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Johnny Depp Biography

Actor, Director, Film Actor (1963–)


Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.
He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue
(Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.
Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15, and 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, Pesadilla en Elm Street (1984), where
he played a teenager who falls prey to dream-stalking demon Freddy Krueger.
In 1987 he shot to stardom when he replaced Jeff Yagher in the role of undercover cop Tommy
Hanson in the popular TV series Nuevos policías (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 Eduardo Manostijeras
(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
Miedo y asco en Las Vegas (1998), directed by Terry Gilliam; and then, in 1999, he appeared in
the sci-fi/horror film La cara del terror (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 Desde el infierno (2001). He stole the show from screen greats such as Antonio
Banderas in the finale to Robert Rodriguez's "mariachi" trilogy, El mexicano (2003). In that same
year he starred in the marvelous family blockbuster Piratas del Caribe: La maldición de la Perla
Negra (2003), playing a character that only the likes of Depp could pull off: the charming, conniving
and roguish Capt. Jack Sparrow. The film's enormous success has opened several doors for his
career and included an Oscar nomination. He appeared as the central character in the Stephen
King-based movie, La ventana secreta (2004); as the kind-hearted novelist James Barrie in the
factually-based Descubriendo Nunca Jamás (2004), where he co-starred with Kate Winslet; and
Rochester in the British film, The libertine (2004). Depp collaborated again with Burton in a screen
adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel, Charlie y la fábrica de chocolate (2005), and later in Alicia en el
País de las Maravillas (2010) and Sombras tenebrosas (2012).
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
divorced her in 1985. Depp has two children with French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis: Lily-
Rose Melody, born in 1999 and Jack, born in 2002. He married actress/producer Amber Heard in
2015.
Johnny Depp
Actor, Director, Film Actor (1963–)
Johnny Depp’s filmography.
Johnny Depp's best-known films.
Pirates of the Caribbean Edward Scissorhands
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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