Okay, I had the chance to fill this page out! =]] so yea, now i'll
have something here.. I'll start out with pretty much the basic stuff.
Name: John Christopher Depp II
Nicknames: Johnny, Dipp, Deppity Dawg
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Mother's Name: Betty Sue
Mother's Job: Waitress
Father's Name: John Senior
Father's Job: City Engineer
Brothers' Name(s): Danny "DP"
Job: Now, a screenwriter
Sisters' Name(s): Debbie and Christie
Job: Now, Johnny's personal managers.
Closest Relative: His Grandfather "Pawpaw"
Most Tragic Accident: His "Pawpaw" died when he
was seven years of age ..
Interests: Evel Kineval and World War II
at age 8, music .. and more
Other things about Johnny: He was really bad in
school, that one time he got suspended for mooning his gym teacher, he was smoking by age 12, then he started drinking, and
then did drugs. He was highly known to theft and vandalism. He lost his virginity at age 13. He discovered his love of music
back in his hometown, while attending his uncle's church. His uncle was a fundamentalist minister at the church. Johnny was
taken by the gospel music. Like alot of musicians, he recieved a guitar from his mother when he was a teenager, and stayed
in his room and taught himself to play it.
Awards: 1 Oscar, 1 BAFTA and 4 Golden Globe nominations
Filmography: He started out in a band "The Kids"
formally known as "The Flame", which was in the genre of punk rock. He played the guitar. He finally made it onscreen with
the TV series 21, Jump Street. He was a long ways away from making it big. The mavericks John Waters and Tim Burton used their
efforts to make Johnny a real star (thanks to them!!).
And then we have here some of the movies Johnny has or
will be in ... PLEASE let me know if I'm missing any!!! I would hate to do that!!! lol .. he's just so great
... okay anyways ...
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
The Libertine (2004)
The Rum Diary (2004)
J.M. Barrie's Neverland (2004)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
In La Mancha (documentary) (2003)
From Hell (2001)
Before Night Falls (2000)
Man Who Cried (2000)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
The 9th Gate (1999)
The Source (1999)
Without A Map (as himself, TV) (1998)
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
The Brave (1997)
Donnie Brasco (1996)
Cannes Man (as himself) (1996)
Dead Man (1995)
Nick Of Time (1995)
United States Of Poetry (TV series) (1995)
Juan DeMarco (1994)
Ed Wood (1994)
Arizona Dream (1993)
Benny And Joon (1993)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
21, Jump Street (TV series) (1987-90)
Burn (TV) (1986)
Private Resort (1985)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
I'll add more to this later.... If you have ANY suggestions,
PLEASE let me know .. thanks =]
A biography about Johnny Depp.
I hope you enjoy it .. =]] Cuz I do. It's very informative and interesting, and you can learn lots
about this amazing guy. =D hehe ..
been a bizarre and bumpy road for Johnny Depp. He tried to be a rock star, only to see his band split. He moved into serious
acting, only to have his credibility destroyed by accidentally becoming a teen pin-up. Then, defying his idol-status, he threw
himself into the cinematic underground and slowly, slowly proved himself to be one of the most adventurous and genuinely bohemian
actors of his generation.
He was born John Christopher Depp II on June 9th, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky - the self-styled
"barbecue capital of the world". His father, John Senior, was a city engineer, and his mother, Betty Sue, a waitress. He was
always very close to his mother, but perhaps even closer to his grandfather, who he knew as Pawpaw (Depp himself was known
as Dipp or Deppity Dawg). He'd visit Pawpaw often, and happily recalls sunny days picking tobacco together. It was a terrible
shock to the seven-year-old boy when Pawpaw died.
Also traumatic was the family's move to Florida soon afterwards.
John Senior did eventually find secure work as director of public works at Miramar, but the families spent a long time living
in motels and were constantly shifting from place to place - well over a dozen in total. It was bad for the older kids - daughters
Debbie and Christie (now Johnny's personal manager), and brother Danny (known as DP, now a screenwriter) - but Johnny took
it especially hard. Though an inquisitive child - at 8 he was hugely interested in Evel Knievel and World War 2 - he did not
take to school and went off the rails, once being suspended for mooning the gym teacher. By 12, he was smoking, very soon
came drinking, and drugs. There was petty theft and vandalism; he lost his virginity at 13. Small wonder he got into rock
Johnny first discovered a love of music back in Owensboro, when attending the church of his uncle, a fundamentalist
minister. His uncle would preach, the people would clutch his feet and be redeemed, but Johnny was more taken by the gospel
music. In Florida, as this troubled adolescent became a surly teenager, he received a guitar from his mother and, like millions
before him, retired to his room and taught himself to play.
