In 2008, Leonardo DiCaprio joined a long list of celebrities (such as Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker and others) in a series of Public Service Announcements to encourage young people to register to vote.
Leonardo has produced and appeared in a campaign to encourage young voters to vote for the 2008 elections.
Leonardo was ranked #31 in the VH1 countdown of 100 Greatest Teen Stars in 2006.
Leonardo was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive 2007.
Leo's childhood pet was a rottweiler named Rocky. He also has a bearded lizard named Blizzard.
Leonardo's parents are Irmelin (German American) and George DiCaprio (Italian American). They got divorced when Leo was two years old.
Leonardo was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People in the World", in May 2007.
In March 2007, Leo was dating the 21-year-old Israeli model, Bar Refaeli.
In March 2007, Shimon Peres, the Israeli Vice Premier, invited Leo and Bar Refaeli and asked for his help in promoting the peace process in the Middle East and to continue his environmental protection campaign.
In 2006, he produced, co-wrote and partly narrated on screen his environmental documentary, The 11th Hour.
In 2005, he created his second spoken word piece entitled Water Planet.
In 2003, at The Russian International Film Festival, he was awarded the Tower Award for Contributions to International Cinema.
In August 2002, he joined Global Green USA.
In 1998, he donated a room full of computers and equipment to the new Los Feliz Library, built on the site of his childhood home.
Before he signed on to star in James Cameron's Titanic, he admitted that he was hesitant at first since this wasn't the kind of film he had told himself he wanted to make.
His performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, earned him an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 at the age of 19.
A the age of 14, he appeared in a series of commercials and educational films.
In 2002, his Foundation received the Martin Litton Environmental Warrior Award from Environment Now.
He received the Environmental Leadership Award from Global Green USA.
He created a spoken word piece entitled Global Warning. It's about Global Warming and Climate Change.
In 2005, he purchased a 104-acre island off the coast of Belize.
In March 2007, Israeli police arrested two members of Leonardo's security team after they fought with photographers during a visit to Jerusalem by Leonardo and his girlfriend, Bar Refaeli. While Leonardo and Bar were taking a private tour of the Western Wall tunnels, photographers waited for them to emerge. A fight broke out between the photographers and Leonardo's minders.
Leonardo has 'adopted' a South African baby girl. He met the girl in an orphanage in South Africa while he was filming Blood Diamond. Leonardo won't be taking the child home with him, instead, he will continue checking on her progress by chatting to her over the phone and will send her a monthly cheque.
Leonardo received a 2007 Oscar Nomination for Best Actor for his role in Blood Diamond.
Leonardo was nominated for 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006-2007), for his leading role in Blood Diamond and his supporting role in The Departed.
Leonardo was required to master a Zimbabwean accent for his role in Blood Diamond, but initially sounded more like an Australian than a Zimbabwean. A dialect coach helped him reach his goal.
Leonardo is a very private person, feeling that if his audience knows too much about his personal life, they will not believe him in his character roles. To achieve a long career as an actor, he feels he must guard his privacy.
Leonardo likes to play basketball, hockey, football, rollerblade, and go surfing.
Leonardo's favorite director to work with is hands-down, Martin Scorcesse. Listing him as a genius at his trade, and noting that he has seen almost every film made up to the 1980's, and uses them for inspiration.
Leonardo's past girlfriends include: Bijou Phillips, Bridget Hall, Alicia Silverstone, Liv Tyler and Kristen Zang.
Leonardo was swept over the side of the boat that he was filming on, in Thailand, for his movie The Beach in 1999. He and several other cast and crew members were knocked out of the boat by strong winds and waves, no one was seriously injured.
Leonardo was ranked #75 in Empire magazine's 'Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time' in October of 1997.
Leonardo and Gisele were named 'The Most Beautiful Couple In The World' by People magazine in 2004.
Leonardo was offered the role of Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights in 1997, the same time that he was offered the role as Jack Dawson in the role that he chose to play in Titanic. Mark Wahlberg took on the title role of the porn star in Boogie Nights.
Leonardo had his lawyers fill out an application to copyright his name in January of 1999.
Leonardo dropped out of the lead role as a serial killer in American Psycho, due to a scheduling conflict. Christian Bale stepped into the role in the 2000 movie.
Leonardo appeared on the children's show Romper Room when he was three years old, and was reprimanded for his out-of-control behavior repeatedly.
Leonardo was named one of 'The 50 Most Beautiful People In The World' by People magazine in 1997.
He is very good friends with actress Kate Winslet and actors Mark Wahlberg, Lucas Haas and Kevin Connolly.
Leonardo dated supermodel Gisele Bundchen, from 2002 through 2005.
Leonardo speaks fluent German.
One thing Leonardo remembers about his childhood is the pranks he played in his neighborhood.
Some of Leonardo's favourite things are:
Favorite cities: New York City and San Francisco.
Favorite vacation place: Germany.
Favorite food: pasta.
