Leonardo DiCaprio

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Birth Name: Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 11, 1974

*Italian, German (father)
*German, Russian (mother)

Leonardo DiCaprio is an American actor and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Revenant (2015).

He is the son of Irmelin (Indenbirken), a legal secretary, and George DiCaprio, a comic book writer and distributor. His father is of half Italian and half German ancestry, while his mother, a German immigrant, is of German and Russian descent.

He was named Leonardo because he first started kicking inside his mother’s womb when she was viewing a Leonardo Da Vinci painting in a museum.

Leonardo’s paternal grandfather was George Leon DiCaprio (the son of Salvatore D. DiCaprio and Rosina Cassella). George was born in New York. Salvatore was born in Alife, Province of Caserta, Campania, Italy, the son of Biase/Biagio Di Caprio and Maria Emanuela Incagnoli. Rosina was also born in Alife, the daughter of Cipriano Cassella and Camilla Conzales.

Leonardo’s paternal grandmother was Olga Anne Jacobs (the daughter of Paul Jacobs and Bertha Ludwig). Leonardo’s grandmother Olga was a German immigrant.

Leonardo’s maternal grandfather was Wilhelm Heinrich Indenbirken (the son of Wilhelm Indenbirken and Adelheid Grachowski). Leonardo’s grandfather Wilhelm was born in Herne, Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Leonardo’s great-grandfather Wilhelm was the son of August Indenbirken.

Leonardo’s maternal grandmother was Yelena/Helene Lisbeth Smirnova/Smirnow (the daughter of Stefan Petrovich Smirnov and Irene). Leonardo’s great-grandfather Stefan was the son of Pyotr/Petr Smirnov.

Sources: Genealogies of Leonardo DiCaprio – http://www.geni.com

Notes on Leonardo’s paternal grandfather, George Leon DiCaprio’s, ancestry – http://blogs.ancestry.com

Birth record of Leonardo’s paternal grandfather, George Leon DiCaprio – https://familysearch.org

Leonardo’s paternal grandfather, George Leon DiCaprio, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

People Magazine mention of Leonardo’s Russian ancestry – http://www.people.com

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neiltennant May 12, 2018 at 3:46 pm

he has so many ethnic roots but still people think he is just ITALIAN AMERICAN due to his name

andrew August 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm


*Salvatore DiCaprio was born in Alife, Province of Caserta, Campania. Alife is a different municipaliy from Piedimonte Matese/D’Alife
* Biagio/Biage DiCaprio and Maria Emmanuella/Emanuele Gorgagnioli ->
Biase Di Caprio (son of Sisto Di Caprio) and Maria Emanuela Incagnoli (daughter of Paolo Incagnoli)

Pegzi May 19, 2017 at 1:02 pm

He’s handsome

madman April 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Shouldn’t “possibly/likely Polish” be added to his mother’s side?

follers April 25, 2017 at 2:41 am

I don’t know. Assuming the name is accurate, are all people named “Grachowski” Polish?

ann January 22, 2017 at 9:24 am

Leonardo’s maternal grandfather was Wilhelm Heinrich Indenbirken (the son of Wilhelm Indenbirken and Adelheid Grachowski). Leonardo’s great-grandfather Wilhelm Indenbirken was the son of August Indenbirken.

Leonardo’s maternal grandmother was Yelena/Helene Lisbeth Smirnova/Smirnow (the daughter of Stefan Petrovich Smirnov and Irene). Leonardo’s great-grandfather Stefan was the son of Pyotr/Petr Smirnov.

Link: https://www.geni.com/family-tree/index/6000000009019102421
There’s also more information about his paternal grandfather’s side.

MettaWorkPlease October 21, 2016 at 8:26 am

He looks like a continental European he could be anything from his Italian, German & Russian decent to French, Scandinavian & Eastern European. But he’d definitely not be from the British Isles

andrew June 11, 2016 at 6:12 am
savanna March 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

His parents are Irmelin Indenbirken and George DiCaprio.

rebygotitall March 24, 2016 at 8:11 am

“CORRECTION” : Leo’s great-grandfather was Giuseppe Di Caprio, born c. 1884 in Trentola Ducenta, Province of Caserta, Campania, Italy.


follers March 24, 2016 at 9:03 am
phaedra March 22, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Looks a lot like his mother (fair-featured and all that).

