Johnny Depp | Biography 2021
Johnny Depp | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Johnny Depp
  • Occupation Actor, Musician
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Kentucky, USA
  • Born Year And Birthday June 9, 1963

Johnny Depp | Biography 2021

Johnny Depp is an American actor known for his leading portrayals in films ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990), ‘Sleepy Hollow’ (1999), and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise (2003- 2017).


Quick Information
  • Full Name Johnny Depp
  • Occupation Actor, Musician
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Kentucky, USA
  • Birth Date June 9, 1963

Johnny Depp is an American actor known for his leading portrayals in films such as ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990), ‘Sleepy Hollow’ (1999), ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010), and 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise (2003- 2017).

Who is Johnny Depp?

Johnny Depp made his first film debut in the 1984 American horror film 'Nightmare on Elm Street' directed by Wes Craven. The teen idol came in the spotlight after his role in the 1987 Canadian filmed television series ‘21 Jump Street’. In 1990, he quit ‘21 Jump Street’ and appeared in John Waters's ‘Cry-Baby’ and Tim Burton's ‘Edward Scissorhands’

Following this, Depp has made dynamic portrayals in the movies such as ‘Dead Man’ (1995), ‘Donnie Brasco’ (1997), ‘The Ninth Gate’ (1999), and ‘Blow’ (2001).

In 2003, he appeared in the action film ‘Once Upon the Time in Mexico’, directed by Robert Rodriguez. The same year, he starred as Captain Jack Sparrow in the big-budget Disney media franchise ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’

Respiring the role of Sparrow, Depp appeared in other ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series - ‘Dead Man's Chest’ (2006), ‘At World's End’ (2007), ‘On Stranger Tides’ (2011), and ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ (2017).

Depp was also acclaimed for his portrayal in the 2005 American musical fantasy film ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’. He was well-received as the voice actor of the groom in the animated tale ‘Corpse Bride’

His other notable roles are, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010), ‘Dark Shadows’ (2012), ‘The Lone Ranger’ (2013), ‘Tusk’ (2104), and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ (2016). Depp was also seen as a part of, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (2017), ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ (2019), and ‘Minamata’ (2020).

In his upcoming works, Depp will voice the character Johnny Puff in the animated series ‘Puffins’. Besides, he is cast in the movie ‘Cities of Lies’ released on March 19, 2021.

Early life

Born on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky, Johnny Depp is the youngest of the four children of John Christopher Depp and Elizabeth Betty Sue Depp. His father was a civil engineer by profession, and his mother a waitress and homemaker. Due to his father's work, Depp's family constantly relocated. They finally landed in Miramar, Florida, when he was seven years old. 

When Depp was 12, he indulged in smoking and began experimenting with drugs to self-harm due to the stress out of his family problems. His parents got divorced in 1987. He used to collect the weekly child-support money at his father's office, but this ended up on bad terms with his father. 

A year after his parent's divorce, he dropped out of high school to pursue his career in music. He became a member of The Kid, a garage band. The band became popular enough to open for the bands Talking Heads and B-52's

Johnny Depp's stepfather Robert Palmer was his inspiration for his growth. He died in 2000. Johnny Depp's song 'As Bad As I am' was taken from the words of stepfather's toast.

About his stepfather, Johnny said, “He was this really cool guy. He was a bit of a rounder. He spent about half his life in prison, in Statesville Ill. And he had this toast. 'Here’s to you, as good as you are. Here’s to me, as bad as I am. You're still as good as you are, as bad as I am.'“

In 1983, Depp was married to a makeup artist, Lori Arrison, who later introduced him to her friend Nicolas Cage. Seeing potential in Depp, Cage further introduced him to the Hollywood agent. The unemployed musician who had never considered seeking a career in acting landed several small roles before taking up the lead in the 1984 horror film ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’

Three years later, Depp divorced his wife, and his band also dispersed. In 1985, he met Sherilyn Fenn while filming the short film ‘Dummies’, but their relationship was also short-lived. Determined in acting, Depp studied acting in Los Angeles's Loft Studio and later with a private coach.

Career

After his acting lessons, he made his breakthrough role in the 1987 Canadian television series ‘21 Jump Street’. Garnering him the immediate stardom, he became a prominent teen idol. Later in 1989, his contract with the film expired, and he pursued further eccentric roles in notable movies.

In 1990, he appeared in the film ‘Cry Baby’. Later that year, he acted in the first of several collaborations with director Tim Burton in 'Edward Scissorhands'. In 1993, Depp's 'Benny & Joon' and 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' were considered sleeper hits after the success of 'Edward Scissorhands’.

Another notable film played by Depp is the 1995 film ‘Don Juan DeMarco’ where he portrays a character who believes he is the famous fictional Don Juan. In 1997 he featured as an undercover FBI agent in the movie ‘Donnie Brasco’.

With ‘The Astronaut's Wife’ in 1999, Depp tried a different genre, sci-fi horror. In the same year, he starred as a prim, powered Ichabod Crane in another Burton's film, ‘Sleepy Hollow’. The following year, he starred in the small but successful romantic drama ‘Chocolat’, followed by a big-budget appearance in 'Blow' in 2001 as real-life cocaine kingpin George Jung. In 2001, Depp starred in the horror film ‘From Hell’, and in 2002, he starred in Robert Rodriguez's ‘Once Upon a Time in Mexico’.

"Captain Jack Sparrow"

In 2003, Depp starred as Captain Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.' In 2004, he was nominated for the Best Actor category for his performance in the movie. The film was a box office success, resulting in the creation of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise. Depp returned to the role of Jack Sparrow in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ sequels ‘Dead Man's Chest’ (2006), ‘At World's End’ (2007), ‘On Stranger Tides’ (2011), and ‘Dead Men Say No Tales’ (2017), the greatest grossing films of all time.

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