ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at Creators.co
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Ever since #LeonardoDiCaprio burst onto our screens at a tender, young age in the early '90s, we have been mesmerized by the actor's phenomenal acting ability. Decades on and with every project he aligns himself to becoming a colossal hit and boasting a net worth of over $217 million, Leo continues to mark himself out as one of the most dedicated and sought-after actors in the industry. Perhaps even more so following his greatly-anticipated win at the Oscars in 2016 (hooray!)

Now, so that you don't have to scour the web for all of the essentials regarding Leonardo DiCaprio, below you will find all of his recent news, rumors and movie information.

Note: This page will be updated regularly so you can keep a close eye on the Hollywood actor's movements.

Leonardo DiCaprio: News & Rumors

Updated: 24/10/2016

Leonardo DiCaprio To Star As Sam Phillips In Upcoming Biopic

Leo DiCaprio will be Sam Phillips
Leo DiCaprio will be Sam Phillips

It has been announced that Leonardo DiCaprio will be bringing to life the true story of musical legend Sam Phillips, the man responsible for bringing artists such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash into the limelight. See below for more information:

Leonardo DiCaprio To Spearhead Captain Planet Project

Leonardo DiCaprio will be working on 'Captain Planet'
Leonardo DiCaprio will be working on 'Captain Planet'

For his next environmental project, Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way Productions appears to be teaming up with Paramount to gain the rights to '90s cartoon series Captain Planet.

Leonardo DiCaprio Tackles Climate Change Head On

The trailer for Leonardo DiCaprio's latest documentary Before the Flood has been released. Directed by Fisher Stevens and produced by Martin Scorsese, the expose shines a light on the catastrophic effects of global warming, and perhaps most importantly, whether we can reverse the tremendous destruction occurring.

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Leonardo DiCaprio's Bio

Leo: Now & then
Leo: Now & then

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California as the only child of Irmelin and George, a legal secretary and a comic book artist. From a young age, DiCaprio always bore a fascination towards the creative arts, saying later:

"I loved imitating people... I loved joking around with my parents and creating different characters. I liked doing my own little homemade skits."

However, Leo struggled to find an agent until the early '90s, where he scored guest appearances on various television shows, before landing his big break on family comedy Growing Pains. The same year, he made his film debut in Critters 3.

The next few years saw a young Leonardo DiCaprio delve into a number of hard-hitting roles, often playing troubled teenagers in movies such as What's Eating Gilbert Grape, This Boy's Life and The Basketball Diaries. However, it was his stint as a love sick Romeo in Romeo + Juliet and as the floppy-haired babe Jack Dawson in Titanic opposite Kate Winslet that catapulted him to super-stardom.

Fast forward two decades and Leonardo DiCaprio movies continue to attract millions of fanatics all over the world. Alongside having starred in numerous films with Oscar nominations, the actor has dedicated his spare time to environmental causes. In 1998, he founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to work toward maintaining the wellbeing of our planet and most recently, premiered his latest documentary called Before the Flood at the Toronto International Film Festival. Here's a clip:

Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar, Nominations & Awards

Leonardo DiCaprio won a slew of awards for 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Leonardo DiCaprio won a slew of awards for 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

We've already mentioned that Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood's greatest treasures, having performed in a myriad of stellar roles over his time in the spotlight. As a result, the actor has been granted a slew of nominations over the years — awards he's been recognized for, but sadly failed to win. Here's a selection of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar nominations:

  • Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1994)
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Actor for The Aviator (2005) and Blood Diamond (2007)
  • BAFTA nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Aviator (2005), The Departed (2007) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)
  • Critics' Choice Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The Aviator (2005), Blood Diamond (2007) and J. Edgar (2012)
  • The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1994) and Django Unchained (2013)
  • The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for Titanic (1998), Catch Me If You Can (2003), The Departed (2007), Blood Diamond (2007), Revolutionary Road (2009), J. Edgar (2012)

Out of a total of 168 nominations though, Leo has won over 47 awards. Here's a rundown of all the prestigious accolades that he's picked up over the years:

  • The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for The Aviator in 2004
  • The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  • The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  • The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for The Revenant (2015)
  • The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor for The Revenant (2015)
  • The SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant (2015)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant (2015)

And finally, after all of this time, Leonardo DiCaprio delivered his Oscar speech when he scooped up an Academy Award for Best Actor for his mind-blowing performance as Hugh Glass in The Revenant in 2016. So, there's definitely no more need for Movie Pilot's Oscar teasing:

Leonardo DiCaprio: New & Upcoming Movies

Untitled Sam Phillips Project

Leonardo DiCaprio announced for Sam Phillips project
Leonardo DiCaprio announced for Sam Phillips project
  • Release: TBC
  • Director: TBC

Leonardo DiCaprio has been announced to star in, and produce, a new feature film bringing to life the true story of Sam Phillips – the legendary music producer who transformed '50s artists such as Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley into rock'n'rock superstars.

