Laura Leggett Linney is an American actress and singer. She is the recipient of several awards, including two Golden Globe Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards, has been nominated for three Academy Awards and four Tony Awards. Linney made her Broadway debut in 1990 before going on to receive Tony Award nominations for the 2002 revival of The Crucible, the original Broadway productions of Sight Unseen and Time Stands Still, the 2017 revival of The Little Foxes. On television, she won her first Emmy Award for the television film Wild Iris, had subsequent wins for the sitcom Frasier and the miniseries John Adams. From 2010–13, she starred in the Showtime series The Big C, which won her a fourth Emmy in 2013, in 2017 she began starring in the Netflix crime series Ozark. Linney is an established film actress, she made her film debut with a minor role in Lorenzo's Oil and went on to receive Academy Award nominations for the dramas You Can Count On Me, The Savages. Her other films include Primal Fear, The Truman Show, Mystic River, Love Actually, The Squid and the Whale, The Nanny Diaries, Hyde Park on Hudson, Mr. Holmes and Nocturnal Animals.
Linney was born in Manhattan. Her mother Miriam Anderson "Ann" Perse was a nurse at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, her father Romulus Zachariah Linney IV was a playwright and professor. Linney's paternal great-great-grandfather was Republican U. S. Congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney, she grew up in modest circumstances. She has a half-sister named Susan from her father's second marriage. Linney is a 1982 graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite preparatory school in New England for which she serves as the chair of the Arts Advisory Council, she attended Northwestern University before transferring to Brown University, where she studied acting with Jim Barnhill and John Emigh and served on the board of Production Workshop, the university's student theater group. During her senior year at Brown, she performed in one of her father's plays as Lady Ada Lovelace in a production of Childe Byron, a drama in which poet Lord Byron mends a taut, distant relationship with his daughter Ada.
Linney graduated from Brown in 1986. She went on to study acting at the Juilliard School as a member of Group 19, which included Jeanne Tripplehorn, she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Juilliard when she delivered the school's commencement address in 2009. Linney first appeared in minor roles in a few early 1990s films, including Lorenzo's Oil and Dave, She was cast in a series of high-profile thrillers, including Congo, Primal Fear and Absolute Power, she made her Hollywood breakthrough in 1998, praised for playing Jim Carrey's on-screen wife in The Truman Show. In 2000, she starred Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count On Me alongside Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick; the film was met with positive reviews from critics with an approval rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, the consensus reading, "You Can Count On Me may look like it belongs on the small screen, but the movie surprises with its simple yet affecting story. Beautifully acted and crafted, the movie will draw you in."
Linney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance. In 2003, Linney appeared in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River alongside Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Marcia Gay Harden; the film received a 88% on Rotten Tomatoes with the critics consensus reading, "Anchored by the exceptional acting of its strong cast, Mystic River is a somber drama that unfolds in layers and conveys the tragedy of its story with visceral power." Linney received a BAFTA Award nomination for her performance. That same year she starred in the popular holiday film Love Actually alongside Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, she appeared in Alan Parker's The Life of David Gale alongside Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey. In 2004, She reunited her Love Actually co-star Liam Neeson in Kinsey, as the title character's wife, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award. In 2005, Linney starred in Noah Baumbach's the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale alongside Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg.
It received rave reviews from critic's earning a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus reading, "this is a piercingly honest, acidly witty look at divorce and its impact on a family." She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance. Linney appeared in the political satire Man of the Year alongside Robin Williams and the comedy-drama The Nanny Diaries opposite Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, based on the book by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus,She appeared in Tamara Jenkins' The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman, she received a third Academy Award nomination for her performance. In 2012, she starred in Roger Mitchell's Hyde Park on Hudson alongside Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt; the film starred Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams and Samuel West. Murray won nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance. In 2015, she starred in Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes alongside Ian McKellen; the film received rave reviews, earning a 89% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus reading, "Mr. Holmes focuses on the man behind the mysteries, while it may lack Baker Street thrills, it more than compensates with tenderly wrought, well-acted drama."In 2016, She appeared in Clint Eastwood's Sully with Tom Hanks.
