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Johnny Depp Biography


Johnny Depp Biography

Johnny Depp at the World Premiere of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.'

© Richard Chavez

Johnny Depp's Birth Date:

June 9, 1963

Place of Birth:

Owensboro, Kentucky, but grew up in Florida

Full Name:

John Christopher Depp II

Personal Facts:

Johnny Depp's marriage to Lori Anne Allison in 1983 lasted only two years. Depp has two children - Lily-Rose Melody Depp born on May 27, 1999 and John Christopher 'Jack' Depp III born on April 29, 2002 - with French actress Vanessa Paradis.

Role That Got Him Noticed:

Nabbing the role of Tommy Hanson in 21 Jump Street in 1987 put him on the map. His first major feature film role was in Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), the film that launched the Freddy Krueger franchise.

What He Did Before He Got Famous:

Depp played in the rock band "Kids" before getting into acting.

He's Known For...:

Playing dark characters and for working with Tim Burton and Gore Verbinski multiple times. Depp was directed by Burton in Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd. He's reuniting with Burton on Alice in Wonderland (2010) where he'll play The Mad Hatter.

Depp worked with Verbinski in the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean series. Depp played the swaggering pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in three blockbuster movies, and will don the pirate gear one more time for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides which is aiming for a 2011 release.

Notable Movies:

Other highlights from Depp's 20+ year film career include Cry Baby, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Before Night Falls, Blow, Finding Neverland, The Libertine, Public Enemies, and Alice in Wonderland.

A Little Background:

Depp was once considered one of Hollywood's bad boys and had a reputation as a partier. Depp credits the birth of his daughter in 1999 to his maturity as an actor and a person.


Johnny Depp's been nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2004), Best Actor for Finding Neverland (2005), and Best Actor for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2008).

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