Creator / Leonardo DiCaprio

"I'm the king of the world! Woo-hoo-hoooo!"
DiCaprio as Jack Dawson in Titanic

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 Growing Pains. His critically acclaimed breakthrough film performance came in This Boy's Life, and was quickly followed by What's Eating Gilbert Grape. His performance as the mentally handicapped brother of Johnny Depp, in the title role, brought him nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He gained fame for his role in Romeo + Juliet before ascending superstardom for playing Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997), and has starred in many other successful films including Catch Me If You Can, The Aviator, Blood Diamond (which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor), and Inception. And he didn't win an Oscar for any of them....

He has also worked with Martin Scorsese, the director of The Aviator, in films such as Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. This partnership was compared to the earlier working relationship between Scorsese and Robert De Niro.

Tends to appear in a lot of Period Pieces (The Quick and the Dead, Total Eclipse, Titanic (1997), The Man in the Iron Mask, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, J. Edgar, Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby and The Revenant) and to 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 Bishōnen 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 The Revenant.

Movies or TV series he starred in:

Tropes associated with his works:

  • Age Lift: In Catch Me If You Can 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.
  • Anti-Hero: 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 jerkasses.
    • The Aviator, Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, Inception, The Great Gatsby: Plays characters with delusional behaviors and a warped sense of reality.
    • The Departed: Plays a character who has to do some really shady things while undercover, such as participating in murder.
    • Blood Diamond: Plays a racist South African merc who kills and cheats his way across Africa for his personal gain.
  • Award Snub: 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 The Revenant.
      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 hes feeling down he can pretend to accept an Academy Award while the 18-year-old models hes going to fuck later sit naked in the audience. Leo is so hard up for Oscar that every now and again he makes 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 It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: 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 because I love it, not to win prizes.
  • Big Bad: He's played the Big Bad of The Man in the Iron Mask and Django Unchained.
  • Chronically Killed Actor: 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).
  • Fake Nationality: invoked French in Total Eclipse and The Man in the Iron Mask (which were cases of Not Even Bothering with the Accent); and Rhodesian in Blood Diamond.
  • Hurting Hero: Nowadays he seems to end up playing this type of character a lot.
  • Knight of Cerebus: 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 Darker and Edgier.
  • Large Ham: He's a pretty... intense actor.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: invoked Calvin Candie from Django Unchained 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Gets an Expy in the Resident Evil 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 Hana-Kimi is modeled after Leonardo DiCaprio.
    • Wrestler Brian Kendrick went by the name Leonardo Spanky earlier in his career in Japan, due to his resemblance.
  • Older Than They Look: He looked 14 in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (real age 18), 16 in Total Eclipse and Basketball Diaries (real age 20), 16 in Romeo + Juliet (real age 21), 16 in Catch Me If You Can (real age 28). Based on 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.
  • Playing Against Type: invoked
    • Funnily enough, his role as carefree, charming Jack Dawson in 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 What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
    • In Django Unchained, he plays a sadistic slaveowner, and one of the main villains.
    • In The Wolf of Wall Street, he plays a hedonistic Villain Protagonist. Furthermore, it's his first comedy role (aside from his cameo in Celebrity).
  • Pretty Boy: Played these characters early in his career.
  • Promoted Fanboy: invoked Often cites Robert De Niro 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 Martin Scorsese fan as a teenager, and now he's part of his Production Posse.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: Remarkably common to whatever character he is playing. He got drenched in a tub in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, falls into a pool in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, swims in the ocean in The Beach and Titanic, along other examples.
  • Smoking Is Cool: 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 Radiohead music plays in the background.
  • Star-Making Role: invoked Although he had an Oscar nomination and hit film beforehand, Jack Dawson in Titanic is remembered as what made him a star.
  • Type Casting: invoked Double Subverted. After his Star-Making Role in Titanic (1997), media pundits almost unanimously predicted that Leo would be another flash-in-the pan celebrity, typecast as a Pretty Boy 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 something grittier and started a very fruitful creative partnership with Martin Scorsese. 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 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.
  • What Could Have Been: invoked
    • Quentin Tarantino wrote the part of Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds with Leonardo DiCaprio in mind, but later decided it was best given to a natural-born German with the necessary language skills. Tarantino would eventually work with DiCaprio in Django Unchained.
    • He was originally supposed to voice Jack Frost in Rise of the Guardians, which would have been one hell of an Actor Allusion to Jack Dawson, as both Jacks drowned/froze to death in their movies.
    • DiCaprio was set to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho at the height of his Titanic teen idol fame, but backed out from the urging of his publicist, and to star in The Beach.
    • He was at one point attached to play Anakin Skywalker in Attack of the Clones 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 Batman Forever before Chris O'Donnell was cast.
    • He almost played Spider-Man when James Cameron was still involved with the first film before Cameron departed and was replaced by Sam Raimi, which resulted in DiCaprio's best friend Tobey Maguire to play the character.
    • At 15, he was almost cast as Hobie Buchannon on Baywatch. However, an image-conscious David Hasselhoff overruled the producers, as he felt DiCaprio playing his son would make him look too old.

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