Depp's family settles in Miramar, Fla., when Johnny Depp is 7, living in a hotel
until his father finds work. Prone to self-inflicted knife wounds � his arms
still bear the visible scars � Depp starts smoking at 12, loses his
virginity at 13, starts doing drugs at 14 and eventually drops out of high
school at 16 to join the garage band, The Kids.
1983 December 20
The Marrying Man
Months after moving to L.A. with his bandmates, Depp, 20, marries makeup
artist Lori Allison, 25, in Miami. The relationship lasts two years and
leads to one important connection. Through her friend Nicolas Cage, Depp is
introduced to the agent who lands him his first film role, as a teen
swallowed by his bed in 1984's Nightmare on Elm Street.
1986 December 19
Reporting for Duty
Depp gets his first taste of Oscar-quality work with a small role as a
Vietnamese-speaking GI in Oliver Stone's Platoon. The film will receive
eight Oscar nominations the following year, taking home statues for Best
Picture, Best Director, Best Sound and Best Film Editing.
1987 April 12
With the successful premiere of high school cop drama 21 Jump Street, one of
the first shows on the new FOX network, Depp becomes a teen heartthrob,
receiving 10,000 fan letters a month. Although he signed a six-year contract
with the show, not believing it would last a season, Depp begins to rebel
against his heartthrob status and by 1990 negotiates his way out in order to
pursue movie work. "He didn't make any secret of the fact that he didn't
particularly care about being on that show," recalls castmate Holly Robinson
Depp Dates Winona
Depp meets actress Winona Ryder at a film premiere and is immediately
smitten. "There's been nothing in my 27 years that's comparable to the
feeling I have with Winona," he tells PEOPLE at the time. Five months after
their first date, the couple is engaged; three years later they split. Depp,
who alters the "Winona Forever" tattoo on his right biceps to read "Wino
Forever," seems to have a fianc�e fetish: before Ryder, he was also briefly
engaged to actresses Sherilyn Fenn and Jennifer Grey.
1990 December 6
In an extreme contrast from his 21 Jump Street persona, Depp takes on the
eccentric title role in Edward Scissorhands. It is his first collaboration
with director Tim Burton, whom he works with on Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy
Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Corpse Bride
Art Film Confidential
Depp passes on big-budget roles for films like Benny & Joon, where he plays
an eccentric who models himself after silent-movie star Buster Keaton. He'll
continue the trend with What's Eating Gilbert Grape (opposite Leonardo
DiCaprio) and Ed Wood. "I was so uncomfortable being a product, I swore to
myself that I would choose my own path," Depp says on Inside the Actors
Studio. "I figured I could always go back to playing guitar or pumping gas
Death of a Friend
Fellow actor and pal River Phoenix collapses outside the Viper Room, the
Sunset Strip club Depp co-owns until 2003. An autopsy shows that Phoenix's
body had toxic levels of cocaine and heroin, as well as marijuana and
Valium. Depp faces accusations that his nightspot is one of the centers of
Hollywood's drug trade. "To pinpoint one club or one street is really
ridiculous," he tells USA Today. "There's a tragic loss of a very gifted,
very sweet, nice young man."
Depp meets model Kate Moss at the Manhattan bistro Caf� Tabac, and from the
beginning their union is one of tremendous highs and lows. "They can't keep
their hands, lips, mouths, legs off each other," a friend says to PEOPLE.
The passion often turns the other way as the pair are frequently seen
shouting at each other in public. "Instead of hitting women, he just gets
angry and lets off steam in other ways," a longtime friend says to PEOPLE.
1994 September 13
Charge It to the Room
Suspected of being drunk and fighting with Moss, Depp is arrested on
suspicion of criminal mischief after trashing his $1,200-a-night room at New
York City's Mark Hotel. Charges are dismissed after Depp pays nearly $10,000
in damages and fees. Ironically, legendary hotel trasher Roger Daltrey of
The Who was trying to sleep next door. "On a scale of 1 to 10," Daltrey says
to PEOPLE, "I give him a 1. It took him so bloody long. The Who could've
done the job in one minute flat."
After becoming friendly with journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Depp portrays
him in the film adaptation of Thompson's novel Fear and Loathing in Las
Vegas. In August 2005, six months after the author's suicide, Depp pays for
an invitation-only memorial where Thompson's ashes are shot out of a 15-foot
cannon over his Aspen ranch.
In Paris filming the supernatural mystery The Ninth Gate, Depp meets French
model-singer Vanessa Paradis, 26. "[She] walked towards me, directly at me,
and just said 'Hi.' And then I just knew, you know, it's over with," he
tells Oprah. Meeting Paradis, he says, "changed [my life] completely."
Within months, the pair move into a $2 million villa in a rural village on
France's Cote d'Azur.
Depp and Paradis welcome their first child, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, in Paris.
They have a son, John Christopher Depp III, whom they call Jack, in April
2002. "Johnny is the perfect father. He dresses the children, he changes
them, he makes them laugh," Paradis says in French Elle in 2002. Her one
complaint? "Well, he does give Lily-Rose too many potato chips."
