Romeo and Juliet (Film 1996) Cast List

Romeo and Juliet (Film 1996) Cast List

Leonardo DiCaprio

The Son of Lord and Lady Montague. He is about sixteen and is impulsive and passionate. He begins the film hopelessly in love with an unseen woman named Rosaline but instantly forgets her when he sees Juliet. He falls madly in love with her, oblivious to the fact that she is the daughter of the Capulets, the sworn enemies of the Montagues. He marries Juliet secretely and due to a misunderstanding believes Juliet to be dead and commits suicide from grief. 

Claire Danes

The daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet. Her parents arrange for her to be married to Paris, unaware that she has already married Romeo. In an effort to escape with Romeo, she fakes her own death; however, upon discovering that Romeo commited suicide Juliet stabs herself with his dagger. 

Pete Postlethwaite

Friar Lawrence secretly marries Romeo and Juliet in the hopes that their marital union will bring about peace between the two feuding houses. Frair Lawrence hatches a plan for Romeo and Juliet to reunite after Romeo's excile and Juliet's bethrothel but his plan fails and the two lovers die. 


Harold Perrineau

Romeo's close friend and acts as the comic relief of the tragedy. Mercutio is known for his wit and sexual innuendos. He is a passionate man who disaproves of Romeo's idealization of love. He is killed by Tybalt. 

John Leguizamo

A Capulet, Juliet's cousin. He is extremely violent and prideful. He despises Montagues. Romeo kills him to avenge the death of his dear friend Mercutio. 


Miriam Margolyes

Juliet’s wet nurse and carer. The nurse is a source of comic relief due to her rambling speech and Juliet's impatience towards her. The nurse serves as Juliet's confidant and facilitates her relationship with Romeo. 


Paul Sorvino

Juliet's father. 

Diane Venora

Juliet's mother. 

Brian Dennehy

Romeo's father. 

Christina Pickles

Romeo's mother.

Paul Rudd

The man whom Juliet is engaged to. He is killed by Romeo when he refuses to let Romeo enter Juliet's tomb. 

Dash Mihok

Romeo's cousin, he attempts to diffuse violent situations and is a loyal friend. 

Vondie Curtis-Hall

The police captain, he serves as a peacemaker and attempts to forge peace between the feuding families.  

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