Johnny Depp – BiographyJohnny Depp is an actor, whose name has become a recognized symbol of eccentricity and madness. Making his debut in the horror picture «A Nightmare on Elm Street», he didn’t even plan to become a professional actor. But, fate said otherwise. Today Johnny Depp is one of the few most original and recognizable actors.
Childhood and FamilyJohn Christopher «Johnny» Depp II father, a namesake of his son, was a civil engineer. The actor’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, had worked as a waitress for 14 years. Before she met Johnny’s father, she was already married, and got two sons, Debbie and Daniel. Johnny Depp has only one sister. Her name is Christy.
It is difficult to name Johnny Depp's childhood happy. His mother was the wrong person. From morning to evening, she worked hard in a roadside cafe to feed the kids. «Mother swore like a sailor, played cards and smoked» said Johnny. His father drank a lot in his spare time. He wasn't ashamed to beat his wife and children regularly while drunk. To top it off, grandpa Jim died when Johnny was 9 years old. The loss of a beloved relative finally knocked the boy off the balance. He began to swear with the parents. In 12 years, he began to smoke and abuse alcohol. At age 13, he began to be sexually active.
Youth: Musician Career and the First Movie RolesIn 12 years, Johnny became the owner of a cheap 25-dollar electric guitar. It was a gift from his mom. He mastered the instrument on his own. When his parents divorced, the guy moved to the car of his friend Sal as the protest. He also began performing as a part of garage band Young and Modern. He made his living on the fees for performances in nightclubs. Over the next four years, he has changed 14 such boys’ bands. In addition, the future star worked as a laborer on construction sites.
This is the way Johnny Depp became popular on a local scale. Soon he struck up a close relationship with 25-year-old makeup artist Lori Anne Allison. It was she, who introduced the future celebrity to Nicolas Cage. He was three years younger than Depp. However, he has managed to play in «Rumble fish» by Francis Ford Coppola and other films. So he had some experience, which allowed to detect acting inclinations in a rebellious and rowdy Johnny.
Released in 1984, «A Nightmare on Elm Street» was a breakthrough, and Johnny Depp drew the attention of other Hollywood figures. He accepted an invitation to the teenage comedy «Private Resort» immediately. He first had to appear naked in this picture.
Perhaps, this gesture provided him with a role in the war drama «Platoon» by Oliver Stone. He was full of desire to play the main role, but the film director decided that the rookie was not yet ready to assume such responsibility. He gave this role to Charlie Sheen. Depp had to settle for a co-starring role of private solder Lerner. Alas, almost all scenes with his participation were cut during the final editing. Under the meanness law, in 1987 «Platoon» received eight nominations for Oscar, of which exactly half went into an eligible Golden statuette.
Career PeakAfter the premiere of «Edward Scissorhands» Johnny Depp was instantly increasing his «acting rank». He ceased to be just the star of «soap» series. Eminent film directors were keen on him, whose list was added even by Emir Kusturica. He took johnny for the lead role in his new picture «Arizona dream».
«Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas»This picture comes in the mind of the majority of fans, if to speak about truly iconic roles of Johnny Depp. The infamous writer Hunter S. Thompson novel’s screen adaptation hadn’t gained a commercial success, but it got into the annals of cinema history forever.
A few months Johnny Depp lived in Hunter’s home to understand the role. During this time, the joint work on the project has outgrown in a strong friendship. It was so strong that after the writer's death, Johnny Depp paid for an expensive funeral of a friend (Hunter wanted his ashes shot from a giant cannon), has paid all his debts and became the producer of the film «The Rum Diary» based on the eponymous novel by Thompson, in which he played a major role.
Captain Jack SparrowBy the early 2000s, Johnny Depp starred in more than thirty films. None of them was panned by critics. However, the actor was unofficially called an «iconic loner» of Hollywood. The major studios were outraged that Depp neglected the commercial expectations of the films, choosing the roles that he liked only. Independent projects caused the actor’s interest mostly.
In 2006, the second part of the sequel roll out the red carpet, grossing over a billion dollars. A year later, viewers saw the third and the final episode. However, in 2011, the screens showed «Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides», without the participation of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. These actors said that they grew out of these characters. However, Johnny Depp has agreed to shoot even before the script was written.
In pauses between «Pirates» filming Depp has been busy with other pictures. First, it was a fantasy film by Terry Gilliam's «The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus», the last acting job of Heath Ledger. Johnny Depp gave his fee for shooting to the daughter of the late actor.
Further CareerIn 2011, Gore Verbinski, the film director of the first three parts of «Pirates of the Caribbean», presented the animated film «Rango». Johnny Depp voiced the main character, a pet chameleon, trapped in the desert by coincidence.
Many people said that after the «Pirates of the Caribbean» Depp has lost some of his individuality. This could once again be convinced after the premiere of «Mortdecai», the main characters in which were a resourceful rogue and an art businessman and his wife, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. This film brought Johnny Depp another two nominations for Razzie in categories The Worst Actor and The Worst On-Screen Tandem» («Johnny Depp and his fake moustache»).
In 2016, Johnny Depp was busy in the new comedy by Kevin Smith's «Yoga Hosers» while his daughter played main role.
Johnny Depp – Private LifeThe legends go around the number of women in Johnny Depp’s biography. Over the years, his charisma and bright appearance won dozens of women, but none of them connected her life with the actor.
The first time Johnny Depp got married in 20 years. His choice was a make-up artist Lori Anne Allison, who was older than the guy for 5 years. They lived together for two years until breaking up in 1985.
In 1989, the actor was dating with 16-year-old Winona Ryder, who fascinated the actor by her soft Lolita-baby face. Their relationship was cloudless, Depp even had a tattoo on his forearm «Winona forever». The peace was spoiled by the yellow press representatives, which were constantly writing about on-the-side Depp and Ryder’s love affairs. The young actress was not able to close her eyes to dirty gossip so familiar to Hollywood residents. In May 1993, the couple split, and Depp’s tattoo transformed into «Wine forever».
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss’s relationship have been a boon for the paparazzi and tabloids. Both actors were famous for heavy disposition, a love for the bizarre antics and addiction to alcohol and drugs. Their passionate temperaments found each other. The shocking couple was constantly caught in the lenses of photographers and looked very happy.
In 1998, Kate and Johnny split completely. The official cause of the rupture was not named. However, Depp has repeatedly said that he was grateful to the girl for four years together.
In the same year, Depp met a French actress Vanessa Paradis in the picture «The Ninth Gate». The actor moved to an apartment in the suburbs of Paris, purchased the mansion in Saint-Tropez and pulled himself together for her sake. It seemed that Depp has turned into an exemplary family man, having put all his efforts on the education of children, the firstborn Lilly Rose Melody and son Jack. By the way, Depp's daughter is following in the footsteps of her parents. She inherited the mother's beauty and acting talent of her father. She made her debut in the Kevin Smith picture «Tusk» and starred together with Johnny in another picture «Yoga Hosers».