Depp steals the show from Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in Disney's
blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Modeling
his character, Captain Jack Sparrow, after Rolling Stones guitarist Keith
Richards, Depp's oddball portrayal earns him his first Oscar nomination. The
film grosses $654 million during its theatrical run, and Depp reprises the
role in 2006 and 2007.
He's Too Sexy
Depp lands the cover of PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive in 2003, beating such
handsome faces as Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, Nick Lachey and George Clooney.
With the popularity of Pirates of the Caribbean, Depp gains a new generation
of fans. Lasse Halstrom, who directed Depp in What's Eating Gilbert Grape,
talks of the leading man's charm: "He's a little dangerous, he has a secret,
he has great warmth � all those things you can see in his eyes. That's the
key to his appeal."
2004 November 12
Panning for Accolades
Depp goes two for two, giving another Oscar-nominated performance as Peter
Pan author J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland with Kate Winslet. "Johnny is at
the pinnacle of his career," Neverland producer Harvey Weinstein says to
PEOPLE. "He is the most versatile actor in the industry. He is a leading
man, a character actor, and he has the courage of his convictions."
2005 July 15
Delivering his own version of the Willy Wonka character popularized by Gene
Wilder in 1971, Depp once again caters toward a younger audience in Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory. Filming in London, Depp flies home to France
every weekend until the last month of shooting, when he brings his family
with him. "He wanted Lily-Rose to see him playing with the Oompa Loompas,"
producer Richard Zanuck says to
2007 March 8
Johnny Depp's Daughter Recovers.
Depp's daughter Lily-Rose, who has fallen ill in England, is "doing much
better", according to the actor's rep. Several British papers reported that
Lily-Rose came down with an undisclosed illness and that Depp, 43, has been
by her bedside every day, halting production on Tim Burton's movie version
of the stage musical Sweeney Todd. "To say it was the darkest moment, that's
nothing," Depp later tells EW. "Now every single millisecond is a
2007 May 25
A Mighty Trilogy
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opens at No. 1 at the box office,
grossing $153 million its first week. Days later, the previous Pirates
installment wins the MTV Movie Award for Best Movie and Depp takes home the
popcorn for Best Performance. "I want to thank [the producers] and Disney
for not firing me first," Depp says during his acceptance speech.
2007 November 09
Singing in Sweeney Todd
Depp appears on the cover of EW, where he discusses his sixth collaboration
with director Tim Burton in the adaptation of the musical, Sweeney Todd. "He
makes Sid Vicious look like the innocent paper boy," Depp says of his
character. "He's beyond dark." Despite the singing (which "couldn't be more
foreign to me in a lot of ways"), the actor says, "After certain takes, Tim
would just howl with laughter and go, 'I think this is my favorite
character.''' After winning a lead actor Golden Globe for the dark role,
Depp earns a Best Actor Oscar nomination.
Christopher Depp in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, Johnny Depp was
raised in Florida. He dropped out of school at age 15 in the hopes of
becoming a rock musician. He fronted a series of garage bands including The
Kids, which once opened for Iggy Pop. Depp got into acting after a visit to
Los Angeles, California, with his former wife, Lori Anne Allison (Lori A.
Depp), who introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage. He made his film debut in A
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). In 1987 he shot to stardom when he replaced
Jeff Yagher in the role of undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the popular TV
series "21 Jump Street" (1987).
In 1990, after numerous roles in teen-oriented films, his first of a handful
of great collaborations with director Tim Burton came about when Depp played
the title role in Edward Scissorhands (1990). Following the film's success,
Depp carved a niche for himself as a serious, somewhat dark, idiosyncratic
performer, consistently selecting roles that surprised critics and audiences
alike. He continued to gain critical acclaim and increasing popularity by
appearing in many features before re-joining with Burton in the lead role of
Ed Wood (1994). In 1997 he played an undercover FBI agent in the fact-based
film Donnie Brasco (1997), opposite Al Pacino; in 1998 he appeared in Fear
and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), directed by Terry Gilliam; and then, in
1999, he appeared in the sci-fi/horror film The Astronaut's Wife (1999). The
same year he teamed up again with Burton in Sleepy Hollow (1999),
brilliantly portraying Ichabod Crane.
Depp has played many characters in his career, including another fact-based
one, Insp. Fred Abberline in From Hell (2001). He stole the show from screen
greats such as Antonio Banderas in the finale to Robert Rodriguez's
"mariachi" trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). In that same year he
starred in the marvelous family blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The
Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), playing a character that only the likes of
Depp could pull off: the charming, conniving and roguish Capt. Jack Sparrow.
Now Depp is collaborating again with Burton in a screen adaptation of Roald
Dahl's novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
Off-screen, Depp has dated several female celebrities, and has been engaged
to Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. He was married to Lori Anne
Allison in 1983 but they divorced her in 1985. Depp is living with French
singer-actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children: Lily-Rose
Melody, born in 1999 and Jack, born in 2002.