Nothing like his dad (who was handsome btw).

romanticcelt February 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm

“Conzalez” was definitely Spanish at one point. In latin languages g and c are often interchangeable. Conzalez is too close to Gonzalez not to be related in some way.

romanticcelt February 29, 2016 at 12:08 pm

*Conzales* I meant.

savanna January 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm
andrew October 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Leo’s great-grandfather was Giuseppe Di Caprio, born c. 1884 in Trentola Ducenta, Province of Caserta, Campania, Italy.


andrew October 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm

This is not correct.
So “Piedimonte Dialiva Cajeste” is actually Piedimonte d’Alife (now Piedimonte Matese), Province of Caserta, Campania, Italy.

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:24 pm

He looks full Russian or Slavic to me.

I don’t see the Italian in him whatsoever. And before you flame me with “but Italians can be blonde, blah blah”, well yeah they can – Chris Evans has an Italian look and he’s blondish. But Leo just doesn’t look it…

luckystar March 23, 2016 at 1:56 am

phenotypes =/= hair color

Manila July 26, 2015 at 9:19 am

“N.” means no name. Please, remove it.

neiltennant July 20, 2015 at 4:30 am

one of those americans with an italian name and everybody thinks that most italians do look like that :-)))

but hollywood producers rarely have cast him as ITALIAN-AMERICAN most as anglo and thats right

its crazy and strange most people i know know him as the italian american actor.

Its nearly the same like CHRISTINA RICCI who claims to have only little italian descent but be honest she looks more italian than leo

athelya November 17, 2015 at 11:39 am

thats because he has direct ancestry from italy vs ehs distant russian ancestry

mony July 20, 2015 at 4:29 am

I don’t understand….his mother is ugly, his father is very ugly…..how is it possible he’s handsome? Lol

xoxo August 6, 2015 at 4:48 am

Sometimes ugly people create attractive offspring, and sometimes beautiful people create ugly offspring.

Leo is too fat now, I don’t find him attractive. He looked his best when he was in his 20s.

Sage March 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

Two negatives make a positive.

musicfangirl July 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm

he looks almost Polish to me

Lateralus June 23, 2015 at 6:36 am

he looks russian above anything else

M May 31, 2015 at 7:14 am

He looked better when he was younger. His face is bloated now

Boog May 21, 2015 at 9:23 am

he never won anything

Boog May 21, 2015 at 9:24 am


hotvic April 11, 2015 at 4:49 pm
hotvic April 11, 2015 at 5:24 pm

To me, it looks pretty or half Italian at least especially when he was younger. His arched eyebrows are very characteristics of Italian descent here in South America, I know a few. Can not say about the format and some features of his face. By the way, I’ve perceived some similarities between Slavic and Italian and even Portuguese.
http://ego.globo.com/Entretenimento/Ego/foto/0,,11407882,00.jpg http://g.glbimg.com/og/gs/gsat2/f/original/2012/10/26/max.jpg http://img.terra.com.br/i/2006/05/26/344310-3851-cp.jpg

theropod April 1, 2015 at 6:27 am

He definitely looks more Slavic/Russian than anything else. His small hooded eyes are the prototype of Russian people, in my book.

deadite July 31, 2014 at 11:33 am

He looks german and russian

Check7t July 31, 2014 at 9:17 am

He doesn’t look Italian.

ratedrkopd August 7, 2014 at 11:19 am

of course, he’s only 1/4.

andrew August 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm
follers August 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

He looks like Lenin, who was 1/4 Jewish. He also looks like Dane DeHaan, who is a bit Italian and who is better looking than Leo.

andrew October 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

is it legal to have Lenin and/or Stalin and/or Hitler on this site? it would be nice.

ethnic October 29, 2014 at 4:53 am

I hope you are kidding andrew

J.J. January 31, 2015 at 10:28 pm

i don’t see that harm in having them on the site. There are a lot of celebrities on this site who are bad influences and/or have been in jail, having Adolf Hitler’s ethnicity on this site shouldn’t be an issue

thomas1987 February 1, 2015 at 4:17 am

[email protected]
what does a italian look like exactly?
are you a stereotyper who thinks all italians have dark hair and eyes
well they can look like him to

elina March 26, 2014 at 9:31 am


elina March 26, 2014 at 9:31 am

he looks with what he is Russian german i agree those eyes and the colors are Russian and yes he looks a litlle bit with the lenis !verry beautiful gorgeous men!leonardo ti krasavchik we love here in Russia!!!<3<3<3

aaa March 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm

he looks have some asian in him.