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Virginia G. Madsen is an American actress and producer, she made her film debut in Class, filmed in her native Chicago. She soon moved to Los Angeles. In 1984, David Lynch cast her in the science fiction film Dune as Princess Irulan. Madsen was cast in a series of successful teen movies, including Electric Dreams, Modern Girls and Fire with Fire, she is most known for her role as Helen Lyle in the horror film Candyman. Her other film appearances include Long Gone, The Hot Spot, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Rainmaker, A Prairie Home Companion, The Astronaut Farmer, The Haunting in Connecticut, Red Riding Hood, All the Wilderness and Joy, she starred as Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten in the first season of the ABC political drama series Designated Survivor. Madsen was born in Chicago, the daughter of Elaine Madsen, who became an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author, Calvin Madsen, a firefighter. After Madsen's parents divorced in the late 1960s, when the children were young, her mother left a career in finance to pursue a career in arts, encouraged by film critic Roger Ebert.
Madsen's siblings are Cheryl Madsen, an entrepreneur, actor Michael Madsen. Her paternal grandparents were Danish, her mother has English, Scottish and distant Native American ancestry. Madsen is a graduate of New Trier High School in Illinois. Madsen attended the Ted Liss Acting Studio in Chicago, Harand Camp Adult Theater Seminar in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Of her experience with Liss, she said: "I had wanted to join his class since I was 12, it was well worth the wait because I don't think I could have got that sort of training anywhere else in the United States... I always wanted to make a real career out of acting." Madsen made her film debut at the age of 22, acting in a bit part she landed as Lisa in the teen sex comedy Class. She next appeared in Kenny Loggins' music video, she portrayed a cellist named Madeline in Electric Dreams, the first film released by Virgin Films Production Company. She was cast as Princess Irulan in David Lynch's science fiction epic Dune. In 1986, she starred as Boris' romantic interest Barbara in Creator, which starred Peter O'Toole.
Madsen first became popular with audiences in 1986 with her portrayal of a Catholic schoolgirl who fell in love with a boy from a prison camp in Duncan Gibbons' Fire with Fire. As beauty queen Dixie Lee Boxx, she was the sexy love interest of minor league baseball manager Cecil "Stud" Cantrell in the 1987 HBO television film Long Gone. In the same year, she appeared in the music video for "I Found Someone", by Cher, she played a secretary in the 1988 comedy film Hot to Trot. She starred as Helen Lyle in the 1992 horror movie Candyman. Madsen appeared in a small role in the Francis Ford Coppola drama The Rainmaker starring Matt Damon. Film critic Roger Ebert said that Madsen had a "strong scene", while reviewer James Berardinelli noted that "the supporting cast is solid, with turns from... Virginia Madsen as a witness for the plaintiff". Madsen had a critically acclaimed performance as a supporting actress in Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne; the role catapulted her onto the Hollywood A-list.
Her first major role after Sideways was opposite Harrison Ford in Firewall. She appeared in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, in a key role as the angel, she co-starred with Jim Carrey in Billy Bob Thornton in The Astronaut Farmer. She voiced mother of Wonder Woman, in the 2009 animated film Wonder Woman. In 1988, Madsen appeared as Maddie Hayes' cousin in the fifth and final season of the ABC drama series Moonlighting, she has since made numerous television appearances, including Star Trek: Voyager, CSI: Miami, Dawson's Creek, The Practice and other series. She was co-host of the long-running television series Unsolved Mysteries in 1999, during the show's eleventh season on CBS, she starred opposite Ray Liotta in the short-lived CBS crime drama series Smith. She had a recurring role in the eighth and final season of the USA Network comedy-drama series Monk. In 2010, she landed the starring role of Cheryl West in the ABC drama series Scoundrels. In December 2010, it was announced that she would be joining the cast in the NBC science fiction/action series The Event.
