Happy Birthday to the Oscar-winner, environmentalist and versatile actor Leonardo DiCaprio
In a career spanning over two decades, Leonardo DiCaprio has managed to excel on the silver screen multiple times and given the audience some breathtaking performances. The versatile actor has turned 45 years old and we decided to unveil some interesting facts about the 'Titanic' star to his diehard fans.
The mystery behind the name 'Leonardo'
DiCaprio was named after the artist Leonardo da Vinci after his pregnant mother happened to be standing in front of one of da Vinci's paintings the first time she felt him kick
DiCaprio's first Oscar nomination
Leonardo DiCaprio spent days at a home for mentally disabled teens to get into his character, Arnie Grape. His performance was so well received he earned his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
Donated room full of computers
In 1998, DiCaprio donated a roomful of computers and equipment to the Los Feliz Library, which was built on the site of his childhood home.
DiCaprio kicked off the sets at age 5
In his acting debut, Leonardo DiCaprio was kicked off the set of the long-running, popular children's TV series "Romper Room" at age 5 for being disruptive.
Say no to drugs
DiCaprio says he has never done drugs. So, to prepare for his role in Wolf of Wall Street, he had to speak to a drug expert.
Taliban banned his haircut
The Leonardo DiCaprio haircut from Titanic was so popular among Afghan youths that it was banned by the Taliban and barbers went to jail for giving it.
Leonardo's adopted daughter
While filming Blood Diamond in South Africa, DiCaprio "adopted" a South African baby girl that he met at an orphanage. He sends her a cheque once a month and talks on the phone with her regularly.
Leonardo got his big break by Robert De Niro
Leonardo DiCaprio got his big break when he was handpicked by Robert De Niro to play the lead role in "This Boy's Life".
Leonardo DiCaprio refused to play a psycho
Leonardo DiCaprio was originally selected for the role of Patrick Bateman in American Psycho but he reluctantly did not take it as most of his fans were pre-teen girls.
The King of the world
The line "I'm the king of the world!" from Titanic was actually ad-libbed by Leonardo DiCaprio. It was voted as the #4 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.