His involvement in Parenthood and the daily soap earned him a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor each.
Di Caprio's debut film role was in the comedic sci-fi horror film Critters 3, in which he played the stepson of an evil landlord, a role that Di Caprio described as "your average, no-depth, standard kid with blond hair." Soon after, he became a recurring cast member on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains, playing Luke Brower, a homeless boy who is taken in by the Seaver family.
New York Times critic Janet Maslin praised Di Caprio's performance, writing "the film's real show-stopping turn comes from Mr.
Di Caprio, who makes Arnie's many tics so startling and vivid that at first he is difficult to watch.
The performance has a sharp, desperate intensity from beginning to end." Di Caprio's first effort of 1995 was Sam Raimi's The Quick and the Dead, a western film.