In 2012, she joined the cast of the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels as Mrs. Hannah Durant, first appearing in episode eight of season 2, "The Lord's Day". In 2013, Madsen began appearing on Lifetime's Witches of East End as Penelope Gardiner, the main villainess of the first season. In 2008, she formed her own film production company called Title IX Productions, her first project was a film made with her mother titled I Know a Woman Like That. The film is a documentary about the lives of older women. On the creation of the film, she said her mother's active lifestyle was an inspiration to start filming. My mother's level of activity, of productivity, was why I thought a project like this would work; when we put the idea together, she had said, "I'm far too busy. I'm going to Holland, I'm going here and there and I'm writing my book." But that's what it's about. Her second
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, released by Walt Disney Pictures, starring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Peña. Set in an alternate version of the 1960s, the film follows the Parrs, a family of superheroes who hide their powers in accordance with a government mandate, attempt to live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible's desire to help people draws the entire family into a confrontation with a vengeful fan-turned-foe and his killer robot. Bird, Pixar's first outside director, developed the film as an extension of the 1960s comic books and spy films from his boyhood and personal family life, he pitched the film to Pixar after the box office disappointment of his first feature, The Iron Giant, carried over much of its staff to develop The Incredibles. The animation team was tasked with animating an all-human cast, which required creating new technology to animate detailed human anatomy and realistic skin and hair.
Michael Giacchino composed the film's orchestral score. The film premiered on October 27, 2004, at the BFI London Film Festival and had its general release in the United States on November 5, 2004, it performed well at the box office, grossing $633 million worldwide during its original theatrical run. The Incredibles received widespread approval from critics and audiences, winning two Academy Awards and the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, it was the first animated film to win the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. A sequel, Incredibles 2, was released on June 15, 2018. Public opinion turns against Superheroes due to the collateral damage caused by their crime-fighting. After several lawsuits, the government initiates the Superhero Relocation Program, which forces Supers to permanently adhere to their secret identities, making them illegal. Fifteen years Bob and Helen Parr—formerly known as Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl—and their children Violet and baby Jack-Jack are a suburban family living in Metroville.
Although he loves his family, Bob resents the mundanity of his suburban lifestyle and white-collar job. Together with his friend Lucius Best known as Frozone, Bob relives "the glory days" by moonlighting as a vigilante. After his supervisor prevents him from stopping a mugging, Bob loses his temper and injures him, resulting in his dismissal. Returning home, Bob receives a message from a woman called Mirage, who gives him a mission to destroy a savage tripod-like robot, the Omnidroid, on the remote island of Nomanisan. Mr. Incredible disables it by tricking it into ripping off its own power source. Mr. Incredible finds higher pay rejuvenating, he improves his relationship with his family and begins rigorous physical training while awaiting more work from Mirage for the next two months. Finding a tear in his blue suit, he visits superhero costume designer Edna Mode to have it mended. Assuming that Helen knows what Bob is doing, Edna makes new suits for the entire family. Setting out for Nomanisan once again, Mr. Incredible discovers Mirage is working for Buddy Pine, a disaffected former fan whom he had rejected as his sidekick, Incrediboy.
Having adopted the alias of Syndrome, he has been perfecting the Omnidroid by hiring different superheroes to fight it, killing many of them in the process. Syndrome intends to send the latest Omnidroid to Metroville, where he will secretly manipulate its controls to defeat it in public, becoming a "hero" himself, he will sell his inventions so that everyone can become "super", rendering the term meaningless. Helen learns what Bob has been up to, she activates a beacon Edna built into the suits to find Mr. Incredible, inadvertently causing him to be captured while infiltrating Syndrome's base. Elastigirl borrows a private plane to head for Nomanisan, she finds out that Dash have stowed away, leaving Jack-Jack with a babysitter. Elastigirl's radio transmissions are picked up by Syndrome; the plane is destroyed, but Elastigirl and the kids survive and use their powers to reach the island. Helen discovers Syndrome's plan. Discontented with Syndrome's indifference when her life was threatened, Mirage releases Mr. Incredible and informs him of his family's survival.
Helen races off with Mr. Incredible to find their children. Dash and Violet are chased by Syndrome's guards, but fend them off with their powers before reuniting with their parents. Syndrome captures them all, leaving them imprisoned while he follows the rocket transporting the Omnidroid to Metroville; the Incredibles escape to Metroville in another rocket with Mirage's help. As per its programming, the Omnidroid recognizes Syndrome as a threat and shoots off the remote control on his wrist, making him incapable of controlling it and knocking him unconscious; the Incredibles and Frozone fight the Omnidroid. Elastigirl acquires the remote control, allowing Mr. Incredible to use one of the robot's claws to destroy its power source. Returning home, the Incredibles find Syndrome, who plans to kidnap and raise Jack-Jack as his own sidekick to exact revenge on the family; as Syndrome is flying upward to reach his jet, Jack-Jack's own superpowers start to manifest and he escapes Syndrome midair. As Elastigirl catches Jack-Jack, Syndrome boards his plane, but Mr. Incredible throws his car at the villain, causing him to get sucked into the jet's turbine by his own cape, killing him and causing the plane to explode.
