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->''"I'm the king of the world! Woo-hoo-hoooo!"''
-->--'''[=DiCaprio=] as Jack Dawson''' in ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}''

Leonardo Wilhelm [=DiCaprio=] (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor and film producer whose career rose with his role in the television sit-com ''Series/GrowingPains''. His critically acclaimed breakthrough film performance came in ''This Boy's Life'', and was quickly followed by ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape''. His performance as the mentally handicapped brother of Creator/JohnnyDepp, in the title role, brought him nominations for the Golden Globe and UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Supporting Actor. He gained fame for his role in ''[[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Romeo + Juliet]]'' before ascending superstardom for playing Jack Dawson in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', and has starred in many other successful films including ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'', ''Film/TheAviator'', ''Film/BloodDiamond'' (which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor), and ''Film/{{Inception}}''. [[MemeticMutation And he didn't win an Oscar for any of them....]]

He has also worked with Creator/MartinScorsese, the director of ''The Aviator'', in films such as ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/TheDeparted'', ''Film/ShutterIsland'' and ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet''. This partnership was compared to the earlier working relationship between Scorsese and Creator/RobertDeNiro.

Tends to appear in a lot of {{Period Piece}}s (''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'', ''Total Eclipse'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'', ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'', ''Film/TheAviator'', ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad'', ''Film/ShutterIsland'', ''Film/JEdgar'', ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', ''Film/TheGreatGatsby'' and ''Film/TheRevenant'') and to [[ChronicallyKilledActor die in many of his movies]]. He's an environmentalist, and produced and narrated a documentary, ''The 11th Hour'' about environmental issues.

If you are ever in need of explaining to a non-Japanophile what a {{Bishonen}} is, try suggesting Leonardo [=DiCaprio=].

At the 88th Academy Awards which took place on February 28, 2016, [=DiCaprio=] finally received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in ''Film/TheRevenant''.
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!!'''Movies or TV series he starred in:'''
* ''Series/GrowingPains'' (1992): as [[CousinOliver Luke Brower]]
* ''This Boy's Life'' (1993): as Tobias Wolff, co-starring Creator/RobertDeNiro as his [[AbusiveParents abusive stepdad]]
* ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' (1993):Arnie Grape
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' (1994): Kid
* ''Film/TheBasketballDiaries'' (1995): biopic of Jim Carroll's [[DarkAndTroubledPast teenage years]]
* ''Total Eclipse'' (1995): biopic of 19th-century poet [[TroubledButCute Arthur Rimbaud]]
* ''Don's Plum'' (1995 but released in 2002): as [[JerkAss Derek]]
* ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' (1996): as [[RomeoAndJuliet Romeo]] in the 1996 adaptation
* ''Marvin's Room'' (1996): as Hank opposite Creator/MerylStreep
* ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' (1997): as [[StarMakingRole Jack Dawson]]
* ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'' (1998): as twins [[CainAndAbel King Louis XIV]] and [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou Phillipe]]
* ''Celebrity'' (1998): cameo appearance as Brandon Darrow
* ''Film/TheBeach'' (2000): as Richard
* ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' (2002): [[YouKilledmyFather Amsterdam Vallon]]
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' (2002): Biopic of [[ConMan Frank Abagnale Jr]]
* ''Film/TheAviator'' (2004): Biopic of multi-millionaire [[SuperOCD Howard Hughes]]
* ''Film/TheDeparted'' (2006): plays [[TheWoobie Billy Costigan]] alongside Creator/MattDamon and Creator/MarkWahlberg
* ''Film/BloodDiamond'' (2006): as Danny Archer
* ''Film/BodyOfLies'' (2008): as Roger Ferris
* ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad'' (2008): as Frank Wheeler, opposite Creator/KateWinslet in a [[StepfordSuburbia suburbia]] setting
* ''Film/ShutterIsland'' (2010): as Teddy Daniels
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' (2010): as [[TheCaper Dom Cobb]]
* ''Film/JEdgar'' (2011): as J. Edgar Hoover
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' (2012): Calvin J. Candie
* ''Film/TheGreatGatsby'' (2013): as Jay Gatsby
* ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'' (2013): Jordan Belfort
* ''Film/TheRevenant'' (2015): as Hugh Glass

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!!Tropes associated with his works:
* AgeLift: In ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' he played 16-year-old Frank Abagnale. Two years later he was playing 40-year old Howard Hughes. A lot of people accuse the casting of being ambitious, to say the least.
* AntiHero: Tends to play this type of character in most of his movies:
** ''Basketball Diaries'': A 14-year-old Catholic school student who is also a heroin-junkie and prostitute.
** ''Total Eclipse'': Plays poet Arthur Rimbaud, who also had an affair with an older man.
** ''Marvin's Room'': Sets his house on fire in the first 10 minutes of the show. Has bipolar disorder and stays in a psychiatric treatment center.
** ''Don's Plum'' and ''Celebrity'': Plays spoiled, bored, rich [[JerkAss jerkasses]].
** ''Film/TheAviator'', ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad'', ''Film/ShutterIsland'', ''Film/{{Inception}}'', ''Film/TheGreatGatsby'': Plays characters with [[spoiler: delusional behaviors and a warped sense of reality.]]
** ''Film/TheDeparted'': Plays a character who has to do some really shady things while undercover, such as participating in murder.
** ''Film/BloodDiamond'': Plays a [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist]] South African merc who kills and cheats his way across Africa for his personal gain.
* BigBad: He's played the Big Bad of ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'' and ''Film/DjangoUnchained''.
* ChronicallyKilledActor: When taken to its logical extreme, if he appears in a Baz Luhrmann film his character is doomed (since he plays characters that die in the source material of the two Luhrmann films he's appeared in).
* HurtingHero: Nowadays he seems to end up playing this type of character a lot.
* KnightOfCerebus: A rare case of his characters in some films. Several of his characters add serious conflicts and drama to the plot (and that includes his nicest characters too), making the film becomes increasingly DarkerAndEdgier.
* LargeHam: He's a pretty... [[https://youtu.be/p53CZtamFsU intense actor]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Gets an {{Expy}} in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' game series in the form of Steve Burnside; although the character's inclusion was most certainly pushed along by the advent of ''Titanic'' being popular, his personality and actions are modeled on [=DiCaprio=]'s earlier roles.
** Gilbert (Gil) from ''Manga/HanaKimi'' is modeled after Leonardo [=DiCaprio=].
** Wrestler Brian Kendrick went by the name Leonardo Spanky earlier in his career in Japan, due to his resemblance.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He looked 14 in ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'' (real age 18), 16 in ''Total Eclipse'' and ''Basketball Diaries'' (real age 20), 16 in ''Romeo + Juliet'' (real age 21), 16 in ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' (real age 28). Based on [[http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/2518030/leonardo-dicaprio-j-edgar-filming-01/ the set pictures]] from ''J. Edgar'', the 36-year-old Leo looks right at home playing a 21-year-old Hoover. As one person put it, he looks about a decade younger clean-shaven.
* PrettyBoy: Played these characters early in his career.
* SexySoakedShirt: Remarkably common to whatever character he is playing. He got drenched in a tub in ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'', falls into a pool in ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'', swims in the ocean in ''Film/TheBeach'' and ''Titanic'', along other examples.
* SmokingIsCool: In almost all of his movies his characters smoke, starting from the ''Basketball Diaries'' (age 20). In particular, watch out for the scene in ''Romeo + Juliet'' in which he's sitting by the beach, calmly puffing away while he writes in his diary and droning Music/{{Radiohead}} music plays in the background.
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''[[Film/{{Inception}} ... We have to go deeper.]]''
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