Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in epic films as Titanic, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street. Further, He is known for dating beautiful supermodels and being a talented actor. Here are some things you probably didn’t know about Leonardo DiCaprio.
1. Leonardo was born on November 11, 1974, in Los Angeles to Irmelin Indenbirken and George DiCaprio.
2. His full name is Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio.
3. He is named after the artist Leonardo da Vinci, as his pregnant mother was standing in front of a da Vinci painting the first time she felt him kick.
4. DiCaprio attended Seeds Elementary School at UCLA where he took summer courses in performance art.
5. His parents divorced when he was still a toddler. DiCaprio was mostly raised by his mother, a legal secretary born in Germany. He is an only child.
6. At the young age of 10, Leonardo was advised to change his name to “something more friendly and American” such as Lenny Williams. He obviously refused which was a good thing because he is famous worldwide.
7. His 1994 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. It landed Leo the spot of the 7th youngest actor to ever be nominated – at age 19.
8. In 1998, he donated a room full of computers and equipment to the new Los Feliz Library, built on the site of his childhood home.
9. Before he signed on to star in James Cameron’s Titanic, he admitted that he was hesitant at first since this wasn’t the kind of film he had told himself he wanted to make.
10. His father George is of half German, half Italian descent and his mother is German.
11. His father had a very interesting job – he was a comic book dealer.
12. Further, He attended the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies before attending Marshall High.
13. It’s no wonder he is such a talented actor, he was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed. He has also trained such actors as Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Edward Norton, Russell Crowe, and Ben Foster.
14. He was chosen by People Magazine as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 1998.
15. Director Baz Luhrmann had cast DiCaprio in the key role in his long-planned epic of Alexander the Great. A rival film directed by Oliver Stone helped derail Luhrmann’s project.
16. However, He was meant to star in American Psycho and would have earned $20 million for the role. However, he had to drop out due to schedule conflicting issues and the role went to Christian Bale.
17. His role in Aviator hit close to home. In an interview with Katie Couric, he said it brought back his own obsessive-compulsive disorder that he had as a child.
18. Moreover, DiCaprio turned down the role of Camerlengo Patrick McKenna in Angels and Demons. He declined despite being offered the role personally by Tom Hanks.
19. Director Tarantino sought the actor to play the Nazi colonel Landa in Inglourious Basterds, but he declined and the role went to Christoph Waltz.
20. Moreover, DiCaprio turned down Michael Pitt’s role in The Dreamers (2003) because he felt he was too old to play a twenty-year-old student.