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Leonardo DiCaprio

Name Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio
Date of birth November 11, 1974
Birth place Los Angeles, California, United States
Residence Battery Park City, New York, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Film producer
Years active 1989–present
Works Filmography
Parent(s) George DiCaprio
Irmelin DiCaprio
Awards Full list
Website Official website
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation


Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. He is the only child of Irmelin (née Indenbirken), a legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, an underground comics artist and producer/distributor of comic books. DiCaprio’s father is of Italian (from Naples) and German (from Bavaria) descent. DiCaprio’s maternal grandfather, Wilhelm Indenbirken, was German. His maternal grandmother, Helene Indenbirken (born Yelena Smirnova; 1915–2008), was a Russian-born German citizen. In an interview in Russia, DiCaprio referred to himself as “half-Russian” and said that two of his grandparents were Russian. DiCaprio’s parents met while attending college and subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California.

DiCaprio was named Leonardo because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when he first kicked. His parents separated when he was a year old, and he lived mostly with his mother. The two lived in several Los Angeles neighborhoods, such as Echo Park and Los Feliz (his Los Feliz residence was later converted into a public library), while his mother worked several jobs. DiCaprio attended Seeds Elementary School (now UCLA Lab School) and John Marshall High School a few blocks away, after attending the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years. However, he dropped out of high school following his third year, eventually earning his general equivalency diploma (GED). DiCaprio spent part of his childhood in Germany with his maternal grandparents, Wilhelm and Helene. He is conversant in German and Italian.

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