emerging, he was a competent garage rocker. After trying out with various outfits, he joined punksters The Flame and found
himself making $25 a night at Florida's nightclubs. There were drawbacks. Still underage, he had to enter clubs through the
back door and leave after the first set. But it was good, and got better. Changing their name to The Kids, the band started
to take off, supporting such luminaries as Talking Heads, B-52's and Iggy Pop (Depp remembers his first self-consciously punky
words to Iggy being "F*** you! F*** you! F*** you!". Iggy called him "a little turd" and ignored him). Depp had dropped out
of High School at 16 to concentrate on music (his parents were divorced the year before). Now, in search of the big time,
the band relocated to Los Angeles.
By the age of 20, Depp was married, to make-up artist Lori Anne Allison, five years
his senior. As The Kids were struggling, having to get day jobs to support themselves (Depp was at one point selling ballpoint
pens over the phone), she suggested her husband try acting, and introduced him to her friend Nicolas Cage. Cage persuaded
a reluctant Depp to meet his agent, Ilene Feldman and she got him an audition for an upcoming movie by Wes Craven, already
notorious for The Hills Have Eyes. After the tests, Craven turned to his young daughter for casting advice - she liked Depp.
And so Johnny made his feature-film debut as a hunky boyfriend devoured by a killer bed in A Nightmare On Elm Street.
coming first, Depp had hoped this would be a one-off but, unable to see any future, The Kids split up. So he continued acting.
After starring in the wretched teen sex comedy, Private Resort (and despite having been divorced from the supportive Allison),
he decided to get serious and enrolled at The Loft, a Los Angeles acting school. Dividends were near immediate as he won the
part of Private Lerner in Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning 'Nam drama Platoon. Unfortunately, it was his last good part in years.
He appeared in episodes of Hotel and Lady Blue, and the TV movie Slow Burn, with Eric Roberts and Beverly D'Angelo, but that
was it. He'd found another band, Rock City Angels, but the work wasn't coming.
When it did come, he turned it down.
The producers of a new Fox TV series came knocking. Called 21, Jump Street, this was to involve a crack squad of young policemen,
working undercover in schools to stamp out youth crime. Now a budding Orson Welles, Depp thought it beneath him, or at least
wrong for a serious artiste. But no one else was right for the part, so the producers asked Depp again. This time he took
it. Not only did he need the work but, he reasoned, no way would the show last more than one season. It couldn't hurt him.
of course, the show took off, with Depp - Officer Tom Hanson - its most popular character. Very rapidly, he became a teenie
idol, worshipped for his looks (nightmare!), and was receiving 10,000 letters a month. The $45,000 per episode was nice, but
Depp was trapped and, possibly, ruined. Help came from strange quarters. Director John Waters, infamous for having Divine
eat dog-muck in Pink Flamingos, was looking for a real heartbreaker to star in his latest happily disgraceful enterprise,
Cry-Baby. He cannot possibly have imagined that Johnny Depp, one of the hottest young stars on TV, would have been so keen
to lampoon himself. But, desperate to escape his new pretty-boy image, he was, and signed on to star alongside Ricki Lake
and porn queen Traci Lords.
With his run at 21, Jump Street coming to an end, Depp took another swipe at his image
by starring in Tim Burton's lower-budget Batman-follow-up Edward Scissorhands. Spikey-haired, pasty-faced and horribly scarred,
with terrifying blades for fingers, he tried to bury Tom Hanson for good. And, expressing himself only with his eyes and clumsy
movements, he was brilliant, easily outshining his co-star Winona Ryder to whom he was then engaged. He'd earlier been engaged
to Twin Peaks siren Sherilyn Fenn, between 1985 and '88, and then to Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Gray, but Ryder, he said,
was the one. Their eyes had met at the premiere of her Great Balls Of Fire movie, they'd later been introduced at the Chateau
Marmont hotel (where John Belushi OD-ed) and had their first date at a party thrown by psychedelic guru Dr Timothy Leary,
Ryder's godfather. Depp famously had Winona Forever tattooed on his arm (he already had a Betty Sue one, for his mum), later
changing it to Wino Forever when they split.
