Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and a film producer. In the early 1990s, DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials, after which he had recurring roles in various television series such as the soap opera, Santa Barbara, and the sitcom, Growing Pains. In 1993, he began his film career by starring as Josh in Critters 3 (1991). He starred in the film adaptation of the memoir, This Boy's Life (1993), and was praised for his supporting role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). He gained public recognition with leading roles in The Basketball Diaries (1995), and the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), before achieving international fame with James Cameron's epic romance, Titanic (1997), which became the highest-grossing film to that point and is currently the second highest grossing film of all time. Since 2000, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. DiCaprio's subsequent films include, The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002), and the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002), which marked his first of many collaborations with director, Martin Scorsese. He was acclaimed for his performances in the political war thriller Blood Diamond (2006), the neo-noir crime drama The Departed (2006), the espionage thriller Body of Lies (2008), the drama Revolutionary Road (2008), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), the science fiction thriller Inception (2010), the biographical film J. Edgar (2011), the western Django Unchained (2012), and the period drama The Great Gatsby (2013). DiCaprio's portrayals of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004) and Hugh Glass in The Revenant (2015) won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, and his role as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) won him the award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He won his first BAFTA award for Best Actor for The Revenant. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards—five for acting and one for producing—and in 2016, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Revenant. DiCaprio is the founder of his own production company, Appian Way Productions.

Born on: 11 November, 1974

Born in: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

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Trivia:
This suave and charismatic actor is known to be fond of raising a glass to signify cheers, as has been witnessed in many of his movies including 'Titanic', 'The Man With The Iron Mask', 'Django Unchained', 'The Great Gatsby', 'The Wolf of Wall Street'.

A Russian millionaire paid $1.5 million to go on a space trip with Leo.

In 2009, Leo and Kate Winslet helped pay nursing home fees for the last living Titanic survivor, so she wouldn’t have to sell her momentos.

He can speak fluent German.

Leo was offered the role of Patrick Bateman in 'American Psycho,' but didn’t take it, because all of his fans were teenage girls at the time.

Leo owns a giant pet tortoise.

He is “hooked on” colonics, an alternative medical program, which involves colon cleansing to remove toxins, and promote health.

In 2011, he bought a Salvador Dali painting for $1.2 million. At that same auction he was bidding on Picassos, but apparently, he really wanted only the Dali.

Leo’s first agent wanted to change his name to Lenny Williams because he thought his name sounded too ethnic.

Leo owns his own fair-trade coffee company.

In 2014, Leo’s foundation gave $3 million to saving ocean wildlife.

In 2013, he donated $3 million to saving tigers in Nepal.

In 2005, Leo was smashed in the face with a wine glass, by a woman, at an after-party. The woman went to jail for two years.

In 2007, Nicholas Cage outbid Leo for a $276,000 dinosaur skull.

In the ’90s, Leo was a member of a group called “The Pussy Posse.” The group consisted of Lukas Haas, Tobey Maguire, Harmony Korine, and David Blaine, among others.

Leo and Toby Maguire made a movie, which turned out to be so bad that Leo took legal action for it, never to be released in theaters or on DVD in the U.S.

In 2010, he donated another $1 million to saving tigers. At a tiger summit in Russia, Vladimir Putin called him a real man. Putin said: “Here, in Russia, we call such a person a real man. If wildlife and tiger conservation is in the hands of people with such character, we are destined to succeed.”

Leonardo's middle name is Wilhelm.

His worst-reviewed film is 'Critters 3'. It has a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

James Cameron wrote his own script for 'Spider-Man', and wanted Leo to play Spider-Man.

Christian Bale lost out to Leo for roles in 'Who’s Eating Gilbert Grape' and 'Titanic'.

In the 'Titanic' nude drawing scene, the hands seen sketching Rose are not Leo’s; they’re James Cameron’s.

Leo is producing a 'Twilight Zone' film.

He owns an island off the coast of Belize, that he plans to turn into an eco-friendly resort.

He survived a shark attack.

He was offered the role of Max Dennison in 'Hocus Pocus,' but turned it down.

In 2013, Leo donated $61,000 to support gay rights.

His father was a comic book dealer.

James Cameron called Leo a “spoiled punk” for refusing to go to the Oscars the year that 'Titanic' was nominated. Leo said he didn’t want to go because he didn’t see the point if he wasn’t individually nominated.

He almost died in a skydiving accident when his parachute wouldn’t open. Luckily an instructor swooped in and saved him.

In 2013, Leo held an auction for 33 works of art. They raised $31.7 million that night for global charity initiatives.

Leo has had bouts of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), a mental/behavioural disorder that reawakened while filming 'The Aviator'. When he was a kid, he would avoid stepping on sidewalk cracks.

Leonardo DiCaprio got his name when his mom was pregnant and looking at a Leonardo Da Vinci painting and felt him kick.