Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp was Born John Christopher Depp II on the 9th June 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA.

His film debut in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' in 1984 would give him the foundations of a successful career but it was not until 1987 that he made it big in his breakout role of Tommy Hanson in TV series '21 Jump Street'.

Since his rise to fame, Depp has portrayed a diverse range of characters, often imitating accents and studying voices to perfect his onscreen dialogue. Depp's many collaborations with Tim Burton has given him a cult 'character' status from his role as Edward Scissorhands in 1990 to his most recent outing in Burton's 'Dark Shadows'.

Johnny Depp is notable for his ability to embody a diverse range of obscure, eccentric and unpredictable characters. In 2003 Johnny Depp's portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl' was met with critical acclaim. This became his most successful onscreen persona leading to 3 sequels. After 4 movies, the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise has earned more than $3.5 billion worldwide.

Notable performances

  • Willy Wonka: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Rochester: Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Jack Sparrow: Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)
  • Inspector Frederick Abberline: From Hell (2001)
  • Ichabod Crane: Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Raoul Duke: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
  • Ed Wood: Ed Wood (1994)
  • Edward Scissorhands: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Awards and recognition

Johnny Depp has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards and 11 Golden Globes. He has also received numerous nods and wins including an MTV Movie Award for 'Best Comedic Performance' in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.'

Academy Awards: Nominations

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - 'Sweeney Todd' - 2007
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Finding Neverland - 2004
  • Best Actor in a leading role - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003

Golden Globes :11 nominations and one win

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - 'Sweeney Todd' - 2008


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