That split came soon, in 1993, as Depp entered an extraordinary run of
movies. There was the superb ”What's Eating Gilbert Grape?” where he played a small-town boy torn between Juliette
Lewis and Mary Steenburgen, wishing to escape but tied to his dysfunctional family (Leonardo DiCaprio was fantastic as his
retarded brother). There was the sweet Benny And Joon, where he drew on the characters and routines of Buster Keaton and Charlie
Chaplin. Then there was another strange family and two more women in Arizona Dreaming. Depp's reputation as a class act was
growing but personally he was off the rails again, drinking heavily, with rumors of hard drug taking rife. He was dreadfully
unhappy, all the more so when River Phoenix died of an OD outside The Viper Rooms, the LA club Depp co-ran (in 1999, he'd
open the Man Ray restaurant/bar in Paris, along with Mick Hucknall and Sean Penn).
1994, Depp began a tempestuous on-off relationship with supermodel Kate Moss. He was arrested for trashing a New York hotel
room (he'd been arrested in 1989, in Vancouver, for fighting with hotel security, and would be again, in 1999, for scrapping
with the paparazzi). But his work got better and better. First, he returned to Tim Burton with Ed Wood, a loving portrayal
of the hopeless transvestite director, for which Martin Landau won an Oscar as the ageing Bela Lugosi (Depp would later buy
a Hollywood mansion formerly owned by Lugosi himself). Then there was the excellent Don Juan DeMarco where psychiatrist Marlon
Brando attempts to convince a hilarious Depp that he's not the great lover of legend - only to discover that sometimes madness
is better than sanity. Nick Of Time was a taut thriller, running in real-time, while Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man was one of the
most beautiful films of the last 20 years. Here Depp is Bill Blake, a young truth-seeker in the old West who, aided by a Native
American convinced Depp's the poet William Blake, finds murder and mayhem, only to discover serenity and wonder in dying.
reputation now solid, he was thoroughly convincing as undercover cop Donnie Brasco, falling under the spell of mobster Al
Pacino - for this role Depp spent much time with real-life Brasco, Joe Pistone. Then he directed for the first time with The
Brave, a screenplay he co-wrote with his brother DP. Here Depp also starred as a Native American (Depp is actually part-Cherokee)
who, alcoholic and just out of jail, decides to die in a snuff movie in order to feed his family. The movie, featuring Depp's
buddy Brando, was nominated for the Palm D'Or at Cannes, but never received a proper cinema release.
with Kate Moss in 1998, Depp would soon meet French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis and relocate to the south of France, then
Paris, where he could live a "normal" life. They'd marry in 1998 and have two children, daughter, Lily-Rose Melody and son
Jack. Depp would continue to battle with the paparazzi, but now he was protecting his children's privacy. Possibly Nick Of
Time, where he played the father of a kidnapped kid, made him all the more sensitive.
But though he sought normality
in the day-to-day, his roles were now far from normal. He played Hunter S. Thompson in Terry Gilliam's freaky Fear And Loathing
In Las Vegas, having researched his part by living in the man's house, drinking and shooting with him (Depp has a huge collection
of guns, a habit he got from his father), and setting off 75-foot explosions. Next he was Jack Kerouac in The Source, with
Dennis Hopper as William Burroughs and John Turturro as Allen Ginsberg. He was a rare-book dealer in Roman Polanski's odd
satanic thriller The 9th Gate (Depp also collects rare books himself, as well as insects). This was shot in France, Depp meeting
Paradise while there, and then shelved for some time. Next came the equally strange sci-fi weird-out The Astronaut's Wife,
and then it was back to Tim Burton yet again with Sleepy Hollow, with Depp as young detective Ichabod Crane, on the trail
of Christopher Walken's superlatively horrible Headless Horseman. Some criticized Depp's insistence on bringing comedy to
the role but he delivered some delightful moments of surprised innocence that worked well with Burton's grim backdrops and
a heavy-duty thespian cast. He was rewarded with a Number One hit.
this, there was Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried (with his Sleepy Hollow co-star Christina Ricci), and Before Night Falls,
the tale of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas - a man way too gay for Fidel Castro - where Depp played both a jailer and a drag queen.
Then came the Oscar-nominated Chocolat, wherein Depp based his accent on that of his friend, The Pogues' Shane MacGowan. Depp
has continued his musical connections throughout, appearing in the video for MacGowan's That Woman's Got Me Drinking, as well
as The Lemonheads' It's A Shame About Ray, Concrete Blonde's Joey and Tom Petty's In The Great Wide Open. He's also in an
occasional band called P, who released an LP in 1995, played slide on Oasis's Fade In-Out on the Be Here Now album, and appeared
with Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves on the Hollywood Goes Wild LP, in aid of an animal rescue charity. Beyond this, 2001 would
see him direct several videos for his wife.
