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Johnny Depp
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Depp at the 2009 premiere of his film Public Enemies in Paris
Born
John Christopher Depp Jr.

June 9, 1963 (1963-06-09) (age 55)
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director, producer, musician
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Lori Anne Allison
(m. 1983-1985, divorced)
Amber Heard
(m. 2015, separated 2016)
Partner(s) Vanessa Paradis (1998–2012)
Children Lily-Rose, Jack
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Johnny Depp Walk of Fame

John Christopher Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Actor. Depp rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol.

Depp has challenged himself by playing larger-than-life roles, including a supporting role in Oliver Stone's 1986 Vietnam War film Platoon and the title character in the 1990 romantic dark fantasy Edward Scissorhands. He later found box office success in the fantasy adventure film Sleepy Hollow (1999), the fantasy swashbuckler film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and its sequels, the fantasy film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland (2010), and the animated action comedy western Rango (2011) (in which he voiced the title character). Depp has worked on on nine films with director, producer and friend Tim Burton.

Depp is regarded as one of the world's biggest film stars. Films featuring Depp have grossed over $3.2 billion at the United States box office and over $8 billion worldwide. His most commercially successful films are the Pirates of the Caribbean series, which grossed $3 billion, Alice in Wonderland, which grossed $1 billion, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which grossed $474 million, and The Tourist, which grossed $278 million.

Depp has been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Depp won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. He has been listed in the 2012 Guinness World Records as the world's highest-paid actor, with earnings of $75 million. Depp was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2015.

Early life

Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, the youngest of four children. Depp is of mostly English ancestry, with some Dutch, Belgian, African and French ancestry.

Depp moved frequently during his childhood. He and his siblings lived in more than 20 different places, eventually settling in Miramar, Florida in 1970. Depp's parents divorced in 1978 when he was 15. His mother re-married. With the gift of a guitar from his mother when he was 12, Depp began playing in various garage bands.

A year after his parents' divorce, he dropped out of Miramar High School to become a rock musician. 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 in bands called The Flame, and later on The Kids.

On December 20, 1983, Depp married Lori Anne Allison, the sister of his band's bass player and singer. During their marriage she worked as a makeup artist while he worked a variety of odd jobs, including a telemarketer for pens. His wife introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage, who advised him to pursue an acting career. Depp and Allison divorced in 1985.

Acting career

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Johnny Depp's hand and footprints at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, California

His first movie was Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, which was a success. Afterwards, he decided to go to an acting school in Los Angeles. He got a small part in the movie Platoon and shortly after this, he was offered a part in the TV series 21 Jump Street which he first turned down but finally accepted. Since then he has been a star. He became a teen idol, which he didn't like.

Depp is one of Hollywood's most popular actors who can play a huge range of roles. Normally he plays rather odd characters, for example in Finding Neverland. He is not only liked for his looks but also for his acting talent and his funny (and sometimes strange) actions.

Production company

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Johnny Depp signing autographs at the press conference of Black Mass, 2015 Toronto Film Festival

In 2004, Depp formed his production company Infinitum Nihil to develop projects where he will serve as actor or producer. Depp is the founder and CEO, while his sister, Christi Dembrowski, serves as president. The company's first production came in 2011 with The Rum Diary, adapted from the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson. The film is written and directed by Bruce Robinson. Also in 2011, Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese, was released. Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton, was released in 2012.

Personal life

His ex-wife is Lori Anne Allison. He was engaged to Jennifer Grey and Sherilyn Fenn in the late 1980s. He had a four-year relationship with Kate Moss in the mid-1990s. He has a daughter, Lily-Rose Melody (born 1999) and a son John (Jack) Christopher III (born 2002) by his former partner, French singer Vanessa Paradis. He began a relationship with Amber Heard in 2012. The couple married in February 2015. She filed for divorce in May 2016.

Depp and Paradis grew grapes and had wine making facilities in their vineyard in Plan-de-la-Tour north of Saint-Tropez. Along with Sean Penn, John Malkovich and Mick Hucknall, Depp co-owned the French restaurant-bar Man Ray, located near the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Depp was adopted as an honorary son by LaDonna Harris, a member of the Comanche Nation, on May 22, 2012, making him an honorary member of Harris's family but not a member of any tribe.

Selected filmography

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • Platoon (1986)
  • 21 Jump Street (1987–1990)
  • Cry-Baby (1990)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  • Ed Wood (1994)
  • Dead Man (1995)
  • Don Juan DeMarco (1995)
  • Donnie Brasco (1997)
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  • The Ninth Gate (1999)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Chocolat (2000)
  • Blow (2001)
  • From Hell (2001)
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Secret Window (2004)
  • Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Corpse Bride (2005)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • Public Enemies (2009)
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • The Tourist (2010)
  • Rango (2011)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • The Rum Diary (2011)
  • Dark Shadows (2012)
  • The Lone Ranger (2013)
  • Transcendence (2014)
  • Into the Woods (2014)
  • Mortdecai (2015)
  • Black Mass (2015)
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

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