IMDb Mini Biography By: mikedavies86
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age
in Hollywood, who has recuperated his image greatly since his portrayal of
Captain Jack Sparrow in the acclaimed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of
the Black Pearl (2003), with a supporting cast of Orlando Bloom, Keira
Knightley, and Geoffrey Rush.
Though highly successful now, Depp's early life, strangely, was as a rebel,
and he took to vandalism and narcotics. He dropped out of school when he was
15, and he fronted a series of music-garage bands, including one named The
Kids. However, it was when he married Lori Anne Allison (Lori A. Depp) that
he took up the job of being a ballpoint-pen salesman to support himself and
his wife. A visit to Los Angeles, California, with his wife, however,
happened to be a blessing in disguise, when he met up with actor Nicolas
Cage, who advised him to turn to acting, which culminated in Depp's film
debut in the low-budget horror film, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), where
he played a teenager who falls prey to dream-stalking demon Freddy Krueger.
Three years later, Depp achieved fame as police cop Tom Hanson in the series
"21 Jump Street" (1987) (1987-90), and in 1990, he was firmly established as
a leading Hollywood actor with the Tim Burton movie Edward Scissorhands
(1990), where he played a sad-faced, tragic hero who has scissors for hands.
From then on, Depp was selective of his choice of roles in movies, and he
more often than not played dark, sinister characters on-screen. He played an
undercover FBI agent in Donnie Brasco (1997), in which he co-starred with Al
Pacino; a druggie in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998); and in two more
Tim Burton ventures, Ed Wood (1994) and Sleepy Hollow (1999), with Christina
Ricci and Casper Van Dien. He filmed a fifth Tim Burton film, Corpse Bride
(2005), as well as being committed for another Tim Burton production, where
he plays Willy Wonka in the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(2005), based on the classic children's novel by Roald Dahl.
During his career, Depp has, unfortunately, gotten himself under bad public
scrutiny. He was accused of selling drugs at his own club, The Viper Room,
in regard to the legendary celebrity, River Phoenix, who died outside the
club due to drug overdose in 1993. The following year, Depp was arrested for
smashing and trashing a New York suite. And, in 1999, he was arrested in
London for being in a fight with paparazzi outside a restaurant.
Although he gained popularity since the success of Edward Scissorhands
(1990), Depp wasn't hugely famous for many years until his portrayal of the
suave, charming Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse
of the Black Pearl (2003) in 2003. With the film's enormous success, it has
opened several doors for his career and even included an Oscar nomination.
He appeared as the central character in the Stephen King-based movie, Secret
Window (2004); as the kind-hearted novelist James Barrie in the
factually-based Finding Neverland (2004), where he co-starred with Kate
Winslet; and most recently as Rochester in the British film, The Libertine
IMDb Mini Biography By: Sidhartha Shankar
Lori A. Depp (24 December 1983 - 7 March 1986) (divorced)
Highly defined cheek-bones
Frequently plays freakishly eccentric outcasts whose oddities are
misunderstood by society, and usually have a flamboyant appearance and
mannerism. Examples: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Don Juan
DeMarco (1995), Dead Man (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998),
Before Night Falls (2000), the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, and
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Frequently works with director 'Tim Burton'.
Frequently bases his performances on rock stars.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History"
Daughter, with Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Melody Depp. [27 May 1999]
Arrested for being in a fight with paparazzis in front of a restaurant in
London. [January 1999]
Ranked #67 in Empire (UK) magazine's The Top-100 Movie Stars of All Time
list. [October 1997]
Chosen by People (USA) Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in
the World. 
Voted Empire's (UK) Sexiest Male Movie Star of All Time. 
Has twice recorded with British band Oasis. Most notably, he plays lead
slide guitar on the track "Fade In-Out", from the 1997 album Be Here Now.
Noel Gallagher, Oasis's lead guitarist, was allegedly too drunk to perform
it himself, so celebrity pal Depp stepped in and nailed the lead on one
Arrested for trashing a New York apartment. 
Ex-fianc�es: Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Moss, Jennifer Grey and Winona Ryder.
When engaged to Winona Ryder, he had "Winona forever" tattooed on his arm.
After the broke up, he had the n and a surgically removed to simply say
Was the guitarist in a band called The Kids.
Currently plays in a band called P.
Adopted Goldeneye, the one-eyed Andalusian horse who played Gunpowder,
Ichabod Crane's steed in Sleepy Hollow (1999), thereby saving him from the
Got his "Betty Sue" tattoo May 31, 1988.
Named one of E!'s Top 20 Entertainers of 2001.
Son, Jack, born to him and Vanessa Paradis on April 9, 2002, in Neuilly,
France, weighing just over 7 lbs.
Chosen #2 on E!'s 25 sexiest entertainers list
With Chuck E. Weiss, Depp reportedly paid US $350,000 for the Central
Nightclub in Los Angeles, California, and turned it into the Viper Room at
8852 Sunset Blvd. Other stars in contention to buy the club in 1993 included
Arnold Schwarzenegger and, separately, Frank Stallone.
Lists British comedy "The Fast Show" (1994)--renamed "Brilliant" for US
television--as his favorite TV program of all time. He used to take tapes of
the series on tour with him to keep him amused. Made a guest appearance in
the last-ever sketch in its last-ever episode.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2001.
