Author and poet Jim Carroll was just 12 years old when he started writing "The Basketball Diaries."
Leonardo DiCaprio was 19 in The Basketball Diaries when he played the character 'Jim Carroll'. That was over 26 years ago in 1995. Today he is 46, and has starred in 44 movies in total, 33 since The Basketball Diaries was released. How old do you think he looks in the movie? In The Basketball Diaries, I think Leonardo DiCaprio looks:
I first purchased this book after watching the film with Leonardo DiCaprio in a few times,and wanted to find out more about Jim Carroll's life.The diaries begin when he is around 13 years old,and end around when he is 17 or 18 (I think).
The Basketball Diaries James Dennis Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009)  was an American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries , which inspired a 1995 film of the same title that starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll, and his 1980 song "People Who Died" with the Jim Carroll Band.
Cast. 1. Leonardo DiCaprio, 46. Jim Carroll. 2. Mark Wahlberg, 50. Mickey. 3. Michael Rapaport, 51.
BASKETBALL DIARIES traces a fictionalized account of New York actor/writer/musician Jim Carroll's (Leonardo DiCaprio) coming of age. Forsaking his chance at earning a college scholarship based on his basketball talent, Carroll and his friends begin with petty crimes used to finance cheap highs like huffing.
During the 1960s, Carroll was a basketball prodigy and a fountain of untapped talent. He was also progressively becoming an addict. Through his teenage years, he discovered love, loss, pain, and joy, which is recounted in his memoir, "The Basketball Diaries", which tells the story of being lost; searching for something of substance and meaning; and about the beauty of innocence and the ...
The Basketball Diaries. (film) The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American biographical crime drama film directed by Scott Kalvert and based on an autobiographical novel by the same name written by Jim Carroll. It tells the story of Carroll's teenage years as a promising high school basketball player and writer who develops an addiction to heroin.