Johnny Depp is an actor, film producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. Johnny Depp rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol. Dissatisfied with that status, Johnny Depp turned to film for more challenging roles; he played the title character of the acclaimed Edward Scissorhands (1990) and later found box office success in films such as Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Rango (2011) and the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003–present). Johnny Depp has collaborated with director and friend Tim Burton in eight films; the most recent being Dark Shadows (2012).
Johnny Depp has gained acclaim for his portrayals of such people as Ed Wood, in Ed Wood, Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brasco, Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, George Jung in Blow, and the bank robber John Dillinger in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. Films featuring Johnny Depp have grossed over $3.1 billion at the United States box office and over $7.6 billion worldwide.
Johnny Depp has been nominated for top awards many times, winning the Best Actor Awards from the Golden Globes for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and from the Screen Actors Guild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Johnny Depp also has garnered a sex symbol status in American cinema, being twice named as the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2003 and 2009. He has been listed in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor, with $75 million.
In 2004, Johnny Depp formed his production company Infinitum Nihil to develop projects where he will serve as actor and/or producer. Depp is the founder and CEO, while his sister, Christi Dembrowski, serves as president. The company’s first production came in 2011 with The Rum Diary, adapted from the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson. The film is written and directed by Bruce Robinson. Also in 2011, Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese, was released. Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton, was released in 2012.
As a guitar player, Johnny Depp has played slide guitar on the Oasis song “Fade In-Out” (from Be Here Now, 1997), as well as on “Fade Away (Warchild Version)” (b-side of the “Don’t Go Away” single). Johnny Depp also played acoustic guitar in the movie Chocolat and on the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in Mexico. He is a friend of The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, and performed on MacGowan’s first solo album.
Johnny Depp was also a member of P, a group featuring Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones. He has appeared in Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ music video “Into the Great Wide Open” and The Lemonheads “It’s a Shame About Ray” music video. Johnny Depp made a cameo as the Mad Hatter in the music video for Avril Lavigne‘s “Alice” in 2010.
Johnny Depp performed lead guitar and drums for a cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”, which appeared as a bonus track on some editions of Marilyn Manson’s 2012 album Born Villain., also performing live with Marilyn Manson in the Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2012, performing various songs of Marilyn Manson. Johnny Depp also appeared in the music video of “My Valentine” from the album Kisses on the Bottom by Paul McCartney released in February 2012, along with Natalie Portman.
Johnny Depp and Paradis grew grapes and had wine making facilities in their vineyard in Plan-de-la-Tour north of Saint-Tropez. Along with Sean Penn, John Malkovich and Mick Hucknall, Depp co-owned the French restaurant-bar Man Ray, located near the Champs-Élysées.
In July 2012, Johnny Depp announced he would be co-editor, alongside Douglas Brinkley, of folk singer Woody Guthrie’s unpublished novel “House of Earth”, scheduled for release in 2013.
How Johnny Depp Made His Money – Acting
Estimated Net Worth: $350 Million
Birthday: June 9, 1963
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