The Devil in the White City

Leonardo DiCaprio takes on another grisly role as H.H. Holmes
Leonardo DiCaprio takes on another grisly role as H.H. Holmes
  • Release: TBC (2017)
  • Director: Martin Scorsese

What's it about? There's been quite a lot of hype surrounding Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie and casting as murderer H.H. Holmes. The monster, who is largely considered to be America's first serial killer, haunted Chicago in the 19th century and killed between 27 and 200 people at his "Murder Castle" during the Chicago World Fair in 1893.

This will be Leo's sixth collaboration with legendary director Martin Scorsese.

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Blood On Snow

Leo will play a hit-man in one of his upcoming movies 'Blood on Snow'
Leo will play a hit-man in one of his upcoming movies 'Blood on Snow'
  • Release: TBC
  • Director: Daniel Espinosa

What's it about? Based on the comedic crime novel by Swedish author Jo Nesbo, Blood On Snow will see Leo as a hit-man who falls for his client's wife. Unfortunately, she also just happens to be the target of the assassin's latest mission. Quite the awkward situation, as I'm sure you'll agree.

The Ballad Of Richard Jewell

Jonah Hill with Leo DiCaprio in 'Wolf of Wall Street'
Jonah Hill with Leo DiCaprio in 'Wolf of Wall Street'
  • Release: TBC
  • Director: Clint Eastwood (rumored)

What's it about? One of Leonardo DiCaprio's next movies will see him acting with Jonah Hill again (they appeared together in The Wolf of Wall Street) as the maverick lawyer to Richard Jewell — an American security guard who found a bomb at the '96 Olympics in Atlanta.

Leonardo DiCaprio Movies: The Complete List

It seems like only yesterday that we first set eyes on the actor's first major role in This Boy's Life. Since then, Leonardo DiCaprio has appeared in movies spanning all kinds of genres — below is a complete list of all of the films he has been in, starting with the most recent:

The Revenant (2015)

Life's hard for Hugh Glass in 'The Revenant'
Life's hard for Hugh Glass in 'The Revenant'
  • Character: Hugh Glass

What's it about? The role that finally awarded Leo an Oscar, The Revenant was pretty much all anyone could talk about at the beginning of 2016. And rightly so.

The Alejandro G. Iñárritu-directed blood-thirsty Western about a fur-trapper attacked by a grizzly bear plunged us into the ice-cold conditions of the Missouri wilderness, providing DiCaprio with one of his most challenging roles to date.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Leo loves money and pills in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Leo loves money and pills in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
  • Character: Jordan Belfort

What's it about? Leonardo DiCaprio won great recognition for appearing in a movie adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir that chronicled the outlandish rise and fall of a twisted Wall Street broker.

Alongside the outrageous lude-popping, cigar-smoking, money-laundering shenanigans with co-star Jonah Hill, Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie also plays Leonardo DiCaprio's smokin' hot girlfriend and later, wife.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

Jay Gatsby of 'The Great Gatbsy'
Jay Gatsby of 'The Great Gatbsy'
  • Character: Jay Gatsby

What's it about? Baz Luhrmann's movie adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, an elusive millionaire at the height of the Roaring Twenties and all of their glitz and glamour. Visually striking in every way, The Great Gatsby provides glimpses into the widening cracks of nouveau riche existence, presenting characters overwhelmed with madness and tragedy in equal measure.

Django Unchained (2012)

Calvin Candie is one of Leo's most repellant roles
Calvin Candie is one of Leo's most repellant roles
  • Character: Calvin J. Candie

What's it about? Quentin Tarantino's 2012 offering was Django Unchained, a Western movie set in the antebellum South that became the director's highest grossing theatrical release.

Leo plays "Monsieur" Calvin J. Candie, a brutal Mississippi plantation owner who "owns" the wife of a freed slave (played by Jamie Foxx).

J. Edgar (2011)

Leonardo DiCaprio is J. Edgar Hoover
Leonardo DiCaprio is J. Edgar Hoover
  • Character: J. Edgar Hoover

What's it about? Prosthetics were Leo's friend in J. Edgar, which saw him take on the part of the head of the F. B. I. The biopic, directed by Clint Eastwood, casts a retrospective look at the agency's reputation during some of its most vibrant moments in modern American history.

Inception (2011)

Ellen Page also stars in 'Inception'
Ellen Page also stars in 'Inception'
  • Character: Dom Cobb

What's it about? When it was released in 2011, Christopher Nolan's Inception gave us a whole new perspective on the elusive world of dreams. As Dom Cobb, Leonardo DiCaprio projects himself into the subconsciousness of his targets, gathering and stealing information for his various missions.

