From budding actor to buff film star on a yacht: A look at Leonardo DiCaprio’s dramatic physical transformation through the years

He has been one of Hollywood’s most famous leading men for almost three decades.

And Leonardo DiCaprio has undergone quite the physical transformation since his days as a budding young actor in the 1990s.

He made his screen debut on the TV series The New Lassie in 1989 and rose to prominence with roles in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Romeo + Juliet.

Now 48, Leonardo is often seen sporting a trimmed goatee and a sleek quiff on the red carpet.

After he recently showcased his buff physique on a superyacht in Sardinia in May, MailOnline takes a look at Leonardo’s changing looks over the years.
Leo looked worlds away from his current self when he rose to fame in the early 1990s as a fresh-faced actor in his late teens.

One of his earliest memorably roles was as Luke Brower on the beloved sitcom Growing Pains, which he starred on from 1991 to 1992.

Only a year later his career had truly taken off as he landed lead roles in This Boy’s Life and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

One of Leo’s most recognisable looks was in the 2000 film The Beach, which he appeared in as a 26-year-old.

The actor, who sported a noticably slimmer frame in those days, starred opposite Tilda Swinton in the flick about a traveller who goes to a beach in Thailand he believes will be paradise but is met by hostile inhabitants.

A few years later, Leo had a more buff physique as he reunited with his Titanic co-star Kate Winslet in the film Revolutionary Road.

The A-list actors portrayed a middle-class married couple who become dissatisfied with their lives in the suburbs.

Although the film made a moderate $76million at the box office, the performances of both Leo and Kate received wide praise.