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Also Known As: John Christopher Depp Ii Died:
Born: June 9, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA Profession: actor, musician, director, producer, gas station attendant, pen salesman

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Johnny Depp spent a decade on the fringes of Hollywood as a favorite of independent directors like Tim Burton and Lasse Hallstrom, until his unbridled originality and penchant for extreme characterizations found a worldwide audience with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003). Throughout the 1990s the actor built a strong critical and art house following portraying societal outsiders - from the anatomic anomaly "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) to cross-dressing B-movie director "Ed Wood" (1994) to twitchy drug-addled journalist Hunter S. Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998). He was so adept in disappearing into characters and accents that many had long ago forgotten that this respected "actor's actor" had initially gotten his start as a posterboy of both bad behavior - numerous real-life run-ins with the press and the occasional trashing of a hotel room - as well as good, getting his big break on the teenybopper favorite, "21 Jump Street" (Fox, 1987-1991). Depp's reputation as an "actor's actor" solidified with leads in mainstream films "Donnie Brasco" (1997) and "Blow" (2001), but when Disney cast him as Captain Jack Sparrow, the actor's characterization of the...

Johnny Depp spent a decade on the fringes of Hollywood as a favorite of independent directors like Tim Burton and Lasse Hallstrom, until his unbridled originality and penchant for extreme characterizations found a worldwide audience with "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003). Throughout the 1990s the actor built a strong critical and art house following portraying societal outsiders - from the anatomic anomaly "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) to cross-dressing B-movie director "Ed Wood" (1994) to twitchy drug-addled journalist Hunter S. Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998). He was so adept in disappearing into characters and accents that many had long ago forgotten that this respected "actor's actor" had initially gotten his start as a posterboy of both bad behavior - numerous real-life run-ins with the press and the occasional trashing of a hotel room - as well as good, getting his big break on the teenybopper favorite, "21 Jump Street" (Fox, 1987-1991). Depp's reputation as an "actor's actor" solidified with leads in mainstream films "Donnie Brasco" (1997) and "Blow" (2001), but when Disney cast him as Captain Jack Sparrow, the actor's characterization of the plundering pirate captivated international moviegoers and made box office history. While Depp remained loyal to the offbeat and fantastical films of Tim Burton, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise turned the edgy and inventive leading man into a reluctant superstar.

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  Brave, The (1997) Director

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 Yoga Hosers (2015)
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 Black Mass (2015)
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 Transcendence (2014)
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 Into the Woods (2014)
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 Tusk (2014)
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 Lone Ranger, The (2013)
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1969:
Moved to Miramar, FL
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Started own rock group at age 13; subsequently played in 15 other bands
1983:
Moved to Los Angeles with band The Kids; played lead guitar
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Sold ball-point pens by phone before he began acting
1984:
Made his feature acting debut in Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street"
1985:
First screen lead, "Private Resort"
1985:
TV acting debut in episode of "Lady Blue" (ABC)
1986:
Had small role in Oliver Stone's "Platoon"
1986:
TV-movie debut, "Slow Burn" (Showtime)
1987:
Starred as baby-faced undercover cop Tom Hanson on Fox police drama "21 Jump Street"
1987:
Began working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation
1990:
Headlined John Waters' "Cry-Baby" playing the Elvis-inspired, leather-clad title role; first film acting with Iggy Pop
1990:
First hit movie, Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands" co-starring then-girlfriend Winona Ryder
1992:
Appeared along with Jerry Lewis and Faye Dunaway in Emir Kusturica's "Arizona Dream"
1993:
Impressively recreated silent-comedy routines of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in "Benny and Joon"
1993:
Starred in the title role of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"
1993:
Opened L.A. club, The Viper Room
1994:
Played infamous, cross-dressing, B-movie director "Ed Wood"; second film with Burton
1994:
Directed the eight-minute short film "Banter" for DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
1995:
Acted opposite Marlon Brando in "Don Juan DeMarco"
1995:
Made first action film, John Badham's "Nick of Time"; cast as a mild-mannered accountant who becomes embroiled in an assassination scheme
1995:
Formed the rock group P, making major label debut on Capitol Records
1995:
Purchased first home in Los Angeles; house once owned by Bela Lugosi
1996:
Starred as William Blake in Jim Jarmusch's post-modern Western "Dead Man"; film also featured Iggy Pop
1997:
Earned some of the best reviews of his career as the title character in "Donnie Brasco"; based on the book about an FBI agent who infiltrated the Mob
1997:
Feature directorial debut "The Brave" reteamed him with Brando; also wrote and co-starred; premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; Iggy Pop wrote the score
1998:
Portrayed Raoul Duke in Terry Gilliam's adaptation of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"; first film with Christina Ricci
1999:
Starred opposite Charlize Theron in the thriller "The Astronaut's Wife"
1999:
Reteamed with Burton for "Sleepy Hollow" starring opposite Christina Ricci
1999:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November 16)
1999:
Starred as corruptible rare-book dealer hired to find satanic texts in Roman Polanski's supernatural thriller "The Ninth Gate"
2000:
Had two roles in Julian Schnabel's "Before Night Falls," a biopic of gay Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas; portrayed an imprisoned drag queen with a gift for smuggling and a brutally officious army officer
2000:
Reteamed with Terry Gilliam to play a modern-day ad executive whisked back in time in "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"; shooting began in 2000 but was put on hold when leading actor Jean Rochefort suffered a double disc hernia
2001:
Cast as a British policeman with unorthodox means of tracking a serial killer in the thriller "From Hell"
2001:
Portrayed American George Jung, one of the major cocaine traffickers for Columbian kingpin Pablo Escobar, in Ted Demme's "Blow"
2003:
Played a sociopathic CIA agent in the Robert Rodriguez Western feature "Once Upon A Time In Mexico"
2003:
Starred in the blockbuster hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor
2004:
Played a writer who is accused of plagiarism by a strange man, who then starts haunting him in "The Secret Window"
2004:
Portrayed 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie in "Finding Neverland" also starring Kate Winslet; received Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor
2005:
Cast as Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's remake of the classic tale "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2006:
Reprised the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
2007:
Reprised role of Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
2007:
Reteamed with Burton to play The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for the film adaptation of the musical "Sweeney Todd"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a leading role
2009:
Portrayed notorious Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger in Michael Mann's 1930s gangland flick "Public Enemies"
2009:
Replaced the deceased Heath Ledger, portraying transformations of Ledger's character, in Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
2010:
Re-teamed with Burton to play the Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland"
2010:
Teamed with Angelina Jolie for the thriller "The Tourist"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy ("Alice in Wonderland")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy ("The Tourist")
2011:
Voiced the title character in the computer-animated comedy "Rango"
2011:
Reprised role of Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
2011:
Starred as an American journalist working in Puerto Rico in "The Rum Diary," the big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel
2011:
Co-produced the Martin Scorsese directed family adventure "Hugo"
2012:
Made a cameo as Tom Hanson in the big screen reboot of "21 Jump Street," starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill
2012:
Starred as vampire Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton's remake of the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"
2013:
Starred as Tonto in "The Lone Ranger"
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Education

