Titanic: About The Cast

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At 23 years of age, LEONARDO DiCAPRIO (Jack Dawson) has developed into one of his generation"s most gifted and versatile talents. DiCaprio earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor at 19 for his portrayal of an ebullient, mentally impaired youngster in "What"s Eating Gilbert Grape?" The actor"s second film at the time, his performance also garnered awards from the National Board of Review, Chicago Film Critics and the Los Angeles Film Critics, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

DiCaprio made his film debut opposite Robert DeNiro and Ellen Barkin in "This Boy"s Life" and has subsequently appeared in a variety of features, from the Western "The Quick and the Dead," with Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman, to "The Basketball Diaries," a harrowing account of a young man"s spiral into heroin addiction, to "Total Eclipse," shot in Paris, opposite David Thewlis, in which DiCaprio played the poet Rimbaud.

In 1996, he starred with Claire Danes in the critically acclaimed modern adaptation of "William Shakespeare"s Romeo + Juliet," as well as the screen adaptation of the successful play "Marvin"s Room," opposite Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton. DiCaprio will next co-star with Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Gerard Depardieu in "The Man in the Iron Mask," which recently completed filming in France. He has also joined the ensemble cast of Woody Allen"s latest project, slated for release in 1998.

A native of Los Angeles, DiCaprio began his acting career at age 14, appearing in commercials and educational films. He soon moved into parts on episodic television, including a role on "Growing Pains" in the popular series" last season. He also appeared in the short film "The Foot Shooting Party," released by Touchstone Pictures.

KATE WINSLET (Rose DeWitt Bukater) first received international acclaim for her performance in Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures," in which she starred as a teenage girl whose intense relationship with an equally imaginative school friend leads to murder. Her promise was confirmed with her performance as the impetuous Marianne in Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility," opposite Emma Thompson, for which she won a SAG and BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award® nomination, all in 1996. Most recently she received universal praise for her portrayal of the heart-rending and determined Sue Bridehead in Michael Winterbottom's "Jude" and as the tortured Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of "Hamlet." Winslet will next star in the independent feature film "Hideous Kinky," filming on location in Morocco this fall.

BILLY ZANE (Cal Hockley) recently starred with Gina Gershon in "This World, Then the Fireworks," a film noir based on a Jim Thompson novella, a project he also co-produced. His feature film credits also include "The Phantom," "Demon Knight: Tales From the Crypt," "Only You," "Head Above Water," "Orlando," "Blood and Concrete: A Love Story," "Memphis Belle," "Back to the Future," "Posse" and "Tombstone." Zane received international acclaim for his riveting debut performance in the thriller "Dead Calm," co-starring Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman.

KATHY BATES (Molly Brown) won an Academy Award® for her starring role in Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's "Misery." In 1997, she won a Golden Globe for her starring performance in HBO's "The Late Shift." She also won the Obie Award for the off-Broadway production of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune." The films of Kathy Bates include "Dolores Claiborne," "Diabolique," "Fried Green Tomatoes," "A Home of Our Own," "Used People," "Dick Tracy" and "Men Don't Leave." The actress began her notable career on the stage, earning accolades and awards for her stirring performances in plays such as "'night, Mother." She is currently starring in "Primary Colors" for director Mike Nichols.

BILL PAXTON (Brock Lovett) has established himself as one of Hollywood's most adventurous actors, known to audiences from his numerous roles in films of every genre. "Titanic" reunites Paxton with director James Cameron, for whom he appeared in "True Lies," "Aliens" and "The Terminator."

In 1996, Paxton starred in the worldwide hit "Twister," following his leading role in the Academy Award®-nominated "Apollo 13." He most recently starred in the critically acclaimed independent feature "Traveller," in which he also served as producer on the project. Paxton has just completed production on "Mighty Joe Young," due out in the summer of 1998. He will next star in HBO's "A Bright Shining Lie," now in production in Southeast Asia and the biggest budgeted project for the cable network to date.

In 1992, Paxton emerged as a true leading man with Carl Franklin's acclaimed thriller "One False Move," which earned him critical praise and the 1992 LAFCA New Generation Award. Paxton got his start in Hollywood in 1974, working as a set dresser on Roger Corman's "Big Bad Mama." After several features, he moved to New York where he studied acting. Upon his return to Los Angeles, he began a film career that would grow to include roles in such films as "The Lords of Discipline," "Weird Science," "The Evening Star," "Tombstone" and continues what has now become an extraordinary relationship with Jim Cameron.

Born July 4, l910, GLORIA STUART had to endure two hours of aging makeup to play the 101-year-old Rose Calvert, a woman who claims to be a survivor of the Titanic disaster. Stuart starred in dozens of movies from 1930 until WWII, when she retired. Among them are John Ford's "Air Mail" and "The Prisoner of Shark Island," "Here Comes the Navy" with James Cagney, "Poor Little Rich Girl" with Shirley Temple, Busby Berkeley's "Goldiggers of 1935," "Roman Scandals" with Eddie Cantor, "The Three Musketeers" with the Ritz Brothers, and two films with the English horror film director James Whale, "The Kiss Before the Mirror" and the classic "The Old Dark House," co-starring Charles Laughton, Melvyn Douglas, Raymond Massey and Boris Karloff.

