Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974 in Hollywood, California) is an American actor and film producer.
He has been nominated for ten Golden Globe Awards, winning two, and four Academy Awards. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials, after which he had recurring roles in TV series such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains in the early 1990s.
His first major film release was in the film adaptation of the memoir This Boy's Life (1993). DiCaprio was praised for his supporting role in the comedy-drama What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), which earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination. He gained public recognition with leading roles in the drama The Basketball Diaries (1995) and the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), before achieving international fame with James Cameron's epic romance Titanic (1997), which became the highest grossing movie at that point.
Since the 2000s, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres. Some of his notable films include the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can (2002), the epic historical drama Gangs of New York (2002), the political war thriller Blood Diamond (2006), the crime drama The Departed (2006), the drama Revolutionary Road (2008), the psychological thriller Shutter Island (2010), the sci-fi heist thriller Inception (2010), and the western Django Unchained (2012).
His portrayal of Howard Hughes in The Aviator (2004) and Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) won him the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Drama and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, respectively. In addition to acting, DiCaprio owns a production company named Appian Way Productions. He is also a committed environmentalist.
DiCaprio's romantic relationships have been widely covered in the media. DiCaprio dated model Kristen Zang on-and-off for several years, and British model and socialite Emma Miller. In 2000, he met Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen with whom he had an on-and-off relationship until their separation in 2005.
DiCaprio began a relationship with model Bar Refaeli in November 2005 after meeting her at a Las Vegas party thrown for members of U2. In the course of their trip to Israel in March 2007, the couple met with Israeli president Shimon Peres and visited Refaeli's hometown of Hod HaSharon. The relationship was on hold for a period of six months starting in June 2009; in early 2010, the romance was rekindled.
In May 2011, it was reported that the couple had ended their romantic relationship. In August 2011, it was reported that he was in a relationship with actress Blake Lively since mid-May. They ended their relationship in October 2011. DiCaprio dated model Erin Heatherton from December 2011 to October 2012. Since May 2013, DiCaprio has been dating German model Toni Garrn. DiCaprio owns a home in Los Angeles and an apartment in Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan.
In 2009, he bought an island off mainland Belize on which he is planning to create an eco-friendly resort. In 2005, DiCaprio's face was severely injured when model Aretha Wilson hit him over the head with a broken bottle at a Hollywood party. After pleading guilty in 2010, Wilson was sentenced to prison for two years. In 2014, he purchased the original Dinah Shore residence designed by mid-century modern architect Donald Wexler in Palm Springs.
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