Wrote the foreword to Mark Salisbury's biography of Tim Burton, "Burton on
Burton." He credits Burton's belief in him for rescuing him from being "a
loser, an outcast, just another piece of expendable Hollywood meat."
Johnny's two children with Vanessa Paradis have the same names of the two
main characters in Legend (1985): Lily (b. 1999) and Jack (b.2002).
His long-time girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis, is a popular singer-songwriter in
her native France, as well as an aspiring actress.
Gave Noel Gallagher a white guitar with the letter "P" on it, which he
regularly plays during Oasis' gigs. "P" is the name of a band that Depp was
Has a song about him by the late famed schizophrenic Chicago street artist
Parents: John Christopher Depp and Elizabeth "Betty" Sue Wells. His parents
divorced when he was 15.
He wanted some of his teeth to be gold-capped for Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) but thought the producers would never
agree. He found a dentist and had lots more capped than he wanted. Disney
boss Michael Eisner like them but thought there were way too many and told
Depp to remove all but a few.
Resides in France and Los Angeles.
Siblings: Danny (D.P. Depp), Christi Dembrowski, and Deborah (Debbie).
Was People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2003.
The building in which Depp's Viper Room is housed was once owned by infamous
gangster Bugsy Siegel.
Chosen as E!'s 2003 Entertainer of the Year.
According to the liner notes for the soundtrack CD of Once Upon a Time in
Mexico (2003), he wrote his own theme music, the music for Sands (Track 9 on
Shot all of his scenes in nine days for Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003),
but after his filming was done he didn't want to leave. So he suggested to
Robert Rodriguez that he play a small part, the priest that Antonio Banderas
talks to in the church, and use his Marlon Brando impression.
Reportedly based his portrayal of "Ichabod Crane" in Sleepy Hollow (1999) on
"Withnail" from Withnail & I (1987), as played by Richard E. Grant.
Has been in seven films in which the title contains the name of the
character he plays: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Cry-Baby (1990), What's
Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Ed Wood (1994), Don Juan DeMarco (1995), Donnie
Brasco (1997) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
Persuaded actor Rey-Phillip Santos to give acting a try.
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 19 November 1999. Tim
Burton and Martin Landau were guest speakers.
Has a niece, Megan: she works for popular online entertainment magazine TYCP.
Was ranked #5 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties.
Based the character of Captain Jack Sparrow on rock legend Keith Richards
and the Looney Tunes character, Pepe Le Pew.
Purchased Bela Lugosi's Los Angeles home.
Sports his son's name, Jack, tattooed on his arm and a beaded bracelet made
by his daughter Lily Rose.
Is hugely interested in Jack the Ripper.
Ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols (23 January 2005
Has something in common with actor Robert Englund, famed for portraying
dream-stalking Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies. Both
of them appeared in the first A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and both had
played characters with blades for hands: Englund as Freddy Krueger, and Depp
as the title character in Edward Scissorhands (1990). And, strangely, both
of them were born in June, with their birthdays three days apart, and they
share the same height, which is 5' 10".
A movie buff (with a somewhat encyclopedic knowledge of older films), he
admits he watches few movies any more, other than the children's films that
his "kiddies" prefer. He also enjoys most of them.
Loves watching animated films with his daughter such as Shrek (2001) and
Finding Nemo (2003).
Co-owns a restaurant/club in Paris called Man Ray (named after avant-garde
artist Man Ray) with Sean Penn and John Malkovich. The restaurant is located
in a renovated theater and serves Tibetan cuisine.
Premiere Magazine ranked him as #47 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of
All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
When he was cast as "Willy Wonka" in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(2005), many newspapers published headings about "Depp's Willy" and "Deppy's
Willy is a Bit Wonkier".
Apparently conceived his portrayal of Edward D. Wood Jr. as a cross between
Ronald Reagan (the wobbly-headed thing), the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz
(1939), and the voice of Casey Kasem.
Dropped out of high school at 16 to pursue a career as a musician.
As a teen, he and his band "The Kids" performed for Iggy Pop.
As a child, he was allergic to chocolate.
In 2004, Ren�e Zellweger accepted the Screen Actors Guild Award for
"Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role" on his behalf,
because he wasn't present at the awards ceremony
Learned French to be able to converse with Vanessa Paradis' parents.
He also played slide for an acoustic recording of Fade Away, recorded in
1995 for the War Child: Help album.
Had come into professional contact with the great screen villains Vincent
Price and Christopher Lee. Price co-starred with Depp in Edward Scissorhands
(1990), and Lee co-starred with him in Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory (2005) and Corpse Bride (2005). Oddly, all of them were
Tim Burton films.
Great admirer of Marlon Brando. He was also good friends with the legendary
actor, who described Depp as one of the greatest actors of his generation.
Although unable to attend, he was awarded the Gary Cooper Spirit of Montana
Award at the 2005 HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, Montana. HatcH
honored Depp for his outstanding career and his role as a mentor and
inspiration to young and aspiring artists.