Three months the Incredibles witness the arrival of a supervillain called the Underminer. They put on their superhero masks, ready to fac
Clinton Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, filmmaker and politician. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s, as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s; these roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity. For his work in the Western film Unforgiven and the sports drama Million Dollar Baby, Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor. Eastwood's greatest commercial successes have been the adventure comedy Every Which Way But Loose and its sequel, the action comedy Any Which Way You Can, after adjustment for inflation. Other popular films include the Western Hang'Em High, the psychological thriller Play Misty for Me, the crime film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, the Western The Outlaw Josey Wales, the prison film Escape from Alcatraz, the action film Firefox, the suspense thriller Tightrope, the Western Pale Rider, the war films Where Eagles Dare, Kelly's Heroes, Heartbreak Ridge, the action thriller In the Line of Fire, the romantic drama The Bridges of Madison County, the drama Gran Torino.
In addition to directing many of his own star vehicles, Eastwood has directed films in which he did not appear, such as the mystery drama Mystic River and the war film Letters from Iwo Jima, for which he received Academy Award nominations, the drama Changeling, the South African biographical political sports drama Invictus. The war drama biopic American Sniper set box-office records for the largest January release and was the largest opening for an Eastwood film. Eastwood received considerable critical praise in France for several films, including some that were not well received in the United States. Eastwood has been awarded two of France's highest honors: in 1994 he became a recipient of the Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in 2007 he was awarded the Legion of Honour medal. In 2000, Eastwood was awarded the Italian Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. Since 1967, Eastwood's Malpaso Productions has produced all but four of his American films. Elected in 1986, Eastwood served for two years as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, a non-partisan office.
Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood and Ruth Wood. Ruth took the surname of her second husband, John Belden Wood, whom she married after the death of Clinton Sr. Eastwood was nicknamed "Samson" by the hospital nurses because he weighed 11 pounds 6 ounces at birth, he has Jeanne Bernhardt. Eastwood is of English, Irish and Dutch ancestry, he is descended from Mayflower passenger William Bradford, through this line is the 12th generation of his family born in North America. During the 1930s, his family moved as his father worked at jobs along the West Coast. Contrary to what Eastwood has indicated in media interviews, they did not move between 1940 and 1949. Settled in Piedmont, the Eastwoods lived in a wealthy part of the town, had a swimming pool, belonged to a country club, each parent drove their own car. Eastwood attended Piedmont Middle School. From January 1945 until at least January 1946, he attended Piedmont High School, but was asked to leave for writing an obscene suggestion to a school official on the athletic field scoreboard, for burying someone in effigy on the school lawn, on top of other school infractions.
He transferred to Oakland Technical High School and was scheduled in January 1949 to graduate midyear, although it is not clear if did. "Clint graduated from the airplane shop. I think, his major," joked classmate Don Kincade. Another high school friend, Don Loomis, echoed "I don't think he was spending that much time at school because he was having a pretty good time elsewhere." "I think what happened is he started having a good time. I just don't think he finished high school," explained Fritz Manes, a boyhood friend two years younger than Eastwood, who remained associated with him until their falling out in the mid-1980s. Biographer Patrick McGilligan notes that high school graduation records are a matter of strict legal confidentiality. Eastwood held a number of jobs, including as a lifeguard, paper carrier, grocery clerk, forest firefighter, golf caddy. Eastwood has said that he tried to enroll at Seattle University in 1951 but instead was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War.
