Twenty Fascinating Facts About The Oscar-Winning Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Making his movie debut back in 1992 in Robert De Niro’s This Boy’s Life, nobody could have expected that the young boy featured in the movie would go on to become one of the most successful actors of all time.

With hits such as the Wolf of Wall Street, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, The Departed and, of course, Titanic in his CV, and now with an Oscar under his belt courtesy of The Revenant, DiCaprio shows no signs of stopping just yet.

Leo’s led a colourful and often controversial life over the course of his nearly thirty years in movies, oftentimes skating on very thin legal ice. Here are twenty fascinating facts from the life of one of Hollywood’s most talents and bankable stars.

He Got His Name After His Mom Visited An Art Gallery


Leonardo got his unusual name because his mother, Irmelin, first felt him kick while she was on vacation in Florence, Italy. She was staring at a painting by the Renaissance painter, Leonardo Da Vinci, in the Uffizi gallery and decided to give the boy the old master’s first name in tribute. Lucky she wasn’t looking at a painting by Violet Oakley at the time!

He’s Fluent In Several Languages


DiCaprio’s father, George, is of Italian and German descent. His mother, Irmelin, is a Russian-born German citizen. The young Leonardo spent a part of his childhood living with his maternal grandparents, Wilhelm and Helene, in Germany. As a result of his mixed European heritage, Leonardo DiCaprio is a fluent speaker of both German and Italian.