69 Mustang.

    Music & Bands: Rap

    Connections

    • Leonardo was born in Los Angeles, California, as the only child of Irmelin (nee Indenbirken), who is a former legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, an underground comic artist and producer of comic books. DiCaprio’s parents met while attending college together and subsequently moved to Los Angeles. His mother moved from Oer-Erkenschwick, Germany, to the U.S. during her childhood, while his father is a fourth-generation American of half Italian and half German descent. His parents divorced when he was one. He lived mostly with his mother, although his father was around intermittently.
    • father: George DiCaprio - United States - comic book distributer
      He and Irmelin DiCaprio met while attended college together and subsequently moved to Los Angeles. Is an underground comic book distributer based primarily around the West Coast.

      His mother, Olga Anne (Jacobs), was a German immigrant. His father, George Leon DiCaprio, was born in New York, to Italian parents, Rosina and Salvatore DiCaprio.
    • mother: Irmalin (Idenbirkin) DiCaprio - United States - Actress and producer
      Irmelin DiCaprio was born in 1943 in Oer-Erkenschwick, Germany as Irmelin Indenbirkin. She is an actress and producer, known for Blood Diamond (2006), The 11th Hour (2007) and The Beach (2000). She was previously married to George DiCaprio. Her parents, the late Helene and Wilhelm Idenbirken, moved back to Germany in the mid '80s. She and George DiCaprio got divorced when Leonardo was a year old.
    • Girlfriend (2015): Rihanna - United States - singer
      Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in a parish in Barbados called St. Michael, to Monica (Braithwaite), an accountant, and Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor. Her mother is of Afro-Guyanese descent and her father has Afro-Barbadian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry (known as "Redlegs" in the Caribbean). Rihanna lived the life of a normal island girl going to Combermere, a top sixth form school. Rihanna won numerous beauty pageants and performed Mariah Carey "Hero" in a school talent show. Her life changed forever when one of her friends introduced her to Evan Rodgers, a producer from New York who was in Barbados for a vacation with his wife, who is a native. Rodgers arranged for her to go to New York to meet Jay Z, CEO of Def Jam Records. He heard her sing and knew she was going to be incredibly successful. She was 16 when she was signed to Def Jam. Since then, she's amassed phenomenal success.
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    Born November 11, 1974
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      John Marshall High School
    • 1991 - present
      Actor, 1991-present
      USA

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      • In 1998, he created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to support organizations and initiatives dedicated to securing a sustainable future for our planet. Since that time, Leonardo has built longstanding relationships with some of the great leaders and thinkers on the planet, staying continually engaged and active on the most pressing issues we face – climate change, access to clean water, protecting biodiversity, oceans conservation and disaster relief. In addition to WWF, Leonardo sits on the board of several organizations dedicated to these issues including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Global Green USA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Over the last 12 years, Leonardo has worked strategically to shift public awareness on key issues. Through his foundation, Leonardo has produced a number of media projects that communicate the urgency of the issues to the public, including two short web films Water Planet and Global Warning, which have been viewed by people around the world. He dedicated half of his website to environmental news and content and is now building his social media channels in an effort to reach the public more directly.
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