The Oscars 2016

The Oscars 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio: the man with many passions

by hellomagazine.com

Whether it's romancing statuesque beauties or diving with sharks, Leonardo DiCaprio lives life at full throttle. His movie roles tend to be larger-than-life personalities who walk to the beat of their own drum and off screen the star is all that and more.

Aside from his film success, the actor, who is tipped to win his first Oscar for gruelling revenge drama The Revenant, has also become the world's most famous eco-warrior.

Hollywood's most charismatic leading man has said that growing up with hippy parents, who emphasised leading a meaningful life over wealth, has shaped his personal philosophy.

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Leonardo DiCaprio is tipped to win his first Oscar for The Revenant

Family man

An only child, the actor has always been incredibly close to both his parents, who divorced when he was one. One or both of them often accompany him on his travels. Speaking to HELLO!, he describes his German mother Irmelin as a "force of nature" and has apparently nicknamed her Mamarazzi because she photographs him obsessively. Meanwhile, his father George, a distributor of underground comics, "is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met… I always think my greatest education was just sitting down and listening to my father".

Significant others

Leo's famous exes, among them Gisele Bundchen, Bar Refaeli and Blake Lively, have tended to share his outdoorsy interests and commitment to green issues and social justice. More recently he dated Sports Illustrated model Kelly Rohrbach. However, when it comes to a lasting love, the stars have not yet aligned.

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The actor's famous exes include supermodel Gisele Bundchen

The rebel with a cause

Before it was fashionable, Leo was a champion of the environment, establishing 18 years ago a foundation that has donated £10million to save species such as sharks, tigers and elephants. His interest stems from childhood summers spent visiting the Natural History Museum near where he was raised in downtown LA.

Major players

Al Gore set Leo on the path to becoming an ecowarrior after they met at the White House. The Hollywood star also recently had an audience with the Pope. Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin describes him as "a real man" after Leo refused to cancel a trip to a tiger conservation summit despite being involved in a plane accident.

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Leonardo calls his mum "Mamarazzi" because she photographs him obsessively

His play posse

The praetorian guard of friends around Leo has remained virtually unchanged since his late teens. His gang includes a number of fellow former child actors such as Tobey Maguire, Mark Wahlberg, Luke Haas and Kevin Connolly, who used to hang out at glamorous parties around the world with him. Now that many of his pals have settled down with families he has become Uncle Leo to their children.

Adventure

Leo loves nature, trekking in the rainforest, hanging out by the ocean or sky diving, sometimes with scary consequences. Once his parachute refused to open until the last moment. Another time a shark got into his diving cage. "My friends have named me the person they least want to do extreme adventures with," he told Wired magazine. "If a cat has nine lives, I think I've used a few."

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