Johnny Depp was born on the 9th of June 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA.
His full name is John Christopher Depp II and his nicknames are Colonel and Mr Stench.
Johnny dropped out of school aged 15 to pursue a career as a rock musician, he was the lead singer in a number of bands including The Kids who were once the opening act for singer Iggy Pop.
His first movie role was A Nightmare On Elm Street, although a minor role Johhny had a memorable death scene, while working as a ballpoint pen salesman he met actor Nicolas Cage who suggested Depp get into acting, Depp took his advice and the rest is history.
Depp went on to have a small role in the multi Oscar winning Platoon before making his television debut in the hit show 21 Jump Street.
Johnny was in 71 of 93 episodes of 21 Jump Street.
Edward Scissorhands was the role which cemented his movie status, Tim Burton's fabulous film got Depp noticed and soon he was receiving good characters in films such as Benny & Joon, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Don Juan DeMarco and the wonderfully weird western Dead Man.
Depp would go on to make more movies with Tim Burton, films they have made together are Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Of Barber Street and Alice In Wonderland, their long lasting partnership shows no signs of getting old with more movies together almost certain to follow.
Johhny stepped into the directors chair in 1997 for The Brave, he managed to nab Marlon Brando for the film and although it was well received at Cannes, the American critics disliked it.
My favourite Depp film is The Ninth Gate, directed by Roman Polanski it's an atmospheric tale about devil worshippers and Satan himself, the music score is very good and some may say its slow moving but its a good well written dialogue driven film.
Johhny hit the bigtime and became a megastar after appearing as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean, the film was a massive worldwide hit and spawned two sequels, a third sequel titled On Stranger Tides is being made and plans are also in place for a fifth movie.
I recommend you also check out Depp's portrayal of Raoul Duke ( really he is portraying Hunter S Thompson ) in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, also check out Benicio Del Toro's performance, thats a weird and wacky movie and not for all tastes but it's fun and eye opening at times.
There has been internet rumours suggesting Mr Depp will be Doctor Who in a big screen version of the television series but that seems unlikely unless one of the movies in development has a secret code name ( possible ) I think Depp would make a great Doctor Who.
Some Johhny Depp movies not already mentioned are Cry Baby, Nick Of Time, Arizona Dream, Donnie Brasco, The Astronaut's Wife, The Man Who Cried, Before Night Falls, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Secret Window, …And They Lived Happily Ever After, Finding Neverland, The Libertine, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Public Enemies.
You can look forward to these movies from Johhny Depp, The Rum Diary, The Tourist with Angelina Jolie, Dali, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Caliber and Wild Roses, Tender Roses.
Check out some Johnny Depp quotes below.
(Talking about Vincent Price) One of the most incredible moments I've ever had was sitting in Vincent's trailer . . . I was showing him this first-edition book I have of the complete works of (Edgar Allan Poe), with really amazing illustrations. Vincent was going nuts over the drawings, and he started talking about The Tomb of Ligeia (1964). Then he closed the book and began to recite it to me in this beautiful voice, filling the room with huge sounds. Such passion! I looked in the book later, and it was verbatim. Word perfect. It was a great moment. I'll never forget that.
One of the greatest things I've ever seen happen was the morning I opened the newspaper and it said that some very powerful government officials had decided to change the name of "french fries" to "freedoom fries" and "french toast" to "freedom toast". It was impressive. I wanted to write a letter to them just to thank them, just for proving globally that they were absolute imbeciles.
France and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing, though, is that people there know how to live! In America they've forgotten all about it. I'm afraid that the American culture is a disaster.
(Talking about Tim Burton) He can ask me everything. If he wants me to have sex with an aardvark in one of his next movies, then I will do that. What more can I say about him? He is a brother, a friend, my godson's father. He is a unique and brave soul, someone that I would go to the ends of the earth for, and I know, full and well, he would do the same for me.
As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition, too.
All the amazing people that I've worked with – Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman – have told me consistently: don't compromise. Do your work, and if what you're giving is not what they want, you have to be prepared to walk away.
I'd been in high school three years, and I may have just walked in yesterday. I had, like, eight credits. I was in my third year of high school and I didn't want to be there. I was bored out of my mind and I hated it.
(About his death scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street) I love this stuff. The kid falls asleep and it's all over, he's sucked right into the bed and spit out as blood. His bloody body rises straight out and then topples over, too. I heard somebody talk about having a dummy shot out of the bed, but I said, "Hey, I want to do this! It'll be fun! Lemme do it!"
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