"He always dropped the Korean War reference, hoping everyone would conclude that he was in combat and might be some sort of hero. He'd been a lifeguard at Fort Ord in northern California for his entire stint in the military," commented Eastwood's former longtime companion, Sondra Locke. Don Loomis recalled hearing that Eastwood was romancing one of the daughters of a Fort Ord officer, who might have been entreated to watch out for him when names came up for postings. While returning from a prearranged tryst in Seattle, Washington, he was a passenger on a Douglas AD bomber that ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean near Point Reyes. Using a life raft, he and the pilot swam 2 miles to safety. According to the CBS press release for Rawhide, the Universal film company
Constantine Alexander Payne is an American film director and producer, known for the films Election, About Schmidt, The Descendants and Downsizing. His films are noted for satirical depictions of contemporary American society. Payne is a two-time winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a three-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director. Payne was born in Omaha, the son of Peggy and George Payne, restaurant owners. Payne is the youngest of three sons and grew up in what is now known as the Dundee-Happy Hollow Historic District, the same neighborhood as billionaire Warren Buffett, his father is of Greek and German descent, his mother is of Greek ancestry. His paternal grandfather, Nicholas "Nick" Payne, anglicized the last name from Papadopoulos, his family comes from three areas in Greece: the island of Syros and Aegio. Payne's family was part of the fabric of Omaha, his grandfather was a founder of The Virginia Cafe, with Payne's father taking over the restaurant. Payne went there as a child.
The restaurant was destroyed in a fire in 1969. Payne's paternal grandmother, Clara Payne, was from a German Nebraska family from Nebraska. In Omaha, Payne attended Brownell-Talbot School, Dundee Elementary School, Lewis and Clark Junior High, he graduated from Creighton Prep for high school in 1979. At Prep, Payne wrote a humor column for his high school newspaper and was the editor of the high school yearbook. Payne attended Stanford University, where he double majored in Spanish and history; as a part of his Spanish degree, he studied at Spain's University of Salamanca. He lived a few months in Medellin, where he published an article about social changes between 1900 and 1930. Payne received his MFA in 1990 from the UCLA Film School. In the 1960s, Payne's father received a Super 8mm projector from Kraft Foods as a loyalty reward, passed it on to his son when Alexander was about 14 years old. A short time after getting his MFA from UCLA Film School—and after his successful thesis film, The Passion of Martin had attracted industry attention—Payne got a writing/directing deal with Universal Pictures.
The ensuing screenplay, turned down, would become About Schmidt. He says that he cleared about $60,000, enough to fund his simple lifestyle at the time for about five years. Payne has said he sees his talent as being one of learned economy, referring to the essay written by Tennessee Williams on The Catastrophe of Success. Payne was the guest for an'Ask Me Anything' session at India Film Project in 2018; this session was conducted via. Skype. Payne worked in various capacities on films and television before he co-wrote and directed his first full-length film, Citizen Ruth, his second film, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, which takes aim at politics and education in America, attracted attention when New Yorker film critic David Denby named it the best film of 1999. Payne was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Election. In 2003 he received a Golden Globe for his screenplay for About Schmidt, nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
To the surprise of many who kept track of Hollywood news and his writing partner Jim Taylor were not nominated for an Oscar for the About Schmidt screenplay. He won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2005 for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sideways, while the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. In total, Sideways received five Academy Award nominations. Payne returned to directing in 2011 after a seven-year hiatus with the film The Descendants, starring George Clooney, he co-wrote the screenplay, winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Payne's Nebraska, starred SNL comedian Will Forte, it was released on November 15, 2013. Payne has said that during his seven-year hiatus between Sideways and The Descendants, he, along with working partner Jim Taylor, were developing the satire Downsizing, which Payne has described as "a large canvas, science-fiction social satire" and "an epic masterpiece." The film, about an impoverished married couple who decide the way ahead lies in shrinking themselves, was to star Paul Giamatti and Reese Witherspoon, but was superseded by The Descendants and Nebraska.
In March 2016, Witherspoon was replaced by Kristen Giamatti by Matt Damon. Hong Chau, Christoph Waltz, Udo Kier, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis starred. Paramount Pictures released the film on December 22, 2017, it has received mixed reviews, with many critics describing it as the weakest film of Payne's career. Payne executive produced the short film RUN FAST. Anna Musso, his long-time assistant and protege and directed the film, which shot in March 2014; the project was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. In 2000, he did an uncredited polish-up of the screenplay for the comedy hit Meet the Parents. In 2001, Payne wrote a draft of Jurassic Park III. Payne served as an executive producer on the films King of California and The Savages, he teamed up once again with writing partner Jim Taylor to write a draft of the screenplay for the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a comedy directed by Dennis Dugan, starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Payne disliked the final product, stating that Adam Sandler rewrote so much of the story that all of what Payne and Taylor wrote was gone.
