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He is conversant in German and Italian. Romper Room In , DiCaprio was removed at the age of five from the set of the children's television series Romper Room for being disruptive. Mattel, Kraft Foods, Bubble Yum He began his career by appearing in several commercials and educational films, following his older stepbrother Adam Farrar into television commercials, and landing an ad at age 14 for Matchbox cars by Mattel , which he considered his first role. Young Artist Award nominated work: This started with a role in the pilot of The Outsiders , and one episode of the soap opera Santa Barbara , playing the young Mason Capwell. A series based on a successful comedy film by the same name. One of the stunts he performed on the show was going fishing in a small pool of water by catching the fish only with his teeth. Major projects, critical breakthrough, and first leading role. Roseanne In , he played an un-credited role in one episode of Roseanne. He played opposite De Niro, who was acting as his stepfather, and Ellen Barkin as his mother. The film was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and released in DiCaprio, who makes Arnie's many tics so startling and vivid that at first he is difficult to watch. The performance has a sharp, desperate intensity from beginning to end. The Quick and the Dead. Sony Pictures was dubious over DiCaprio's casting, and as a result, co-star Sharon Stone decided to pay the actor's salary herself. He replaced River Phoenix , who died during pre-production on the project. It is a biographical film, in which DiCaprio plays Jim Carroll in his teenage years as a promising high school basketball player and writer who developed an addiction to heroin with his misguided friends. Breakthrough and mainstream success. Based on Scott McPherson 's screenplay adaptation of his own stage play of the same name , the film revolves around two sisters, played by Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton , who are reunited through tragedy after 17 years of estrangement. DiCaprio initially refused to portray the character but was eventually encouraged to pursue the role by Cameron, who strongly believed in his acting ability. Upon the success of Titanic, DiCaprio stated in It's not something I'm going to try to achieve either. He played an American backpacking tourist looking for the perfect way of life in a secret island commune in the Gulf of Thailand. Don's Plum In the mid s, DiCaprio appeared in the mostly improvised short film called Don's Plum , as a favor to aspiring director R. Films with Martin Scorsese. Director Scorsese initially struggled selling his idea of realizing the film until DiCaprio became interested in playing protagonist Amsterdam Vallon, a young leader of the Irish faction , and thus, Miramax Films got involved with financing the project. Directed by Steven Spielberg , the film was shot in different locations in only 52 days, making it "the most adventurous, super-charged movie-making" DiCaprio had experienced yet. It won and was nominated for many Awards in the festival circuit. The Aviator Forging a collaboration with Scorsese, the two paired again for a biopic of the eccentric and obsessive American film director and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes in The Aviator Centering on Hughes' life from the late s to , DiCaprio initially developed the project with Michael Mann , who decided against directing it after working on back-to-back biopics; Ali and The Insider. The Aviator became a critical and financial success. Blood Diamond Third film with Martin Scorsese: The film itself received generally favorable reviews,  and DiCaprio was praised for the authenticity of his South African Afrikaner accent, known as a difficult accent to imitate. Highly anticipated, the film was released to overwhelmingly positive reviews and became one of the highest-rated wide release films of The film is about Adam Harris Haas , a twenty-something college dropout lacking real direction in his life. Adam's life changes dramatically when he accidentally captures a serial rapist. The new-found attention inspires him to become a vigilante. Shortly after saw the release of The 11th Hour. A documentary film which he created, produced, co-written and narrated. With contributions from over 50 politicians, scientists, and environmental activists, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev , physicist Stephen Hawking , Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai , journalist Armand Betscher, and Paul Hawken , the film documents the grave problems facing the planet's life systems. Global warming, deforestation , mass species extinction , and depletion of the oceans' habitats are all addressed. The film's premise is that the future of humanity is in jeopardy. The film proposes potential solutions to these problems by calling for restorative action by the reshaping and rethinking of global human activity through technology, social