johnny depp

Johnny Depp is the youngest of four children

  • In 2004, Renée Zellweger accepted the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role” on his behalf, because he wasn’t present at the awards ceremony
  • Learned French to be able to converse with Vanessa Paradis’ parents.
  • He also played slide for an acoustic recording of Fade Away, recorded in 1995 for the War Child: Help album.

johnny depp

  • Had come into professional contact with the great screen villains Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. Price co-starred with Depp in Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Lee co-starred with him in Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Corpse Bride (2005). Oddly, all of them were Tim Burton films.
  • Great admirer of Marlon Brando. He was also good friends with the legendary actor, who described Depp as one of the greatest actors of his generation.
  • Although unable to attend, he was awarded the Gary Cooper Spirit of Montana Award at the 2005 HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, Montana. HatcH honored Depp for his outstanding career and his role as a mentor and inspiration to young and aspiring artists.
  • Has portrayed a real-life character in ten films: Edward D. Wood Jr. in Ed Wood (1994), Lt. Victor/Bon Bon in Before Night Falls (2000), Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Insp. Fred Abberline in From Hell (2001), Joseph Pistone/Donnie Brasco in Donnie Brasco (1997), George Jung in Blow (2001), J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004), ‘John Wilmot, The Second Earl of Rochester’ in The Libertine (2005), Jack Kerouac in The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999), and John Dillinger in Public Enemies (2009).
  • Sherilyn Fenn’s name is scrawled across his helmet in Platoon (1986).
  • Johnny’s family has lived in Kentucky for many generations, and many of his antecedents have lived in the United States, in general, since the 1600s. His ancestry includes English, as well as Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Dutch, Belgian (Flemish), and German. Also, in 2013, researchers for Ancestry.com established that Johnny has remote African ancestry; they traced his lineage back to Elizabeth Key, a biracial woman, born c. 1630, who was the first woman of African ancestry to successfully sue to emancipate herself from slavery in the North American colonies (she emancipated her son, as well). Johnny has frequently stated that he believes that he has Cherokee, or other recent Native American, ancestry, although this ancestry has never been verified by genealogists. Asked the origin of his last name by James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, Depp stated, perhaps jokingly, that his name means “idiot” in German.

 

  • Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category for his performance in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), however, he failed to receive a nomination.
  • His ownership of the Viper room ended in 2004 when he signed it over to Amanda Fox, the daughter of his missing partner in the club, Anthony Fox.
  • Was voted the Second Greatest Actor (behind Marlon Brando) in British Channel Channel 4’s Greatest Actor Poll.
  • His performance as Edward Scissorhands in Edward Scissorhands (1990) is ranked #22 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is ranked #79 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • Friend of Christina Ricci.
  • Ranked #1 in the “Best Hollywood Signers 2006” list by “Autograph Collector” magazine (May 2006).
  • Was close with his grandfather who died when he was seven years old.
  • His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is ranked #87 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time (2006).
  • His performance as Edward Scissorhands in Edward Scissorhands (1990) is ranked #65 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • Ranked #18 on Premiere’s 2006 “Power 50” list. Had ranked #23 in 2005.
  • A rule he has towards fans requesting his autograph and picture is that no photography is allowed of his children.
  • Is the second actor to be nominated for the Oscar in the Lead Actor category in a Disney film (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)). The first was Richard Farnsworth for The Straight Story (1999).
  • Frequently cites Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)) and Edward Scissorhands (1990) as the favorite characters that he has played.
  • Oliver Stone seriously considered casting him in Charlie Sheen’s role in Platoon (1986), but the studio thought Depp was “too young.” Sheen is actually two years younger than Depp!
  • Was Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski’s very first choice for the role of “Neo” in The Matrix (1999). Since Depp wasn’t considered a box-office friendly name, Warner Bros. decided on casting Keanu Reeves instead.
  • Has been described as the “jester of cinema, the Method clown.” His incredibly bizarre on-screen persona brings to mind the off-screen behavior of the late Marlon Brando, who was famously eccentric and quirky once he retired from acting.
  • Once painted on a billboard featuring his 21 Jump Street (1987) character because he didn’t like his picture or the message the billboard gave. He was stopped by a security guard who actually let him finish what he was doing when he realized it was Johnny’s own face.
  • As of 2014, has appeared in six films directed by Tim Burton: _Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)_ (qv,)Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Ed Wood (1994), and Edward Scissorhands (1990).
  • He was good friends with Hunter S. Thompson until his death. Depp helped to fulfill Thompson’s last wish after the writer died. Thompson wanted his remains to be shot out of a 150 foot long canon.
  • Born in Kentucky but moved to Florida at age 7.
  • He is the youngest of four children.
  • Has admitted in interviews that one of his favorite pastimes is watching cartoons (especially Dave the Barbarian, of whom he is a big fan) with his children.
  • Named after his father, John Christopher Depp.
  • Was considered for the role of Florentino Ariza in Love in the Time of Cholera (2007), but director Mike Newell refused to work with big name Hollywood stars. Javier Bardem got the role instead.
  • Owns a customised 1960’s 650cc Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.
  • Has two silver teeth.
  • Originally cast as John Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), but turned it down after being overworked with other movies he was shooting.
  • Is a great admirer and good friend of Tom Baker.
  • His children have the same names as “Mad” Jack and Lilly the Mermaid from the movie Magic Island (1995).
  • Was engaged to Sherilyn Fenn, whom he met on the set of the 1985 short student film “Dummies” directed by Laurie Frank. Their engagement was broken off after three years and a half.