Payne was executive producer
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards and nine Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning one of each award from them and three Golden Globe Awards from eleven nominations. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s, he next had recurring roles in various television series, such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains. He debuted in his film career by starring as Josh in Critters 3, he starred in the film adaptation of the memoir This Boy's Life, received acclaim and his first Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. He gained public recognition with leading roles in The Basketball Diaries and the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet, he achieved international fame as a star in James Cameron's epic romance Titanic, which became the highest-grossing film of all time to that point. Since 2000, DiCaprio has received critical acclaim for his work in a wide range of film genres.
DiCaprio's subsequent films include The Man in the Iron Mask, the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can, the epic historical drama Gangs of New York, which marked his first of many collaborations with director Martin Scorsese. He was acclaimed for his performances in the political war thriller Blood Diamond, the neo-noir crime drama The Departed, the espionage thriller Body of Lies, the drama Revolutionary Road, the psychological thriller Shutter Island, the science fiction thriller Inception, the biographical film J. Edgar, the western Django Unchained, the period drama The Great Gatsby. DiCaprio's portrayals of Howard Hughes in The Aviator and Hugh Glass in The Revenant won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, his performance as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street won him the Golden Globe award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Revenant. DiCaprio is the founder of Appian Way Productions.
Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born on November 1974, in Los Angeles. He is the only child of Irmelin, a legal secretary, George DiCaprio, an underground comix artist and producer and distributor of comic books. DiCaprio's father is of German descent. DiCaprio's maternal grandfather, Wilhelm Indenbirken, was German, his maternal grandmother, Helene Indenbirken, was a Russian-born German citizen. In an interview in Russia, DiCaprio referred to himself as "half-Russian" and said that two of his late grandparents were Russian. DiCaprio's parents met while subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California. DiCaprio was named Leonardo because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Uffizi museum in Florence, when he first kicked, his parents separated when he was a year old, he lived with his mother. The two lived in several Los Angeles neighborhoods, such as Echo Park and Los Feliz, while his mother worked several jobs. DiCaprio attended Seeds Elementary School and John Marshall High School a few blocks away, after attending the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies for four years.
He dropped out of high school following his third year earning his general equivalency diploma. DiCaprio spent part of his childhood in Germany with his maternal grandparents and Helene, he is conversant in Italian. In 1979, DiCaprio was removed, at the age of five, from the set of the children's television series Romper Room for being disruptive, he began his career by appearing in several commercials and educational films, following his older stepbrother Adam Farrar into television commercials, landing an ad at age 14 for Matchbox cars by Mattel, which he considered his first role. Throughout his teens he was seen in commercials for Kraft Foods, Bubble Yum, Apple Jacks, many more. In 1989, he played. In 1990, he started acting on television; this started with a role in the pilot of The Outsiders, one episode of the soap opera Santa Barbara, playing the young Mason Capwell. That same year, DiCaprio got a break on television. A series based on a successful comedy film by the same name, his works that year earned him two nomination at the Young Artist Award in Best Young Actor in a Daytime Series and Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series.
DiCaprio was a celebrity contestant on the children's game show Fun House. One of the stunts he performed on the show was going fishing in a small pool of water by catching the fish only with his teeth. In 1991, he played an un-credited role in one episode of Roseanne; that year, DiCaprio's debut film role was in the comedic science fiction horror film Critters 3, in which he played the stepson of an evil landlord, a role that DiCaprio described as "your average, no-depth, standard kid with blond hair." Released in March that year, the movie went direct-to-video. Shortly after, he became a recurring cast member on the successful ABC sitcom Growing Pains, playing Luke Brower, a homeless boy, taken in by the Seaver family. DiCaprio was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Television Series. In 1992, alongside Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom Skerritt, an
Zachary Israel Braff is an American actor, director and producer. He is best known for his role as J. D. on the television series Scrubs, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005. In 2004, Braff made his directorial debut with Garden State, which he wrote, starred in, compiled the soundtrack album for, he shot the film in his home state of New Jersey for a budget of $2.5 million. The film made over $35 million at the box office and was praised by critics, leading it to gain a cult following, he won numerous awards for his directing work and won the Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album in 2005. Braff directed his second film, Wish I Was Here, which he funded with a Kickstarter campaign. Braff appeared on stage in All New People, which he starred in, it premiered in New York City in 2011 before playing in London's West End. He played the lead role in a musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway in 2014. Braff was born in New Jersey.
