DiCaprio's father is of half Italian and half German ancestry, while his mother, a German immigrant, is of German and Russian descent. In an interview in Russia, DiCaprio referred to himself as "half-Russian".
Leonardo DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, the United States, to Irmelin and George DiCaprio. Leonardo's story begins before he was even born. His mother Irmelin was admiring a DaVinci painting in Italy when she felt him kick, and hence the name for her baby boy. His parents divorced when he was still a toddler. DiCaprio was mostly raised by his mother, a legal secretary born in Germany. Despite his parents' early divorce, Leonardo DiCaprio remained close to his father, a comic book artist, and distributor.
His father was a well-known figure in LA's hippy circles and closely involved in the underground comic scene which proliferated in California during the Sixties. Writer Charles Bukowski, beat poet Alan Ginsberg and the legendary LSD guru Timothy Leary were all family friends. It was against this backdrop that Leo first ventured into acting, with the full support of both parents.
DiCaprio's father is of Italian (from Alife) and German (from Bavaria) descent. DiCaprio's maternal grandfather, Wilhelm Indenbirken (1913-1995), was German. His maternal grandmother, Helene Indenbirken (born Yelena Smirnova; 1915-2008), was a Russian-born German citizen. DiCaprio spent part of his childhood in Germany with his maternal grandparents, Wilhelm and Helene. He is conversant in German and Italian.