Born in Los Angeles, DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s. In the early 1990s, he played recurring roles in various television series, such as the sitcom Parenthood. Leonardo DiCaprio had his first major film role as Tobias "Toby" Wolff in This Boy's Life (1993). He received critical acclaim and first Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for his supporting role as a developmentally disabled boy Arnie Grape in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993); at age 19, it made him the seventh-youngest nominee in the category. He achieved international stardom in the epic romance Titanic (1997), which became the highest-grossing film to that point. After a few commercially unsuccessful films, DiCaprio starred in two successful features in 2002: the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can and the historical drama Gangs of New York, which marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese.
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