Johnny Depp is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and director.
His full name is John Christopher Depp II.
He was born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro , Kentucky.
Johnny Depp was the youngest of four children of Betty Sue Palmer (née Wells; 1935–2016), a waitress, and John Christopher Depp (born 1938), a civil engineer.
He has two sisters Debbie and Christie, and brother Daniel.
Johnny said in several interviews that he is of Cherokee, Irish, German and Navajo descend.
Depp moved frequently during his childhood. He and his siblings lived in more than 20 different places, eventually settling in Miramar, Florida in 1970.
With the gift of a guitar from his mother when he was 12, Depp began playing in various garage bands. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school to pursue a musical career.
He played with The Kids, a band that enjoyed modest local success. They once opened for the legendary punk rocker Iggy Pop.
On December 20, 1983, Depp married Lori Anne Allison, the sister of his band’s bass player and singer.
His wife introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage, who advised him to pursue an acting career.
Depp and his wife divorced in 1985.
The young actor made his 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.
Depp became a popular teen idol during the late 1980s, when he starred as a police officer who goes on an undercover operation in a high school in the Fox television series 21 Jump Street, which premiered in 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).
After the success of Edward Scissorhands, Johnny made a decision to never repeat the same characters but to always challenge himself with new and different roles to play.
Since Edward Scissorhands, Depp and Burton have worked together on: Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows.
He played opposite Marlon Brando in the box-office hit Don Juan DeMarco, as a man who believes he is Don Juan, the world’s greatest lover.
In 1997, Depp starred alongside Al Pacino in the crime drama Donnie Brasco, directed by Mike Newell.
Depp was a fan and friend of writer Hunter S. Thompson, and played his alter ego Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Terry Gilliam’s film adaptation of Thompson’s pseudo biographical novel of the same name.
In 2003, Depp starred in the Walt Disney Pictures adventure film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was a major box office success. He earned widespread acclaim for his comic performance as pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Depp has said that Sparrow is “definitely a big part of me”, and that he modeled the character after The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and cartoon skunk Pepé Le Pew. Studio executives had at first been ambivalent about Depp’s portrayal, but the character became popular with audiences.
Depp has been nominated for major acting awards, including three nominations for Academy Award for Best Actor.
He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.
Johnny Depp has an estimated net worth of $400 million.
He has been listed in the 2012 Guinness World Records as the highest paid actor, with earnings of $75 million.
On November 16, 1999, Johnny Depp received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2003 and 2009, he was named by People Magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive.
Films featuring Depp have grossed over $3.1 billion at the United States box office and over $7.6 billion worldwide. His most commercially successful films are the Pirates of the Caribbean films, which have grossed $3 billion; Alice in Wonderland, which grossed $1 billion; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which grossed $474 million.
Johnny has been engaged four times in his life. He proposed to Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Moss, Jennifer Grey and Winona Ryder.
Depp dated Twin Peaks star Sherilyn Fenn in the late ’80s after the two met on the set of the 1985 student film, Dummies.
While filming Edward Scissorhands, he began a relationship with co-star Winona Ryder, for whom he tattooed “Winona Forever” on his right arm. After breaking up, he changed it to “Wino Forever”
From 1994 until 1998, he was in a relationship with English supermodel Kate Moss.
Following his breakup from Moss, Depp began a relationship with French actor and singer Vanessa Paradis, whom he met while filming The Ninth Gate in France in 1998. They have two children, daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp (born 1999), and son John “Jack” Christopher Depp III (born 2002). Depp and Paradis announced their separation in June 2012.
Depp subsequently began dating actor and model Amber Heard, whom he had met on the set of The Rum Diary in 2011. They were married in a private civil ceremony at their home in Los Angeles in February 2015. Heard filed for divorce on May 23, 2016, and five days later filed for and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, stating in her court declaration that “during the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me”.
Johnny Depp used to be a close friend of Marlon Brando before his death. Brando always said that he sees Depp as one of the greatest living actors.
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.
Depp has got more than 30 tattoo designs on his body and more than half of his tattoo designs were done by Jonathan Shaw.
Johnny’s first tattoos is a Cherokee Indian chief for his ancestral heritage – on his right biceps. “I started getting tattoos when they were sort of verboten in Hollywood… 1983, 1984. I was 17 when I got the first one [a Cherokee chief, to honor] my Indian heritage.
Johnny Depp is very proud of his Native American heritage. He was formally inducted into the Cherokee tribe in 2012 and he spoke with the Navajo tribe while filming The Lone Ranger to ensure the crew had permission to film on their land.
While working on Sleepy Hollow, he adopted Goldeneye, the horse he worked with on set. He decided to adopt the horse when he heard the horse was going to be put down.
As a child, Johnny Depp used to be allergic to chocolate. This is kinda ironic as he played Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.
Johnny Depp has his own island. His island is 18 hectares (45 acres) of private, isolated space in the Bahamas. On the island, there is one main house which runs on solar power and a series of guest houses. Depp first laid eyes on Little Halls Pond Cay while shooting Pirates of the Caribbean in 2004 and snapped it up for $3.6 million.
Johnny Depp was once arrested for trashing a New York hotel room. Depp claimed that an armadillo was responsible, saying that he had found the animal hidden in a closet and it had gone crazy, wrecking the hotel room before leaping out the window.