Best known for his challenging and “larger-than-life” roles Johnny Depp is regarded as one of the world’s biggest movie stars with an estimated net worth of $350 million.
Depp has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for the Best Actor. He rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol.
He rose to fame with a supporting role in Oliver Stone’s Platoon in 1986, then playing the title character in Edward Scissorhands. Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and its sequels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Rango. He has collaborated on eight films with director and friend Tim Burton.
Johnny Depp is has gained worldwide critical acclaim for his portrayals of such people as Ed Wood in Ed Wood, Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brasco, Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas etc. 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; and The Tourist which grossed $278 million worldwide.
Depp has been nominated for major acting awards, including three nominations for Academy Award for Best Actor. Johnny Depp won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He also has garnered a sex symbol status in American cinema, being twice named as the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2003 and 2009. He has been listed in the 2012 Guinness World Records as the highest paid actor, with $75 million.
Depp continued to receive critical and commercial acclaim. He appeared in Benny & Joon, which became a sleeper hit. He has generally chosen roles which he found interesting, rather than those he thought would succeed at the box office. Johnny Depp has referred to some of his less-successful films as “studio-defined failures” and “box office poison”, and that he thought the studios neither understood the films nor did a good job of marketing them but the character became popular with the movie-going public.
Depp reprised the role of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates sequels Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End and On Stranger Tides, each of which were major successes as well. Depp has said that Sparrow is “definitely a big part of me,” and he even voiced the character in the video game Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow.
Depp played the title role of Sweeney Todd in Tim Burton’s film adaptation of the musical, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Johnny Depp thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and praised Tim Burton for his “unwavering trust and support.”
Depp stated in a BBC radio interview on July 29, 2013 that he hopes to be involved with “quieter things” at some point in the near future, implying that he will retire from acting. Depp explained in further detail during the interview: “I wouldn’t say I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away. When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realise that you’ve said written words more than you’ve had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being.”
Johnny Depp has signed on to play convicted Boston crime boss Whitey Bulgar in director Scott Cooper’s Black Mass.
As a guitar player, Johnny Depp has played slide guitar on the Oasis song “Fade In-Out”, as well as on “Fade Away “ . He also played acoustic guitar in the movie Chocolate and on the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in Mexico. He is a friend of The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, and performed on MacGowan’s first solo album. He was also a member of P, a group featuring Butt-hole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. He performed lead guitar and drums for a cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”, which appeared as a bonus track on some editions of Marilyn Manson’s 2012 album Born Villain., also performing live with Marilyn Manson in the Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012, performing various songs of Marilyn Manson.
Along with Sean Penn, John Malkovich and Mick Hucknall, Depp co-owned the French restaurant-bar Man Ray, located near the Champs-Élysées. Depp also announced he would be co-editor, alongside Douglas Brinkley, of folk singer Woody Guthrie’s unpublished novel House of Earth. The book was published in 2013.
Depp may be eccentric, but he has proven to be one of the kindest and most charitable stars in Hollywood. The actor has donated his time, money and autographed items to a variety of causes and charities. Depp has also been known to make surprise appearances at schools and hospitals dressed as his “Pirates of the Caribbean” character Captain Jack Sparrow.
Even the actor’s fans, who have been touched by his generosity, formed a group called Johnny’s Angels: Depp Fans for Charity, which raises funds for Children’s Hospice & Palliative Care Coalition. Depp often matches the group’s donations.
Quick Facts about Johnny Depp
Full Name: John Christopher Depp
Profession: Actor, film producer, screenwriter, director and musician
Height: 5ft 9in or 175 cm
Weight: 130lbs (59kg)
Date of Birth: June 9, 1963
Place of Birth: Owensboro, Kentucky
Education: Miramar High School, Miramar, Florida, USA.
Marital Status: Divorced (Lori Anne Allison ) and currently dating( Amber Heard)
Children: 2( Daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp and son John “Jack” Christopher Depp III)