Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Johnny Deep Biography

Johnny Depp
Birth Date
June 09, 1963
Birth Place
Owensboro, Ky.

Johnny Depp is known for playing eccentric characters – from his work with horror-meister director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd) to Disney's edgy Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

With his shock of black hair and distinctive high cheekbones, the Kentucky-born Depp has progressed from '80s teen heartthrob in the Fox TV series 21 Jump Street, to PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive in 2003. But he hasn't relied on his stunningly sexy good looks, having notoriously spurned conventional leading-man roles in Titanic and Speed. Rarely seen in Hollywood, Depp, who previously dated Winona Ryder and Kate Moss, lives quietly in the south of France with actress Vanessa Paradis and their two children.

Johnny Depp: Five Fun Facts

  1. Johnny Depp dared What's Eating Gilbert Grape costar Leonardo DiCaprio to sniff a rancid pickled egg and paid DiCaprio $500 when he did.
  2. When he co-owned the Viper Room in L.A., Johnny Depp was known to hand out 50- and 100-dollar bills to the homeless huddled on the sidewalk near the club.
  3. In 1993, while filming Arizona Dream with Faye Dunaway, Johnny Depp learned she wanted to jump on a trampoline. During a break in shooting, he and a friend drove 80 miles to a sporting goods store and brought one back to the set.
  4. Asked the origin of his last name by James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, Johnny Depp said it means "idiot" in German.
  5. In his younger days, Johnny Depp would often check in to hotels under risqué aliases such as "Mr. Donkey Penis."

Not Exactly Neverland

Depp's family settles in Miramar, Fla., when Depp is 7, living in a hotel until his father finds work. Prone to self-inflicted knife wounds – his arms still bear the visible scars – Depp starts smoking at 12, loses his virginity at 13, starts doing drugs at 14 and eventually drops out of high school at 16 to join the garage band, The Kids.


Johnny Depp

December 20

The Marrying Man

Months after moving to L.A. with his bandmates, Depp, 20, marries makeup artist Lori Allison, 25, in Miami. The relationship lasts two years and leads to one important connection. Through her friend Nicolas Cage, Depp is introduced to the agent who lands him his first film role, as a teen swallowed by his bed in 1984's Nightmare on Elm Street.


December 19

Reporting for Duty

Depp gets his first taste of Oscar-quality work with a small role as a Vietnamese-speaking GI in Oliver Stone's Platoon. The film will receive eight Oscar nominations the following year, taking home statues for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound and Best Film Editing.


Johnny Depp

April 12

Undercover Bother

With the successful premiere of high school cop drama 21 Jump Street, one of the first shows on the new FOX network, Depp becomes a teen heartthrob, receiving 10,000 fan letters a month. Although he signed a six-year contract with the show, not believing it would last a season, Depp begins to rebel against his heartthrob status and by 1990 negotiates his way out in order to pursue movie work. "He didn't make any secret of the fact that he didn't particularly care about being on that show," recalls castmate Holly Robinson to PEOPLE.


Johnny Depp


Depp Dates Winona

Depp meets actress Winona Ryder at a film premiere and is immediately smitten. "There's been nothing in my 27 years that's comparable to the feeling I have with Winona," he tells PEOPLE at the time. Five months after their first date, the couple is engaged; three years later they
split. Depp, who alters the "Winona Forever" tattoo on his right biceps to read "Wino Forever," seems to have a fiancée fetish: before Ryder, he was also briefly engaged to actresses Sherilyn Fenn and Jennifer Grey.


Johnny Depp

December 06

Total Cutup

In an extreme contrast from his 21 Jump Street persona, Depp takes on the eccentric title role in Edward Scissorhands. It is his first collaboration with director Tim Burton, whom he works with on Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Corpse Bride (2005).


Johnny Depp

April 16

Art Film Confidential

Depp passes on big-budget roles for films like Benny & Joon, where he plays an eccentric who models himself after silent-movie star Buster Keaton. He'll continue the trend with What's Eating Gilbert Grape (opposite Leonardo DiCaprio) and Ed Wood. "I was so uncomfortable being a product, I swore to myself that I would choose my own path," Depp says on Inside the Actors Studio. "I figured I could always go back to playing guitar or pumping gas or something."