Shutter Island (2010)

DiCaprio with Mark Ruffalo in 'Shutter Island'
DiCaprio with Mark Ruffalo in 'Shutter Island'
  • Character: Teddy Daniels

What's it about? Shutter Island is a stunning horror masterpiece that sees dream team Martin Scorsese and Leo working together for the fourth time. Based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, it shows a World War II veteran's journey to a island-based mental hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the disappearance of a patient admitted there for murdering her children.

As Teddy, DiCaprio attempts to unravel the unsettling secrets of Shutter Island, but all the while he is unravelling himself.

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite
  • Character: Frank Wheeler

What's it about? Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio returned to the big screen once more — this time, over a decade after Rose finally let go of Jack on that ill-fated night in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in 1997's Titanic.

Essentially, if our tragic couple had made it, this might well have been them decades later. Set during the height of the American Dream in the '50s, Revolutionary Road tracks the suburban lives of Leonardo DiCaprio and his wife April, who possess everything but feel like they have absolutely nothing at the same time.

Body of Lies (2008)

Russell Crowe with Leo in 'Body of Lies'
Russell Crowe with Leo in 'Body of Lies'
  • Character: Roger Ferris

What's it about? Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Ridley Scott's movie about a spy who enlists the help of a CIA veteran (Crowe) to infiltrate the underground network of a terrorist leader in Jordan.

Blood Diamond (2006)

Danny Archer with Solomon in 'Blood Diamond'
Danny Archer with Solomon in 'Blood Diamond'
  • Character: Danny Archer

What's it about? Set during the violent upheaval in Sierra Leone in the '90s, Blood Diamond sees Leo perfect his Rhodesian accent as smuggler Danny Archer. When he collides with a Mende fisherman called Solomon, both men embark on a quest to find a rare pink diamond that will transform their lives, all the while endangering it even more.

The Departed (2006)

Billy, an undercover cop in 'The Departed'
Billy, an undercover cop in 'The Departed'
  • Character: Billy

What's it about? Martin Scorsese's gangster drama The Departed featured an outstanding cast consisting of Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Alex Baldwin and Jack Nicholson. Leo plays a young cop looking to get to grips with the world of law enforcement — a world which a smart criminal (Damon) is also trying to infiltrate for a ruthless syndicate head (Nicholson).

The Aviator (2004)

Howard Hughes was the focus of Martin Scorsese's biopic
Howard Hughes was the focus of Martin Scorsese's biopic
  • Character: Howard Hughes

What's it about? The Aviator is a biographical drama by Martin Scorsese about a legendary aviator called Howard Hughes. Spanning the pioneer's career from the late '20s to the mid '40s, the movie documents his fall from eccentric billionaire to reclusive madman. The star studded cast also includes John C. Reilly, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm and Frances Conroy.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Leo plays a Pan Am air pilot, amongst other roles, in 'Catch Me If You Can'
Leo plays a Pan Am air pilot, amongst other roles, in 'Catch Me If You Can'
  • Character: Frank Abagnale Jr.

What's it about? The Aviator wasn't Leo's first try at playing a pilot, as he also honed similar skills in Catch Me If You Can as cunning conman Frank Abagnale Jr. Based on a true story, the movie is a lighthearted look into the world of deception, in which a young man acquires millions of dollars by forging his identity, and thousands of bank cheques along the way. All the while, he's being pursued by a determined FBI agent (Tom Hanks).

Gangs of New York (2002)

Amsterdam Vallon in 'Gangs of New York'
Amsterdam Vallon in 'Gangs of New York'
  • Character: Amsterdam Vallon

What's it about? Gangs of New York provides insights into the rise of gang notoriety in New York in the mid 19th century, a time of social and political upheaval. The historical epic, also directed by Martin Scorsese, sees racial tensions between waves of Irish immigrants and the established citizens unravel in a rapidly expanding metropolis.

Don's Plum (2001)

'Don Plum' is one of Leo's most controversial projects
'Don Plum' is one of Leo's most controversial projects
  • Character: Derek

What's it about? Looking at his illustrious career in movies, Leonardo DiCaprio would probably most like to forget Don's Plum. The low-budget art-house flick continues to be shrouded in controversy as the film that the actor tried to block from release with fellow co-star and good pal Tobey Maguire.

The Beach (2000)

Danny Boyle directed Leo in 'The Beach'
Danny Boyle directed Leo in 'The Beach'
  • Character: Richard

What's it about? At the height of Leonardo DiCaprio's heartthrob status, Danny Boyle's The Beach saw the actor step into the role of Richard, a young man who sets out to find a mysterious island after finding a map left behind by his hostel neighbor. After a perilous journey to the secret paradise, events start to rapidly spin out of control.

