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Johnny Depp

January 21, 2016

Johnny Depp is an American actor, producer, and musician. John Christopher Depp II (his full name) was born on 9 June 1963 in Owensboro,Kentucky, U.S. His father was a civil engineer called John Christopher Depp and Betty Sue Palmer (born Wells) was his mother and a waitress. He is the youngest of four children. During his childhood, he moved a lot due to his father’s job. They finally landed in Miramar, Florida when Johnny was seven years old. He hated his new home, that’s why by the age of twelve he started experimenting drugs and smoking. Moreover, when he was fifteen, his parents got divorced. This caused a rift between his father and himself. A year later, he dropped out of high school and joined a garage band named The Kids. The Kids set out together for Los Angeles in pursuit of a record deal, changing their name to Six Gun Method, but the group split up before signing a record deal.

At the age of twenty, Johnny Depp moved to L.A. after meeting and marrying that same year Lori Allison, a makeup artist. In 1984, his wife introduced him to her ex-boyfriend Nicolas Cage who saw a potential of acting in Depp. Therefore, he introduced him to a Hollywood agent. After several little roles, he got a real role in the horror movie Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). In 1985, the band The Kids had broken up and so had his marriage. Furthermore, he proposed to actress Jennifer Grey, their romance was short-lived. Depp started to study acting in earnest, first in classes at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles and then with a private coach. He replaced actor Jeff Yagher in the role of undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the popular Canadian-filmed television series 21 Jump Street. He became a teen idol.


Then, he played in Cry Baby in 1990 which became a hit and succeeded in changing his image. Later on, he got the lead role in  Edward Scissorhands. During this shooting, he met the actress Winona Ryder. They started dating for five months and became engaged. They were the Hollywood power couple. Depp even had “Winona Forever” tattooed on his right arm in order to solidify their love. However, in 1993, the couple split after Ryder’s parents forbade their daughter to marry. Several of his most notable roles included his role as the social misanthrope Sam in Benny & Joon in 1993, which earned him a Golden Globe, and Gilbert in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?. In August of that same year, he and two business partners bought The Viper Club in L.A., which instantly became the hipest spot on the Sunset Strip. It was an opportunity to introduce patrons to music from his newly formed band P, which offered popular shows at the venue. But tragedy hit the club on October 31 of that same year, when teen actor River Phoenix suffered a drug overdose outside the club.

Moreover, Depp started doing drugs and spiraled into a deep depression. He also started a destructive passionate relationship with the supermodel Kate Moss. Depp’s wild behavior didn’t seem to have an effect on his professional life. In 1998, Depp split from long-time girlfriend Moss and played in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Then he experienced the sci-fi horror with The Astronaut’s Wife in 1999. That year, he also played in Sleepy Hollow by Burton.


While filming the sci-fi drama The Ninth Gate in France, Johnny met French actress, singer and model Vanessa Paradis. She became pregnant with the couple’s first child later that year. In May of 1999, the couple welcomed daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp.

Depp’s next film was the terror drama From Hell in 2001 and Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico in 2002. In April of that year, Paradis gave birth to the couple’s second child, Jack. In 2004, Depp earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. At the end of that year, Depp also turned in a critically acclaimed performance in Finding Neverland, in which he starred as Peter Pan’s creator J.M. Barrie. The film earned him more than 10 award nominations, including both Academy and Golden Globe. In 2006, Depp returned as Captain Jack Sparrow for the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which broke a box office record in reaching the highest weekend tally ever. The third installment fared well too. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) brought in $138.8 million. The same year, Depp took on one of the theater’s most notorious characters in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Tim Burton and co-starring Helena Bonham Carter. Depp netted a Golden Globe Award for his work on the film.

Mad Hatter

He returned to box office success with the 2010 film adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland. For the project, Depp again teamed up with Tim Burton to take on the character of the Mad Hatter. The film brought in more than $116 million in its opening weekend. Moreover Depp reprised his role of Jack Sparrow in the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series in 2011.

Pirates of the Caribbean

He returned to independent films that same year with The Rum Diary, based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson. On the set, he met co-star Amber Heard. Depp also starred in Tim Burton’s comedy Dark Shadows (2012). In the film, he plays Barnabas Collins, a vampire who escapes imprisonment and returns to his family home. Depp was a longtime fan of the film’s source material—the late 1960s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows—and encouraged friend Burton to bring it to the big screen. In 2012, stories began to circulate that Depp and Paradis had split up. Depp initially denied these rumors, but his representative confirmed the couple’s break-up in June. In a statement given to Entertainment Tonight, Depp’s representative said that the pair “have amicably separated” and asked that people “respect their privacy” and “the privacy of their children.” Depp and Paradis had been together for nearly 14 years when they split. Not long after Depp’s split with Paradis, Amber Heard and Depp were seen together for the first time. The couple got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2013 and tied the knot in February 2015.

In 2013, he played in the Disney film The Lone Ranger. Unfortunately, it was a failure because it didn’t bring in the money expected. Last but not least, Depp took on the role of notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger in the 2015 biopic Black Mass.




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