The Legend of How Leonardo DiCaprio Got His Name is Ridiculous

by Jeremy Spirogis
Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards.

Leonardo DiCaprio has had an performing profession most may solely dream of. From little one actor to teen heartthrob to Academy Award Winner, DiCaprio has proven that he’s an actor keen to develop, and unwilling to ever be stored in a field. Every step of the way in which, his profession has benefited from a mixture of monumental expertise, luck, and glorious selections. One of those selections, in reality, was one thing as foundational as his identify.

Leonardo DiCaprio nearly modified his identify

Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards.
Leonardo DiCaprio | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

DiCaprio was born Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio. When he was first beginning out in Hollywood it was higher to mix in than to stay out, at the least when it got here to cultural id.

DiCaprio defined: “They felt my name was too ethnic and I wouldn’t get as many jobs. So that thwarted me from being an actor for a number of years. I tried again two years later when I was 13 and got an agent to accept me with my name.”

That’s proper: DiCaprio, along with his blonde hair and blue eyes, was advised his identify was “too ethnic.” One agent even steered he change his identify to Lenny Williams, an Americanization of his first and center identify.

Thankfully he didn’t take that recommendation, and that agent couldn’t have been extra fallacious about DiCaprio’s castability.

How did Leonardo DiCaprio get his identify?

The story goes that DiCaprio’s dad and mom Irmelin and George DiCaprio have been within the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy having fun with a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci when the then-unborn DiCaprio began “kicking like crazy” from inside his mom’s stomach. DiCaprio advised ABC News: “My dad, being the man that picks up on cosmic messages, said that ‘His name must be Leonardo.’”

By the time he was born, on November 11, 1974, the identify had caught and he’s been Leo ever since.

For a time, there was a undertaking within the works the place DiCaprio was set to play his namesake in an adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s biography of the artist. A screenwriter, John Logan (James Bond: Spectre and Skyfall) was introduced for the undertaking in 2018, however information of the undertaking has been quiet ever since.

Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t slowing down

DiCaprio was simply 19 when he performed Arnie Grape alongside Johnny Depp in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). This was his first of 6 Academy Award nominations.

He was additionally nominated for The Aviator (2005), Blood Diamond (2007), The Wolf of Wall Street (2014), and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood (2020). His single Oscar win was for his position as a grizzly frontiersman in The Revenant (2016), an accolade many believed was lengthy overdue.

DiCaprio presently has two movies in pre-production and two extra introduced. The two introduced movies are particularly thrilling when it comes to roles that can stretch this gifted actor even additional. In The Devil within the White City, he’ll play notorious American serial killer H.H. Holmes. In Roosevelt, he’ll tackle portraying President Theodore Roosevelt.

Not solely is DiCaprio an excellent actor, he’s an environmentalist who cares deeply about animal welfare. He makes use of his large social media affect to advertise organizations that shield animals and their habitats similar to Earth Alliance and the Australia Wildfire Fund.

DiCaprio, together with a business associate, can be beginning his personal eco-resort on a beforehand unoccupied 104-acre island off of the coast of Belize referred to as Blackadore Caye. The undertaking has been pushed again a number of instances and ultimately reporting was set to open this yr.

DiCaprio stated of the resort: “The main focus is to do something that will change the world. I couldn’t have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren’t for the idea that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.”

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