Johnny Depp

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John Christopher Depp II, widely known as Johnny Depp (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor.



Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky to John Christopher Depp, Sr. and Betty Sue Palmer. He was raised primarily in Miramar, Florida, where his family moved in 1970. He has one brother and two sisters (Debbie, Christie, who is Depp's personal manager, and Danny). The Depp family is mostly of Irish and German descent; Depp's maternal great-grandmother, Minnie, was a full-blooded Cherokee and Depp also has Cherokee ancestry on his father's side. The family moved from place to place, over twenty times in total. Depp's mother bought him a guitar at around the age of 13, and Depp began playing in garage bands.

Depp's parents divorced in 1978, when he was 15, and a year later he decided to drop out of school to become a rock musician. He played with a band named "The Kids", who had modest local success. The band set out for Los Angeles, California to try to get a record deal, changing their name to "Six Gun Method". During this period, Depp married Lori Anne Allison, the sister of the drummer of the band, on December 28, 1983. This caused friction between the band members and they split, the record deal never having materialized.

Depp worked many odd jobs to support himself, such as a telemarketer who sold pens, and his wife became a make-up artist. Later, his wife introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage, who advised Depp to turn to acting to support himself and his wife. His film career took off slowly and he is now an extremely well-known face. In 1985, his close friend, Earl Stevenson, a former U.S. Marine sergeant and also a friend of actors, David Carradine and Jan-Michael Vincent and who played his brother in "A Nightmare on Elm Street", were both disappointed when they both failed to get a small part in a music video by the Wolf brothers.

Depp divorced Allison in 1985. Since then he has dated Winona Ryder, whom he met at the film premiere of Winona's 1989 movie Great Balls of Fire!, and Kate Moss, but is now in a long-term relationship with the French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis. They have two children, Lily-Rose and Jack, and divide their time between Los Angeles and a villa in the South of France.

Depp has acknowledged he hurt himself physically at a young age because of his insecurities and family problems. He has seven or eight scars from where he would practice self-harm. In a Talk magazine interview he said, In a 1993 Details magazine interview Johnny explained his self-injury, "My body is a journal in a way. It's like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist." In 1999, Depp admitted that to this day, his self-image "isn't that alright", although he maintains he is happier than he's ever been [1].

Film career

Depp's first role (which he initially rejected) was in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Then he starred in the FOX's TV series 21 Jump Street. The show was a success and he instantly became a teen idol worshipped mainly for his looks, which Depp abhorred. With a $45,000 pay per episode, Depp stayed with the show. The show lasted for four seasons; some speculate that it was Johnny Depp's exit that caused the program to be cancelled from Fox.

Frustrated by his new status as a teen idol, Depp began taking roles in offbeat, unusual films, beginning with Cry-Baby (1990) and later, at age 27, as an artificial man in Edward Scissorhands, directed by Tim Burton. Soon afterwards, Depp began making high-profile films with renowned actors including What's Eating Gilbert Grape with Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Juan DeMarco with Marlon Brando and Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino.

He is now known for choosing diverse roles in a number of genres, from Captain Jack Sparrow in the action-adventure film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, a cop who infiltrates the Mob in the drama Donnie Brasco, the corrupt CIA Agent Sands in the action movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico, a reclusive germophobe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and opium addicted Inspector Abberline in the thriller From Hell.

Depp is also noted for his regular appearances in the films of director Tim Burton; they have made five films together to date: Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. Depp has credited Burton as the director that saved him from being "a loser, an outcast, just another piece of expendable Hollywood meat" [2].

Depp has also directed a film: The Brave, which depicts the plight of Native Americans (Depp is one quarter Cherokee).

As of 2005, Depp has been nominated twice for a Best Actor Oscar for Finding Neverland and Pirates of the Caribbean and has five Golden Globe nominations. He has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Stage career

Johnny Depp has performed in several theatrical performances over his career. His dedication to acting borders on the obsessive. This was exhibited clearly in one instance where--in order to learn how to act exactly like the real-life character he was portraying on-stage--Johnny stayed in the man's house for several months before the play opened.


Depp, a keen musician, can be heard playing slide guitar on the Oasis song "Fade In-Out" (from Be Here Now, 1997); on Shane MacGowan's first solo album; and as a member of P, a group featuring Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes. He also took part in The Fast Show, a British comic sketch show, after declaring his admiration for it.

Depp reportedly has 12 tattoos, including a Jolly Roger emblem on his ankle and "Wino Forever" (originally "Winona Forever"; after his break-up with Winona Ryder, Depp had the tattoo altered).

Depp played the role of Hunter S. Thompson in the film based on the novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Depp is a longtime fan of Thompson's work, and also a longtime friend, and thus he funded the construction of a giant cannon in the shape of a Gonzo fist that was used to deploy Thompson's ashes upon his death. Depp also owns the gun and ammunition Thompson used to kill himself.

During Depp's career, he has gotten into some trouble. His first arrest was in Vancouver for a late night altercation in a hotel lobby. He was accused of selling drugs at his club The Viper Room, after actor River Phoenix died in front of the club from a drug overdose in 1993. In 1994, Depp was arrested for allegedly causing serious damage to a New York hotel suite. He was later arrested in 1999 for getting into a fight with paparazzi outside a restaurant while dining in London with his girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis.

In the film Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Depp, having been the star of the original 1984 A Nightmare On Elm Street is seen on a television screen. He is credited in the film's end titles as Oprah Noodlemantra 1. Sources report that he uses this name when staying in hotels on location in order to make receptionists say it when giving him his wake-up call and thus amusing him on waking 2.

He has expressed anger towards the paparazzi and disapproves of fans taking pictures of his two kids, stating if a paparazzi member takes a photograph of his kids, then he will "bite your nose off and swallow it" [3].



2005 People's Choice Award
Favorite Male Movie Star
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards
Actor: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2004 Empire Award
Best Actor
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2004 MTV Movie Award
Best Male Performance
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2004 MTV Movie Award Mexico
Best Look
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2004 IFTA Award
Best International Actor
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2004 Teen Choice Award
Choice Movie Fight/Action Sequence
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2004 Teen Choice Award
Choice Movie Liar
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
Favorite Actor - Horror
Sleepy Hollow
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards
Star on the Walk of Fame
Motion Picture, 16 November 1999, At 7020 Hollywood Blvd.
1999 César Awards, France
Honorary Award
1998 Golden Aries (Russian Guild of Film Critics)
Best Foreign Actor
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
1996 London Critics Circle Film Awards
ALFS Award: Actor of the Year
Ed Wood and Don Juan DeMarco
1990 ShoWest Award
Male Star of Tomorrow




Depp in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl



  • The Rum Diary (2006) (Producer) [4]
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Producer) (2006) [5]
  • Shantaram (2007) (Executive Producer) [6]





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