Has portrayed a real-life character in seven films: Edward D. Wood Jr. in Ed
Wood (1994), Lt. Victor/Bon Bon in Before Night Falls (2000), Hunter S.
Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Insp. Fred Abberline in
From Hell (2001), Joseph Pistone/Donnie Brasco in Donnie Brasco (1997),
George Jung in Blow (2001) and J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004),
'John Wilmot, The Second Earl of Rochester' in The Libertine (2005).
Sherilyn Fenn's name is scrawled across his helmet in Platoon (1986).
He has said in interviews that he is of Cherokee, Irish, and German descent,
with some Navajo as well. Asked the origin of his last name by James Lipton
on Inside the Actors Studio, Johnny Depp said his name means "idiot" in
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating
ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category for his performance in
the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), however, he failed to
receive a nomination.
His ownership of the Viper room ended in 2004, he signed it over to Amanda
Fox, the daughter of his missing partner in the club, Anthony Fox.
Was voted the Second Greatest Actor (behind Marlon Brando) in British
Channel Channel 4's Greatest Actor Poll.
His performance as Edward Scissorhands in _Edward Scissorhands (1990)_ is
ranked #22 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time
His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The
Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is ranked #79 on Premiere Magazine's 100
Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Friend of Christina Ricci.
Reportedly based his portrayal of "Ichabod Crane" in Sleepy Hollow (1999) on
"Withnail" from Withnail & I (1987), as played by Richard E. Grant.
Ranked #1 in the "Best Hollywood Signers 2006" list by "Autograph Collector"
magazine (May 2006).
Was close with his grandfather who died when he was 7 years old.
His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The
Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is ranked #87 on Premiere Magazine's 100
Greatest Movie Characters of All Time (2006).
His performance as Edward Scissorhands in _Edward Scissorhands (1990)_ is
ranked #65 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Ranked #18 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #23 in 2005.
A rule he has towards fans requesting his autograph and picture is that no
photography is allowed of his children.
Is the only actor to be nominated for the Oscar in the Lead Actor category
in a Disney film (_Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Frequently cites Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse
of the Black Pearl (2003)) and Edward Scissorhands (1990) as the favorite
characters that he has played.
Oliver Stone seriously considered casting him in Charlie Sheen's role in
Platoon (1986), but the studio thought Depp was "too young." Sheen is
actually two years younger than Depp!
Was Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski's very first choice for the role of
"Neo" in The Matrix (1999). Since Depp wasn't considered a box-office
friendly name, Warner Bros. decided on casting Keanu Reeves instead.
Has been described as the "jester of cinema, the Method clown." His
incredibly bizarre on-screen persona brings to mind the off-screen behavior
of the late Marlon Brando, who was famously eccentric and quirky once he
retired from acting.
Has a niece called Megan
Once painted on a billboard featuring his "21 Jump Street" (1987) character
because he didn't like his picture or the message the billboard gave. He was
stopped by a security guard who actually let him finish what he was doing
when he realized it was Johnny's own face.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) will be the sixth time
that Depp and Tim Burton work together. The other five being Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Ed Wood
(1994) and Edward Scissorhands (1990).
He was good friends with Hunter S. Thompson until his death. Depp helped to
fulfill Thompson's last wish after the writer died. Thompson wanted his
remains to be shot out of a 150 foot long canon.
Born in Kentucky but moved to Florida at age 7.
He is the youngest of 4 children.
Has admitted in interviews that one of his favorite pastimes is watching
cartoons (especially Dave The Barbarian of whom he is a big fan) with his
Named after his father John Christopher Depp.
Was considered for the role of Florentino Ariza in Love in the Time of
Cholera (2007), but director Mike Newell refused to work with big name
Hollywood stars. Javier Bardem got the role instead.
Owns a customised 1960's 650cc Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.
Moved to a villa in France with girlfriend Vanessa Paradis and his daughter
Lily Rose Melody Depp in 1999.
Has 2 silver teeth.
Originally cast as John Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), but turned it down
after being overworked with other movies he was shooting.
Is a great admirer and good friend of Tom Baker.
His children have the same names as "Mad" Jack and Lilly the Mermaid from
the movie Magic Island (1995) (V).
Was engaged to Sherilyn Fenn, whom he met on the set of the 1985 short
student film "Dummies" directed by Laurie Frank. Their engagement was broken
off after three years and a half.
Dylan Seal is his second cousin.
He is a fan of The Rolling Stones and the gypsy musical group Taraf de
Turned down the role of Jack Traven in action hit Speed (1994/I).
2007 - Ranked #21 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
Was named Empire Magazine's #5 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars.
In 2007, it was reported by Forbes Magazine that his earnings for the year
2006 were estimated to be $92 million.
Was named Top Money Making Star for the second year in a row in the 76th
annual Quickley Publishing Co. poll for year 2007.
He is a godfather of Tim Burton son Billy Ray Burton.
Donated $2 million to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He gave
the gift as thanks for the treatment his daughter Lily-Rose received at the
facility in March 2007 after contracting an E. Coli infection that caused
Was a fan of the British improvisational show Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
Good friend of Serbian film director Emir Kusturica.