October 31

Death of a Friend

Fellow actor and pal River Phoenix collapses outside the Viper Room, the Sunset Strip club Depp co-owns until 2003. An autopsy shows that Phoenix's body had toxic levels of cocaine and heroin, as well as marijuana and Valium. Depp faces accusations that his nightspot is one of the centers of Hollywood's drug trade. "To pinpoint one club or one street is really ridiculous," he tells USA Today. "There's a tragic loss of a very gifted, very sweet, nice young man."


Johnny Depp


Up-and-Down Relationship

Depp meets model Kate Moss at the Manhattan bistro Café Tabac, and from the beginning their union is one of tremendous highs and lows. "They can't keep their hands, lips, mouths, legs off each other," a friend says to PEOPLE. The passion often turns the other way as the pair are frequently seen shouting at each other in public. "Instead of hitting women, he just gets angry and lets off steam in other ways," a longtime friend says to PEOPLE.

Johnny Depp

September 13

Charge It to the Room

Suspected of being drunk and fighting with Moss, Depp is arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief after trashing his $1,200-a-night room at New York City's Mark Hotel. Charges are dismissed after Depp pays nearly $10,000 in damages and fees. Ironically, legendary hotel trasher Roger Daltrey of The Who was trying to sleep next door. "On a scale of 1 to 10," Daltrey says to PEOPLE, "I give him a 1. It took him so bloody long. The Who could've done the job in one minute flat."

May 22

Going Gonzo

After becoming friendly with journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Depp portrays him in the film adaptation of Thompson's novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In August 2005, six months after the author's suicide, Depp pays for an invitation-only memorial where Thompson's ashes are shot out of a 15-foot cannon over his Aspen ranch.

Johnny Depp


Paradis Found

In Paris filming the supernatural mystery The Ninth Gate, Depp meets French model-singer Vanessa Paradis, 26. "[She] walked towards me, directly at me, and just said 'Hi.' And then I just knew, you know, it's over with," he tells Oprah. Meeting Paradis, he says, "changed [my life] completely." Within months, the pair move into a $2 million villa in a rural village on France's Cote d'Azur.


Johnny Depp

May 27

Little Flower

Depp and Paradis welcome their first child, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, in Paris. They have a son, John Christopher Depp III, whom they call Jack, in April 2002. "Johnny is the perfect father. He dresses the children, he changes them, he makes them laugh," Paradis says in French Elle in 2002. Her one complaint? "Well, he does give Lily-Rose too many potato chips."


Johnny Depp

July 09

Ahoy, Mate

Depp steals the show from Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in Disney's blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Modeling his character, Captain Jack Sparrow, after Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Depp's oddball portrayal earns him his first Oscar nomination. The film grosses $654 million during its theatrical run, and Depp reprises the role in 2006 and 2007.

Johnny Depp

December 01

He's Too Sexy

Depp lands the cover of PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive in 2003, beating such handsome faces as Brad Pi
, Russell Crowe, Nick Lachey and George Clooney. With the popularity of Pirates of the Caribbean, Depp gains a new generation of fans. Lasse Halstrom, who directed Depp in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, talks of the leading man's charm: "He's a little dangerous, he has a secret, he has great warmth – all those things you can see in his eyes. That's the key to his appeal."


Johnny Depp

November 12

Panning for Accolades

Depp goes two for two, giving another Oscar-nominated performance as Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland with Kate Winslet. "Johnny is at the pinnacle of his career," Neverland producer Harvey Weinstein says to PEOPLE. "He is the most versatile actor in the industry. He is a leading man, a character actor, and he has the courage of his convictions."


Johnny Depp

July 15


Delivering his own version of the Willy Wonka character popularized by Gene Wilder in 1971, Depp once again caters toward a younger audience in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Filming in London, Depp flies home to France every weekend until the last month of shooting, when he brings his family with him. "He wanted Lily-Rose to see him playing with the Oompa Loompas," producer Richard Zanuck says to PEOPLE.


March 08

Depp's Daughter Recovers

Depp's daughter Lily-Rose, who has fallen ill in England, is "doing much better", according to the actor's rep. Several British papers reported that Lily-Rose came down with an undisclosed illness and that Depp, 43, has been by her bedside every day, halting production on Tim Burton's movie version of the stage musical Sweeney Todd. "To say it was the darkest moment, that's nothing," Depp later tells EW. "Now every single millisecond is a mini-celebration."

Johnny Depp

May 25

A Mighty Trilogy

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End opens at No. 1 at the box office, grossing $153 million its first week. Days later, the previous Pirates installment wins the MTV Movie Award for Best Movie and Depp takes home the popcorn for Best Performance. "I want to thank [the producers] and Disney for not firing me first," Depp says during his acceptance speech.

