The Many Faces of… Leonardo DiCaprio

Overview of the roles Leonardo DiCaprio played

It’s Friday Faces time with this week’s star Leonardo DiCaprio. He was born in 1974 and started out doing commercials and moved on to TV shows, appearing in Parenthood, The New Lassie, Growing Pains and Roseanne. He made the step to movies in 1993’s Critters 3 and Robert De Niro (whose many faces you can check out here) picked him to star in This Boy’s Life. He received an Oscar nomination for his role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. His big breakthrough came when he was the lead in Titanic. He has worked with several well-known directors like Martin Scorcese, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan and Danny Boyle.

An overview of the roles of Leonardo DiCaprio

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As for my favorite role it’s a tie between him playing a conman in Catch Me If You Can and the undercover agent in The Departed.

What’s your favorite Leonardo DiCaprio role?

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29 thoughts on “The Many Faces of… Leonardo DiCaprio

  1. I thought he was excellent in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries – amazing performances from his early career. He’s grown into a really amazing actor. I thought he was fantastic as Cobb in Inception and in The Departed. Oh and Howard Hughes in The Aviator. Definitely my favourite ones.Ahh… forget about Revolutionary Road, strong performance there too!

    • Haven’t seen his earlier movies, but looking at awards he got then they are worth checking out. He’s an actor I will see in almost any movie though. Still have to watch Revolutionary Road, had the DVD for at least a year.

  2. He is one of the most talented actors alive, hands down. I saw almost every major film of his, and it’s so hard to choose his best performance. Judging his roles, I think What’s Eating Gilbert Grape part is sensational but he is consistently great in every movies he’s involved in and I could name here at least half of his films.

  3. I agree with you, he was really great in Catch Me If You Can!
    Could you do one of Kirsten Dunst, please? she’s one of my favorite actresses.

  4. Despite being a little to pretty boy-ish fr my taste, Leo sure can act. My favorite performance is probably Blood Diamond, and Shutter Island is up there as well. Should have earned an Oscar nod IMO. The two you mentioned are great as well, love the Departed and Catch Me If You Can. I am sure he is good in J. Edgar as well…

    Oh, and we mustn’t forget Titanic 😉

    • Yeah, but quite a lot of other actors have that look as well, it’s something that sells tickets.
      Like you probably know I fell asleep at the cinema during Shutter Island, so can’t comment on his performance there :)

      Hmmm…I don’t remember too much about Titanic and never rewatched (nor am I planning to anytime soon)

  5. Basketball Diaries, Romeo and Juliet and The Departed. DiCaprio is great in everything and though I love Titanic, Dicaprio got the worst dialogue and as a result isn’t brilliant. Same with The Beach.

  6. I’m not a big fan of Leo anymore but I do think he’s a good actor. Plus I give him props for rising about his matinee-idol hype surrounding Titanic and he doesn’t seem to capitalize on his boyish good looks in choosing his roles.

  7. Leo, Leo, Leo, I’ve long been a fan of his 😀

    I think I’ll go along with you and say Catch Me If You Can. It’s a great story and DiCaprio has the charm and charisma to pull off being Frank Abagnale.

  8. Probably one of my favourite actors, his record of films over the past decade is impressive – Gangs of New York, The Aviator, the Departed, Blood Diamond, Shutter Island, Inception, Catch Me If You Can… All great movies

  9. I never used to like Leo but ever since The Departed I’ve reevaluated my opinion of him. Now I think he’s one of the best actors working in Hollywood but he has got better with age.

  10. Big fan of Leo’s work, and not just because I spent some of my teenage years suffering from a major crush. I love his earlier work, Gilbert Grape is great, and Catch Me If You Can is one of my favourite films. He’s such a versatile actor, and really does have an impressive back catalogue.

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