Leonardo DiCaprio is a movie heartthrob and award-winning Hollywood actor. He shot to fame for his role in ‘Titanic’ in 1997. He has also starred in many other successful movies. DiCaprio is known for his environmentalist activities. He flies on commercial flights instead of private jets and has an eco-friendly house. He has inspired other celebrities to take up environmental causes.
DiCaprio is an only child and was born in Los Angeles in 1974. He was named after Leonardo da Vinci because his pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci painting in Italy when her baby first kicked. Leo's actor stepbrother inspired DiCaprio to take up acting. He began looking for an agent when he was twelve but was unsuccessful.
DiCaprio started his career making TV commercials. His break came in 1990 when he appeared in several shows. DiCaprio’s big breakthrough came in 1993 when he starred opposite Robert de Niro in ‘The Boy’s Life’. That same year he starred alongside Johnny Depp in ‘What's Eating Gilbert Grape’. He was 19 and his performance earned him an Academy Award nomination.
DiCaprio’s career took off and he became a Hollywood star. His status was elevated to superstar after he acted in ‘Titanic’, which won 11 Oscars. He was the most searched for personality on the Internet and his popularity was dubbed "Leo-mania”. He said later he would “never reach that state of popularity again”. Today, DiCaprio prefers to think of himself as an indie actor.