Johnny Depp

November 09

Singing in Sweeney Todd

Depp appears on the cover of EW, where he discusses his sixth collaboration with director Tim Burton in the adaptation of the musical, Sweeney Todd. "He makes Sid Vicious look like the innocent paper boy," Depp says of his character. "He's beyond dark." Despite the singing (which "couldn't be more foreign to me in a lot of ways"), the actor says, "After certain takes, Tim would just howl with laughter and go, 'I think this is my favorite character.''' After winning a lead actor Golden Globe for the dark role, Depp earns a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Johnny Depp 'Overjoyed' by Golden Globes Win

Originally posted Monday January 14, 2008 04:25 PM EST

Johnny Depp Photo by: Jeff Vespa / WireImage
Johnny Depp 'Overjoyed' by Golden Globes Win | Johnny Depp
They may not have been on hand to take home their Golden Globes on Sunday night, but Hollywood's top actors – including Johnny Depp and Daniel Day-Lewis – expressed gratitude for the honor Monday.

Said Entourage winner Jeremy Piven: "I was on the set working last night and I heard my name called and then I heard a lot of yelling from the trailers. The cast broke out some champagne. I feel really lucky – except for the fact that I didn't get to be on the same stage as Steven Spielberg."

Piven, who won best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie, says he's one of the lucky ones. Not only did he get the Globe, but he gets to work in the middle of the strike. (He was on the set of the new Will Ferrell comedy, The Goods.)

Daniel Day-Lewis, best actor in a drama for There Will Be Blood, was on a plane from L.A. to Ireland when the announcements were made – and he kept his statement short and sweet: "I'm delighted."

And Johnny Depp – best actor in a comedy or musical for his turn as the murderous barber in Sweeney Todd – thanked everyone from his costar to his family. He released the following statement:

"I would like to thank my beloved friends at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for bestowing such an honor on me. It is a humbling experience, especially in the company of such talent. For many years the HFPA has supported my work and for that I have always been truly grateful. While this is indeed a happy day for me, I am overjoyed at the recognition the film as a whole is receiving. Tim [Burton] is a dear friend and a true artist whose vision and skill inspire us all. He is a genius. Without his unwavering trust and support, I would not be anywhere near where I am today."

"Also, big thanks and respect to Helena [Bonham-Carter], whose simply staggering performance as Mrs. Lovett is a wonder to behold. I must send a behemoth salute to the wonderful crew and cast of Sweeney Todd and all at Dreamworks/Paramount and Warner Bros. Pictures. In addition, I'd also like to extend my sincere gratitude to, first and foremost, my cherished friend and agent of forever ago, Tracey Jacobs; the
extraordinary man and producer, Richard Zanuck; the mastermind Stephen Sondheim; and, of course, my precious family, Vanessa, Lily-Rose and Jack, for all of their love, support and pure and absolute happiness everyday. Overall, I believe it to be a proud achievement for everyone involved and on behalf of us all, I thank you."


Johnny Depp, Reese Witherspoon Named Top Stars at People's Choice

Originally posted Tuesday January 08, 2008 11:15 PM EST

Johnny Depp Photo by: Joe Takano / Orion Press / ABACA
Johnny Depp, Witherspoon Top People's Choice | Johnny Depp
Although the writers' strike continues to slow down the award season, on Tuesday night the people were heard – and not just in New Hampshire.

Yes, the 34th annual People's Choice Awards carried on. Rather than cancel the show, producers retooled it as an understated, "newsmagazine"-style broadcast, hosted by Queen Latifah on CBS. The actress acknowledged the changes immediately, telling viewers, "I know this show's a little different than last time. But we have what's important – you, the people, and all your favorites all night long."

Apart from the host – who spent much of the broadcast directly addressing the cameras and walking around an empty studio – celebrity appearances were relegated to vintage clips (montages mostly of memorable moments) and prerecorded acceptance speeches. Top winners included Johnny Depp and Reese Witherspoon as favorite male and female movie star, respectively, and Justin Timberlake as favorite male singer.

Even in the taped acceptance speeches, the writers' absence was noted often. As Joaquin Phoenix received his favorite leading man trophy, he flipped through cue cards rather than speaking. "I'm speechless without the writers," his cards read. "Seriously. But in my own quiet way, I want to thank the millions of fans that voted for me for favorite leading man."

And Witherspoon, who currently stars Rendition, said, "We are nothing without our writers. But we are also nothing without our audience."

