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Johnny Depp Biography

Johnny Depp (born 9.6.1963)

Johnny Depp is an American actor who has played a large number of high profile roles in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Edward Scissorhands.

Johnny Depp: Childhood

Johnny Depp was born to Betty Sue Palmer and John Christopher Depp in Owensboro, Kentucky. He has one brother and two sisters, one of whom (Christie) now works as his personal manager. Depp's family moved often throughout his childhood, though they eventually settled in Florida.

Johnny Depp started to learn the guitar when he was 12 years old and played in a number of garage bands. He dropped out of school to play in a band named The Kids, who moved to Los Angeles and changed their name to Six Gun Method. Johnny Depp also worked with the band Rock City Angels and co-wrote 'Mary', which appeared on their album Young Man's Blues, released on Geffen Records.

Johnny Depp: Acting Career

In the early 1980s, Depp's wife at the time, Lori Anne Allison, introduced him to Nicolas Cage, who encouraged him to pursue an acting career.

In 1987, Johnny Depp landed his first lead TV role in 21 Jump Street. He reportedly took the role because it meant that he would get to work with Frederic Forrest. Depp's friend Sal Jenco was also cast in the series.

Johnny Depp first appeared in a feature film in 1984, when he appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street, playing one of Freddy Kruger's victims. In '86, he appeared in Oliver Stone's Platoon, which also starred Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe.

In 1990, Depp took the lead role in Edward Scissorhands. The film was directed by Tim Burton, with whom Depp would have a long-standing working relationship. The highly successful film also stars Winona Ryder and features music by Danny Elfman.

In 1994, Burton cast him to play the title role in Ed Wood.

Johnny Depp is a huge fan and a personal friend of the writer Hunter S Thompson. In 1998, he played the role of Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, adapted from the writer's autobiographical novel of the same name. When Thompson died, Johnny Depp paid for a large proportion of the funeral proceedings, in which Thompson's ashes were fired from a cannon in Aspen, Colorado.

In 1999, Depp starred opposite Christina Ricci in another Burton movie, Sleepy Hollow.

In 2003, Johnny Depp starred in the first of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, The Curse of the Black Pearl. He plays the pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, whom he loosely based on Keith Richards (who makes a cameo appearance in the last film of the trilogy). The films also star Bill Nighy, Keira Knightley. He was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role, which became hugely popular among the cinema-going public. The second film, Dead Man's Chest was released in 2006 and the third installment, At World's End was released in 2007.

Depp was nominated for another Best Actor Oscar in 2004 for his portrayal of the author JM Barrie in Finding Neverland, which also starred Kate Winslet, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman.

His next major project was playing Willie Wonka in the 2005 adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Depp returned to working with Tim Burton in 2008, with the release of the musical version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon barber of Fleet Street. The music was scored by Steven Sondheim and the film also starred Helena Bonham-Carter. Depp won the Golden Globe Best Actor award (Musical or Comedy) for his performance in the film.

In 2007, Johnny Depp secured a deal with Warner Brothers to make a film version of Dark Shadows, the gothic soap opera that was shown on the ABC network from 1966-71.

Along with Colin Farrell and Jude Law, Johnny Depp was chosen to play a transformation of Heath Ledger's character in the Terry Gilliam-directed The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Ledger's untimely death half-way through the film led to the re-casting of the character and all three of the actors chosen to take on the role have donated their salaries from the film to Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams' daughter Matilda.

Johnny Depp: Personal Life

Johnny Depp was married to Lori Anne Allison for a couple of years in the 1980s. After they divorced, Depp was briefly engaged to Sherilyn Fenn, though they never married. He has also dated Winona Ryder and Kate Moss.

Johnny Depp met his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis whilst working on the film The Ninth Gate. They have two children together, Lily Rose Melody Depp (b.1999) and John Jack Christopher Depp III (b.2002).

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The Latest Johnny Depp News

Johnny Depp Has Never Searched For Himself On Google

17th April 2014

Johnny Depp has never googled himself.The 50-year-old actor claims he's ''pathetic'' at all things technology-related and stays away from the...

Johnny Depp: Age Gap With Amber Isn't An Issue

16th April 2014

Johnny Depp doesn't think the age gap between him and his fiancée Amber Heard is an issue.The 50-year-old actor believes...

'transcendence': Negative Reviews For Johnny Depp's 'lone Ranger' Comeback

16th April 2014

‘Transcendence’ is a stern Springtime test for Johnny Depp; the 50-year-old actor mooted an end to his film career following...

Johnny Depp Pulled Over By Police While Speeding In Electric Car

16th April 2014

Johnny Depp has openly admitted to having several run-ins with the law in his past.The most recent revelation came when...

Amber Heard Celebrates Bachelorette Party?

15th April 2014

Amber Heard has sparked speculation her wedding to Johnny Depp is just weeks away.The 'Rum Diary' actress enjoyed a glitzy...

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Johnny Depp Reviews

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8th July 2013

Despicable Me 2 soared to the top of the US box office this weekend, meaning...

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5th October 2012

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Johnny Depp Footage Film / Movie Reviews

The Lone Ranger 2013, Review by Rich Cline

Everything about this film screams excess, from the ludicrous two-and-a-half hour running time to the...