ihatemostpeople March 3, 2014 at 3:10 am

??????????????? Not really……………..

ashash October 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm
lenkastyle January 6, 2014 at 3:23 am

he look like Lenin and like many russian boys.

lisa runnels December 22, 2013 at 2:21 am

leo’s name is well rooted in his father and grandfather’s name—Italian men are known to have wondering eye,yet, german men are known to be warm and faithfull, russian men are known to be very steady and long hard working—-as far as how he got his name Leonardo,i would believe that—-I wonder if it is the painting mona lisa—-

Frank December 22, 2013 at 7:28 am

Geez, stereotype much? Lol. I’m an Italian guy and I’ve never once cheated on a girl, and from what I’m told I’m good looking. The chances were there.

michelleNfrank January 27, 2014 at 5:09 am

I have to say I agree with Frank, my husband is also Italian and he’s completely faithful, hard working and overall the most amazing man I’ve ever met!!!
LOL & Frank, his name is also Frank : ) What a coincidence!!!

andrew November 21, 2013 at 1:57 am
ann November 21, 2013 at 7:53 am

Lenin grandmother’s last name was also Smirnova. Coincidence or not? :D

LadyNikkitten November 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Yes, very much so. He should play him.

andrew October 1, 2013 at 5:05 am

he is one of the few Russian non-Jewish Americans

follers October 1, 2013 at 5:43 am

That is because his Russian side comes from Germany.

Ethnic Russians did not come to the U.S. in any real amounts until the Russian Revolution, and most of the immigrants who left because of the Revolution were upper-class or middle-class to some degree, so they were exceptions. “Typical”, ethnic Russian, Russian Orthodox people, for whatever reason, did not come to the U.S. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that many of them were not emancipated from serfdom until the 1860s.

BTW, Leonardo has said that his maternal grandmother was of Russian descent, but something about the names on that side is… weird. They sound a little Germanic-influenced. Maybe just a translation.

ethnic October 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm


“Emancipated from serfdom.” I like that.

follers October 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Inspiration for Abraham Lincoln? (The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863).


ann October 2, 2013 at 1:57 am

Smirnow is the most common surname in Russia, so she is almost without a doubt of the Russian origin. Most likely her family emigrated to Germany after 1917 Revolution, when she was 2, because i heard that she was born in Siberia.

andrew October 2, 2013 at 2:51 am

similar to Smirnoff, perhaps the most known Vodka brand

ann October 2, 2013 at 2:57 am

Yes, this is the same name. I think that can be added to article

ann October 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Another proof. On a monument at the grave of his maternal grandmother shows Russian Orthodox Cross, so… http://www.buddytv.com/leonardo-dicaprio/photos/leonardo-dicaprio-s-grandmother-helene-indenbirken-s-grave-at-t-87762.aspx

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 1:02 am

Leonardo-Wilhelm really told several times, that his maternal
grandparents were german. It’s the same to me, which heritage
he is. I just mean, the whole cirkus is pathetic. No doubt,
russian people are ashamed, especially of the thing with
Gerard Depardiue

Affellay December 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

hes more likely 2 be even half-Russian n no German at all

Affellay December 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

He has Russian facial features lol

Marc 2 December 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Absolutely not!

nnnnn December 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm

A lot of german people have “russian features”, not all look like Paul Rust.(D)
Resume: Leo is liar, so or so. He told, his grandparents
are german, and later, they are russian. I think, they are
german, cuz they had no accent. Adult immigrants have
always accent. Schwartzenegger is over 40 years in USA,
and still has funny austrian accent

Leni September 10, 2012 at 12:52 am

I always thaught he is half german. He speaks german and he had a grandmother in Oer-Erkenschwick/Germany. His mothers name is Irmelind wich is acutally a german name.

