Actor Leonardo Dicaprio Childhood Photos. Born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, Leonardo DiCaprio is an American actor known for his good looks and edgy, unconventional roles. DiCaprio started out in television in the early 1990s. This Boy’s Life (1993) with Robert De Niro was his first major film role. In 1997, DiCaprio starred James Cameron’s epic drama Titanic, which made him a huge star. He has worked with such film greats as Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood. Some of his most recent films include Inception (2011) and Django Unchained (2012).
Born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is the only child of Irmelin and George DiCaprio. 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. With his parents urging Leonardo explored his creative side. He developed an interest in acting early on. “I loved imitating people … I loved joking around with my parents and creating different characters. I liked doing my own little homemade skits,” DiCaprio told Back Stage. But he didn’t have much success in Hollywood until he reached his early teens.
It was another tragic love story that helped propel DiCaprio’s career to a new level in 1997. He s He co-starred with Kate Winslet in James Cameron’s Titanic about the sinking of the legendary ocean liner Titanic in 1912. In the film, he plays Jack, a poor artist who falls for the rich and beautiful Rose (Winslet) on board. The couple faces danger not only from Rose’s fiancé (Billy Zane), but the ship itself after it strikes an iceberg. Capture the splendor of the legendary ship and its brutal demise, the film’s production budget topped more than $200 million.
Titanic became both a critical and commercial smash hit. It snapped up 14 Academy Award nominations and took home such distinctive honors as best picture and best director. Audiences flocked to the theaters to see this cinematic epic, driving the film to new box office records. Titanic earned more than $600 million in its initial domestic release, according to boxofficemojo.com.
The success of the film also showed that DiCaprio could handle traditional Hollywood leading man roles. He quickly became a world-famous celebrity with a growing following of admirers. His charm and youthful good looks helped him make People magazine’s list of “50 Most Beautiful People”—in 1997 and 1998.
During much of his career, DiCaprio has found himself in the media spotlight for his personal life. His on-again off-again relationship with supermodel Gisele Bundchen was fodder for celebrity magazines and Web sites from 2000 to 2005. DiCaprio then dated model Bar Refaeli for several years. In 2011, he was briefly linked to actress Blake Lively.
Off-screen and away from the attention of the paparazzi, DiCaprio has demonstrated his passion for environmental issues. In 2000 he hosted an Earth Day celebration as well interviewed President Bill Clinton for a television segment about global warming. He’s also served on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA. In 2007 a documentary about the environment, which DiCaprio wrote and narrated, debuted. In addition, the actor is one of the founders of The Leonardo DiCaprio Fund at California Community Foundation, a non-profit that supports environmental causes.