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Leonardo DiCaprio has said he plans to take a 'long break' from acting. We take a look at his career, from teen heartthrob to one of Hollywood's biggest stars
At the tender age of 17, Leonardo DiCaprio got his first big break when he appeared in 'Growing Pains' as Luke, a homeless boy who moves in with the Seaver family. A star was born...
The fame that 'Growing Pains' brought Leo helped him to land a role opposite Johnny Depp in 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape'. In the movie, DiCaprio plays a mentally challenged teen - an early indication of the actor's versatility.
Hollywood began to take notice of young Leonardo. In 1995, a 21-year-old DiCaprio was chosen over the late River Phoenix to portray a troubled drug addict in 'The Basketball Diaries'.
By 1996, Leo was a fully-fledged heartthrob. The 22-year-old played Romeo opposite Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann's modernised 'Romeo + Juliet'.
More than any other movie, James Cameron's 'Titanic' made Leonardo DiCaprio a household name. A fictionalised account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, 'Titanic' is the second highest-grossing film of all time, having taken a staggering $2.18 million since its release in 1997.
Leonardo DiCaprio's post-'Titanic' popularity helped 'The Man In The Iron Mask' to rake in almost $183 million at the box office.
DiCaprio has worked with some of the biggest directors around over his glittering career, from Steven Spielberg to Martin Scorsese. In 2000, Leo teamed up with Danny Boyle for an adaptation of Alex Garland's 'The Beach'.
In Steven Spielberg's 'Catch Me If You Can', DiCaprio portrayed real-life conman Frank Abagnale, who successfully stole millions of dollars by the age of 19. Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken also star.
In recent years, Leo has become Martin Scorsese's leading man of choice. The pair first worked together on 2002's 'Gangs of New York'.
Scorsese's working relationship with DiCaprio continued to blossom as the pair reunited for 'The Aviator' in 2004. Also starring the likes of Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale and Alec Baldwin, the movie was nominated for an impressive 11 Oscars, winning five. However, Leo is still searching for his first Academy Award... Surely it's only a matter of time?
In 'Blood Diamond', Leonardo stretched his CV even further by playing the part of a Zimbabwean diamond smuggler. Once a bonafide heartthrob, DiCaprio was cementing a reputation as one of the finest actors Hollywood has to offer.
An all-star cast including Ray Winstone, Martin Sheen and Mark Wahlberg joined DiCaprio and Scorsese for much-lauded crime thriller 'The Departed'. Picture: Facebook
DiCaprio teamed up with iconic director Ridley Scott for spy movie 'Body of Lies' in 2008.
Leo was reunited with his 'Titanic' co-star Kate Winslet in Sam Mendes' adaptation of Richard Yates' novel 'Revolutionary Road'. The pair have remained great friends since making 'Titanic' - Leo even gave Kate away at her wedding in December!
DiCaprio and Scorsese worked together once more on well-received psychological thriller 'Shutter Island' in 2010.
With some of the most breathtaking special effects ever seen in cinema and a stellar ensemble cast, 'Inception' is one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. Once again an Academy Award eluded DiCaprio, but Nolan's film took home four Oscars.
Leo played former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's 2011 biopic.
Never one to shy away from a challenging role, DiCaprio plays evil slaveowner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino's new movie 'Django Unchained'. Picture: Facebook
DiCaprio joins forces with 'Romeo + Juliet' director Baz Luhrmann once more in hotly anticipated F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation 'The Great Gatsby', out May 17th. Picture: Facebook
In 'The Wolf of Wall Street', DiCaprio is working with Martin Scorsese for the fifth time - and kissing Joanna Lumley! Leo plays a New York stockbroker who won't cooperate in widespread fraud in the new movie, out later this year.