Since the '40s, the Santa Monica-born Stuart has lead an extremely productive existence as an accomplished painter, collage artist, printer, gardener of bonsai, hostess, wife, mother, grandmother and world traveler.

FRANCES FISHER (Ruth DeWitt Bukater) is best known for her role as Strawberry Alice in the Oscar®-winning "Unforgiven" as well as her incarnation of Lucille Ball in the CBS movie "Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter." Fisher recently starred in the independent film "Female Perversions" and "Wild America," co-starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jamey Sheridan.

Fisher made her feature film debut in Norman Mailer's "Tough Guys Don't Dance," followed by a starring role in Henry Jaglom's "Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?" Her feature film credits also include Jaglom's "Babyfever," Paul Schrader's "Patty Hearst" and "The Stars Fell on Henrietta" with Robert Duvall.

Following a diverse career in regional theater and off-Broadway stage, Fisher segued into television as a series regular on "The Edge of Night" and "Guiding Light." She recently starred in the Fox series "Strange Luck." Her TV credits also include starring roles on "Devlin," "Crime and Punishment" and the NBC telefilm "The Other Mother." Prior to beginning "Titanic," Fisher returned to the stage in a limited engagement of Caryl Churchill's one-act play, "Three More Sleepless Nights."

BERNARD HILL (Captain E.J. Smith) recently appeared in "The Ghost and the Darkness," with Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. Best known in the U.S. for his portrayal of Pauline Collins' husband in "Shirley Valentine," Hill's film credits also include "Madagascar Skin," "Mountains of the Moon," "The Bounty" and Sir Richard Attenborough's Oscar®-winning "Gandhi."

Hill was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his portrayal of Yosser Hughes in Alan Bleasdale's acclaimed television series "Boys from the Blackstuff," for which he also received the Press Guild Award for Achievement of the Decade. He recently starred in the BBC telefilm "Skallagrig," which went on to receive the BAFTA Award for Best TV Play. On the London stage, Hill's leading roles include "A View from the Bridge," "The Cherry Orchard" and "Macbeth."

JONATHAN HYDE 's (Bruce Ismay) film credits include "Anaconda," "Jumanji," "Richie Rich" and Derek Jarman's "Caravaggio." His television credits include Edward Marshall Hall in the BBC series "Shadow of the Noose." The acclaimed classical actor has appeared in numerous roles with the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Glasgow's Citizens Theatre. He has starred in over 40 main house productions for these and other companies.

In his 35-year career, DAVID WARNER (Spicer Lovejoy) has worked with some of the leading directors in film, including John Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet, Richard Donner, Joseph Losey, Alain Resnais, Terry Gilliam and, on three occasions, Sam Peckinpah. In television, he won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in the mini-series "Masada." Warner is a founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he played many leads including "Hamlet" and "Richard II." He made his stage debut in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and his film bow in the Oscar®-winning "Tom Jones," both directed by Tony Richardson. Warner gained early prominence as the title character of "Morgan -- A Suitable Case for Treatment."

The films of VICTOR GARBER (Thomas Andrews) include "The First Wives Club," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Light Sleeper," "Exotica" and "Godspell." Well-known in the theater and Tony-nominated four times ("Damn Yankees," "Lend Me a Tenor," "Deathtrap," "Little Me"), he has appeared in "Sweeney Todd," "They're Playing Our Song" and "Noises Off." Garber is a regular player at the country's leading dramatic venues, including Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle in the Square and the New York Shakespeare Festival. Garber was recently seen in ABC-TV's "Wonderful World of Disney" production of "Cinderella" playing the King to Whoopi Goldberg's Queen.

High-spirited young emigrant Fabrizio De Rossi is played by DANNY NUCCI . A veteran of such international blockbusters as "Crimson Tide," "The Rock" and "Eraser," Nucci also starred in the acclaimed independent film dramas "The Big Squeeze," "Love Walked In," "Homage" and "Roosters." He recently starred opposite Bette Midler in the romantic comedy "That Old Feeling" and stars in three independent films set for release in 1998: "The Unknown Cyclist," opposite Lea Thompson and Vincent Spano; "The Outfitters," opposite Dana Delaney; and "Sugar," a ribald "mocu-mentary" in which Nucci's "Ferris Bueller"-esque character finds himself in a "Clockwork Orange"-type sex clinic. His other feature films include "Alive," "Rescue Me" and "Blind Justice." Born in Austria and raised as a small child in Italy, Nucci moved to New York when he was 7. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he has lived since age 10.

SUZY AMIS (Lizzy Calvert) starred in the acclaimed thriller "The Usual Suspects" opposite Gabriel Byrne. Her other feature credits include "Twister," "Fandango," "The Big Town," "Where the Heart Is," "The Ballad of Little Jo," "Two Small Bodies" and "Blown Away." She will next co-star with Howie Long and Scott Glenn in the action adventure "Firestorm." An acclaimed stage actress, Amis received a Theater World Award for her stage debut in "Fresh Horses."

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