Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Johnny Depp

Name: Johnny Depp
Birth Name: John Christopher Depp III
Height: 5' 10
Sex: M
Nationality: American
Birth Date: June 9, 1963
Birth Place: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Profession: actor, director, musician
Education: high school (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)

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.

2008 The Rum Diary
2008 Shantaram
2007 Sweeney Todd
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
2006 Deep Sea 3D
2006 Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
2006 When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005 Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
2004 Finding Neverland
2004 Secret Window
2004 The Libertine
2003 Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2003 Breakfast With Hunter
2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico
2002 Lost in La Mancha
2001 Blow
2001 From Hell
2000 Before Night Falls
2000 The Man Who Cried
2000 Chocolat
2000 Before Night Falls
1999 The Astronaut's Wife
1999 The Source
1999 The Ninth Gate
1999 Sleepy Hollow
1998 L.A. Without a Map
1998 Top Secret: National Security Agency
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
1998 Top Secret: Scotland Yard
1997 The Brave
1997 Donnie Brasco
1996 Cannes Man
1995 Nick of Time
1995 Top Secret: Mossad
1995 Don Juan DeMarco
1995 Dead Man
1994 Ed Wood
1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape
1993 Benny & Joon
1993 Arizona Dream
1991 Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
1990 21 Jump Street: Season 04
1990 Cry-Baby
1990 Edward Scissorhands
1989 21 Jump Street: Season 03
1988 21 Jump Street: Season 02
1987 21 Jump Street: Season 01
1987 21 Jump Street
1986 Platoon
1986 Slow Burn
1985 Private Resort
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street

1997 The Brave

Executive Producer
2008 The Rum Diary

2008 Shantaram

1997 The Brave

2004 Best Actor Finding Neverland
2003 Best Actor Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

British Academy Awards
2004 Best Actor Finding Neverland

Broadcast Film Critics Association
2004 Best Actor Finding Neverland

Chicago Film Critics Association
2003 Best Actor Pirates of the Car

Golden Globe
2006 Best Actor - Comedy or Musical Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest
2005 Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2004 Best Actor - Drama Finding Neverland
2003 Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
1994 Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Ed Wood
1993 Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Benny & Joon
1990 Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Edward Scissorhands

London Film Critics Association
2005 Best Actor Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Screen Actors Guild
2004 Best Actor Finding Neverland
2003 Best Actor Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#1). [1995]
Daughter, with Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, born. [27 May 1999]
Arrested for being in a fight with paparazzis in front of a restaurant in London. [January 1999]
Ranked #67 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world [1996]
Voted EMPIRE's (UK) "sexiest male movie star of all time" [1995]
River Phoenix died outside his L.A. club The Viper Room at 8852 Sunset Boulevard.
Featured on a rock album from British band, 'Oasis'. Depp plays lead slide guitar on the track, "Fade In-Out". Oasis's own lead guitarist was too drunk to perform it himself, so celebrity pal Depp stepped in and nailed the lead on one take.
Arrested for trashing a New York apartment [1994]
Ex-fiancees: Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder.
When engaged to Winona Ryder, he had 'Winona forever' tattooed on his arm. After the broke up he had the n and a surgically removed to simply say 'Wino forever'!.
Played as guitarist in a band called "The Kids"
Currently plays in a band called "P"
Grew up in Florida.
Brother of D.P. Depp
Adopted Goldeneye, the one-eyed Andalusian horse who played Gunpowder, Ichabod Crane's steed, thereby saving him from the glue factory. (2000)
Got his "Betty Sue" tattoo May 31, 1988
Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001"
Son Jack, born to him and Vanessa on April 10, 2002 in Neuilly, France, weighs in at just over 7 lbs.
Chosen #2 on E!'s 25 sexiest entertainers list
With Chuck E. Weiss, Depp paid a reported $350,000 for Central nightclub and turned it into the Viper Room. Other stars in contention to buy the club in 1993 included Arnold Schwarzenegger and (separately) Frank Stallone.
Lists British comedy 'The Fast Show' (renamed 'Brilliant' for US TV) as his favourite TV programme of all time. He used to take tapes of the series on tour with him to keep him amused. Made a guest appearance in the last ever sketch in its last ever episode.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2001.
Wrote the foreword to Mark Salisbury's biography of Tim Burton, 'Burton on Burton'. He credits Burton's belief in him for rescuing him from being "a loser, an outcast, just another piece of expendable Hollywood meat".
Appears in Tom Petty's 1991 music video, "Into The Great Wide Open".
Johnny's two children with Paradis, have the same names of the 2 main characters in "Legend" (1985) - Lily (b. 1999) and Jack (b.2002).
His long-time girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis, is a popular singer/ songwriter in her native country, France; as well as an aspiring actress.
Gave Noel Gallagher a white guitar with the letter "P" on it, which Noel reguarly plays during Oasis' gigs. "P" is the name of a band that Depp was in.
Has a song about him by famed Chicago street artist, Wesley Willis
Parents: John Christopher and Betty Sue Palmer
He wanted some of his teeth to be goldcapped for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), but knew that the directors would never agree, so he went out and got lots more than he wanted capped. He then showed the directors, and they decided to make him give up a few, so he got some taken off. He had only gotten the extras so he could negotiate with the directors, while pretending that he wanted all his teeth capped.
Resides in France and Los Angeles.
Siblings: Danny, Christy, Debbie
People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2003.
Before Depp turned it into The Viper Room, the building was owned by famous gangster, Bugsy Segal.
Chosen as E!'s Entertainer of the year (2003).
According to the liner notes in the _Once Upon A Time in Mexico (2003)_ soundtrack CD, he wrote his own theme music, the music for Sands (Track 9 on the CD).
Shot all of his scenes in 9 days for _Once Upon A Time in Mexico (2003)_ , but after his filming was done he didn't want to leave. So he suggested to 'Robert Rodriguez' that he play a small part, the priest that Antonio Banderas talks to in the church, and use his Marlon Brando impression.
Reportedly based his portrayal of Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow (1999) on Withnail, from Withnail and I (1987), as played by Richard E. Grant.
Has been in 7 films where the title contains the name of the character he plays: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Donnie Brasco (1997), Don Juan DeMarco (1995), Ed Wood (1994), What´s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Cry-Baby (1990)and J.M. Barrie's Neverland (2004).