John Christopher Depp II was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963. Depp's father John worked as a civil engineer, and his mom Betty Sue worked as a waitress and homemaker. Depp was the youngest of four kids. He moved around alot as a kid for his dad’s job. When Depp was seven his family moved to Florida after his dad was transferred there for work.
After the move Depp’s dad lost his job, causing him and his family to live in a motel for about a year until his dad found a new job. When he was 16 Depp dropped out of High School, and join a band called “The Kids”. The band didn’t make much money, and Depp didn’t have money. He even had to live in his friend’s car for a few months.When Depp was 20 he married 25-year-old makeup artist Lori Allison.
In 1983 he moved to L.A. in hopes that he could jump start his band’s career. To try and help their budget problem, Depp and his bandmates tried to support themselves by selling pens for a telemarketing firm. A year later, Depp started to fall into acting when his wife introduced him to, actor Nicolas Cage. Cage then saw what Depp could do and got him a Hollywood agent. At first all he could get was parts as an extra.
Depp landed his first real movie role in the horror film “Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984. In 1985 Depp broke up his band, and broke off his marriage with Lori. He decided that acting was his only real love, and wanted to spend all of his time trying to make movies. In 1987 after many acting lessons Depp replaced actor Jeff Yagher in the role of undercover cop Tommy Hanson in the popular Canadian-filmed television series “21 Jump Street.” This role made Depp famous overnight as a teen idol.
Depp was glad that everyone knew who he was, but resented being a teen idol. He decided he wanted to act in movies with weightier roles. In 1990 Depp got a chance to change his image with his role in Tim Burton's fantasy film, “Edward Scissorhands.”The role established him as an A-list actor.
Depp got many roles after filming “Edward Scissorhands.” He played Sam in “Benny & Joon” in 1993, which earned him a Golden Globe. Depp decided to try sci-fi horror with “The Astronaut's Wife” in 1999. The same year he did “Sleepy Hollow”, starring as a Prim.In 2004, Depp earned an Academy Award nomination for his starring role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the family adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean”:The Black Pearl.”
The film was a smash hit. He also filmed “Finding Neverland” starring as Peter Pan. The role earned him more than 10 awards. Including Academy, and Golden Globe. In 2006, Depp returned as Captain Jack Sparrow for the sequel “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,” the film broke record for the weekends highest tally.
Depp came back in 2007 to film “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.” In 2010 Depp found success in the film of the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice in Wonderland. In 2011 Depp returned as Jack Sparrow to film the fourth movie of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Depp also played a vampire in the comedy “Dark shadows.”
In 2013 Depp started with the filming of the “Black Mass,” but the movie had to stop filming after Depp dropped out of the film. Depp plans on starring, again as Jack Sparrow to film the fifth of the sequel with “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Depp also plans on taking up the role of the Mad Hatter once again for the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland.” The film is scheduled to come out in May of 2016. Depp was nominated for Best Actor in Leading role in 2003, 2004 and 2007 for his movies “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”,”Finding Neverland,”and “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Depp also got nominated for Golden Globes for his movies “Edward Scissorhands,” “Benny & Joon,” “ Ed Wood,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Finding Neverland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,” “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Tourist.”
Some fun facts about Johnny Depp are, he is a huge fan of Evel Knievel. Depp told everyone, while filming, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” that he was actually allergic to chocolate. He is also deathly afraid of clowns. Depp was in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records for being the highest paid actor.
Depp collects bugs, fake mustaches, and guns. He owns his own island, located in the Bahamas. Depp has 13 tattoos, and he was also adopted. Depp has been arrested twice. When asked what his biggest fear was, Depp said it was for his kids to become actors.
When he was younger his dream was to become a rock star. Depp says he still plans on making many more movies. He still loves acting the doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.