 

  • Is a fan of The Rolling Stones and the gypsy musical group Taraf de Haidouks.
  • Turned down the role of Jack Traven in action blockbuster Speed (1994).
  • 2007 – Ranked #21 on EW’s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
  • Was named Empire Magazine’s #5 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars.
  • In 2007, it was reported by Forbes Magazine that his earnings for the year 2006 were estimated to be $92 million.
  • Was named Top Money Making Star for the second year in a row in the 76th annual Quigley Publishing Co. poll for year 2007.
  • Is a godfather of Tim Burton’s son Billy Ray Burton.
  • Donated $2 million to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He gave the gift as thanks for the treatment his daughter Lily-Rose received at the facility in March 2007 after contracting an E. Coli infection that caused kidney failure.
  • Was a fan of the British improvisational show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”.
  • Good friend of Serbian film director Emir Kusturica.
  • Guest with Jim Jarmusch of Belgrade Film Festival FEST in 1992. With Jarmusch, Emir Kusturica and Serbian rock ‘n’ roll band Partybreakers (Partibrejkersi) he held a concert.
  • Had a nightclub named after him in Tartu, Estonia. The nightclub was called “Who wouldn’t like Johnny Depp?”.
  • Was originally set to play the lead character Jean-Dominique Bauby in Julian Schnabel’s movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). However, he dropped from the project due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Is good friends with actress Helena Bonham Carter, partner of his best friend Tim Burton.
  • Made a voice message for seventeen-year-old British girl who has been in a coma for five months. Parents of the girl asked him to tape a voice message because he’s the favorite actor of their daughter and they will play that message to her every day hoping she’ll wake up. Depp was touched by the letter and he said that he’ll do whatever he can to help. [March 2008]
  • Co-wrote the song “Mary” by the hard rock band Rock City Angels.
  • Was originally supposed to play the on screen version of Billy Loomis in the original version of Scream 2 (1997), but was replaced by Luke Wilson.
  • He and Vanessa Paradis grow grapes and have wine making facilities in their vineyard in Plan-de-la-Tour north of Saint-Tropez.
  • Closed down the “Viper Room” for two weeks after River Phoenix died there and he also closed it on every 31 October until 2004 (when he sold his share of the club), which was the date of Phoenix’s death.
  • Nicolas Cage got him his first acting job.
  • Ranked #6 in the 2008 Forbes The Celebrity 100 list.
  • Is a fan of the popular British series Midsomer Murders (1997). He also stated that he would like to make a guest appearance in this long-running show.
  • Was originally going to play opposite the English comedian Sally Phillips in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which Terry Gilliam was going to direct, but the movie got scrapped.
  • Has expressed interest in getting French, British or Australian citizenship when he retires from an active movie career.
  • Donated his fee earned for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) to the daughter of late Heath Ledger. Jude Law and Colin Farrell did the same thing after Depp gave that idea.
  • Was considered for the role of Cal McCaffery in State of Play (2009) after Brad Pitt dropped out. The role went to Russell Crowe instead.
  • Was considered for the role of Detective Trupo in American Gangster (2007).
  • Is scared of clowns, spiders, and ghosts.
  • Was considered one of the top three actors of his generation by Dustin Hoffman, his co-star in Finding Neverland (2004).
  • Based his characterization of Edward D. Wood Jr. on a mixture of “the blind optimism of Ronald Reagan, the enthusiasm of “The Tin Man” from The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Casey Kasem”.
  • Turned down the role of Bruce Banner in Hulk (2003).
  • Named beaches on his own island in Bahamas after his once-girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, his children and public figures like Hunter S. Thompson and Marlon Brando. There is also a patch of water named “Heath’s Place” after Heath Ledger.
  • Was considered for the role of Pumpkin/Ringo in Pulp Fiction (1994), but Tim Roth was cast instead.
  • Close friend of Abigail Breslin.
  • Is a fan of Doctor Who (1963).
  • People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2009.
  • Received the prestigious Career Achievement Award at 2009. Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). Festival Patron Sean Connery presented Depp with his award.
  • Attended the Küstendorf Film and Music Festival in Serbia. [January 2010]
  • Nominated for Grammy award along with Douglas Brinkley in the category of Best Album Notes for Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Music from the Film.