Guest with Jim Jarmusch of Belgrade Film Festival FEST in 1992. With
Jarmusch, Emir Kusturica and Serbian Rock n'Roll band Partybreakers (Partibrejkersi)
he held a concert.
Has a nightclub named after him in Tartu, Estonia. The nightclub is called
"Who wouldn't like Johnny Depp?".
Was originally set to play the lead character Jean-Dominique Bauby in Julian
Schnabel movie Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (2007). However, he dropped
from the project due to scheduling conflicts.
Good friend with actress Helena Bonham Carter, partner of his best friend
Made a voice message for 17-year-old British girl who has been in a coma for
five months. Parents of the girl asked him to tape a voice message because
he's the favorite actor of their daughter and they will play that message to
her everyday hoping she'll wake up. Depp was touched by the letter and he
said that he'll do whatever he can to help. (25 March 2008).
Co-wrote the song "Mary" by the Hard Rock band Rock City Angels.
Was originally supposed to play the on screen version of Billy Loomis in the
original version of Scream 2 (1997), but was replaced by Luke Wilson.
He and Vanessa Paradis grow grapes and have wine making facilities in their
vineyard in Plan-de-la-Tour north of Saint-Tropez.
Closed down the "Viper Room" for two weeks after River Phoenix died there
and he also closed it on every 31 October until 2004 (when he sold his share
of the club), which was the date of Phoenix's death.
Nicolas Cage got him his first acting job.
Ranked #6 in the 2008 Forbes The Celebrity 100 list.
Fan of popular British series "Midsomer Murders" (1997). He also stated that
he would like to make a guest appearance in this long-running show.
Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of Betty Sue Palmer (n�e
Wells), a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, Sr., a civil engineer. He
has one brother, Danny, and two sisters, Christie (now his personal manager)
and Debbie. Depp has German, Cherokee (mostly from a great-grandmother), and
Irish ancestry. The book Johnny Depp: A Kind of Illusion (ISBN
1-905287-04-6) states that the Depp family originated with a French
Huguenot, Pierre Deppe or Dieppe, who settled in Virginia around 1700. Depp
has said he doesn't know the origin of his surname, but jokes that the name
translates to "idiot" in German (it is actually a minor insult meaning
fool). The family moved frequently during Depp's childhood, and he and
his siblings lived in more than 20 different locations, settling in Miramar,
Florida, in 1970. In 1978, Depp's parents divorced. He engaged in self-harm
as a child, due to the stress of dealing with family problems and his own
insecurity. He has seven or eight scars from practicing self-harm. In a 1993
interview, he explained his self-injury by saying, "My body is a journal in
a way. It's like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant
something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself,
whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo
Depp's mother bought her son a guitar when he was 12, and Depp began playing
in various garage bands. His first band was in honor of his girlfriend
Meredith. A year after his parents' divorce, Depp dropped out of high school
to become a rock musician. As he once explained on Inside the Actors Studio,
he attempted to go back to school two weeks later, but the principal told
him to follow his dream of being a musician. He played with The Kids, a band
that enjoyed modest local success. The Kids set out together for Los Angeles
in pursuit of a record deal, changing their name to Six Gun Method. The
group split before signing a record deal. Depp subsequently collaborated
with the band Rock City Angels and co-wrote their song "Mary", which
appeared on Rock City Angels' debut for Geffen Records titled Young Man's
On December 24, 1983, Depp married Lori Anne Allison, a makeup artist and
sister of his band's bass player and singer. During Depp's marriage, his
wife worked as a makeup artist while he worked a variety of odd jobs,
including a telemarketer for ink pens. Later, his wife introduced him to
actor Nicolas Cage, who advised Depp to pursue an acting career. In 1985,
Depp and Allison divorced. After his marriage ended, Depp dated and was
engaged to Sherilyn Fenn (whom he met on the set of the 1985 short film
Dummies). He also dated Winona Ryder, Jennifer Grey, and model Kate Moss.
1990s and 2000s
In 1994, Depp was arrested and questioned by police for allegedly causing
serious damage to a New York City hotel suite. He was arrested again in
1999 for brawling with paparazzi outside a restaurant while dining in London
with his girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis. Since 1998, Depp has had a
relationship with Vanessa Paradis, a French actress and singer whom he met
while filming The Ninth Gate. The couple have two children. Daughter
Lily-Rose Melody Depp was born May 27, 1999. Son John "Jack" Christopher
Depp III was born April 9, 2002. In 2007, his daughter recovered from a
serious illness, an E. coli infection that began to cause her kidneys to
shut down and resulted in an extended hospital stay. However, earlier
sources reported that she had blood poisoning due to stepping on a rusty
Although Depp has not remarried, he has stated that having children has
given him "real foundation, a real strong place to stand in life, in work,
in everything." "You can't plan the kind of deep love that results in
children. Fatherhood was not a conscious decision. It was part of the
wonderful ride I was on. It was destiny; kismet. All the math finally
worked." The family divides its time between their home in Meudon, located
in the suburbs of Paris, Los Angeles, and their villa in Plan-de-la-Tour, a
small town an hour and a half from Saint-Tropez, in the south of
France. Depp also acquired a vineyard estate in the Plan-de-la-Tour
area in 2007.