Depp's refusal to pander to the mainstream continued with Blow, where he
played George Jung, the man credited with helping Pablo Escobar gain entry into the US cocaine market. Depp, naturally, visited
Jung in prison to get his part right. Onset, he was not always so serious, indulging in an ongoing fart-joke with co-star
Penelope Cruz. His humor is as idiosyncratic as his choice of roles. He calls himself "Mr. Stench", and it was telling that
he chose to send himself up so mercilessly on the last ever Fast Show.
Next came From Hell, where Depp appeared as
Inspector Frederick Abberline, a psychic and opium-addled cop aided by a disapproving Robbie Coltrane and tart-with-a-heart
Heather Graham while on the trail of Jack The Ripper. It wasn't a big hit, but that has never mattered to a man so keen to
avoid trading on his looks that he turned down the lead in Speed (which made Keanu Reeves a star), the Brad Pitt part in Legends
Of The Fall, and the rather tasty role of Lestat in Interview With The Vampire (taken by Tom Cruise).
After From Hell,
Johnny disappeared for a while. This was due mostly to the spectacular collapse of Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don
Quixote, a farrago masterfully captured in the documentary Lost In La Mancha. 2003 brought rumors that Gilliam had managed
to re-finance the project, seemingly advancement on The Fisher King, and that Depp would return to the fray. It's to be hoped
that it works out. Though many disliked the pair's collaboration on Fear And Loathing, Don Quixote would see Gilliam back
on familiar mediaeval ground and surely back on form. And Depp's sense of adventure and fun could only serve him well, just
as it has done for Tim Burton, Gilliam's only modern rival in the (serious) fantasy genre.
Depp DID return, it was with an unexpected smash hit. Based on a Disney theme park ride, Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse
Of The Black Pearl looked doomed to go the way of Renny Harlin's Cutthroat Island. However, with inspired casting that saw
Geoffrey Rush ham it up wildly as the ferocious (and undead) pirate Barbossa and Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley shine as
life-threatened lovers, word of mouth turned it into a huge smash that passed $200 million at the US box office in only four
weeks. And Depp was the undisputed star. As Barbossa's nemesis Jack Sparrow, he could easily have taken the Errol Flynn route
to action heroism. Instead, just as he had based his Chocolat character on Shane MacGowan, so he conjured Sparrow from the
crumbling but still caustic remains of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. It was brilliantly weird, so weird that director
Gore Verbinski actually had the other characters in the movie comment on its strangeness. And, given the performance resided
in such a massive success, millions now recognized Depp's versatility and comic ability. Perhaps the critics would, too. After
Sleepy Hollow, this was the second time Depp had chosen an unpredictably comic path to Number One.
Another reason for
Depp's absence from the world's screens during 2002 was the delayed release of Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon A Time In Mexico.
A follow-up to the director's El Mariachi and Desperado, this saw Antonio Banderas return as the guitar-player-turned-assassin
in a higher-budget cross-double-cross scenario. Now on a major roll, Depp once more stole the show as the manipulative, corrupt
and black-hearted CIA agent Sands.
This would be followed by a much smaller project, Griffin Dunne's comedy Nailed
Right In, where Depp would play a mobster attacked by the public in mid-Eighties Brooklyn. Then would come another major fantasy
in Neverland, which would chart author JM Barrie's path towards writing Peter Pan. Depp would star as Barrie, alongside Kate
Winslet, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman (who'd earlier appeared in Spielberg's Hook). There'd also be a brief appearance
by Johnny's Fast Show buddy Paul Whitehouse. Next would come a Stephen King adaptation, Secret Window, Secret Garden, where
a writer is accused of plagiarism then stalked.
A further big project in the offing would be a new version of Roald
Dahl's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Director Tim Burton was originally said to want his Willy Wonka to be played either
by Christopher Walken or Michael Keaton, both of who has served him well in the past. The success of Pirates Of The Caribbean,
though, put Depp, another of Burton's favorites, firmly in the frame. Depp would surely jump at the chance; having been quoted
as saying Burton saved him from being "a loser, an outcast, just another piece of expendable Hollywood meat".
Depp has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame but, despite being nominated for Golden Globes for Ed Wood, Benny And Joon and
Edward Scissorhands, he's won nothing but an Honorary Cesar from the French. This must change. Respect is due.
Wills <all the credit for this biography goes to this guy right here!!