At 23 years of age, LEONARDO DiCAPRIO (Jack Dawson) has
developed into one of his generation"s most gifted and versatile
talents. DiCaprio earned an Academy AwardÂ® nomination for
Best Supporting Actor at 19 for his portrayal of an ebullient,
mentally impaired youngster in "What"s Eating Gilbert
Grape?" The actor"s second film at the time, his performance
also garnered awards from the National Board of Review, Chicago
Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics, as well as a Golden
DiCaprio made his film debut opposite Robert DeNiro and Ellen
Barkin in "This Boy"s Life" and has subsequently
appeared in a variety of features, from the Western "The
Quick and the Dead," with Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman,
to "The Basketball Diaries," a harrowing account of
a young man"s spiral into heroin addiction, to "Total
Eclipse," shot in Paris, opposite David Thewlis, in which
DiCaprio played the poet Rimbaud.
In 1996, he starred with Claire Danes in the critically acclaimed
modern adaptation of "William Shakespeare"s Romeo +
Juliet," as well as the screen adaptation of the successful
play "Marvin"s Room," opposite Meryl Streep and
Diane Keaton. DiCaprio will next co-star with Jeremy Irons, John
Malkovich and Gerard Depardieu in "The Man in the Iron Mask,"
which recently completed filming in France. He has also joined
the ensemble cast of Woody Allen"s latest project, slated
for release in 1998.
A native of Los Angeles, DiCaprio began his acting career at age
14, appearing in commercials and educational films. He soon moved
into parts on episodic television, including a role on "Growing
Pains" in the popular series" last season. He also appeared
in the short film "The Foot Shooting Party," released
by Touchstone Pictures.
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