His father, Harold Irwin "Hal" Braff, is a trial attorney and graduate and professor of Rutgers Law School, his mother, Anne Brodzinsky, worked as a clinical psychologist. His parents remarried others during Braff's childhood. One of his siblings, Joshua, is an author. Braff's father was born into a Jewish family, Braff's mother a Protestant, converted to Judaism before marrying his father. Braff said that he had a "very strong Conservative/Orthodox upbringing." He had his Bar Mitzvah at Oheb Shalom Congregation. In 2005, he stated that he was "not a huge organized religion guy," and in 2013, he said that "the religion doesn’t work for me," although he identifies as Jewish. Through his mother's New England ancestors, Braff is a ninth cousin of 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Braff has wanted to be a filmmaker since his early childhood, has described it as his "life dream." Braff was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder at age ten. During his childhood, Braff was a friend of future Fugees member Lauryn Hill at Columbia High School, in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Braff attended Stagedoor Manor, a performing arts "training center" for youth actors ages 10 to 18. It was there that he had his first kiss. Stagedoor is where Braff met actor Josh Charles, still a friend. Braff knows Stagedoor alums Natalie Portman, Mandy Moore, Joshua Radin. Braff attended the Northwestern University School of Communication, where he became a brother of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, graduated in the class of 1997. One of Braff's earliest roles was in High, a proposed 1989 CBS television series with a cast that included Gwyneth Paltrow and Craig Ferguson. Braff appeared in the 1990s series The Baby-sitters Club, in an episode titled "Dawn Saves the Trees." He appeared in Woody Allen's 1993 film Manhattan Murder Mystery. In 1998, Braff had a part in a George C. Wolfe production of Macbeth for New York City's Public Theater. Braff played "J. D." on the medical comedy TV series Scrubs which debuted in 2001. The role was Braff's first major role in a television show. Braff was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the show.
Braff directed several episodes of Scrubs, including its one-hundredth, "My Way Home." For the show's ninth season, Braff was a cast member for six episodes and served as one of the executive producers. Braff directed several episodes of Scrubs. Braff wrote, directed and starred in 2004's Garden State, filmed in his home state of New Jersey. Producers were reluctant to finance the film, which Braff wrote in six months. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, his "mixtape" won a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for the Garden State soundtrack. On April 24, 2013, Braff started a Kickstarter campaign to finance the film Wish I Was Here, based on a script he wrote with his brother, Adam Braff; the goal of $2,000,000 was reached in three days. He directed and starred in the film, released in 2014. Braff was the executive producer of the documentary Video Games: The Movie, he was one of the Executive Producers of The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, released in 2014.
He has directed several music videos: Gavin DeGraw's "Chariot," Joshua Radin's "Closer" and "I'd Rather Be With You," Cary Brothers' "Ride," and Lazlo Bane's "Superman," the theme song from Scrubs. His music production has resulted in newfound success for some of the artists featured on his film soundtracks, such as The Shins, who were prominently featured on the Garden State soundtrack and the Scrubs soundtrack, resulting in the expression "the Zach Braff effect." Along with other Scrubs cast members, Braff has a small role playing himself in It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. He voiced the titular character in the Disney animated film Chicken Little, has reprised the role in various Disney video games such as Chicken Little, Kingdom Hearts II, Chicken Little: Ace in Action and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX. Braff has done voiceovers for commercials, including a PUR water campaign, Wendy's in 2007 and 2008, in Cottonelle as the voice of the puppy, he provided the voice of Finley in the Disney film Oz The Great and Powerful.
In 2005, Braff was featured on Punk'd when he was tricked into chasing and beating a supposed vandal who appeared to be spray-painting his brand new Porsche. Braff was in talks to star in the film Fletch Won and had signed on to play the role played by Dane Cook in Mr. Brook