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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Leonardo DiCaprio - Everything You Need To Know

Leonardo DiCaprio is a well known American actor who became a sensation worldwide with the movie Titanic. He is one of the most respected, daring and challenging actors of Hollywood today and is known for his diverse, sharp and intense roles. He mostly work with internationally acclaimed directors like Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan. He is seen most often in Martin Scorsese movies. He is one of those actors who refuse to conform to any cliche about actors.
Leonardo DiCaprio was born to parents Irmelin and George DiCaprio in Los Angeles, California on November 11, 1974. His parents had separated when he was a year old but his father was very much around him. It was actually seeing his stepbrother Adam Farrar's brief stint in acting that inspired him to try his luck in films as well.
He started his career with television commercials and educational programs as a child. Few of the producers noticed him and gave him small roles in their Television series. During this stint in his career he was nominated for Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor.
In 1991 he made his debut on the big screen with "Critters 3", a low budget horror movie. He then made a brief stint in the sitcom "Growing Pains" after which he was noticed by the public. He took various diverse roles which showcased his talent in movies like "What's Eating Gilbert Grape", "The Quick", "The Basketball Diaries", and in 1996 with the movie "Romei & Juliet" Leonardo became a household name. The movie "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" saw him along with Johnny Depp. He was awarded the National Board of Review Award and was also nominated for both Academy Award and Golden Globe.
Then came the movie "Titanic" in 1997 that changed his life forever. With the role he became a teen sensation not only in America but also worldwide. "Titanic" became the highest grossing movie breaking all records of that time. This also brought him his second nomination for Golden Globe. Finally he had a control over his career. However, he kept a low profile until 2002 when he again made waves worldwide with his movie "Catch Me if You Can". He received his third Golden Globe nomination for his work in this film.
He is said to draw a salary of $20 million. Apart from being a top movie star he is also a well-known environmental conservationist, and advocates and support natural causes.