Top 12 Most Inspiring |Leonardo DiCaprio| Quotes

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Biography

While the myriad actor’s dream of becoming Hollywood icons, DiCaprio has spent a lot of time and energy distancing himself from his megastar image, which was born when he starred in one of the highest-grossing blockbusters of all time: the 1997 epic Titanic. As a charismatic and resourceful artist who wins the heart of the society gal played by Kate Winslet, DiCaprio became an international heartthrob. But the media’s sudden and obsessive fascination with the young actor’s private life prompted him to step back and carefully plan the rest of his career so he wouldn’t forever be pigeonholed. Interestingly, his romantic Titanic role was markedly different than the troubled characters he usually played: a junkie in The Basketball Dairies, an absinthe-drinking poet in Total Eclipse, a juvenile delinquent in Marvin’s Room. After starting out in commercials and TV as a child (he was the homeless kid taken in by the Seavers on the last season of Growing Pains), DiCaprio concentrated on the big screen. But 1993 became his breakthrough year: In addition to winning raves for his turn as a rebellious ’50s youth clashing with his abusive stepfather in This Boy’s Life, he also earned his first Oscar nod as Johnny Depp’s sweet but slow brother in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. DiCaprio subsequently appeared in modest hits (Romeo + Juliet) and outright flops (The Quick and the Dead), but nothing prepared him for Titanic’s reception and the subsequent hysteria. He poked fun at his situation by appearing as a grossly distorted version of himself in Woody Allen’s Celebrity and set out to prove himself as a serious actor. In the ’00s, he began a successful collaborative relationship with director Martin Scorsese, and the two went on to make numerous critically acclaimed films together. Under Scorsese’s guidance, he first played a tough Irish thug out to avenge his father’s murder in Gangs of New York; the pair has subsequently re-teamed for numerous successful films. Off-screen, DiCaprio maintains an avid interest in environmental causes and actively campaigns for changes in environmental policy.

Fast Facts

• Made his first commercial, for Matchbox cars, at age 14.

• Met long-time friend Tobey Maguire when both were auditioning for the 1990-91 sitcom Parenthood (DiCaprio won the part).

• Sued Playgirl magazine in 1998 to stop publication of nude photos of him; the case was settled out of court.

• An ardent environmentalist, established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in 1998 to champion his favorite conservation causes.

• Frequently collaborates with director Martin Scorsese, beginning with Gangs of New York (2002).

• Produced and narrated the documentary The 11th Hour to help raise awareness about the effect of human impact on the planet.

• Founded the production company Appian Way Productions.

• Bought an island, Blackadore Caye, off the coast of Belize, with plans to build an eco-friendly resort.

Awards

• 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

• 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

• 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Winner

• 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Nominee

• 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Nominee

• 2006, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

• 2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

• 1993, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee

• 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

• 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Nominee

• 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

• 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

• 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

• 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee

• 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

• 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

• 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Nominee

• 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Winner

• 2014, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: Winner

• 2013, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

• 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee

• 1997, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner

• 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

• 2013, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actor: Winner

• 2013, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee

• 2007, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee

• 2005, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee

• 2007, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee

• 2015, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner

• 2012, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee

• 2015, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Actor: Winner

• 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Winner

• 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Winner

• 2014, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy: Winner

• 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: Nominee

• 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Nominee

• 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

• 2007, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

• 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Winner

1 “Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you” 

2 “It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that’s written about you… Who knows? In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!”

3 “If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” 

4 “Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.” 

5 “To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.”

6 “A wrong connection will give you shock throughout your life, but the right one will light up your life.”

7 “Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.” 

8 “I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.” 

9 “Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.” 

10 “My mom, Irmelin, taught me the value of life. Her own life was saved by my grandmother during World War II.” 

11 “I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.” 

“I really don’t know what I’m doing… I don’t. It’s terrible. I go in there and I learn how to be like the character and do the best I can, and that’s all I really do.”

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