Leonardo DiCaprio is an award-winning actor and a three-time Academy AwardÂ® nominee.Â DiCaprio’s 5th collaboration with Director Martin Scorsese “The Wolf of Wall Street” is available on Blu-ray & DVD now. DiCaprio starred as Jay Gatsby in â€œThe Great Gatsbyâ€, directed by Baz Luhrmann. Prior to â€œThe Great Gatsbyâ€, he starred in “Django Unchained,” where he received a Golden Globe nomination for his work. As the title role in â€œJ. Edgarâ€, under the direction of Clint Eastwood, he received Golden Globe, Criticsâ€™ Choice and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) AwardÂ® nominations for his work in the film. Additionally, he starred in Christopher Nolanâ€™s blockbuster â€œInception,â€ and the dramatic thriller â€œShutter Island,â€ which marked his fourth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese.
DiCaprio earned anÂ OscarÂ® nomination in 2007 for his performance in Edward Zwickâ€™s drama â€œBlood Diamond,â€ also receiving Golden Globe, Criticsâ€™ Choice and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) AwardÂ® nominations for his work in the film.Â That same year, he garnered Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, Criticsâ€™ Choice Award and SAG AwardÂ® nominations for his role in the OscarÂ®-winning Best Picture â€œThe Departed,â€ directed by Scorsese.Â He also shared in a SAG AwardÂ® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance as a member of the ensemble cast of â€œThe Departed.â€
He previously earned an Academy AwardÂ® nomination for his performance in Scorseseâ€™s acclaimed 2004 biopic â€œThe Aviator.â€Â DiCaprioâ€™s portrayal of Howard Hughes in that film also brought him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama, as well as Criticsâ€™ Choice and BAFTA Award nominations.Â He was also honored with two SAG AwardÂ® nominations, one for Best Actor and another for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance as part of the â€œThe Aviatorâ€ cast.
In addition to his acting work, DiCaprio launched his own production company, Appian Way.Â Under the Appian Way banner, he wrote, produced and narrated the acclaimed environmentally themed documentary â€œThe 11th Hour.â€Â Among Appian Wayâ€™s other productions are the aforementioned â€œShutter Islandâ€ and â€œThe Aviator,â€ as well as â€œThe Ides of March,â€ â€œRed Riding Hood,â€ â€œOrphan,â€ â€œPublic Enemiesâ€ and the soon to be released â€œOut of the Furnaceâ€ starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson and â€œRunner, Runnerâ€ starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.
Born in Hollywood, California, DiCaprio started acting at the age of 14.Â His breakthrough feature film role came in Michael Caton-Jonesâ€™ 1993 screen adaptation of Tobias Wolffâ€™s autobiographical drama â€œThis Boyâ€™s Life.â€Â That same year, he co-starred in Lasse HallstrÃ¶mâ€™s â€œWhatâ€™s Eating Gilbert Grape,â€ earning his first OscarÂ® and Golden Globe nominations for his performance as a mentally handicapped young man.Â In addition, he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Los Angeles Film Critics Associationâ€™s New Generation Award for his work in the film.
In 1995, DiCaprio had starring roles in three very different films, beginning with Sam Raimiâ€™s Western, â€œThe Quick and the Dead.â€Â He also garnered praise for his performance as drug addict Jim Carroll in the harrowing drama â€œThe Basketball Diaries,â€ and for his portrayal of disturbed pansexual poet Arthur Rimbaud in Agnieszka Hollandâ€™s â€œTotal Eclipse.â€Â The following year, DiCaprio starred in Baz Luhrmannâ€™s contemporary screen adaptation of â€œWilliam Shakespeareâ€™s Romeo + Juliet,â€ for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.Â He also joined an all-star ensemble cast in â€œMarvinâ€™s Room,â€ sharing in a SAG AwardÂ® nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast Performance.