->''"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 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]]: ''The Quick and the Dead'', ''Total Eclipse'', ''Romeo + Juliet'', ''Titanic'', ''Blood Diamond'', ''The Departed'', ''Shutter Island'' (sort of), ''J. Edgar'', ''Django Unchained'', and ''The Great Gatsby''.

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 his long overdue award as Best Actor for his performance in ''Film/TheRevenant''.
!!'''Movies or TV series he starred in:'''
* ''Series/GrowingPains'' (1992): as [[CousinOliver Luke Brower]]
* ''This Boy's Life'' (1993): as Tobias Wolff, co-starring 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

!!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.
* AwardSnub: [[invoked]]
** For the longest time, mocking him for not winning the Academy Award for Best Actor was something of a running joke on the Internet. Leo was nominated five times before he won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 2016 Academy Awards for his role in ''Film/TheRevenant''.
--->'''[[http://dlisted.com/2015/02/28/leonardo-dicaprio-is-really-coming-for-that-oscar/ Michael K.:]]''' Everyone jokes about how [=Leonardo DiCaprio=] is the Susan Lucci of the Oscars, and how he probably had his basement made up to look like the stage of the Dolby Theater so that when he’s feeling down he can pretend to accept an Academy Award while the 18-year-old models he’s going to fuck later sit naked in the audience. Leo is so hard up for Oscar that every now and again he makes [[TheCasanova one of his tricks-of-the-moment]] paint herself up like a gold Oscar statue before they get it on.
** The man himself commented on this, in what may be the only positive example of ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: [[invoked]]
--->'''Leonardo [=DiCaprio=]:''' I am really moved by all the people on the internet demanding that I should win an Oscar, but to be honest, I only did this job [[DoingItForTheArt because I love it]], not to win prizes.
* 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).
* FakeNationality: [[invoked]] French in ''Total Eclipse'' and ''The Man in the Iron Mask'' (which were cases of NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent); and Rhodesian in ''Blood Diamond''.
* 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]].
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: [[invoked]] Calvin Candie from ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' is regarded as the most evil character that Leonardo [=DiCaprio=] ever played. In fact, it got to the point that even [=DiCaprio=] felt uncomfortable with a role this time, and shows genuine disgust in the character.
* 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.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[invoked]]
** Funnily enough, his role as carefree, charming Jack Dawson in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''. He usually plays tortured souls with either a heavy past or troubled personality. Ironically, Jack Dawson seems the closest character Leo has ever played that resembles his real personality off-screen or Arnie from ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape''.
** In ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', he plays a sadistic slaveowner, and one of the main villains.
** In ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet'', he plays a hedonistic VillainProtagonist. Furthermore, it's his first comedy role (aside from his cameo in ''Celebrity'').
* PrettyBoy: Played these characters early in his career.
* PromotedFanboy: [[invoked]] Often cites Creator/RobertDeNiro as one of his favorite actors, and co-starred with him in ''This Boy's Life'' (one of his first big breaks in film) and ''Marvin's Room''. He was also a huge Creator/MartinScorsese fan as a teenager, and now he's part of his ProductionPosse.
* 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.
* StarMakingRole: [[invoked]] Although he had an Oscar nomination and hit film beforehand, Jack Dawson in ''Titanic'' is remembered as what made him a star.
* TypeCasting: [[invoked]] DoubleSubverted. After his StarMakingRole in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', media pundits almost unanimously predicted that Leo would be another flash-in-the pan celebrity, typecast as a PrettyBoy [[TeenIdol teenage heart-throb]] before forever vanishing from the limelight after hitting 35. Unusually, he was savvy enough to move away from pretty boy roles into [[DarkerAndEdgier something grittier]] and started a very fruitful creative partnership with Creator/MartinScorsese. Ironically, this led [=DiCaprio=] to being typecast in crime and/or business dramas, Scorsese's signature genre, where he usually plays intense, morally ambiguous types. Leo's lead role in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi film ''Film/{{Inception}}'' was seen as an attempt at broadening his acting range... right until it turned out he was playing an intense, morally ambiguous mind thief.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
** Creator/QuentinTarantino wrote the part of Hans Landa in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' with Leonardo [=DiCaprio=] in mind, but later decided it was best given to a natural-born German with [[{{Omniglot}} the necessary language skills]]. Tarantino would eventually work with [=DiCaprio=] in ''Film/DjangoUnchained''.
** He was originally supposed to voice Jack Frost in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', which [[spoiler:would have been one hell of an ActorAllusion to Jack Dawson, as both Jacks drowned/froze to death in their movies.]]
** [=DiCaprio=] was set to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' at the height of his Titanic teen idol fame, but backed out from the urging of his publicist, and to star in ''Literature/TheBeach''.
** He was at one point attached to play Anakin Skywalker in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' before he backed out due to unknown reasons (either he backed out after reading the script or was let go by Lucas after spilling the beans about his casting during an interview with a media outlet) and was replaced by Hayden Christensen.
** He was Warner's choice to play Robin in ''Film/BatmanForever'' before Chris O'Donnell was cast.
** He almost played Spider-Man when Creator/JamesCameron was still involved with the [[Film/SpiderMan1 first film]] before Cameron departed and was replaced by Creator/SamRaimi, which resulted in [=DiCaprio=]'s best friend Creator/TobeyMaguire to play the character.
** At 15, he was almost cast as Hobie Buchannon on ''Series/{{Baywatch}}''. However, an image-conscious Creator/DavidHasselhoff overruled the producers, as he felt [=DiCaprio=] playing his son would make him look too old.
''[[Film/{{Inception}} ... We have to go deeper.]]''