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Because of this page, I do not take this site seriously.

nnnnn December 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I must be agree with you

nnnnn December 17, 2012 at 12:01 am

I don’t blame russian PEOPLE, but one shouldn’t trust
articles from postcommunist newsletters, which circulate in web: nothing as lie and slander

APS December 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

1. Leonardo DiCaprio: “My Russian grandmother – the embodiment of inner strength and wholeness”. “My grandmother was a Russian – Smirnova – and for me it is – the embodiment of inner strength and integrity. She went through poverty, war and emigration…”
article: “Interview Russia” magazine http://interviewrussia.ru/movie/368
2. http://www.1tv.ru/sprojects_utro_video/si33/p17037
There correspondent says sorry about the death of his Russian grandmother, with whom she met at the Russian Film Festival in Hollywood in 2003. Leo says thanks and that she was the closest person to him.
I think that reliable sources.

nnnnn December 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

O’k, people,I’m eager to believe… if I see an interview in some
american and european magazine. Please, don’t
come to me with “Interview russia” and other
post-sovjet sources. I’ve already read bullshit,what
they spread. Even russian people (I know some
of them) hate their mass-media

nnnnn December 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm

It’s the same source, which claim Seagal is a
“russian” or “mongol” name? “reliable sources”….

COOLGUY2012 July 24, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Haha, what? you know italians are root of whiteness right? If a person is italian, he cant be more white.

levangelista36 June 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm
andrew January 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm

in the latest 2 photos his freak dad looks like Stanley Kubrick LOL

levangelista36 June 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

No one is white.

A lot of them have distant Native American ancestry. Sometimes they have distant African ancestry.

A lot of them have Southern European and/or Eastern European roots. A lot of them are also Jewish. A lot of them are also Southeastern European.

Northern Europeans, even though they are the blondest in the world, really DO have Mongoloid admixture. Ever wonder why Renee Zellwegger has such an Asian looking face despite being so blonde and blue-eyed?

Western Europeans were mixed with the Spanish and Romans. That’s why you have types like Catherine Zeta Jones, Cheryl Cole, Russell Brand, George Clooney, Marlon Brando, Frankie Sandford, Claudine Farrell, Chris Coleman, Tom Jones, Gavin Henson, Kimberley Walsh, Oralndo Bloom, Nadine Coyle, Victoria Beckham, and such who pop up.

There’s no such thing as white people. No such thing.

levangelista36 June 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Since he’s not white, why is he playing a slave master in Tarantino’s Django Unchained? Jonah Hill is Jewish, and he is playing a slave master as well. James Russo, Franco Nero, and Tom Savini are full blooded Italian, and they are playing slave masters in Django Unchained as well. This is not right. Tarantino is not white either. He has Italian and Cherokee ancestry. So, why do articles refer to him as a white man writing and directing a story about slaves? I don’t get it.

COOLGUY2012 July 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Good joke dude.

Nutella83 February 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm

My mind just blew. You do understand that anyone in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa is considered “white” by the US gov. If anything, he isn’t all “white” because he has Russian in him. Not every single European has peachy skin and light colored hair. Some have more olive colored skin with dark hair and eyes (like his dad). Still not any less “white” than any other European.

goallman February 2, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Russians are “white” you moron! Don’t give me that Siberian crock. In that case every European American has African and Native Indian because they happen to be there and couldn’t possible resist mating with each other. How do you explain the distinct look Southern Americans have? Are you going to blame that on Russians as well. Americans are no different or an exception to the rule.

christian March 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

only his name is italian

he looks like a typical russian but not german guy

he has blond hair and blue eyes only 3 percent of italians have those combination.

for me he is like DAVID FAUSTINO+ BON JOVI , italian name but western european lookS

COOLGUY2012 July 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Typical italian face.

nnnnn December 14, 2012 at 1:46 am

Of course, blond hair and blue eyes are “typical italian”lol
His father is half-italian, and his mother is german,
without any russians. Her both parents spoke german
without accent. Her mother was Helen, and not “Elina”,
and Leo always told, how he likes his granny’s german
meal. I don’t know, how started this rumour

COOLGUY2012 November 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Blonde hair is not that common (only 10% among adults), but light eyes are pretty common (between 25% and 50, depending on the region you want to look for).

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

You forget de Niro

andrew January 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

where did u get the 3%?

