Date of Birth: June 9, 1963
The sensitive rebel type, Johnny Depp's pretty-boy good looks haven't kept him from working almost exclusively in risky, off-beat roles.
The high school dropout played with more than 15 rock bands before making his first movie, Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street. After the boys 'n bimbos flick Private Resort, he won a small part as the translator in Oliver Stone's Platoon.
Depp finally got noticed (especially by pre-teen girls) when he starred in the Fox TV series 21 Jump Street. Depp and cult director John Waters lampooned Depp's teen idol status in his first starring feature, Cry Baby. Depp's grace and sensitivity were ideal for such lonely outcast roles as Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, the Chaplinesque Sam in Benny & Joon, and the title character in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Ever adventurous in his choice of roles, Depp rejoined Burton for Ed Wood, a deliriously campyyet genuinely heartfeltbiography of the infamously awful cross-dressing moviemaker. He shared the screen with Marlon Brando in Don Juan Demarco. He gloomily trudged through Jim Jarmusch's cinematic death march, Dead Man. And despite his character's mantra
to "fugget about it", Depp was truly memorable alongside Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco. His directing debut, The Brave, premiered at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
Equally interesting off-screen as on, Depp's romances have earned him more press than his acting abilities. His tattooed promise of eternal love to Winona Ryder has been changed from "Winona Forever" to "Wino Forever" and he was busted for trashing a New York hotel suite in a jealous squabble with professional waif Kate Moss. Depp is also part owner of the ultra-hip Sunset Strip nightclub The Viper Room.
He settled down for a time as a family man with French singer Vanessa Paradis, with whom he shares a daughter, Lily-Rose Melody and a son, Jack. Says Depp about the birth of his first child, "Anything I've done up till May 27, 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life."
In 2003 his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl won him much critical acclaim. The film was one of the top box office draws of the year, and Depp earned both a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar nod for his audacious performance. The next year he again received nods from the Oscars and Golden Globes, this time for playing a very different role, that of sensitive, imaginative playwright J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004). He finally won a Golden Globe (as well as receiving another Oscar nomination) for his work in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). In 2011, he received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor for his work in Alice in Wonderland(2010) and in The Tourist (2010).
He filmed a fourth Pirates movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) and voiced the lead character in the animated feature Rango (2011), with former Pirates director Gore Verbinski, then played the vampire Barnabas in the Tim Burton movie Dark Shadows (2012).
While filming The Rum Diary (2011), Depp fell in love with his co-star, Amber Heard, who was in a longterm lesbian relationship. They both dropped their respective lovers to move in together and Depp reportedly also gave up alcohol for Heard. He most recently starred in Transcendence (2014) and Into the Woods (2014).
In addition to his movie career, Depp also has a great love for music. He was a member of the band "P" and has also performed with Oasis. Depp has also musically contributed to the soundtracks of "Chocolat" and "Once Upon a Time in Mexico."
Filmography (actor) :
Into the Woods
For No Good Reason
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (2015)
Black Mass (2014)
The Lone Ranger
21 Jump Street
The Rum Diary
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rango (2011) (voice)
Alice in Wonderland
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2007)
Corpse Bride (2005) (voice)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
…And They Lived Happily Ever After (2004)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Before Night Falls
The Man Who Cried
The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)
The Ninth Gate
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
The Brave (1997)
Nick of Time (1995)
Don Juan DeMarco
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Benny & Joon
Arizona Dream (1992)
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Private Resort (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street