Johnny Depp the hottest teen idol in the 80Â’s became the sought after Hollywood actor whose career continue to flourish in more than two decades. He is known for his unique roles in Edward Scissorhands, Cry Baby, Pirates of the Carribean and other blockbuster movies credited to him.
Dubbed as "The Sexiest Man Alive 2009″ by People Magazine. Johnny Depp is one of the sought after Hollywood actor continuously reinventing himself with unique and surprising roles in the movies. The man unmasked from his portrayed roles is also a musician, screenwriter, director, producer, winemaker and a restaurateur all in one.
Interesting facts about Johnny Depp :
John Christopher Depp II commonly known as “Johnny Depp” was born on June 9, 1963 from Owensboro, Kentucky USA.
Parents are Christopher I who was a city engineer while his mother was Elizabeth Sue Wells, a waitress.
His older sisters Debbie and Christie are also both on the same field with him as Debbie, his personal manager while Christie is a screenwriter.
Pawpaw was his grandfather’s name whom he was very closed and shared precious moments. Seven years old then, Johnny was devastated when his grandfather died.
A close friend of the late River Phoenix. An equally talented actor of the 80’s until he died last October 31, 1993.
His first love is not actually acting but the love for music made him a band rocker at 16. A self-taught guitarist , he performed with “Bad Boys” band (later renamed as “The Kids”) on Florida nightclubs. Later they moved to Los Angeles hoping for a record deal, but also split and walk their own paths.
Young handsome Johnny with a teen idol look
Hypnotizing look of Johnny
Jonny’s first Hollywood movie break was a role on “A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1984). He was casted for the role through his first wife, Lori Anne Allison , a make-up artist who was a friend of Nicolas Cage. The latter introduced him to his agent that got him for the role.
His biggest break came with a 20th Century Fox TV series role as Officer Tom Hanson in “21 Jump Street” that launched him as a teen idol. His role as a young undercover policemen in schools solving youths crime became a popular hit during its 3 years running time (April 12, 1987 to April 27, 1991) with a total of 103 episodes. A young Brad Pitt also appeared n one of its episodes.
21 Jump Street Intro
A trend for a “Johnny Depp” look became popular among teens who idolized him with slashed jeans, rugged or leather jacket, dirty worn out boots, one earing, lots of rings and bracelets, colored sunglasses and body tattoos that makes a rebel and mysterious look.
Johnny did not liked to be stereotyped from his TV series role so he wanted to keep forward, and begun to appear in various movies with more challenging roles.
In Edward Scissorhands (1990), his role was an outcast with spikey-haired, scary face, and terrifying blades on fingers. From one of his interview about his character, he related himself as “There are a lot of Edward in me, and me on him”. He received a Golden Globe Best Actor nomination for this movie. In real life, co-star Winona Ryder became his girlfriend and then later broke up in 1993.
Depp and Burton tandem follows more six films to date : Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and the remake of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010).
Other notable performances follows played by Johnny, among them as "Jack Sparrow" from the sequels of "Pirates of the Caribbean" . Like Jack, Johhny has sense of humor but also has his own depth as a person.
With a flourishing career of more than two decades, Johnny has a long list of interesting movies that gave him various awards. Here are some of them :
People’s Choice Award - Favorite Movie Actor Of The Decade award (2010)
Golden Globe Award – (2008) Best Actor – Sweeney Todd
MTV Movie Awards - (2008) Best Villain - Sweeney Todd & Best Comedic Performance - Jack Sparrow
Teen Choice Award – (2004 / 2006-2008)
Nominations from Oscar Award, BAFTA Film Award, British Independent Film Award, Critics Choice Award among others.
His real and on-screen life was a also bumpy road linked with drugs, drinking,smoking, theft and vandalism issues. But the man did not remained still and continue to discover himself. Soon to be 47 on June 9, Johnny’s most prized awards are his two kids Lily-Rose Melody, daughter and Jack John Christopher Depp III, son from his girlfriend in 12 years, Vanessa Paradis. There are reports that the French actress/singer will soon be co-starring him on a film "American Dream". Away from work, Johnny is committed to his family enjoying a quiet life in France, and produces wine from his vineyard.
Family man Johnny
The Sexiest Man Alive 2009 by People Magazine
Johnny Depp Filmography and Awards
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