LOPAC AGREES March 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm


levangelista36 July 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

You write this on every white actor’s page. Sometimes you get the attention you want, sometimes you do not.

Sam December 19, 2013 at 12:55 am

I really wish this site would weed out these moronic racists. What a joke…

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Brandon January 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I thought Leo was just of german and italian ethnicity. Overall, I dont really know, but I honestly think that him being russian is a fraud made up by the users who edit in fairytale stories to impress the fans. According to what I heard was totally different. Here is what I heard. In a 1995 interview with David Letterman, David was asking him about his middle name being german and last name italian. It was clear that I heard leo annouunce his mother is german and father was italian. But, there was nothing mentioned on him being russian. For instance, no part of his names are russian. Also, on Leo mania in 1998 the announcer even revealed he was born to a german mom and an italian dad! I think thats the biggest answer you will get from me. If you still dont believe me then youtube Leo mania(1998) and his interview with Letterman(1995) and you will possibly beleive it may be true. Thank you! Brandon

aps February 10, 2012 at 12:24 am

He’s started about his Russian grandmother in many Russian interviews. Of course he said what his mother is German! She was born in Germany, has german name. He was also never asked about ethnicity. And his father also half German, but this he did not say, and it does not mean that his father is 100% Italian.

Brandon January 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I honestly think that if he himself says that he’s half russian, then he’s half russian.Think about it! Both of his grandparents on his mothers side look nothing more than russian, and even he says it himself. I honestly think there is a 99.9% chance he is half russian.For example, just because this site says what it says, that doesn’t mean its right.Here’s a clear hint: whatever the actuall leonardo says is most likely true.So, with that being said, I honestly think he is of half russian, part italian, and part german.Please understand me.Thank you.

nnnnn December 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Have you heard, he “said himself”? I just saw a quote
from some communist newsletter. But I heard him
times claiming, his maternal randparents are german

Brandon January 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I think he’ could be half russian, but based on what I heard he’s probably part italian, part russian, and half german.

Ariana decir-gracias! August 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I was so convinced he was fill Italian! 100 % Italiana!

Delnegro August 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Same here but he’s only quarter

Delnegro August 8, 2011 at 2:18 am

Wow I thought he was more Italian

ana August 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Leonardo looks german

ana August 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The moors and berbers are not arabs they are from afric a they had been in africa for thousand of years

Chris May 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

I though he was Irish and German

But yeah this is easy to believe

Matt March 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

He’s mostly Russian. Even his ancestors from Germany on his mother side were of Russian origin. So hes half Russian, 25% Italian and 25% German

Kate March 13, 2011 at 12:04 am

Yeah He does look German for sure no doubt about it.

Pierre March 13, 2011 at 12:00 am

He gets his looks from his German side, blonde hair, blue eyes, square jaw line that Germans are know for. He said “Germany will always be my second home” He has a full blooded German grandma I dont know why they dont mention he,r she passed away not long ago look it up.

ann March 13, 2011 at 1:31 am

Do you mean his maternal grandmother Helene Indenbirken (originally: Yelena Smirnova)? She died in 2008, but she was just Russian, originally from Siberia.

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I heard Helene speaking German – she had not accent
at all. He always told, his grandmother is german.
Once he told, his grandfather is russian. If he want to
be a bit Russian (why, his business) he must deside:
grandmother or grandfather

aga30 September 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

DiCaprio’s mother moved from Oer-Erkenschwick in the Ruhr
During the 19th century the Ruhr attracted up to 500,000 ethnic Poles, Masurians and Silesians from East Prussia and Silesia in a migration known as Ostflucht (flight from the east). By 1925, the Ruhrgebiet had around 3.8 million inhabitants. Most of the new inhabitants came from Eastern Europe, but immigrants also came from France, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It has been claimed that immigrants came to the Ruhr from over 140 different nations

aga30 September 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm

sorry ::D
Niemcy mają wielu emigrantów.. To możliwe że jego dziadkowie byli rosjanami . Leonardo wygląda nieco niemiecko, ale ma coś rosyjskiego.
Matka DiCaprio przeniesiony z Oer-Erkenschwick w Zagłębiu Ruhry
W 19 wieku Ruhr przyciągał do 500.000 etnicznych Polaków, Mazurzy i Ślązaków z Prus Wschodnich i Śląska w migracji zwanej Ostflucht (lot ze wschodu). By 1925, Ruhrgebiet miał około 3,8 mln mieszkańców. Większość nowych mieszkańców pochodzi z Europy Wschodniej, ale imigranci z Francji, Irlandii i Wielkiej Brytanii. Twierdzono, że imigranci przybyli do Zagłębia Ruhry z ponad 140 różnych krajów.
Przepraszam za błędy językowe

