Johnny Depp is an actor known for his portrayal of eccentric characters in films like ‘Ed Wood,’ ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ as well as his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise.
Johnny Depp’s full name is John Christopher Depp II. He was born June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky, the youngest of four children of Betty Sue Palmer, a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. Depp is of mostly English ancestry, with some Dutch, Belgian, African and French ancestry.
He dropped out of school when he was 15. And fronted a series of music-garage bands, including one named ‘The Kids’. It was when he married Lori Anne Allison (Lori A. Depp) that he took up the job of being a ballpoint-pen salesman to support himself and his wife. A visit to Los Angeles, California, with his wife, however, happened to be a blessing in disguise. When he met up with actor Nicolas Cage, who advised him to turn to act, which culminated in Depp’s film debut in the low-budget horror film, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), where he played a teenager who falls prey to dream-stalking demon Freddy Krueger.
In 1987 he shot to stardom when he replaced Jeff Yagher in the role of undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the popular TV series 21 Jump Street (1987).
In 1990, after numerous roles in teen-oriented films, his first of a handful of great collaborations with director Tim Burton came about when Depp played the title role in Edward Scissorhands (1990).
Following the film’s success, Depp carved a niche for himself as a serious, somewhat dark, idiosyncratic performer, consistently selecting roles that surprised critics and audiences alike.
He continued to gain critical acclaim and increasing popularity by appearing in many features before re-joining with Burton in the lead role of Ed Wood (1994) and Donnie Brasco (1997). He got popularity in opposite Al Pacino; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), directed by Terry Gilliam. And then, in 1999, he appeared in the sci-fi/horror film The Astronaut’s Wife (1999). The same year he teamed up again with Burton in Sleepy Hollow (1999), brilliantly portraying Ichabod Crane.
Johnny Depp’s $150 million net worth is no surprise considering he has starred in a number of high-grossing films.
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