LEONARDO DiCAPRIO (Calvin Candie) is an award-winning actor and a three-time Academy
Award nominee. DiCaprio most recently starred in the title role in J. EDGAR under the direction of
Clint Eastwood. He received Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Award nominations for his work in the film. Prior to J. EDGAR he starred in Christopher Nolan's
blockbuster INCEPTION, and in the dramatic thriller SHUTTER ISLAND, which marked his fourth
collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. DiCaprio is currently filming the title role in THE GREAT
GATSBY under the direction of Baz Luhrmann.
DiCaprio earned his latest Oscar nod in 2007 for his performance in Edward Zwick's drama
BLOOD DIAMOND, also receiving Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Award nominations for his work in the film. That same year, he garnered Golden Globe, BAFTA
Award, Critics' Choice Award and SAG Award nominations for his role in the Oscar-winning Best
Picture THE DEPARTED, directed by Scorsese. He also shared in a SAG Award nomination for
Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance as a member of the ensemble cast of THE DEPARTED.
He previously earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Scorsese's
acclaimed 2004 biopic THE AVIATOR. DiCaprio's portrayal of Howard Hughes in that film also
brought him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama, as well as Critics' Choice and BAFTA
Award nominations. He was also honored with two SAG Award nominations, one for Best Actor and
another for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance as part of the THE AVIATOR cast.
In addition to his acting work, DiCaprio launched his own production company, Appian
Way. Under the Appian Way banner, he wrote, produced and narrated the acclaimed environmentally
themed documentary THE 11th
HOUR. Among Appian Way's other productions are the aforementioned
SHUTTER ISLAND and THE AVIATOR as well as THE IDES OF MARCH, RED RIDING HOOD,
ORPHAN, and PUBLIC ENEMIES.
Born in Hollywood, California, DiCaprio started acting at the age of 14. His breakthrough feature
film role came in Michael Caton-Jones' 1993 screen adaptation of Tobias Wolff's autobiographical drama
THIS BOY'S LIFE. That same year, he co-starred in Lasse Hallstrom's WHAT'S EATING GILBERT
GRAPE, earning his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his performance as a mentally
handicapped young man. In addition, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting
Actor and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's New Generation Award for his work in the film.
In 1995, DiCaprio had starring roles in three very different films, beginning with Sam Raimi's
Western, THE QUICK AND THE DEAD. He also garnered praise for his performance as drug addict
Jim Carroll in the harrowing drama THE BASKETBALL DIARIES, and for his portrayal of disturbed
pansexual poet Arthur Rimbaud in Agnieszka Holland's TOTAL ECLIPSE. The following year,
DiCaprio starred in Baz Luhrmann's contemporary screen adaptation WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S
ROMEO + JULIET, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. He
also joined an all-star ensemble cast in MARVIN'S ROOM, sharing in a SAG Award nomination for
Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance.
In 1997, DiCaprio starred opposite Kate Winslet in the blockbuster TITANIC, for which he earned
a Golden Globe Award nomination. The film shattered every box office record on its way to winning 11
Oscars, including Best Picture. His subsequent film work includes dual roles in THE MAN IN THE
IRON MASK; THE BEACH; Woody Allen's CELEBRITY; Steven Spielberg's CATCH ME IF YOU
CAN (receiving a Golden Globe nomination); GANGS OF NEW YORK (his first film for director Martin
Scorsese); Ridley Scott's BODY OF LIES; and Sam Mendes' REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, which
reunited DiCaprio with Winslet and brought him his seventh Golden Globe nomination.
DiCaprio is well known for his dedication to the environment on a global scale, producing creative
projects such as the documentary 11TH HOUR, spearheading numerous public awareness campaigns, and
launching The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. DiCaprio serves on the boards of World Wildlife Fund,
Natural Resources Defense Council, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
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