Dark Shadows 2012, Review by Rich Cline

There were 1,245 episodes of the gothic soap Dark Shadows between 1966 and 1971, so...

Rango 2011, Review by Rich Cline

Inventive visuals and lively voice cast lift this finely animated film above the fray. So...

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011, Review by Rich Cline

Captain Jack Sparrow is back for another high seas romp and, despite the long running...

The Rum Diary 2011, Review by Rich Cline

Depp's Hunter S Thompson fixation continues with the adaptation of this loosely autobiographical novel. Despite...

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Johnny Depp Interviews

Johnny Depp - The Lone Ranger Video Interview

3rd July 2013

Johnny Depp discusses 'The Lone Ranger' in which he collaborates again with director Gore Verbinski...

Johnny Depp, Interview

17th May 2011

In 2004, the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie earned Johnny Depp his first Oscar...

Johnny Depp Interview

5th January 2009

(Some questions in this interview came from other journalists present for the Q&A.)Contractual obligation is...

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Sue Borchardt

Johnny, Hi my name is Sue and I wanted to tell you to leave, those women alone and I will show you what Love is. I am looking for the same thing you are. That Love and to be Loved. So before you do this, Lets see if we have a spark,then you can quit looking. I'm just a call away if your interested. Love Sue

2 weeks 2 days ago
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Lee Adams

I think that Johnny Depp as Tonto looks really good, good makeup

1 year 3 months ago
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stella1234's picture


Johnny Depp should be named the greatest actor of our time. Is there actually anything he can't do! Although, POTC 1 was great. An absolute breakthrough for him and Orlando Bloom. But POTC 2 was a snooze fest. I cannot beleive it got more stars than POTC 1. I think he is fantastic in all his films. No matter how lame the film is, he always makes me love it. He is the best. He's so good that he is redeemed for smoking!!!

7 years 3 weeks ago
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a dutch girl

hey everyoneI can't understand you people, went in love with Johnny Depp. I think he is really cute and handsom and everything, but in love?? No, I can't. He lives miles ago, somewhere in France and propable I will never meet him! It feels like I'm in love but it can't be! He's an actor he plays the perfect characters! But maybe he is just a freak in reality (But I don't think that way).I understand that you, all the fans of Johnny Depp, not want to here that you propable never see him en he is surrently not intersted in you (I don't want to hear that eader), but it's the truth! However I can't stop thinkin about him and he's my biggest idol, but I want to see him so badly!!! I'm Nilbal (Not in love but a little) on him!! And If I know him I just wanted to be a close friend of him! Not a girlfriend or something! Because that's sad for his wife ;)All the luck and I hope for all of you that you gonna see him sometime :)byebye a dutchgirl!!

7 years 7 months ago
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God bless Johnny and his fellow actors for helping Heath's little girl. Its wonderful how people come to help others in their time of need. How Johnny along with others, don't have what we call "a big head" when it comes to their success, and still remember there are others in the world that are less fortunate. This is why I respect alot of you, keep up the wonderful efforts, and God keep you in his heart and keep you all safe. Hugs to you!

5 years 8 months ago
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I would like to know if Johnny likes the Somerset Countryside, England as I believe he has a home in the area. I am a Somerset person and think its great that Johnny has chosen a home in this area. We have real pirates in our family both from Cornwall and the Ilfracombe part of Devon so his films were great fun to watch and enjoy--I also loved his recent film ' Sweeney Todd' it shows his versatality and adaptability--you need to watch this film more than once to get all the benefit as I see a different perspective each time--bye for now an admirer--sheila

5 years 10 months ago
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I watch Johnny when he on 21 Jump Street. I started to watch him again when he play on Sleepy Hollow. I have never watch Charlie Chocolate and the Factory of Willy Wonka but when Johnny be on that show I will go see it. I enjoyed watching Johnny I think he is so cute.

8 years 9 months ago
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I can't believe that I read a recent article on this site that stated that Johnny Depp has said that he will retire at 50, all I can say is Johnny please reconsider, without you cinema will be dull,dull dull. Who have we got? Brad Pitt, pretty face pretty bland, George Clooney, nice looking but boring, Keanu, nice face shame about the acting and lastly Tom Cruise. This guy does nothing for me he is Mr charisma by-pass. I read one article that said he would not take a role because it was not macho enough, a situation that would not happen with Johnny if the role appeals, he does it. In the Libertine he is a 40 year old playing a 30 year old and he looks like a 20 year old, he will be gorgeous when he is 80. Don't do it Johnny, your fans are legion and you are the best thing about Hollywood today.

7 years 8 months ago
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Johnny Depp is the actor that should be in everything because he can. I can't think of a role in history where he would'nt have succeeded. He's in the same league as all the real greats! He could have possibly played alot of the female leads too. He's truly a beautiful man. And it would be truly sad if that beauty did'nt go right to his soul and spirit. Keep up the great work JD and I can't wait for him to grace Australia with his awesome talent and presence and do a movie down under.

8 years 6 months ago
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Johnny- when you are in New York stop in ar andies cheepies and say hello to Sky for me.

7 years 9 months ago
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