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Maria January 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I Love Him!

baby fantasy January 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm
anon December 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

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Samia-Kabullah-Bella-Rose December 21, 2010 at 3:21 am

WTF everyones typing in Russian O_o Strange.

Me myself and I January 13, 2011 at 5:05 am

yeah haha.:)

baby fantasy January 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

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baby fantasy January 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

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kax December 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

His grandparents looks very Russian and he looks nothing like his father or mother , he looks exactly like his grandmother.

nnnnn December 14, 2012 at 1:50 am

A lot of german people look “russian”

APS December 14, 2012 at 6:09 am

One of many Russian interview with DiCaprio about his grandmother. Leonardo to “Interview” magazine Russia: “… My grandmother was a Russian – Smirnova – and for me she is – the embodiment of inner strength and integrity. She went through poverty, war and emigration. Grandparents and other relatives on their part – the real Russian firm with a difficult life, which they did not break … ”

aps November 24, 2010 at 11:27 am

Interesting. Now Leonardo in Russia, St. Petersburg and he met with Putin, and is part of their communication http://www.rian.ru/society/20101124/300147350.html :

The Russian prime minister and DiCaprio also talked about the Russian roots of the actor. “Yes, the name of my ancestors was Smirnov,” – said DiCaprio.

He asked the actor if he says in Russian.

“No, but if there was my grandmother, she would talk to you in Russian,” – said DiCaprio.

“I always wanted to bring my grandmother in St. Petersburg, but unfortunately, these plans have not come to fruition, as she died two years ago” – said the actor.

He also added that the Russian was and his grandfather.

“So I’m not on a quarter and I’m half-Russian,” – said the actor.

Российский премьер и Ди Каприо также поговорили о русских корнях актера. “Да, фамилия моих предков была Смирновы”, – сказал Ди Каприо.

Он спросил у актера, говорит ли тот по-русски.

“Нет, но если бы здесь была моя бабушка, она бы с вами поговорила по-русски”, – сказал Ди Каприо.

“Мне всегда хотелось привезти бабушку в Санкт-Петербург, но, к сожалению, этим планам уже не осуществиться, так как она два года назад скончалась”, – сказал актер.

Он также добавил, что русским был и его дед.

“Так что я не на четверть, а наполовину русский”, – сказал актер.

Maybe his maternal grandfather’s parents also were Russian emigrants, who changed their surname to the German style? I do not know what else to think about…

aps November 25, 2010 at 4:34 am
baby fantasy January 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

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Anonymous October 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm

please, pic:)

LiL VACHA September 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

HEy EtHNiC, i tHiNk LE0NARd0 DiCApRi0 iS ALS0 pARt jEWiSH, My tHE0Ry WHy, iS bECAUSE HiS pAtERNAL gRANdM0tHER, 0LgA ANNE jAC0BS iS gERMAN-b0RN, bUt SHE HAS A jEWiSH LASt NAME. S0 tHAtS WHAt MAkES ME tHiNk tHAt. HERE’Sz A LiNk: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobs_%28surname%29

mmm September 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Then she’s just German.

LiL VACHA September 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm


Me myself and I January 2, 2011 at 3:32 am

you fucking jealous bitches.. who ever is hot you want him/her Jewish.. no he is not…! if he was he would state it..! bye
you can only dream of it.. he is.. German, Italian and Russian.! and freaking hot..mmm

nnnnn December 14, 2012 at 1:55 am

Jacobs? Maybe.
But even if his grandmother was jewish, it doesn’t
make him jewish. BTW, he really almost became
jewish, as he wanted to convert for marriage
with Rafaeli. And he’s not russian at all

nnnnn December 16, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Follers, I know already, that all jewish names are
“german” for you: Warmbrot, Haushalter, SIEGEL.
I wonder, that you accept Trachtenberger as
a jewish name.