Celebrity (1998)

'Celebrity'
'Celebrity'
  • Character: Brandon Darrow

What's it about? Leo's antics as Brandon Darrow arguably mirrored some elements of his real life back in 1998. Starring in Celebrity at a young age, DiCaprio's character gave us a glimpse into the debaucherous lifestyle of the rich and famous — something that, as prime member of the Pussy Posse, he knew all too well.

The movie is all about a bratty star who invites a low-key journalist (Kenneth Branagh) to get involved with his fast-paced way of living.

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

King Louis XIV played by Leo
King Louis XIV played by Leo
  • Character: King Louis XIV / Philippe

What's it about? Hot off the heels of the whirlwind success of Titanic, Leo dove into a polar opposite role as King Louis XIV and his twin Philippe in The Man in the Iron Mask.

Titanic (1997)

Leo with Kate Winslet in 'Titanic'
Leo with Kate Winslet in 'Titanic'
  • Character: Jack Dawson

What's it about? Decades on and we still refuse to let go of what is arguably Leo's most famous movie role, a part which catapulted DiCaprio to great heights. In 1997's Titanic, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio play two young lovers who meet on the luxurious, ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line cruiser.

James Cameron's epic romance cost more than $200 million dollars to make and runs over three hours, with the crown jewel of '90s Hollywood cinema inspiring generation after generation with its state-of-the-art visuals and compelling storyline.

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Marvin's Room (1996)

Diane Keaton with Leo in 'Marvin's Room'
Diane Keaton with Leo in 'Marvin's Room'
  • Character: Hank

What's it about? DiCaprio stars alongside Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro in a movie about two estranged sisters, one of which is called upon for a bone-marrow transplant. Leo's Hank is Streep's troubled, pyromaniac son.

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Leonardo DiCaprio as tortured soul Romeo
Leonardo DiCaprio as tortured soul Romeo
  • Character: Romeo

What's it about? "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?" These lines have been spoken countless times over the centuries, yet nothing could quite prepare us for Baz Luthermann's modern day adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic starring DiCaprio and an angelic Claire Danes as the two star-crossed lovers.

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Total Eclipse (1995)

'Total Eclipse' gave Leo his first on-screen kiss
'Total Eclipse' gave Leo his first on-screen kiss
  • Character: Arthur Rimbaud

What's it about? Leonardo DiCaprio played Arthur Rimbaud at the young age of 21, which saw him bring to life the volatile relationship between the famous poet and his mentor Paul Verlaine (David Thewlis). This was the feature that granted the budding, young actor his very first on-screen kiss.

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Drug addiction is the theme of 'The Basketball Diaries'
Drug addiction is the theme of 'The Basketball Diaries'
  • Character: Jim Carroll

What's it about? Loosely based on a novel of the same name, The Basketball Diaries stars Leo as a young man with big dreams of becoming a basketball star. However, his ambitions come crumbling down when he gets mixed up in the volatile world of drug addiction.

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

DiCaprio is a young cowboy
DiCaprio is a young cowboy
  • Character: Kid

What's it about? In this Western, a lady avenger (played by Sharon Stone) returns to a town that's ruled by a deadly gunslinger. Leo plays an arrogant young cowboy.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

Leo is Arnie Grape
Leo is Arnie Grape
  • Character: Arnie Grape

What's it about? Gilbert (Johnny Depp) has to care for his brother Arnie, who has severe learning disabilities, and his obese mother. That is, until a young woman called Becky walks into his life, complicating his priorities.

This Boy's Life (1993)

Robert De Niro with Leo in 'This Boy's Life'
Robert De Niro with Leo in 'This Boy's Life'
  • Character: Toby

What's it about? Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio at a young age, This Boy's Life is the story of a loving son whose mother shacks up with an abusive man (played by Robert De Niro). A complex war between the teen and the new, domineering father-figure ensues.

Poison Ivy (1992)

Drew Barrymore in the lead role
Drew Barrymore in the lead role
  • Character: Guy

What's it about? Also starring Drew Barrymore in the lead role, Poison Ivy is about a young woman who befriends an introvert at high school and schemes her way into the lives of her affluent family. Leo had a very minor role and is only really in it for a couple of seconds.

Critters 3 (1991)

Leo's movie debut as Josh
Leo's movie debut as Josh
  • Character: Josh

What's it about? At a young age, Critters 3 became Leonardo DiCaprio's first full-feature movie role. The tongue-in-cheek sci-fi adventure sees a bunch of furry "critters"arrive from outer space to an urban apartment in Kansas. USA. In the movie, Leo plays a troubled teenager.


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