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Name: Johnny Depp
Birth Name: John Christopher Depp III
Height: 5' 10"
Sex: M
Nationality: American
Date: June 9, 1963
Birth Place: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Occupation: actor, director, musician
Education: high scool (dropped out) Loft Studio in Los Angeles, California (studied with Peggy Feury)
Husband/Wife: Lori Allison (married in 1983; divorced in 1985)
Relationship: Vanessa Paradis (actress; French; born on December 22, 1972; dating as of June 1998 until present), Kate Moss (model; engaged in July 1995; separated in 1997), Winona Ryder (actress; separated in 1993), Jennifer Grey (actress), Sherilyn Fenn (actress)
Father: John Christopher Depp (city engineer) Mother: Betty Sue Palmer (waitress)
Sister: Christie Dembrowski (personal manager; born in 1961)
Brother: D.P. Depp (screenwriter; older)
Son: Jack John Christopher Depp III (born on April 9, 2002; mother: Vanessa Paradis)
Daughter: Lily-Rose Melody (born on May 24, 1999; mother: Vanessa Paradis)
Claim to fame: as Officer Tom Hanson on TV Series: 21 Jump Street (1987)

Johnny Depp Biography

Born in Kentucky and raised in Florida,Depp had the kind of upbringing that would readily lend itself to his future portrayals of brooding lost boys. After his parents divorced when he was 16, he dropped out of school a year later in the hopes of making his way in the world as a musician. Depp fronted a series of garage bands; the most successful of these, The Kids, was once the opening act for Iggy Pop. During slack times in the music business, Depp sold pens by phone. He got introduced to acting after a visit to L.A. with his former wife, who introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage, who encouraged Depp to give it a try. The young actor made his film debut in 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street (years after attaining stardom, Depp sentimentally played a cameo in the last of the Elm Street series), and his climb to fame was accelerated in 1987, when he replaced Jeff Yagher in the role of undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the Canadian-filmed TV series 21 Jump Street. Biding his time in "teen heartthrob" roles, Depp was first given a chance to exhibit his exhausting versatility in the title role of Tim Burton's fantasy Edward Scissorhands (1990).

Following the success of Edward Scissorhands, the actor made a conscious and successful effort never to repeat himself in his subsequent characterizations. He continued to gain critical acclaim and increasing popularity for his work, most notably in Benny & Joon (1993), in which he played a troubled young man who fancies himself the reincarnation of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), which cast him as its title character, a young man dissatisfied with the confines of his small-town life. Following Gilbert Grape, Depp outdid himself in Burton's Ed Wood (1994), with his outrageous but lovable portrayal of the angora-sweater-worshipping World's Worst Film Director. The same year, he further exercised his versatility playing a 19th century accountant in Dead Man, Jim Jarmusch's otherworldly Western. With his excellent portrayal of the titular undercover FBI agent in Mike Newell's 1997 Donnie Brasco, Depp continued to ascend the Hollywood ranks. After a starring turn as Hunter S. Thompson's alter ego in Terry Gilliam's trippy adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Depp tried his hand at sci-fi horror with The Astronaut's Wife in 1999. That same year, he again collaborated with Burton on Sleepy Hollow, starring as a prim, driven Ichabod Crane in the remake of Washington Irving's classic tale of gothic terror. Appearing the following year in the small but popular romantic drama Chocolat, Depp jumped back into the big time with his role as real-life cocaine kingpin George Jung in Blow (2001) before gearing up for roles in the Jack the Ripper thriller From Hell (2001) and Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). In what was perhaps his most surprising departure since Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Depp shed his oftentimes angst-ridden persona for a flamboyant role as a long undead pirate in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean.
In addition to his acting, Depp has also gained a certain dose of fame for his romantic involvements with several female celebrities, including Winona Ryder, Sherilyn Fenn, and Kate Moss, and in 1999, fathered a daughter with French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis, as well as a son in 2002. He was also the owner of the Viper Room, a popular L.A. nightspot which gained notoriety when actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on its doorstep in 1993. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Johnny Depp Filmography

Actor
Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Secret Window (2004)
Lost in La Mancha (2003)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Blow (2001)
From Hell (2001)
The Man Who Cried (2001)
Before Night Falls (2000)
Chocolat (2000)
The Ninth Gate (2000)
The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Donnie Brasco (1997)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1997)
Cannes Man (1996)
Dead Man (1996)
Don Juan de Marco (1995)
Nick of Time (1995)
Arizona Dream (1994)
Ed Wood (1994)
Benny & Joon (1993)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Cry-Baby (1990)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Platoon (1986)
Private Resort (1985)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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