nnnnn December 17, 2012 at 11:51 am

Jacobs: maybe jewish, maybe not
Idenbirken: if he’s “keeping saying”, that she’s
russian, he’s a liar, cuz he early told, she’s german.
Maybe she’s turk

nnnnn December 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Non-jewish name Israel. lol. What do you believe

nnnnn December 18, 2012 at 12:04 am

Strange. But it must have some explanation

Me myself and I January 13, 2011 at 5:13 am

oh and one thing more.. what do you thing that Germans are Jewish.. come on you are crazy.. Germans are Protestants and not Jewish there where a couple of them and they where later expelled by Hitler.. he would state that he is Jewish and he is actually Roman Catholic.. and why Jewish on Ethnic background that’s a religion not a ethnic background..! BYE

Guera Lopez August 11, 2010 at 7:36 am

k chingon eh, i’m half italian too! &mexican. its thee italian parte tha makes hem so hot lol =)

Garry November 26, 2010 at 2:05 am

he does not look like italian. so u know lol.
he looks russian. (North-Eastern European)

Me myself and I January 13, 2011 at 5:16 am

yeah he absolutely looks Slavic..:) (Slavic= Russian, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia.. all those countries are Slavic that a Indo-European group of people.. they all look the same)

Me myself and I January 13, 2011 at 5:17 am

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian**
sorry for the mistakes

nnnnn December 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

They don’t looks “the same”. Serbian and other
jugoslavian people are more “dark” because of
osmanic invasion. And ukrainean, too

anna June 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm

di caprio it’s a southern name..the surname with “di” are very common in south italy,especially in the region of campania.
Great mix:southern european,german/nordic and russian!
and i know that he can speaks good german,while he lived in Germany when he was a baby…:)(like sandra bullock);)

KimJ May 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm

The southern Italians are tan due to Arabic influence. Same for any Spaniard that has a darker complexion. This is due to the fact that the Moors invaded Spain in 711 AD and were finally kicked out in 1492. Plenty of time for them to have influenced many of the southern European countries.

nnnnn December 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm


Anonymous April 14, 2010 at 1:51 am

Please add a photo. ;)

Anonymous May 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm


aps March 30, 2010 at 6:55 am

@Tribe Of course! He’s one quarter Russian. :)

Tribe March 30, 2010 at 6:45 am

He is sooooo HOT! he looks similar to eastern europeans.

Lynnie March 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm

i luv leonardo dicaprio he’s almost az hot az mi boyfriend demarcus. iuved leonardo in dat movie the basketball diaries dat is a gr8 movie. leonardo dicaprio is lyk mi favorite actor i luv him in every movie. i jus think his movies cood b alil shorter. bye p.s. i’m 13 goin on 14

Athena March 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm

And DiCaprio is a southern surname for sure.

Tony March 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

VeRoni don’t be an idiot. You have no idea what Italians look like. Here’s a full-blooded Sicilian who looks just as “white” as DiCaprio. http://digilander.libero.it/fotocalciatori/taibi.jpg

kira March 7, 2010 at 2:14 am

Lol yes that’s me:)

ethnic March 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Is that you Kira? if so woah ;)

kira March 6, 2010 at 10:29 am
ethnic March 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

Veroni, I had the same thought as you. He has such an Italian name, yet not such a typical Italian look. But actually he could pass as a Northern Italian.

VeRoni March 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

oops i mispelled German

VeRoni March 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

no wonder!! i knew he was italian because of his last name but i knew he had to have some other mix i mean he is just to white to be italian now i know why!! he is mostly Greman a quarter Russian & a quarter italian

Ann March 5, 2010 at 2:23 am

wow!! i always think what he only Italian and German, i dont know about his Russian grandmom!

angela January 21, 2010 at 2:21 am

Love his, and great mix! :)

Leo's butt friend January 5, 2010 at 6:14 am

That’s awsome! He’s super!

dude December 31, 2009 at 10:32 am


ethnic April 15, 2009 at 7:16 pm

nice find, thanks for that.


aps April 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm

His maternal grandmother is Russian. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,625877,00.html

Thali March 1, 2009 at 2:25 am

That’s so cool i love Leonardo DiCaprio
very interesting.

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