The Outsiders/ The Young Lassie/ Santa Barbara (1990)
A fifteen-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio got his first taste of public exposure with this trio of TV shows in 1990.
The Outsiders (based on the film of the same name) was exec-produced by Francis Ford Coppola, The New Lassie (pretty much what is says on the tin) saw him fleetingly portray 'Young Boy', and in a five-episode run of Santa Barbara Leo was dignified with a character name.
Does he die? The lives of these minor characters were pretty much irrelevant anyway.