Leonardo DiCaprio: Early Life, Movies, Awards, Relationships & Net Worth

Leonardo DiCaprio is a globally acclaimed and Oscar-winning actor. He’s best known for his acting in the lead roles of some of the highest-grossing films like ‘Titanic,’ ‘The Aviator,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘The Revenant.’ He’s one among the few actors who are having a diverse film career and he’s is regarded as a very humble celebrity with extraordinary acting skills. Speaking of DiCaprio, most people are of the misconception that he rose to fame overnight with the film ‘Titanic’ but only a few know that he had a relatively humble beginning for his acting career.

He was cast in the lead roles in many critically acclaimed films like The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006),  Inception (2010), Django Unchained (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and The Revenant (2015), winning his first Oscar for the latter.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Early Life

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California. He was the only child of Irmelin, a legal secretary born in Germany, and George DiCaprio who is a comic book artist. His parents got divorced when he was still a toddler and since then he was raised by his mother and was also very close to his father. DiCaprio developed his interest in acting at a very young age and he liked to imitate other people and used to do homemade skits for fun. He ventured into a mainstream acting career at a very young age but he didn’t have much success in Hollywood until he reached his early teens.

Television Shows

The New Lassie
“The New Lassie” (1989)

In the early 1990s, Leonardo DiCaprio did a number of regular television shows. He also appeared in the guest roles in many shows including The New Lassie and Roseanne. He met Tobey Maguire while working alongside for the dramatic comedy show Parenthood and two stars have remained good friends ever since.

Film Roles

Leonardo DiCaprio started his film career by playing many supporting roles and was a part of the sitcom Growing Pains (1985). He also acted in multiple low-budget horror movies, such as Critters 3 (1991). He got a chance to demonstrate his brilliant acting skills in the film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993), co-starring Johnny Depp in which he portrayed the character of a child with mental disabilities. This film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Bazmark Productions (Romeo + Juliet)

The years 1996 and 97 proved to be very successful for Leonardo DiCaprio as he was cast in the lead role for two critically and commercially successful films Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Titanic (1997). After the massive success of Titanic, he became an A-listed actor and from then he went on to portray lead roles in many Hollywood blockbusters he worked alongside legendry directors like Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan.

The Success of Titanic

Titanic was made at a budget of $200 million and it happened to be the most expensive film at that time. Upon its release, the film became a critical and commercial hit. It was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark in international sales. This film garnered 14 Academy Award nominations and won 11, including Best Picture and Best Director.

‘Revolutionary Road’ & ‘Inception’

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures (Inception)

In the year 2008, DiCaprio was cast alongside his Titanic partner Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road, a tense film about a 1950s suburban couple facing a myriad of personal problems. In the year 2010, he worked alongside the legendry director Christopher Nolan in the film ‘Inception’. The film achieved massive success both critically and commercially

The Wolf of Wall Street

Mary Cybulski / Paramount Pictures

In the year 2013, DiCaprio was cast in the film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort, who gained notoriety for defrauding investors. This film earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

Oscar Win for ‘The Revenant’

DiCaprio was finally awarded an Oscar for this brilliant portrayal of the role of Hugh Glass in the film ‘The Revenant’. The actor received a standing ovation from his peers and praised Iñárritu for his vision while also calling for support to Indigenous communities and the protection of natural environments.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Friends & Relationships

DiCaprio happens to be in the media spotlight for his personal life. He first dated supermodel Gisele Bündchen in the year 2000. He then went on date Bar Refaeli for several years. In 2011, he was briefly linked to actress Blake Lively. Since then, he reportedly dated various models. His list of close friends includes stars like Kate Winslet and Tobey Maguire.

Tobey Maguire (Spiderman) | Image Source: Getty / Vivien Killilea

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Net Worth

As of 2021, Leonardo DiCaprio’s net worth is estimated to be $260 million.


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