Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Early life

Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, to John Christopher Depp Sr., a city engineer, and Betty Sue Wells, a waitress. He has one brother, Danny, and two sisters, Christie (who was formerly Johnny's personal manager) and Debbie. Depp has German, Cherokee (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 or moron). The family moved frequently during Depp's childhood, and he and his siblings lived in more than twenty different locations, settling in Miramar, Florida, in 1970, when he was 7. In 1978, when Johnny was 15, his parents were divorced. Depp 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 artist". Depp married Lori Anne Allison, his makeup artist and sister of his band's drummer, on December 24, 1983. 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.

Rock Band

Depp's mother bought him a guitar when he was twelve, and he began playing in garage bands. His first band was in honor of his girlfriend Meredith. One year after his parents divorced, he dropped out of high school to become a rock musician. (As he explained once on Inside the Actor Studio, he attempted to go back two weeks later, but the principal told him to follow his dream of being a musician, which Depp said was "really sweet.") He played with a band named "The Kids" which enjoyed modest local success. The band members set out together for Los Angeles in pursuit of a record deal, changing their name to "Six Gun Method." Depp's marriage caused friction between the band members, and the group split before signing a record deal. Depp subsequently collaborated with the band Rock City Angels and co-wrote the song "Mary", which appeared on their debut for Geffen Records, "Young Man's Blues".


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 action in the business and he 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.

Film roles

Johnny 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 left his teen idol image in 1990, after playing the quirky title role in the Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands. The film's success began a long association with Burton, as Depp starred in several of his films, including Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Corpse Bride (2005). 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 touching and 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'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." The film's director, Gore Verbinski, has said that Depp'sJack 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 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 named 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 Jack Sparrow.

Depp and Gore Verbinski are executive producers of the album "Rogues Gallery, Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys".

It has been confirmed that he will portray Paul Kemp, the main character in a film version of writer Hunter S. Thompson's book, The Rum Diary. Johnny Depp will next play the title role of Sweeney Todd in Tim Burton's film adaptation of the musical Sweeney Todd. Depp's production company has picked up the rights to the story of poisoned former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Personal Life

After his first marriage with Lori Anne Allison ended, Depp dated and was engaged to Sherilyn Fenn (whom he met on the set of the 1985 short film Dummies), Winona Ryder, Jennifer Grey, and Kate Moss. Since 1998, Depp has been involved 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, and recently (2007) recovered from a very serious illness, an E. coli bacteria infection that was causing her kidneys to shut down, and that caused an extended hospital stay, although earlier it was reported she had blood poisoning due to stepping on a rusty tack. Son John "Jack" Christopher Depp III was born April 9, 2002. Johnny is not currently married, and has noted that having children has given him "real foundation, areal 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 Los Angeles and a villa in France.

Depp also owns a 45-acre island in the Bahamas, where he spends some of his time. He said on the Late Show with David Letterman that Marlon Brando advised him how to evaluate the island so he was able to successfully purchase it. Depp had co-starred with Brando in the film Don Juan DeMarco, one of Brando's last films.

One of Depp's closest friends is director Tim Burton, with whom he has worked six times to date. He has referred to working with him as "coming home," and he wrote the introduction to Burton on Burton, a book of interviews with the director:

"What more can I say about him? He is a brother, a friend, my godson's father. He is a unique and brave soul, someone that I would go to the ends of the earth for, and I know, full and well, he would do the same for me."

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 had misquoted him and that the quotation was taken out of context, Stern stood by its story, as did CNN.com in its coverage of the interview, which 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," saying that he enjoys the "simpler" life and anonymity that living in France provides.

Depp has been arrested several times, with his first arrest in Vancouver B.C. for a late-night altercation in a hotel lobby. He was accused of allowing illegal drugs to be sold at his club The Viper Room, after actor River Phoenix died in front of the club from an overdose of heroin and cocaine in 1993, although the owners were deemed as not involved in the death. 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 fighting with paparazzi outside a restaurant while dining in London with his girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis. Depp dislikes fans taking pictures of his family and has threatened paparazzi who have attempted to photograph his children.

