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Celebrating Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio gained fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic and has starred in many other successful films including Romeo-Juliet and Catch Me If You Can. As he celebrates his birthday today, here's a look at the actor's life and career.

entertainment Updated: Nov 10, 2009 19:55 IST

Leonardo DiCaprioAmerican actor and film producer, Leonardo DiCaprio's career witnessed new heights with his role in the television sit-com Growing Pains.

His critically acclaimed performance came in This Boy's Life, which was followed by What's Eating Gilbert Grape. His performance as the mentally handicapped brother of Gilbert (Johnny Depp), in the title role, brought him nominations for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He gained fame for his role as Jack Dawson in Titanic which soon became the highest grossing film of all time and received 11 Oscars. He has starred in many other successful films including Romeo-Juliet, Catch Me If You Can and Blood Diamond, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Another Academy Award nomination came for his role as Howard Hughes in The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese.

The actor also starred in 2008's Body of Lies, directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Russell Crowe, Vince Colosimo and Golshifteh Farahani. The same year, he appeared in Revolutionary Road, an adaptation of Richard Yates' 1961 novel.

DiCaprio dated Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen on and off from 2001 to 2005. He has also dated Kristen Zang and Israeli model Bar Refaeli. Their relationship ended in 2009. He is close friends with Tobey Maguire and Kate Winslet.

DiCaprio has also been nominated twice for BAFTA, thrice for SAG and seven times for Golden Globe Awards. He is a Golden Globe and a Silver Bear Award winner.