Johnny Depp

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  • Birth Name: John Christopher Depp II
  • Birth Place: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/09/1963, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor; director; musician
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When this pretty boy leapt to stardom in the '80s, no one could have predicted that he would become one of the most revered thespians of his generation. A former rock-and-roll wannabe, Depp segued into acting with a handful of big-screen supporting roles. With his stunning cheekbones, he became an instant sex symbol on the TV series 21 Jump Street. After graduating from the small screen, Depp shrewdly eschewed the traditional leading-man route, playing offbeat characters in films helmed by edgy directors: John Waters, Terry Gilliam, and his frequent collaborator, Tim Burton. (One of Depp's many memorable roles included his wonderful portrayal of the title character in Burton's magical 1990  film Edward Scissorhands, in which Depp's handsome face is obscured by makeup and scars.) Off the screen he cultivated a bad-boy image with a string of high-profile romances (Winona Ryder, Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Moss) and trashed hotel rooms. But Depp matured both personally and professionally in the 2000s, earning Oscar nods and making a stable home with his girlfriend Vanessa Paradis and their children. In 2007, he proved that, despite his megastar status, his family was his top priority when he interrupted the shoot of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to be by his sick daughter's bedside. Depp continued to show his formidable protean acting skills when he played John Dillinger in the 2009 film Public Enemies, latest in a line of films in which he successfully took on real-life characters (notably, FBI agent Donnie Brasco in the 1997 film of that name and schlock director Edward J. Wood in the haunting 1994 Burton movie, Ed Wood).Johnny Depp Fast Facts:
  • Left school as a teenager to pursue music, and went on to play in many bands (including one that opened a show for Iggy Pop).
  • Got his start in acting after his ex-wife introduced him to her former boyfriend, Nicolas Cage, which ultimately landed Depp a role in 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Gained industry clout in 1987 as Tommy Hanson in 21 Jump Street.
  • Former owner of the Viper Room, an L.A. club on the Sunset Strip that was the site of River Phoenix's drug-related 1993 death.
  • Named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2003 and 2009. 
  • Patterned Jack Sparrow, his character in Pirates of the Caribbean, after Keith Richards.
  • Johnny Depp Relationships:
  • Amber Heard - Fiancée
  • Debbie Depp - Sister
  • Jennifer Grey - Ex-fiancée
  • Vanessa Paradis - Ex-significant Other
  • John Christopher Depp - Father
  • Betty Sue Palmer - Mother
  • Daniel Depp - Brother
  • Jack John Christopher Depp III - Son
  • Christie Dembrowski - Sister
  • Lori Allison - Ex-wife
  • Winona Ryder - Ex-fiancée
  • Kate Moss - Ex-fiancée
  • Lily-Rose Depp - Daughter
  • Sherilyn Fenn - Ex-significant Other
  • Johnny Depp Awards:
  • 2007 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2011 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Movie Actor - Winner
  • 2012 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Movie Actor - Winner
  • 2004 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2008 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 2014 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Movie Actor - Winner
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2005 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1994 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2006 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 2004 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2003 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1995 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1991 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2007 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1999 César Awards: Honorary César - Winner
  • 2012 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Animated Movie Voice - Winner
  • 2004 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2003 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2008 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Movie Star - Winner
  • 2007 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Movie Star - Winner
  • 2005 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor - Winner
  • 2010 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Movie Actor - Winner
  • 2006 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Motion Picture Actor - Winner
  • 2007 People's Choice Awards: Favorite On Screen Match Up - Winner
  • 2007 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Action Star - Winner
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2011 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Nominee

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