Depp has 13 tattoos, many of them signifying important persons or events in
his life, including an American Indian in profile and a ribbon reading "Wino
Forever" (originally "Winona Forever", altered after his breakup with Winona
Ryder) on his right bicep, "Lily-Rose" (his daughter's name) over his heart,
"Betty Sue" (his mother's name) on his left biceps, and a sparrow flying
over water with the word "Jack" (his son's name; the sparrow is flying
towards him rather than away from him as it is in Pirates of the Caribbean)
on his right forearm.
In 2003, Depp was quoted as criticizing the United States in Germany's Stern
magazine, commenting that "America is dumb, is something like a dumb puppy
that has big teeth � that can bite and hurt you, aggressive." Although
he later asserted that the magazine misquoted him and the quotation was
taken out of context, Stern stood by its story, as did CNN.com in its
coverage of the interview. CNN added his remark that he would like his
children "to see America as a toy, a broken toy. Investigate it a little,
check it out, get this feeling and then get out." The July 17, 2006
edition of Newsweek reprinted the "dumb puppy" quotation, verbatim, within
the context of a Letter to the Magazine. Depp has also disagreed with
subsequent media reports that he says paint him as a "European wannabe" who
enjoys the "simpler" life and anonymity that living in France provides.
One of Depp's closest friends is director Tim Burton, with whom he has
worked six times. He has referred to working with Burton as "coming home",
and he wrote the introduction to Burton on Burton, a book of interviews with
the director, in which he called Burton "...a brother, a friend,...and [a]
Johnny Depp received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star on November 19, 1999.
Depp starred in a lead role on the FOX TV television series, 21 Jump Street,
which premiered in 1987. Depp accepted this role because he wasn't getting
much work in the business and wanted to work with actor Frederic Forrest,
who inspired him. Later in the season, Depp's long time friend Sal Jenco
joined the cast as a semi-co-star as the janitor named Blowfish. The series'
success turned Depp into a popular teen idol during the late 1980s. He found
the teen-idol status an irritant, noting that he felt "forced into the role
of product" and that it was "a very uncomfortable situation and I didn't
get a handle on it and it wasn't on my terms at all." Depp promised
himself that after his contract on the series expired, he would only appear
in films that he felt were right for him. His only television role since
21 Jump Street was a 2004 guest spot on the animated series King of the
Depp's first major role was in the 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm
Street, playing the heroine's boyfriend and one of Freddy's victims. In
1986, he also appeared in a secondary role as a Vietnamese-speaking private
in Oliver Stone's Platoon. Depp then left his teen idol image in 1990,
playing the quirky title role in the Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands.
The film's success began a long association with Burton. Depp, an avid fan
and long-time friend of writer Hunter S. Thompson, played a version of
Thompson (named Raoul Duke) in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, based
on the writer's pseudobiographical novel of the same name. Depp also
accompanied Thompson as his road manager on one of the author's last book
tours. In 2006, Depp contributed a personal foreword to Gonzo by Hunter
S. Thompson, a posthumous visual biography of the writer's legacy published
by ammobooks.com. A close friend of Thompson's, Depp paid for most of
Thompson's memorial event, complete with fireworks and the shooting of
Thompson's ashes by a cannon, in Aspen, Colorado, where Thompson lived.
Depp with longer hair, mustache and goatee similar to the style used in
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl film.Depp's film
characters have been described by the press as "iconic loners," and Depp
has noted that this period of his career was full of "studio defined
failures" and films that were "box office poison," stating that he
believes film studios never "understood" the films he appeared in and did
not know how to market them properly. Depp has also said that he
specifically chose to appear in films that he found personally interesting,
rather than those he thought would succeed at the box office.
Depp's status as a major star was solidified with the success of the 2003
Walt Disney Pictures film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black
Pearl, for which his lead performance as the suave pirate Captain Jack
Sparrow was highly praised. The performance was initially received
negatively by the studio bosses who saw the film, but the character became
popular with the movie-going public; in 2006, Depp's co-star from the
sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean, Bill Nighy, described the role as
probably being "one of the most popular performances of recent times."
According to a survey taken by Fandango, Depp was also considered to be one
of the main reasons audiences wanted to see the movie. The film's
director, Gore Verbinski, has said that Depp's Jack Sparrow character
closely resembles Depp's own personality, although Depp himself said that he
modelled the character after Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
Depp, who has noted that he was "surprised" and "touched" at the positive
reception given to the film, was nominated for an Academy Award for the
role. In 2004, he was again nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, this time for
playing Scottish author J. M. Barrie in the film Finding Neverland. Depp
next starred as Willy Wonka in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory, which was a major success at the box office.
