15 throwback photos of Leo DiCaprio to remind us that he was the best childhood celeb crush ever

It’s Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday. We repeat, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday!

In honor of the actor’s 42nd birthday, we’ve rounded up 15 throwback photos of dreamy Leo to remind us all why he was our first crush — like you’d ever forget? Ya, we didn’t think so.

Even if DiCaprio wasn’t your first crush — which if that’s so, shame on you — you have to admit he was a total dreamboat when he first came onto the Hollywood scene.

Sure, he is still very handsome, but it’s his birthday, so we had to do something special — for us that is — and relive some of his hottest and sexiest moments from the days when DiCaprio posters were on every wall and girls’ locker, aka the ’90s. Enjoy!

Remember when the California native was on Parenthood? It was way back when, but just look at that face, how could you not fall in love instantly?

Then there was DiCaprio's Growing Pains days. They were glorious and we miss them.

You're welcome for this adorable and yet so strange, basketball photo of DiCaprio in the early '90s.

Thank goodness he outgrew that phase, or at least doesn’t rock this outfit while playing basketball anymore.


Well, hello handsome.

Is this friendship still in tact? If so, we need more Marky Mark (aka Mark Wahlberg) and DiCaprio photos stat.

Why did this pool table photo session happen? No one knows. Are we happy it did? Absolutely.

Poor Claire Danes, this outfit is so '90s it hurts, luckily we are distracted by Leo and his great hair, so she gets a fashion disaster pass.

Ah, DiCaprio as Romeo in 1996's Romeo + Juliet, it doesn't get much hotter than that.

Like you thought we wouldn't add a Shakespeare quote to make you swoon a little more... obviously we have another Romeo look for you!

DiCaprio at the Titanic premiere — so much yes.

And now for what you really care about... DiCaprio as Jack Dawson in Titanic. We'd never let go Jack, never!

Long hair, don't care.

Now for a close-up at those pretty eyes and short hairdo that really made us swoon for at least a decade, if not more.

The Beach might've hit theaters in 2000, but this look is still SO '90s DiCaprio. Oh, and we had to include a shirtless shot, because it's just necessary.

Well played, '90s DiCaprio, well played!


Happy Birthday Leo DiCaprio, you will forever be our first love — even if we’ve never met.