responsibility and conservation. Body of Lies and Revolutionary Road In , DiCaprio starred in Body of Lies , a spy film based on the novel of the same name by David Ignatius , set in context of the Middle East and the War on Terror , telling the story of three men battling a terrorist organization, and each other. As both actors had been reluctant to make romantic films similar to Titanic, it was Winslet who suggested that both should work with her on a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Richard Yates after reading the script by Justin Haythe , knowing that plot had little in common with the blockbuster. Greensburg and Orphan Also in , he was a creator and an executive producer for Greensburg an American television series broadcast on the Planet Green television network. The show takes place in Greensburg, Kansas , and is about rebuilding the town in a sustainable way after being hit by the May EF5 tornado. He was a producer for the psychological horror thriller film Orphan directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Pounder and Jimmy Bennett. The plot centers on a couple who, after the death of their unborn child, adopt a mysterious 9-year-old girl. Continued success and Oscar win. Fourth film with Martin Scorsese: Shutter Island DiCaprio at the premiere of Shutter Island at the 60th Berlin Film Festival in DiCaprio continued his collaborative streak with Scorsese in the psychological thriller film Shutter Island , based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane. Marshal Edward "Teddy" Daniels, who is investigating a psychiatric facility located on an island and comes to question his own sanity. Inspired by the experience of lucid dreaming and dream incubation ,  DiCaprio portrays the character of Dom Cobb, an "extractor" who enters the dreams of others to obtain information that is otherwise inaccessible. Cobb is promised a chance to regain his old life in exchange for planting an idea in a corporate target's mind. Edgar , a biopic about J. The film is an adaptation of Willimon's play Farragut North. Fourth Academy Award nomination: Despite a borderline comedic entrance — haloed by fireworks and accompanied by Gershwin's " Rhapsody in Blue "—DiCaprio nails this maddeningly enigmatic character. He's as tough as Alan Ladd in '49, as suave as Redford in '74, but also vulnerable, touching, funny, a faker, a human. You hear it all in Gatsby's favorite phrase, "old sport," a verbal tic that stumped other actors. It's a tremendous, hard-won performance. The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio reunited with Scorsese for the fifth time in The Wolf of Wall Street , a film based on the life of stockbroker Jordan Belfort , who was arrested in the late s for securities fraud and money laundering. He was also nominated the same year for producing as the film was nominated for Best Picture. In January , DiCaprio said he was going to take a long break from acting and would "fly around the world doing good for the environment. Some parts of this narrative are based on the life of Nat Arem,  a professional poker player and former accountant at Deloitte Touche who helped uncover cheating  in online poker by using statistical methods  to analyze thousands of games. The film is about a Pennsylvania steel mill worker Russell Baze Bale and his Iraq War veteran brother Rodney Affleck , who cannot adjust to civilian life. While Rodney makes some money doing bareknuckle fights for bar owner and small-time criminal John Petty Dafoe , who runs illegal gambling operations, Rodney becomes so indebted due to his own gambling losses that he begs Petty to let him do a big money fight. After Petty reluctantly arranges for Rodney to do a fight for a ruthless criminal gang in the backwoods, Rodney disappears, and his brother tries to find out what has happened to him. He was an executive producer on Virunga a British documentary film directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. The Sustainability Secret is a documentary film for which he was also an executive producer. It explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. The film looks at various environmental concerns, including global warming , water use , deforestation , and ocean dead zones , and suggests that animal agriculture is the primary source of environmental destruction. First Academy Award win: Unemployed workers in Richmond, California , businessmen in China, Tea Party activists, and would be White House adviser are all featured in the film. The film debunks a false dilemma that clean energy requires sacrificing economic prosperity. He started by being an executive producer for The Ivory Game , a documentary film. The film examines the ivory trade, which has become a global concern, pitting governments and environmental preservationists against poachers and Chinese ivory merchants. The film shows DiCaprio visiting various regions of the globe  exploring the impact of man-made global warming.
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