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As USA TODAY, The Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, Johnny Depp "clearly has a blast transforming his handsome self into some strange cinematic characters." Depp's career took off in 1987 when he signed up to play a cop on the television series 21 Jump Street. His good looks earned him plenty of attention—and plenty of money. But Depp had no interest in being a TV star or a teen idol. He wanted interesting roles in challenging films. He disappeared into the title roles in Edward Scissorhands, What's Eating ...
As USA TODAY, The Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, Johnny Depp "clearly has a blast transforming his handsome self into some strange cinematic characters." Depp's career took off in 1987 when he signed up to play a cop on the television series 21 Jump Street. His good looks earned him plenty of attention—and plenty of money. But Depp had no interest in being a TV star or a teen idol. He wanted interesting roles in challenging films. He disappeared into the title roles in Edward Scissorhands, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Donnie Brasco, and Ed Wood. Then in 2003, a new Depp character introduced the actor to a new generation of moviegoers. He became Captain Jack Sparrow—the gold-toothed, swaggering, and completely untrustworthy leader of the Pirates of the Caribbean. In his third decade as an actor, Depp is respected by critics and popular with a wide range of fans. He's at the top of his career—and still having a blast.
Posted May 29, 2011
Johnny Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucy on June 9, 1963. His family never managed to stay in any one place very long and as a result he "felt more and more isolated from his peers." His teen years were troubled ones and he claimed that he "always felt like a total freak." As his parents fought, he sought an outlet in petty theft and vandalism. One of his more creative outlets led him to an obsession with the guitar which eventually landed him with a band called "Flame" and later with a punk rock band called "Kids." Further family turmoil and divorce fueled his escapist tendencies and he soon found himself on the other side of the country in California with a young wife, Lori Anne Allison. "Kids" was no longer a hot band, but "just another unknown band" in California." The couple fell on hard times and split within two years, but Lori introduced Johnny to someone who would turn his life around . . . Nicolas Coppola, more popularly known as Nicolas Cage.
Johnny knew little to nothing about acting and indeed his first roles showed his lack of enthusiasm and talent. After being cast in the memorable slasher movie, "Nightmare on Elm Street," the "acting bug" hit him. His "acting career seemed to be going nowhere fast," but his determination to succeed didn't deter him from trying. He landed a small role in Oliver Stone's blockbuster, "Platoon," and then became Tom Hanson in "21 Jump Street," a role that made him famous. The role and the fact that he became a teen idol was discouraging, to say nothing that his love life was a continuing whirlwind of women who entered his life and were out of it in the blink of an eye. He hated playing Tom Hanson, but how could he escape the drudgery? Johnny "wanted to be known as a serious, versatile actor," and soon he would show the world that he had much more going for him.
Johnny was anxious to land the leading role in "Edward Scissorhands," but was uncertain if director Tim Burton even noticed him. Depp was the only man that Burton considered and Johnny got the role. His love life continued to waver, but this role would launch him to stardom. Critic Roger Ebert wondered aloud to the public asking, "will he still be playing kooks when he's 40?" Johnny did seem to be continually accepting "quirky roles" in "quirky films," but in reality "His only motivation was to make the movies that excited him." And the offers began to roll in with roles that made him a "big name in Hollywood." His first attempt at directing and starring in a film, "The Brave," drew disappointing, highly critical reviews. The cruelty and viciousness of tasteless reviewers hurt, but soon he would meet someone that would soothe his soul. Vanessa Paradis would soon enter his life and she was the someone he'd been waiting for. You'll read about how Johnny became a family man, how he sailed to the top in blockbuster films, how he studied for his roles, his awards, how he became "one of Hollywood's top leading men," you'll read about the grave illness of his daughter, the sudden death of a co-star, and you'll learn many other interesting facets of the life of this fascinating actor.
This is a mesmerizing look into the life of John "Johnny" Christopher Depp, the Hollywood Rebel. This is not the type of personalized biog