Johnny Depp. biography
John Christopher Depp II was born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro Kentucky and grew up in a broken home, due to his parents separation when he was 15-years-old. Johnny Depp started using drugs and smoking to deal with the stress and slowly began to self-destruct, even dropping out of high school to join the garage band The Kids at the age of 16. After marrying makeup artist Lori Allison in 1983, the newlyweds and the band moved to the land of dreams, Los Angeles, in hopes of landing a record deal and making real money.
In 1984, Depp was introduced to the Hollywood dream by his wife's ex-boyfriend, Nicolas Cage, who guided him to the nearest agent. He landed his first role in the horror classic Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Ensuing intense acting training, Depp got his big break as an undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the TV series 21 Jump Street and transformed into a rising new star.
Depp established himself as a serious actor following his lead role in the cult classic Cry-Baby (1990) and exhibited his ingenious acting ability when he starred in Tim Burton's fantasy film Edward Scissorhands (1990) - a film that raked in more than $54 million at the box office and propelled Depp's career to new heights.
In 1993, Depp began to receive critical praise, further expanding his popularity, for his roles in Benny & Joon (1993) in which he obtained his first Gold Globe Award nomination, followed by What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. He later starred in Donnie Brasco (1997) alongside Al Pacino.
His most infamous role presented itself in 1998, when the flourishing star played a journalist in Terry Gilliam's adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Law Vegas. Riding off the movie's success, Depp transitioned into the box office business with roles in the sci-fi horror The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999), Blow (2001), the horror flick From Hell (2001), and Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2002).
In 2004, Depp received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a rock god-like pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean, which was a box-office gem and instantly turned into a franchise. Depp then earned both an Academy and Golden Globe nominations for his critically acclaimed performance as J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004). He later showed off his charismatic vocals in the musical film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He went on to portray the infamous outlaw John Dillinger in Public Enemies (2009).
Depp's most recent films include, Alice in Wonderland (2010), The Rum Diaries (2011), Rango (2011), 21 Jump Street (2012), Tim Burton's comedy Dark Shadows (2012), The Lone Ranger (2013), Transcendence (2014), and Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (not-yet-released).