Born in the town that would later make him famous, DiCaprio came into the world on November 11, 1974, in Hollywood, CA. The son of a German immigrant mother and an underground comic book artist father who separated shortly after his birth, DiCaprio was raised by both of his parents, who encouraged his early interest in acting. At the age of two and a half, the fledgling performer had his first brush with notoriety and workplace ethics when he was kicked off the set of Romper Room for what the show’s network deemed “uncontrollable behavior.” After this rather inauspicious start to his career, DiCaprio began to hone his skills — and, presumably, his professional behavior — with summer courses in performance art while he was in elementary school. He also joined the Mud People, an avant-garde theater group, with which he performed in Los Angeles, earning the title of “The Littlest Mud Person.”
In high school, DiCaprio acted in his first real play and began doing commercials… read more
My favorite living actor. He's a performer as committed to cinema itself as he is to his own craft. DiCaprio's work evokes a more exciting time in American cinema and performance. Imagine the kind of films he could have taken part in if he'd been working in the '50s or the '70s. His partnership with Scorsese is a gift. We're lucky to have him.
“Don't think for a moment that I'm really like any of the characters I've played. I'm not. That's why it's called 'acting'.” Actually, Leo, I don't think for a moment that you're really like any of the characters you've played because you can't act.