Leonardo Di Caprio: Hollywood’s Heartthrob

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Leonardo DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles on November 11th, 1974. He started out in small roles on TV and films, but got his big break in 1993 in This Boy’s Life. This was only the beginning in a series of films that helped him pave his way on the road to success.

In 1994, he landed a part in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape as the mentally handicapped brother of Johnny Depp, an acclaimed performance that earned him nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Awards. Over the next few years he took on a variety of roles, which helped DiCaprio establish himself as an eminently intuitive actor. He became insanely popular with the adolescent crowd, in particular teenage girls, and rose to stardom with some solid performances, but mostly thanks to his good looks and boyish charm.

In 1997, James Cameron offered him the male lead role in Titanic. The film not only took home a considerable number of Academy Awards, but also became a social phenomenon, shooting DiCaprio to sudden superstardom.

DiCaprio went on to pursue other acting challenges, like the dual role of Louis XIV and his brother in The Man in the Iron Mask. In 1999, he participated in The Beacha commercial failure that kept the young actor away from major film projects for some time until 2002, when he returned to the big screen directed by two of the best directors in Hollywood, Martin Scorsese, who gave him an extraordinary role in Gangs of New York and Steven Spielberg, who had DiCaprio star in the thriller Catch Me if You Can.

In 2005, he once again worked with Scorsese in The Aviator and for his role as the aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, he earned his second Oscar nomination for best actor.

In 2006, DiCaprio worked in two films that earned him more Golden Globe and Oscar nominations: the critically acclaimed The Departed, where he continued working with Scorsese, and Blood Diamondin a role that earned him considerable praise.

His most recent work includes 2008?s Body of Lies, directed by Ridley Scott, Revolutionary Road, where he once again teamed up with Kate Winslet, Shutter Island and the amazing The Wolf of Wall Street.

DiCaprio has dated several models, most notoriously Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and the Sports Illustrated cover girl Bar Refaeli, but has never formally settled down.

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