  • At the 2010 People’s Choice Awards, he won the award for Favorite Movie Actor of the Decade. Depp was honored by Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) co-star Sacha Baron Cohen.
  • Was present during the filming of then-girlfriend Sherilyn Fenn’s movie The Wraith (1986) and was living in the film crew’s hotel with Fenn.
  • While dining at Chicago’s famous Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse with a group of friends, including Public Enemies (2009) co-star Marion Cotillard and director Michael Mann, Depp dropped a mammoth tip in the amount of $4,000 on a bill for $4,400, in effect, leaving an incredible 90% gratuity. The party of 15 were celebrating a red carpet screening of Depp’s then latest release Public Enemies (2009). [June 2009]
  • Is the only actor to appear in 3 of the 10 films to gross $1 billion with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
  • Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine three times: October ’93, August ’03 and February ’10.
  • As of 2011, his favorite characters played are Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood.
  • Johnny Depp was interested in playing “Arturo Bandini” in the movie, Ask the Dust (2006), back in 1993 but they couldn’t get financing on it. It was later made and released in 2006 with Colin Farrell playing “Arturo”.
  • Depp was honored with a life-size statue in Serbia (2010). The statue was unveiled to him by his friend, Serbian director Emir Kusturica.
  • His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was ranked at #79 by Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
  • Has amicably separated from Vanessa Paradis, his girlfriend of fourteen years. [June 2012]
  • June 2012 won the MTV Generation Award.
  • Hasn’t yet met his fan, actress Tippi Hedren, even though she named one of her house cats after him. He did act with her son-in-law, Antonio Banderas, in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and had a cameo in the feature film version of 21 Jump Street (2012), which featured her granddaughter, Dakota Johnson, in a supporting role.
  • Ranked #13 on Empire Online list of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in 2013.
  • Became a father for the 1st time at age 35 when his [now ex] partner Vanessa Paradis gave birth to their daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp on May 27, 1999.
  • Became a father for the 2nd time at age 38 when his [now ex] partner Vanessa Paradis gave birth to their son John Christopher “Jack” Depp II on April 9, 2002.
  • He and his production company, ‘Infinitum Nihil Production’, are in the process of getting two in-development projects made, The Rum Diary (2011) and Shantaram. Looking to reprise his role as Hunter S. Thompson as his first post-‘Pirates’ role. [July 2006]
  • Shooting the two Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, in the Caribbean. [July 2005]
  • Filming The Rum Diary (2011) in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. [April 2009]
  • Currently preparing for the role of Sweeney Todd/Benjamin Barker in the Tim Burton film version of Stephen Sondheim’s thrilling masterpiece Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). Filming begins in early Feb 2007 for a late 2007 release. [January 2007]
  • Filming Public Enemies (2009) on location in Columbus, Wisconsin and Crown Point, Indiana. [March 2008]
  • Filming Public Enemies (2009) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. [April 2008]
  • Along with Penélope Cruz, he visited Moscow, Russia to promote Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). [May 2011]
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA: Disney pulls the plug on the planned The Lone Ranger (2013) film because of fears it may cost as much as $250 million. [August 2011]
  • Beckenham Place Park in Kent, England: Filming Dark Shadows (2012) with Tim Burton. [July 2011]
  • Filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) in Greenwich, England. [October 2010]
  • Working with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Montblanc and the National Arts Initiative to give children more access to the Arts. [November 2004]
  • Engaged to Amber Heard [January 17, 2014].
  • Suffers from near-sightedness since birth, and is nearly blind in his left eye. He claims that the condition cannot be corrected by surgery.
  • It took Depp two years to learn how to play the guitar.
  • Depp has said that he wears two silver skull rings to remind him that life is short and every moment needs to be lived to the fullest.
  • Depp once left a $4,000 tip for a dinner at a Chicago restaurant.
  • Depp owns a vineyard in Plan-de-la-Tour, France.
  • Is good friends with Marilyn Manson, owns the prosthetic breasts Manson wore on the cover of his 1998 album Mechanical Animals, and also played guitar on Marilyn Manson’s 2012 cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re so vain”.
  • As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Platoon (1986), Chocolate (2000) and Finding Neverland (2004). Of those, Platoon won in the category.