Fact: Leonardo DiCaprio is well known for his philanthropy for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). During one of his flights to St. Petersburg, Russia, DiCaprio was held up not once, but twice.
Leonardo DiCaprio was born in Hollywood, California as an only child, to which he called himself, “an impossible child.” He absolutely hated to study and would eventually drop out of High School but eventually earning his general equivalency diploma (GED). He would move to Germany with his maternal grandparents. He speaks fluent German.
His career started in several commercial roles and educational films. He would debut in his first film “Critters 3,” which he would play the stepson of an evil landlord (DiCaprio described the role as “your average, no-depth, standard kid with blond hair”). Soon after, he became a re-occurring cast member on “Growing Pains”, playing Luke Brower, a homeless boy who is taken in by Seaver family. What sky-rocketed him into the stratosphere came from Robert De Niro, when he picked DiCaprio out of 400 young actors to play the lead role in This Boy’s Life. The rest is history.
Now 40, Leonardo DiCaprio has created the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to support organizations and initiatives dedicated to securing a sustainable future for our planet. Additionally, he has donated countless millions to the WWF and multiple other organizations. In 2010, he had two instances back-to-back flying to St. Petersburg, Russia as a guest at the International Tiger Conservation Forum on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund. The first, Delta Flight 30, which departed JFK was forced to make an emergency landing due to engine problems (engine flame out and malfunction). He would later take a replacement flight to Helsinki, Finland to refuel due to strong winds over the Atlantic Ocean. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stated and acknowledged that a lesser man “could have read it as a sign – that it was not worth going.” He gained much respect!