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1997 - Leonardo DiCaprio

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

2004 - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio sits at the bar at Dan Tanas in West Hollywood. DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese have teamed up for the new movie "The Aviator," ––the Howard Hughes biopic.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

2006 - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Martin Scorsese film, "The Departed," and the Edward Zwick film, "Blood Diamond." The Academy Award-nominated actor has starred in "This Boy's Life," "The Aviator," "Titanic," "Catch Me If You Can," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "The Gangs of New York."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

2008 - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is photographed outside director Ridley Scott's West Hollywood office on Aug. 14, 2008.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

2008– - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio appears in director Sam Mendes' latest suburban exploration, Revolutionary Road, and is photographed at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, Dec. 15, 2008. This film is DiCaprio's first with co–star Kate Winslet, since Titanic.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

2011 - Leonardo DiCaprio is photographed in advance of "J. Edgar," on the Warner Bros. studio lot.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

2014 - Leonardo DiCaprio, who received an Academy Award nomination for best actor and another as a producer for "The Wolf of Wall Street," is photographed at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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Leonardo DiCaprio through the years

I imagine you could go to just about any country and say “Leonardo DiCaprio” or at least mention the movie “Titanic” and you’re likely to get some sort of confirmation that indeed Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most familiar and recognizable actors on the planet. Early on, when he made an appearance on the sitcom “Growing Pains,” it was evident that young girls in America had a new up-and-comer to crush on, but it wasn’t until “Titanic” that he became a household name.

Throughout the years, starting in 1997, to promote the mega film “Titanic,” Leonardo DiCaprio has been photographed by several staff photographers. Check out the portraits to see how this talented young actor has morphed throughout the years, and read below commentaries by staff photographers Jay L. Clendenin and Kirk McKoy.

Jay L. Clendenin:

I’ve had the chance to shoot Leo three times over the last six years and each time has been a great experience, with collaboration being key. My first shoot was for “Body of Lies,” with director Ridley Scott in 2008, where I dragged out my large-format, 4×5 camera. DiCaprio seemed genuinely excited by the “old school” technology and gave me the extra time to capture a few frames on film. When I photographed him again a couple months later for “Revolutionary Road,” he walked in and remembered me as that guy with “that old camera,” which we laughed about and then I proceeded to torture him again for a few extra minutes with that same camera! My last time shooting him was for “J. Edgar,” where my time with him was shorter, as I was shooting other cast members. Even after being jet-lagged, flying back from Australia (shooting “Gatsby”), he gave me 100% of his energy as we shot for an Envelope cover. A true professional and great collaborator who appreciates a photographer’s attention to detail.

Kirk McKoy:

Seventeen years ago I was given the assignment to make a portrait of an actor who was highly touted for his good looks and great acting ability.  The photo eventually made the cover of People magazine. On Jan. 23, I was again given the task of photographing the same actor who has grown into, in my opinion, one of the top actors of his generation.  Leonardo DiCaprio was gracious with his time and showed up early for the shoot — ready to go.  With a few suggestions of what I needed, Leo took over the shoot, doing poses and expressions and made the entire session run like a well-oiled machine.  And, at the end of the shoot, he thanked me and said, “It was good to see you after all these years!”

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