Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp

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

He was raised in Florida. His parents divorced when he was 15 and it was at that age that he decided to drop out of school to become a rock musician. He played with a band named The Kids. He later got into acting when his former wife, make-up artist Lori Anne Allison, introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage, who advised Depp to turn to acting to support himself and his wife. His film debut was in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).


His Work

His debut was in Nightmare on Elm Street, his first ever acting role after his numerous attempts to start a band. He first gained widespread notice in the TV police drama 21 Jump Street, and in a number of movies where he distinguished himself as an acclaimed lead actor who is known for his quirky roles, beginning with Edward Scissorhands. He is able to play a wide variety of roles, from comedy (Pirates of the Caribbean) to serious drama (Donnie Brasco), to action (Once Upon A Time In Mexico), and atmospheric thrillers (From Hell). Depp also directed and starred in The Brave, demonstrating his sympathy for the plight of Native Americans. Depp is part Cherokee.

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 and Sleepy Hollow as well as the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride.

During Depp's career, he has gotten into some trouble. He was accused of selling drugs at his club "The Viper Room", after actor River Phoenix died in front of his club from a drug overdose in 1993. In 1994, Depp was arrested for trashing a New York hotel suite. He was later arrested in 1999 for getting into a fight with paparazzi outside a restaurant.

His Life

Depp is the father of two children, Lily-Rose and Jack, with his longtime companion, French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis. He and his family divide their time between Los Angeles and a villa in the South of France. He has also dated actresses Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder, and model Kate Moss

Depp, also a keen musician, can be found playing the guitar on the Oasis' "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. He also appears in Tom Petty's music video in 1991 "Into the Great Wide Open".

Depp reportedly has several tattoos, including the Jolly Roger emblem on his ankle and "Wino Forever". "Wino Forever" was originally "Winona Forever" referring to his relationship with Winona Ryder, but after their break-up, Depp had the tattoo altered.



Selected filmography

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

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