The Loft Studio: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Johnny Depp did not originate the role of Officer Tom Hanson in "21 Jump Street". In the series' pilot, the role was played by Jeff Yagher.

Depp was arrested in NYC in 1994 for allegedly trashing a hotel room (he agreed to pay for all repairs) and again in London in February 1999 for allegedly threatening photographers with a plank of wood.

Depp reportedly turned down the roles of Lestat in "Interview With the Vampire", Jack (the Keanu Reeves role) in "Speed" and Brad Pitt's role in "Legends of the Fall". He told Kevin Sessums in Vanity Fair February 1997: "I'm not 'Blockbuster Boy'. I never wanted to be. I mean, it would be nice to get a shitpile of money so you can throw it at your family and friends ... I just don't know if movies can ever be considered art, because there's so much money involved."

"One of the most incredible moments I've ever had was sitting in Vincent [Price]'s trailer and I was showing him this first-edition book I have of the complete works of Poe with really amazing illustrations. Vincent was going nuts over the drawings and he started talking about 'The Tomb of Ligeia', then he closed the book and began to recite it to me in this beautiful voice, filling the room with huge sounds. Such passion! I looked in the book later and it was verbatim. Word perfect. It was a great moment. I'll never forget that."---Depp quoted in Movieline, October 1994.

" ...not a lot of people can say that they have been able to sit down at a table with Iggy Pop and Patricia Hearst and Polly Bergen and John Waters all at the same time."---Depp in US, February 1994.

"There's an element of Johnny that's extremely nice and extremely cool, but at the same time, he's hard to figure out. But that's what makes him interesting."---Leonardo DiCaprio on working with Depp in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" quoted in Premiere, February 1995.

"His childhood informs who he is, but his choice of roles is where he wants to live as artist."---co-star Faye Dunaway quoted in Premiere, February 1995.

"I CANNOT take this job seriously. There's nothing worse than those actors who give the impression they've taken on the priesthood. At the end of the day, acting is really about lying and, in my case, drinking coffee."---Johnny Depp as quoted by Liz Smith in her syndicated column, February 17, 1999.

Depp has recorded with the band Oasis and has a songwriting credit with Iggy Popp, whom he first met at the age of 17 when his band (The Kids) opened for Pop in Florida. At that time, Depp's obnoxious behavior earned a "You little turd" rebuke from the musician, but the two later became friends.