In May 2006, Autograph Collector Magazine published its list of 10 Best & 10 Worst Hollywood Signers, with Depp topping the list of Best Signers.

Depp, a musician, is a keen guitar player. He is a fan of The Rolling Stones and the gypsy musical group Taraf de Haidouks with whom he is friends. Another friend is singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Frusciante, whom Depp encouraged to record his first solo album after leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He produced a mini-documentary called Stuff about John's life. He is friends with Marilyn Manson. Known to be a fan of the band Deadsy, Depp can be seen wearing a wristband with the band's logo in a segment on the Fear and Loathing DVD. He played slide guitar on the Oasis song "Fade In-Out" (from Be Here Now, 1997), as well on "Fade Away (Warchild Version)" (b-side of the "Don't Go Away" single). He played acoustic guitar in the movie Chocolat and on the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in Mexico (he wrote "Sands' theme", although the track is credited to "Tonto's Giant Nuts"). He performed on his long time friend Shane MacGowan's (Of The Pogues) first solo album and was a member of P, a group featuring Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Additionally, he has appeared in the music videos of several artists, notably for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ("Into the Great Wide Open").

Along with Sean Penn, John Malkovich and Mick Hucknall, Depp co-owns the Parisian restaurant-bar Man Ray.

He has thirteen tattoos, including an Indian head, "Lily-Rose" (the name of his first-born child) over his heart, "Betty Sue" (his mother's name), a sparrow flying over water with the word "Jack" (his son's name) below it (the sparrow is flying towards him rather than away from him as it is in Pirates of the Caribbean), and a ribbon reading "Wino Forever" (it originally read "Winona Forever", but Depp had the tattoo altered after his breakup with Winona Ryder).
Fans have noted that he bears a resemblance to the actor Skeet Ulrich. At the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, Chris Rock jokingly introduced him as "the rich man's Skeet Ulrich."

List of Johnny Depp's awards and nominations

*2007 MTV Movie Awards Best Performance
*2007 People's Choice Awards Best Male Actor Favorite Male Action Star Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Favorite On Screen Couple (With Keira Knightley) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
*2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Drama/Action Adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
*2006 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Movie Star
*2005 People's Choice Award Favorite Male Movie Star
*2004 MTV Movie Award Best Male Performance Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
*2004 MTV Movie Award Mexico Best Look Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
*2004 IFTA Award Best International Actor Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
*2004 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Fight/Action Sequence Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
*2004 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Liar Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
*2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
*2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Horror Sleepy Hollow
*1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Star on the Walk of Fame Motion Picture, 16 November 1999, At 7020 Hollywood Blvd. *1999 César Awards, France Honorary Award
*1998 Golden Aries (Russian Guild of Film Critics) Best Foreign Actor Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
*1996 London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award: Actor of the Year Ed Wood and Don Juan DeMarco
*1990 ShoWest Award Male Star of Tomorrow

*Academy Award nomination, (2004), Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
*Academy Award nomination, (2005), Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Finding Neverland) BAFTA nomination, (2004), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
*Critic's Choice Award nomination, (2004), Favorite Male Actor (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
*Critic's Choice Award nomination, (2005), Favorite Male Actor (Finding Neverland)
*Golden Globe nomination, (1990), Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Edward Scissorhands) *Golden Globe nomination, (1993), Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Benny & Joon)
*Golden Globe nomination, (1994), Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Ed Wood)
*Golden Globe nomination, (2004), Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
*Golden Globe nomination, (2005), Best Actor in a Drama (Finding Neverland)
*Golden Globe nomination, (2007), Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest)
*People's Choice Award nomination, (2004), Favorite Male Movie Star (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
*Screen Actor's Guild nomination, (2005), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Finding Neverland) *Kid's Choice Award nomination, (2007), Favorite Male Movie Star (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest)


Born: Jun 09, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky
Nickname :Mr. Stench Colonel
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)Occupation: Actor, Writer, Director
Active: '90s-2000s Major
Genres: Drama, Thriller Career
Highlights: Dead Man, Before Night Falls, Before Night Falls First Major Screen
Credit: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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