1991-1992: After guest starring on “Rosanne” and “Parenthood,” DiCaprio landed a role on the long-running sitcom “Growing Pains.” He played Luke Brower, a homeless student in the class of young schoolteacher Mike (Kirk Cameron
) that the Seaver family take in until he is reunited with his father.
1993: In his first major movie role, Leo starred alongside Robert De Niro
in “This Boy’s Life."
1993: Dicaprio brilliantly played Arnie Grape, the mentally retarded brother of Johnny Depp
’s character in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”. The role gave the actor his first Oscar nomination.
1995: DiCaprio took his first leading role as the wild poetic prodigy Arthur Rimbaud in “Total Eclipse."
1996: In Baz Luhrmann
’s modern rendition of the classic Shakespeare play "Romeo + Juliet," DiCaprio transitioned to full-on Hollywood heartthrob opposite Claire Danes
1997: DiCaprio becomes a household name came when he starred in “Titanic” as the charming, but poor, artist Jack Dawson. The movie went on to win 11 Oscars, but DiCaprio sadly did not win Best Actor.
1998: DiCaprio rocked longer tresses to embody King Louis XIV in “The Man in the Iron Mask."
2000: Leo chopped his golden locks very short for his role in "The Beach,” in which his character travels to a secret island in Thailand with a map and the hope to find a solitary beach paradise.
2002: DiCaprio donned a bit of scruff and longer hair to play Amsterdam Vallon, a man seeking revenge for his father’s murder in “Gangs of New York.” The film marked the first of his many projects with director Martin Scorsese
2002: As young con man Frank Abagnale Jr., DiCaprio impersonates a pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor to bank millions of dollars in Steven Spielberg
's “Catch Me If You Can."
2004: In his second Oscar-nominated performance, DiCaprio portrayed the early life of legendary tycoon Howard Hughes in “The Aviator."
2006: In "The Departed," a film loosely based on famous gangster Whitey Bulger and the Irish Mob in Boston, DiCaprio played an undercover cop opposite a mole (Matt Damon
) as the two try to blow each other's cover.
2006: In “Blood Diamond," DiCaprio played Rhodesian diamond smuggler Danny Archer, an antiheroic character who helped the actor earn a third Oscar nomination.
2008: DiCaprio and “Titanic” co-star Kate Winslet
were reunited in “Revolutionary Road,” a suburban drama about a 1950s couple struggling with their mundane lifestyle. Though he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, the Academy snubbed him for even a nomination.
2010: Once again joining the cast of a Martin Scorsese
film, DiCaprio starred as a U.S. Marshal investigating a psychiatric facility to discover the whereabouts of a missing murderess in “Shutter Island."
2010: DiCaprio embodied a master of corporate espionage in Christopher Nolan
's "Inception." His character used dream-sharing technology to manipulate a CEO to dissolve his family’s company.
2011: In another biopic, “J. Edgar," DiCaprio took on J. Edgar Hoover, the powerhouse head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, revealing the troubles of his professional and personal life.
2012: As a despicable slaveowner in Quentin Tarantino
's “Django Unchained,” DiCaprio went to great lengths to embody the brutal personality of his character. He even held character when blood gushed from a cut on his hand, later requiring stitches. The take made the final cut of the film.
2013: For the most recent rendition of F. Scott Fitzgerald
’s classic “The Great Gatsby,” DiCaprio re-teamed with "Romeo + Juliet" director Baz Luhrmann
to play the mysterious Jay Gatsby.
2013: In his fifth movie with Martin Scorsese
, "The Wolf of Wall Street," DiCaprio portrayed the outlandish rise and fall of infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort
. He earned two Oscar noms, one for Best Actor and another for producing.
2015: DiCaprio had a wilder look with full hair and beard for “The Revenant.” as a 19th-century frontiersman named Hugh Glass who seeks revenge after his team leaves him for dead following a vicious bear attack.
2016: DiCaprio won the Oscar for Best Actor for "The Revenant." He also used his acceptance speech to advocate for action on climate change. " “It is happening right now. "It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating,” he said