"I had done a few films, like 'Platoon' with Oliver Stone, then came '21 Jump Street'. Suddenly, I was not an actor. I was a personality, a product. That was definitely not what I wanted. I told myself, 'When this TV thing is done, I will only do the things I find interesting and see how long I can do it.'"

"People say I make strange choices, but they're not strange for me. My sickness is that I'm fascinated by human behavior, by what's underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people."---Depp to USA Today, November 29, 1999.

Depp on fatherhood: "I used to go through the world, thinking I was seeing things clearly, but I was kind of stumbling and viewing events through a haze, like a gauze or something. Then the instant my baby was born, I looked at her and immediately, instantly, everything came into a sharp focus. I looked at her, this pure little angel, that I was just meeting for the first time, and I realized I had known her for 10,000 years. There willl never be anyone that will know me better, that will understand me just by a look. I know I will never be closer to another human being. She hasn't changed my life, she's given me my life, in the sense that everything now has a reason. I used to think I was happy, that there were things in my life that would make me smile, but the biggest difference is that now I can feel my smile, it's all connected."---Depp quoted in in San Francisco's The Examiner, November 22, 1999.

"I know this sounds so fucking stupid, but I can't help it, I just want to be normal. I mean, I got a strange job, yeah, [but] I'm a father, I've got a girl, I got a family, and I want to be normal, that's all, and I don't want to be looked at like some kind of freak. If you want to turn me into some kind of freak or animal in the zoo, the anger starts to rise in me. Immediately. I just don't like it."

"Fame isn't something you figure out until you've swallowed a bit of it, till you've had that ramrodded down your gullet. Celebrity is a strange word. I can't think of myself in those terms. There's no way I walk 30 feet down the boulevard and someone doesn't say, Johnny Depp. There is never that day. I don't have that day."---Depp quoted in Detour, December 1999-January 2000.

About allegedly attacking a group of paparazzi with a piece of wood: "They wanted a photograph of me and my pregnant girlfriend. And that angered me, that they would take something so sacred and try to turn it into a product." He asked them, like a gentleman, to go away. "And they said no, 'We'll be here waiting for you.'"

Depp snapped. He grabbed the wood, rapped one photographer in the knuckles, and told them, "'Now take the picture. I'm fucking begging you. Because the first flash I see, the guy is gonna be the recipient of this.' Six guys. Nobody took one picture. The beauty, the poetry of the fear in their eyes, in these filthy maggots' faces, was so worth it. I didn't mind going to jail for, what, five or six hours? It was absolutely worth it."---From Premiere, December 1999.

"If you ever catch me saying 'I'm a serious actor', I beg you to come and smack me ...I'm not a serious actor. Just an actor."---Johnny Depp quoted in London's Evening Standard, December 30, 1999.

"In some sense there is a monofilament running through the guys I've played. They are outsiders. They're people that society says aren't normal, and I think you have to stand up for people like that."---Johnny Depp quoted in the London Times, February 7, 2002.

People Magazine named Johnny Depp the "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2003

E! Entertainment Television named Johnny Depp as their pick for entertainer of the year for 2003.

"It's my job, you know. I go and I act in movies. When they say, 'Hey your done' on a movie, at that point my job is done and the rest is none of my business. So it always feels uncomfortable to go out and talk about your self."---Depp Premiere, May 2004.

Depp was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

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wife:
Lori Anne Allison. Musician. Married in 1983; divorced c. 1985; former girlfriend of Nicolas Cage.
companion:
Sherilyn Fenn. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Jennifer Grey. Actor. Engaged; no longer together.
companion:
Winona Ryder. Actor. Together from 1990 to 1993; announced engagement; Depp had a tattoo of 'Winona Forever' on his arm, which he has altered to say the more appropriate 'Wino Forever': "It's no coincidence that I ended up in France. I have a deep appreciation of the grape".
companion:
Kate Moss. Model. Born on January 16, 1974; had announced engagement in 1995; separated in 1997; reunited briefly; permanently separated in May 1998.
companion:
Vanessa Paradis. Actor, singer. French; born c. 1972; together from June 1998; mother of Depp's two children.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
John Christopher Depp. Civil engineer. Divorced Depp's mother when he was 15 (c. 1978).
mother:
Betty Sue Palmer. Waitress. Depp has a tattoo with his mother's name on his left arm; divorced Depp's father when he was 15 (c. 1978).
sister:
Christie Dembrowski. Personal manager. Born c. 1961; handles Depp's affairs from her Florida home.
sister:
Debbie Depp. Older.
brother:
Daniel Depp. Screenwriter. Older.
daughter:
Lily-Rose Melody Depp. Born on May 27, 1999; mother, Vanessa Paradis.
son:
Jack John Christopher Depp III. Born April 9, 2002; mother Vanessa Paradis.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Johnny Depp: The Biography" Blake Publishing

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