Other major winners included: Ellen DeGeneres, who nabbed two awards – one for favorite talk show host and also for favorite funny female star. Grey's Anatomy favorite Katherine Heigl picked up favorite female TV star. Country group Rascal Flatts also earned two awards, taking home favorite country song for "Stand" and favorite group.

Here is a rundown of some of the night's big winners:

Favorite Female Movie Star

Reese Witherspoon

Favorite Male Movie Star

Johnny Depp

Favorite Leading Lady

Drew Barrymore

Favorite Leading Man

Joaquin Phoenix

Favorite Movie

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Favorite Male TV Star

Patrick Dempsey

Favorite Female TV Star

Katherine Heigl

Favorite Female Singer

Gwen Stefani

Favorite Male Singer

Justin Timberlake

Favorite Group

Rascal Flatts

John Christopher Depp II[1] (born June 9, 1963) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American actor, best known for his frequent portrayals of offbeat and eccentric characters such as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ichabod Crane in the film adaptation of Sleepy Hollow.

He has collaborated with director and close friend Tim Burton prolifically in films such as Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1996), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2007. Depp has also garnered acclaim for his portrayals of real life figures such as Edward Wood Jr., Joseph Pistone and George Jung. Films featuring Depp have grossed over $2.2 billion at the United States box office and over $4.7 billion worldwide.[2]

Depp is widely known for his avoidance of the Hollywood celebrity scene despite his high profile A-list status and chooses to live in France with his partner, French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis when not filming.

Early life

Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of Betty Sue Palmer (née Wells), a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, Sr., a civil engineer.[3] He has one brother, Danny, and two sisters, Christie (who is Johnny's personal manager) and Debbie. Depp has German, Cherokee (from a great-grandmother), and Irish ancestry.[4][5] 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).[6][7] 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 Depp was 15, his parents were divorced. He 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".[8]

Rock band

Depp's mother bought her son a guitar when he was twelve, and Depp began playing in various garage bands. His first band was in honor of his girlfriend Meredith. A year after his parents' divorce, Depp dropped out of high school to become a rock musician. As he once explained on Inside the Actors Studio, he attempted to go back to school two weeks later, but the principal told him to follow his dream of being a musician. Depp called the remark "really sweet."[citation needed] He played with The Kids, a band that enjoyed modest local success. T
he Kids set out together for Los Angeles in pursuit of a record deal, changing their name to "Six Gun Method."

As Depp's marriage caused friction between the band members,[citation needed] the group split before signing a record deal. Depp subsequently collaborated with the band Rock City Angels[9] and co-wrote their song "Mary," which appeared on Rock City Angels' debut for Geffen Records titled Young Man's Blues.


On December 24, 1983, Depp married Lori Anne Allison, a makeup artist and sister of his band's bass player and singer. 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.


After his marriage ended, Depp dated and was engaged to Sherilyn Fenn (whom he met on the set of the 1985 short film Dummies). He also dated 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.[10] The couple have two children. Daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp was born May 27, 1999. In 2007, she recovered from a very serious illness, an E. coli bacteria infection that began to cause her kidneys to shut down and resulted in an extended hospital stay.[11] However, earlier sources reported that she had blood poisoning due to stepping on a rusty tack.[12] Son John "Jack" Christopher Depp III was born April 9, 2002. Although Depp has not remarried since his early divorce, he notes that having children has given him "real foundation, a real strong place to stand in life, in work, in everything."[13] "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 their home in Meudon, located in Paris suburbs, and their villa in Plan-de-la-Tour, a small town an hour and a half from Saint-Tropez, in the south of France.[14][15]

Depp has thirteen tattoos, many of them signifying important persons or events in his life. including an American Indian in profile and a ribbon reading "Wino Forever" (originally "Winona Forever", but altered after his breakup with Winona Ryder) on his right bicep, "Lily-Rose" (the name of his first-born child) over his heart, "Betty Sue" (his mother's name) on his left bicep, and a sparrow flying over water with the word "Jack" (his son's name; the sparrow is flying towards him rather than away from him as it is in Pirates of the Caribbean) on his right forearm.


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 work in the business and 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"[17] 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."[18] Depp promised himself that after his contract on the series expired, he would only appear in films that he felt were right for him.[17] Johnny Depp also had a guest star roll in 2004 as a voice on King of the Hill season 8 episode 20 as the Yoga instructor Victor.

