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Johnny Depp

Birth Name: 
John Christopher Depp II
Birthday: 
Sunday, June 9, 1963
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Birth Place: 
Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Height: 
5'10"

Born John 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 Sherilyn Fenn, 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)

Awards and Nominations

2008 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street)
2005 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Finding Neverland)
2004 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)

Interviews

Johnny Depp: The Interview (Alice in Wonderland)

His career made a stampeding surge into popularity with Pirates of the Caribbean but his life would always steer back to Tim Burton, who he worked with on Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd.  Depp would take the iconic rol... Read more
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News

Johnny Depp to Star as Gangster Whitey Bulger

Johnny Depp is attached to star in Barry Levinson's gangster thriller Black Mass, which recounts the real-life story of South Boston criminal mastermind Whitey Bulger.... Read more
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Disney Unveils Release Schedule

Today, The Walt Disney Studios announced release dates and additional information for several upcoming films. Here’s a closer look. THE MUPPETS 2 is now dated on 3/21/14. • MUPPETS 2 is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin.... Read more
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Johnny Depp Teaming Up With Wes Anderson

Johnny Depp will team with the iconic Wes Anderson for his next project.... Read more
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Jack White to Score Disney’s The Lone Ranger

The Walt Disney Studios announced today at CinemaCon that Jack White will write, produce and perform the score for Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ highly anticipated The Lone Ranger.... Read more
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Edgar Wright Directing The Night Stalker

Last July, it was announced that Johnny Depp had added yet another potential project based on a classic series, signing on to develop a new film from The Night Stalker with Disney. Now the project has a director, in the shape of Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim man Edgar Wright.... Read more
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Reviews

Dark Shadows

Whenever there’s a Tim Burton project, there’s a good chance that Johnny Depp is involved as well. Their latest collaboration is the film adaptation of the classic vampire soap opera Dark Shadows.... Read more
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The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary is the second of Hunter S. Thompson’s novels to get a theatrical adaptation, after 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Los Vegas, which has since gain a cult following. Johnny Depp once again takes on the lead role, this time as journalist Paul Kemp.... Read more
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is one of Disney’s most successful and profitable films, grossing more than two billion dollars worldwide over the years. At its helm is Johnny Depp as the adventurous and rambunctious Captain Jack Sparrow.... Read more
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Rango

When it comes to the Mojave Desert, water is the most important commodity. For the small, animal town of Dirt, their way of life revolves around the precious resource. Unfortunately, the taps have started to run dry, and water is becoming more and more of scarce, leaving the town in disarray.... Read more
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The Tourist

Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) is an American tourist who is about to embark on the adventure of his life after meeting the sexy and mysterious Elise (Angelina Jolie).... Read more
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Videos

Mortdecai (Trailer #1)

Mortdecai (Trailer #1)

Mortdecai starring Johnny Depp, Aubrey Plaza, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn ... Read more
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Transcendence (Trailer #2)

Transcendence (Trailer #2)

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Transcendence (Trailer #1)

Transcendence (Trailer #1)

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Transcendence (Teaser Trailer)

Transcendence (Teaser Trailer)

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The Lone Ranger (Trailer #4)

The Lone Ranger (Trailer #4)

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