Depp at the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest London premiere in
July 2006.Depp returned to the character of Jack Sparrow for the sequel
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which opened on July 7 2006 and
grossed $135.5 million in the first three days of its U.S. release, breaking
a box office record in reaching the highest weekend tally ever. The next
sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean, At World's End, was released May 24,
2007; Depp has mentioned his attachment to his Captain Jack Sparrow
character, specifying that Sparrow is "definitely a big part of me", and
expressing his desire to portray the character in further sequels. Depp
voiced Sparrow in the video game, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of
Depp and Gore Verbinski are executive producers of the album Rogues Gallery,
Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys. Depp played the title role of
Sweeney Todd in Tim Burton's film adaptation of the musical Sweeney
Todd, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion
Picture Musical or Comedy. The traditional ceremony for the 65th Golden
Globe Awards did not take place due to the 2007�2008 Writers Guild of
America strike. Depp thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and
praised Tim Burton for his "unwavering trust and support."
As a child, Depp was obsessed with Dark Shadows a gothic-themed soap opera
that aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971. As a result, he accepted Warner
Brothers proposal to make a film version of the show. In July 2007, a rights
deal was struck with the estate of Dan Curtis, the show's producer/director.
Depp and Graham King will produce the movie with David Kennedy, who ran Dan
Curtis Productions inc. until Curtis died in 2006. Depp will also appear in
a film version of writer Hunter S. Thompson's book, The Rum Diary,
portraying the main character Paul Kemp. Depp's production company has also
picked up the rights to the story of poisoned former Russian spy Alexander
Litvinenko. Depp is signed to play one incarnation of the deceased Heath
Ledger character in the 2009 film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus along
with Jude Law and Colin Farrell.
Depp backstage at the Ahmanson Theatre on December 31, 2006As a guitar
player, Depp has recorded a solo album, played slide guitar on the Oasis
song "Fade In-Out" (from Be Here Now, 1997), as well as on "Fade Away (Warchild
Version)" (b-side of the "Don't Go Away" single). As well, he played
acoustic guitar in the movie Chocolat and on the soundtrack to Once Upon a
Time in Mexico. He is a friend of The Pogues' Shane MacGowan, and performed
on MacGowan's first solo album. As well, he was a member of P, a group
featuring Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes and Red Hot Chili Peppers
bassist Flea. He has appeared in the music videos of Tom Petty & The
Heartbreakers' "Into the Great Wide Open."
Winemaker and restauranteur
Depp and Paradis grow grapes and have wine making facilities in their
vineyard in Plan-de-la-Tour north of Saint-Tropez. Known for a
fondness of French wines, among Depp's favourites are the Bordeaux wines
Ch�teau Calon-S�gur, Ch�teau Cheval-Blanc and Ch�teau P�trus, and the
Burgundy wine Domaine de la Roman�e-Conti. Interviewed in Madame Figaro,
Depp stated, "With those wines, you reach nirvana". Along with Sean
Penn, John Malkovich and Mick Hucknall, Depp co-owns the Parisian
restaurant-bar Man Ray, located near the Champs-�lys�es.
Awards and nominations
Main article: List of Johnny Depp's awards and nominations
Some of the awards that Depp has won include honors from the London Critics
Circle (1996); Russian Guild of Film Critics (1998); Screen Actors Guild
Awards (2004); and a Golden Globe for Best Actor. At the 2008 MTV Movie
Awards, he won the award for "Favorite Villain" for his portrayal of Sweeney
Year Film Role Other notes
1983 The Outsiders cameo in the "rumble" scene
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street Glen Lantz
1985 Private Resort Jack
Slow Burn Donnie Fleischer
1986 Platoon Private Gator Lerner
1990 Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands
Cry-Baby Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker
1987-1991 21 Jump Street Tom Hanson TV series
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Teen on TV
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape Gilbert Grape
Benny & Joon Sam
Arizona Dream Axel
1994 Ed Wood Ed Wood
1995 Nick of Time Gene Watson
Dead Man William Blake
Don Juan DeMarco Don Juan
1996 Cannes Man Himself
1997 Donnie Brasco Donnie Brasco/Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone
The Brave Raphael Also Director and Writer
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Raoul Duke
L.A. Without A Map Himself/William Black on Dead Man poster Cameo As Himself
1999 Sleepy Hollow Constable Ichabod Crane
The Astronaut's Wife Commander Spencer Armacost
The Ninth Gate Dean Corso
2000 Chocolat Roux
Before Night Falls Lt. Victor + Bon Bon
2001 From Hell Inspector Frederick Abberline
The Man Who Cried Cesar (Limited release)
Blow George Jung
2002 Lost in La Mancha Himself (Johnny Depp)
2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico Sheldon Jeffrey Sands
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Captain Jack Sparrow
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
2004 Happily Ever After L'inconnu
Finding Neverland Sir James Matthew Barrie Nominated - Academy Award for
Secret Window Mort Rainey
2005 The Libertine John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka
Corpse Bride Victor Van Dort
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Captain Jack Sparrow
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Captain Jack Sparrow
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd Golden Globe
Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Tony post-production; Assuming a
role originally portrayed by Heath Ledger
Public Enemies John Dillinger filming
Shantaram Lindsay pre-production; Also Co-Producer
The Rum Diary Paul Kemp pre-production; Also Executive Producer