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It’s not like he can hear us, but we have something to say to Leonardo DiCaprio: Happy birthday, dude! He also won’t remember that he once shared a Beverly Hills elevator with this writer. In the ’90s! Yes, we’ve been around the block. And a big block it is. This month Leonardo is turning 41. So let’s say it again: Happy birthday, bro. We hope you have some cake with George Clooney (just kidding) and a gaggle of sexy supermodels (we mean it). And look down on your long and thriving career with glee.

 

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On this occasion, we decided to take stock of the five-time Academy Award nominee’s life and career. It’s not quite time yet for memoirs, but he has achieved plenty in his four decades in Hollywood. Most recently, the November babe brought us the man bun and dad bod, sporting a little extra loving around the waist. He has also provided plenty of tabloid fodder by dating one model after another, after another… Or frolicking on yachts with models. Or biking through NYC with models. Getting into cars with boatloads of models.

So it’s easy to forget sometimes that he’s a damn fine actor. A real actor’s actor. A bonafide method acting movie star actor of the ilk of Jack Nicholson. He’s worked with the best directors: Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann, Clint Eastwood. He is indeed America’s favorite leading man. But before we get to his amazing career, here are ten juicy facts according to the unreliable and murky Interwebs.

 

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But back to business. DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. You have to live up to a name like Leonardo DiCaprio by becoming an artist, a writer of bestsellers, or a Hollywood star. And so he did. Neither his German mother nor his American dad (of German and Italian descent) were in the biz. But DiCaprio started acting in TV spots and commercials. We’d love to get our hands on that Kraft cheese ad. He didn’t even have to change his name to the less exotic sounding Lenny Williams. He had seriously considered it for a moment, and was advised to do so to get more roles. Not necessary. Fame and fortune were waiting, and in 1997 it arrived with his role of Jack Dawson in the epic “Titanic.” But his story doesn’t begin nor end there. Even before this breakthrough film, he caught our attention with his fine acting work in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” (1993), “The Basketball Diaries” (1995) and “Romeo & Juliet” (1996). Circa 1996, one year before “Titanic” every Gen X girl had a huge crush on the pretty boy with the very pretty face.

 

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Since then, most of the “Bro King”‘s roles have become more meaty, more complex and more gritty. There was the dreamy “The Beach” in 2000, but that has long been eclipsed by very intense characters such as “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013) and “Django Unchained” (2012). And he certainly doesn’t have a character actor face. It’s too fine and, well, pretty. Often, this type of face does not age well in front of the camera. But DiCaprio has the huge persona and charisma to back it up. He can channel pure evil, pure greed, pure arrogance, pure loathing. He’s not the nice-looking vanilla leading man. He’s a sexy wolf who eats beauties for breakfast and parties hard.

 

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The media likes to make a big ado over the fact that Leo prefers his women gorgeous and blonde, as some gentlemen do. Rumors also have it that he’s getting married. After dating an endless list of beautiful faces (Rihanna, Blake Lively, Claire Danes, Giselle Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli, Kirsten Dunst, Bridget Hall, Sienna Miller, Toni Garrin), he might just settle down the year he’s turning 41. OK reports that he proposed to his current girlfrend, Kelly Rohrbach, a move his mom is said to approve of.

What’s next for the hedonistic manimal? We think quite a lot. And we think an Oscar is in there somewhere, too. As to whether he will continue on as the incorrigible bachelor or follow the paths of his fellow former P- Posse members and tie the knot…stay tuned.

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