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 has since stated that he felt Platoon was the first 'proper' film in which he appeared. Depp then left his teen idol image in 1990, 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), Corpse Bride (2005) and Sweeney Todd (2007). 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.[19] In 2006, Depp contributed a 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.[20]

Depp with longer hair, mustache and goatee similar to the style used in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl film.
Depp with longer hair, mustache and goatee similar to the style used in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl film.

Depp's film characters have been described by the press as "iconic loners,"[21] and Depp has noted that this period of his career was full of "studio defined failures" and films that were "box office poison,"[22] stating that he believes film studios never "understood" the films he appeared in and did not know how to market them properly.[21] 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.[21]

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,[21] 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-g
oing public;[21] 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."[22] According to a survey taken by Fandango, Depp was also considered to be one of the main reasons audiences wanted to see the movie.[23] The film's director, Gore Verbinski, has said that Depp's Jack Sparrow character closely resembles Depp's own personality, although Depp himself said that he modelled the character after Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.[24] Depp, who has noted that he was "surprised" and "touched" at the positive reception given to the film,[21] 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.[24]

Depp at the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest London premiere in July 2006.
Depp at the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest London premiere in July 2006.

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.[25] The next sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean, 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.[13] Depp voiced Sparrow in the video game, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow.[26]

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

As a child, Depp was obsessed with Dark Shadows. Warner Brothers pitched the idea of making another film to Johnny, and he accepted. In July 2007 a rights deal was closed with the estate of Dan Curtis , the producer/director who created the soap that aired weekdays on ABC, from 1966 to 1971. Depp and Graham King will produce with David Kennedy, who ran Dan Curtis Productions inc. until Curtis died in 2006 of a brain tumor. Infinitum-Nihil's Christi Dembrowski served as the point person on the deal.

It was confirmed that he will portray Paul Kemp, the main character in a film version of writer Hunter S. Thompson's book, The Rum Diary.[19] Depp played the title role of Sweeney Todd in Tim Burton's film adaptation of the musical Sweeney Todd,[27] for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Depp's production company has picked up the rights to the story of poisoned former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.[28] He is also signed to portray the deceased Heath Ledger's character in the 2009 film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

In May 2006, Autograph Collector Magazine published its list of "10 Best & 10 Worst Hollywood Signers," with Depp topping the list of Best Signers.[29] In December 2007, CNN reported that he topped the list again for a third year in a row.[30]

[edit] Controversy

In 1994, Depp was arrested and questioned by police for allegedly causing serious damage to a New York City hotel suite.[31] He was arrested again in 1999 for brawling with paparazzi outside a restaurant while dining in London with his girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis.[32]

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."[33] Although he later asserted that the magazine misquoted him and the quotation was taken out of context, Stern stood by its story, as did CNN.com in its coverage of the interview. CNN 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."[34] 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" who enjoys the "simpler" life and anonymity that living in France provides.[33]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street Glen Lantz
1985 Private Resort Jack
Short film
1986 Platoon Private Gator Lerner
1990 Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands
Cry-Baby Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Teen on TV
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape Gilbert Grape
Benny & Joon Sam
Arizona Dream Axel
1994 Ed Wood Ed Wood
1995 Nick of Time Gene Watson
Dead Man William Blake
Don Juan DeMarco Don Juan
1997 Donnie Brasco Donnie Brasco/Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone
The Brave Raphael Also Director and Writer
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Raoul Duke
L.A. Without A Map Himself/William Black on Dead Man poster Cameo As Himself
1999 Sleepy Hollow Constable Ichabod Crane
The Astronaut's Wife Commander Spencer Armacost
The Ninth Gate Dean Corso
2000 Chocolat Roux
Before Night Falls Lt. Victor + Bon Bon
2001 From Hell Inspector Frederick Abberline
The Man Who Cried Cesar (Limited release)
Blow George Jung
2002 Lost in La Mancha Himself (Johnny Depp)
2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico Sheldon Jeffrey Sands
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Captain Jack Sparrow Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
2004 Happily Ever After L'inconnu
Finding Neverland Sir James Matthew Barrie Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
Secret Window Mort Rainey
2005 The Libertine John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka
Corpse Bride Victor Van Dort
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Captain Jack Sparrow
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Captain Jack Sparrow
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Actor
2009 Shantaram Lindsay Also Co-Producer
The Rum Diary Paul Kemp Also Executive Producer
Public Enemies John Dillinger
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Tony Assuming a role originally portrayed by Heath Ledger


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