George DiCaprio
Born
George Paul DiCaprio

(1943-10-02) October 2, 1943 (age 77)
OccupationWriter, editor, publisher, distributor
Spouse(s)Irmelin Indenbirken
(m. 1964; div. 1975)
Peggy Ann Farrar
(m. 1995)
ChildrenLeonardo DiCaprio

George Paul DiCaprio (born October 2, 1943) is an American writer, editor, publisher, distributor, and former performance artist, known for his work in the realm of underground comix. He has collaborated with Timothy Leary and Laurie Anderson. He is the father of the Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Biography

DiCaprio was born to George Leon DiCaprio (1902–1965) and Olga Anne Jacobs (1904–1984). His father was the son of Italian immigrants, Salvatore Di Caprio (1866-1966) and Rosina Cassella (1875-1941), and his mother was of German descent.[1][2][3]

DiCaprio was active in underground comix throughout the 1970s, as a writer, editor, publisher, and distributor.[4] He is known for such titles as Greaser Comics, Forbidden Knowledge, and Cocaine Comix, collaborating with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Pete von Sholly, and Rich Chidlaw. (His own self-publishing imprint was known as Half-Ass Press.)[5] As a distributor in the 1970s and 1980s, he supplied West Coast retailers with underground and independent comics.[6]

He was also a performance artist. Comics writer Harvey Pekar details a DiCaprio performance in Los Angeles in February 1988 where DiCaprio claimed that he did, "a light show using brine shrimp and worms. I'd hit 'em with cold water and they'd move around and I'd project 'em on a wall magnified. It blew people's minds."[7]

DiCaprio played an important role in his son's early career as an actor. He used to screen scripts for him, and was instrumental in getting Leo to portray Arthur Rimbaud in the 1995 film Total Eclipse.[4]

Personal life

George Paul DiCaprio met Irmelin Indenbirken (born 1945), a German immigrant, in college; the two later married and moved to Los Angeles.[2] The couple had one son, Leonardo DiCaprio, and divorced shortly after, when the boy was a year old. While Leonardo lived mostly with his mother, his parents agreed to live next door to each other so as not to deprive him of his father's presence in his life.[8][4]

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ "Leonardo DiCaprio's family tree surprise: ancestry like Great Gatsby". The Daily Telegraph. 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2015-01-18.
  2. ^ a b Catalano, Grace (February 1997). Leonardo DiCaprio: Modern-Day Romeo. New York, New York: Dell Publishing Group. pp. 7–15. ISBN 0-440-22701-1.
  3. ^ "Ancestry 1706 (Pedigree Pages)". Hodank Family History Archives. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  4. ^ a b c d Agard, Chancellor. "Five Things You Need to Know About Leonardo DiCaprio's Dad George," People magazine website (Feb. 8, 2016).
  5. ^ Publisher: George DiCaprio, Grand Comics Database. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Ferrer, Adam. "Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dad Had a Weird Job That Prepared His Son for Success," Showbiz CheatSheet (February 25, 2020).
  7. ^ Pekar, Harvey and Paul Mavrides (illustrator), "The L.A. Performance Scene (as Described by George DiCaprio)," American Splendor #14 (1989).
  8. ^ Green, Jesse (February 12, 1995). "Fresh Blood; Leonardo DiCaprio". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 9, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  9. ^ Yama Yama / The Ugly Head entry, Grand Comics Database. Accessed Oct. 11, 2016.