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Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in such films as Titanic, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Inception and Django Unchained.
Leonardo DiCaprio - Titanic (4:50)
Before taking his role in "Titanic," Leonardo DiCaprio almost took the role of Dirk Diggler in the film "Boogie Nights."
Leonardo DiCaprio was so intent on getting the role of Romeo that he paid his own way to fly to Australia to meet with director Baz Luhrmann.
Having to decide between a $250,000 role in the film "Hocus Pocus" and an $85,000 role in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," Leonardo DiCaprio sacrificed a bigger paycheck for a more challenging role.
Leonardo DiCaprio was born on November 11th, 1974 in Los Angeles. From an early age he discovered a love of acting while living in some of the poorer areas of LA.
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DiCaprio took on another famous figure in the 2011 biographical drama J. Edgar. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film explores the life of J. Edgar Hoover who ran the FBI for nearly five decades. To prepare for the role, DiCaprio conducted extensive research. He visited many of Hoover's haunts in Washington,
D.C. "I do love playing historical figures simply because there's so much incredibly diverse interesting information about a character when you can research their life. A lot of the stuff you'd never be able to make up as a writer," he explained to Back Stage.
These days DiCaprio continues to seek out work with top-notch directors and to tackle interesting story lines. In 2012, he appeared as a slave owner in Quentin Taratino's western Django Unchained, also starring Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Christoph Waltz. DiCaprio also reteamed with Baz Luhrmann to play one of literature's most intriguing characters, Jay Gatsby. He stars in the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby along with Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
During much of his career, DiCaprio has found himself in the media spotlight for his personal life. His on-again off-again relationship with supermodel Gisele Bundchen was fodder for celebrity magazines and Web sites from 2000 to 2005. DiCaprio then dated model Bar Refaeli for several years. In 2011, he was briefly linked to actress Blake Lively.
Off-screen and away from the attention of the paparazzi, DiCaprio has demonstrated his passion for environmental issues. In 2000 he hosted an Earth Day celebration as well interviewed President Bill Clinton for a television segment about global warming. He's also served on the boards of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Global Green USA. In 2007 a documentary about the environment, which DiCaprio wrote and narrated, debuted. In addition, the actor is one of the founders of The Leonardo DiCaprio Fund at California Community Foundation, a non-profit that supports environmental causes.
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