Favorite tv show: The Twilight Zone.
Favorite actess: Meg Ryan.
Favorite music: rap.
Favorite car: a '69 Mustang.
Favorite sports: baseball and basketball. Favorite book: "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway.
Leornado's nicknames are Leo and Lenny D.
Leonardo was about 21 when they were filming Titanic.
Leonardo's first on-screen kiss was with Claire Danes.
Leonardo was considered for the part as Peter Parker in Spider-Man.
Leonardo had obsessive compulsive disorder as a child.
Leonardo supported John Kerry during the 2004 presidential elections, following him on his campaign trail, and making over 80 speeches on his behalf.
As a child, Leonardo was friends with actors Tobey Maguire and late Christopher Pettiet.
When he was ten, his agent advised him to change his name to Lenny Williams, which the agent thought was more "American Friendly".
Leonardo's step-brother is Adam Farrar.
Leonardo's father was a comic book dealer.
Leonardo has a French Bulldog.
Leonardo almost died in a skydiving accident.
Leonardo was screen tested for the part of Robin in Batman Forever.
Leonardo sued Playgirl over plans to publish pictures, including full frontal nudity, of himself. [March 1998]
Leonardo's first publicity spot was about MILK.
Leonardo's name is allegedly derived from his German mother Irmalin's having experienced a sudden kick from her unborn boy while enjoying a DaVinci painting at the Uffizi.
Leonardo is 5' 11" (1.80 m) tall, weighs 140 lbs (83 kg), wears a size 11 shoe and has blue-green eyes.
Leonardo: (after dating Bar Rafaeli after nine years) I absolutely believe in marriage. In saying that I realise I am contradicting everything I've said before. Yes, I want to get married and have children.
Leonardo: (about his craziest encounter with a fan) That was the most surreal, because Titanic had just come out, and I was going on a commercial flight to Europe or Japan, and this young [14-year-old] girl came up to me with this real wild look in her eyes and clutched my leg, and dug into my leg with all her might. And I looked down at her, and it was the most surreal thing in the world...I was trying to communicate with her, saying, "It's okay. You can stand up. I'll talk to you. We'll have a conversation. It doesn't have to be like this." And that's when I realized that things were gonna be different.
Leonardo: (revealing he doesn't mind that he hasn't won an Oscar yet) The truth of the matter is that I have a lot to prove to myself still as an actor. And I still have that kind of thirst to want to do a performance that I'm happy with.
Leo: (on working with Kate Winslet on Revolutionary Road 12 years after Titanic) To have her there was kind of reassuring and nice. To have the three of us (including Kathy Bates) together it was kind of like a neat coming of age party. It's been 12 years since Titanic.
Leonardo: I prefer ordinary girls - you know, college students, waitresses, that sort of thing. Most of the girls I go out with are just good friends. Just because I go out to the cinema with a girl, it doesn't mean we are dating.
Leonardo: (on working with Robert De Niro) When I worked with him, it was the first time I saw somebody taking acting so seriously. I couldn't work out what was going on. He was asking the prop guy to change things four or five times. But I realised that those details were Important to him and that those things make a good performance. He was a role model for me.
Leonardo: The first kiss I had was the most disgusting thing in my life. The girl injected about a pound of saliva into my mouth, and when I walked away I had to spit it all out.
Leonardo: (on learning skills from a Zimbabwean mercenary) He taught me military aspects, tracking, surviving in the bush and spoke about his mixed feelings of being an African man who loved the continent, but had been consistently disappointed by a lot of the political situations. I heard about the atrocities he had seen first hand in these war zones. I spent as much time with these people as possible, trying to extract some of their personal stories and put that into my character.
Leonardo: (on mastering a Zimbabwean accent) This really was a foreign accent for me. I had never spent any time with any south African mercenaries, so it was a matter of going out and seeking these men out, hearing their stories, spending as much time with them as possible. I was getting drinks with them, getting them drunk.
Leonardo: When you're my age and your hormones are kicking in there's not much besides sex that's on your mind. I do believe in love at first sight, though it hasn't happened to me yet.
Leonardo: I have been intrigued with the life of Howard Hughes since I read a book on him when I was twenty. He is without a doubt, the most interesting, multi-dimensional character that I could ever play.
Leonardo: I don't see why I can't have friends of both sexes without wild rumors being circulated. It's crazy.
Leonardo: With Romeo and Juliet, you're talking about two people who meet one night, and get married the same night. I believe in love at first sight-but it hasn't happened to me yet.
Leonardo: At first I thought I would have to put on an English accent and try a sort of affected Shakespeare thing.
Leonardo: I kind of feel like the same person except more time has gone by. I hate to say that I feel like an adult now. I have to admit I wish I was still 18. After all, even through the time while I was representing that wild kid, I really wasn't. I was just living my life. I was just not making movies at the time. (on turning 30)
Leonardo: I hate being selected as 'Babe of the Month' and being called 'hunk'.
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