The Literary Roles of Leonardo DiCaprio

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The Literary Roles of Leonardo DiCaprio

Half of Leonardo DiCaprio’s film and television roles are rooted in literature, including his recently Oscar-nominated role in The Revenant. From a star-crossed lover in Romeo + Juliet to a corrupt stockbroker in The Wolf of Wall Street, he’s portrayed both fictional and real life men whose stories were adapted to the screen. Enjoy browsing our gallery of every role DiCaprio has played based on a book.

The Outsiders



Based on: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Role: Kid fighting Scout, an unnamed bully
Year Released: 1990 (TV Series)

This Boy's Life



Based on: This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
Role: Tobias "Toby" Wolff, a boy abused by his stepfather
Year Released: 1993 (Film)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape



Based on: What's Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges
Role: Arnie Grape, a young boy with a developmental disability
Year Released: 1994 (Film)

The Basketball Diaries



Based on: The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll
Role: Jim Carroll, a high school basketball player
Year Released: 1995 (Film)

Total Eclipse



Based on: Total Eclipse (a play) by Christopher Hampton
Role: Arthur Rimbaud, a 19th-century French poet
Year Released: 1995 (Film)

Romeo + Juliet



Based on: Romeo and Juliet (a play) by William Shakespeare
Role: Romeo Montague, a young man who falls in love with the daughter of his family's arch-rival
Year Released: 1996 (Film)

Marvin's Room



Based on: Marvin's Room (a play) by Scott McPherson
Role: Hank Lacker, a mentally unstable young man
Year Released: 1996 (Film)

The Man in the Iron Mask



Based on: The Vicomte of Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas
Roles: King Louis XIV, the cruel king of France, and Philippe, the king's twin brother
Year Released: 1998 (Film)

The Beach



Based on: The Beach by Alex Garland
Role: Richard, an American college student seeking adventure in Thailand
Year Released: 2000 (Film)

Catch Me if You Can



Based on: Catch Me if You Can by Frank Abagnale with Stan Redding
Role: Frank Abagnale Jr., a teen con man
Year Released: 2002 (Film)