Thursday, August 4, 2011

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp (born June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an American actor. His full name is John Christopher Depp II.He is the son of an engineer and a waitress. He grew up with his brother and his sister and spent a lot of time with his grandfather. When his grandfather died, Depp was seven years old. His family went to Florida and in the next years, they had to change homes often. Johnny became worse at school and had his first experiences with drugs at the age of 15. He was thrown out of school and started to make music in a band called The Flame, and later on The Kids. His ex-wife is Lori Anne Allison (Lori A. Depp). She introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage. He has a daughter, Lily-Rose and son Jack with his partner, French singer Vanessa Paradis.His first movie was Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, which was quite a success. Afterwards, he decided to go to an acting school in Los Angeles. He got a small part in the movie Platoon and shortly after this, he was offered a part in the TV series 21 Jump Street which he first turned down but finally accepted.Since then he has been a star. Young people loved him, but this was not what he liked, so he took drugs and was in the news because of this. But his career went on and he played in lots of movies.Depp is one of Hollywood's most popular actors who can play in a huge range of roles. Normally he plays rather odd characters, for example in Finding Neverland. He is not only liked for his look but also for his talent to act and his incomparable gestures.Depp lives in France but also has a home in the States. Depp has been getting used to the fact of living around French people, but his French is truthfully not completely accurate. Depp has also bought a nice, relaxing island that helps him calm his nerves. Throughout his lifetime, Depp has been through several occupations. He owned a club; The Viper Room.

Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Private Resort (1985)
Cry-Baby (1990)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Benny and Joon (1993)
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
Ed Wood (1994)
Don Juan De Marco (1994)
Dead Man (1995)
Donnie Brasco (1996)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Chocolat (2000)
Blow (2000)
From Hell (2001)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003)
Secret Window (2004)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
The Corpse Bride (Voice, 2005)
Pirates of the Caribbean 2 : Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean 3 : At World's End (2007)
Sweeney Todd the demon barber of fleet street (2008)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Pirates of the Caribbean 4 : On Stranger Tides(2011)

Depp's first major role was in the 1984 classic horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street, playing the boyfriend of the heroine, Nancy Thompson, (played by Heather Langenkamp) and one of Freddy Krueger's victims. Depp was the first choice and was cast to star in the now classic, 1986 American skater drama film Thrashin', chosen and cast by the director but ultimately rejected by the films producer. In 1986, he appeared in a secondary role as a Vietnamese-speaking private in Oliver Stone's Platoon. In 1990 he undertook the quirky title role of the Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands. The film's success began his long association with Burton.Depp, a fan and long-time friend of writer Hunter S. Thompson, played a version of Thompson (named Raoul Duke) in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, based on the writer's pseudobiographical novel of the same name. Depp accompanied Thompson as his road manager on one of the author's last book tours.In 2006, Depp contributed a foreword to Gonzo: Photographs by Hunter S. Thompson, a posthumous biography published by Depp paid for most of Thompson's memorial event, complete with fireworks and the shooting of Thompson's ashes by a cannon, in Aspen, Colorado, where Thompson lived.Critics have described Depp's roles as characters who are "iconic loners." Depp has noted this period of his career was full of "studio defined failures" and films that were "box office poison,"but he thought the studios never understood the films and did not do a good job of marketing. Depp has chosen roles which he found interesting, rather than those he thought would succeed at the box office.The 2003 Walt Disney Pictures film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was a major success, in which Depp's performance as the suave pirate Captain Jack Sparrow was highly praised. Studio bosses were more ambivalent at first,but the character became popular with the movie-going public.According to a survey taken by Fandango, Depp was a major draw for audiences.The film's director, Gore Verbinski, has said that Depp's character closely resembles the actor's personality, but Depp said he modeled the character after Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.Depp was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.In 2004, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor, for playing Scottish author J. M. Barrie in the film Finding Neverland. Depp next starred as Willy Wonka in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a major success at the box office and earning him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.Depp returned to the role of Jack Sparrow for the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which opened on July 7, 2006 and grossed $135.5 million in the first three days of its U.S. release, breaking a box office record of the highest weekend tally. The next sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean, At World's End, was released May 24, 2007. Depp has said that Sparrow is "definitely a big part of me", and he wants to play the role in further sequels.Depp voiced Sparrow in the video game, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow.Johnny Depp's swashbuckling sword talents as developed for the character of Jack Sparrow, were highlighted in the documentary film Reclaiming the Blade. Within the film, Swordmaster Bob Anderson shared his experiences working with Depp on the choreography for The Curse of the Black Pearl. Anderson, who also trained Errol Flynn, another famous Hollywood pirate, described in the film Depp's ability as an actor to pick up the sword to be "about as good as you can get."Depp and Gore Verbinski were executive producers of the album Rogues Gallery, Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys. Depp played the title role of Sweeney Todd in Tim Burton's film adaptation of the musical, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Depp thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and praised Tim Burton for his "unwavering trust and support."Depp played the former Heath Ledger character in the 2009 film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus along with Jude Law and Colin Farrell. All three actors gave their salaries from the film to Ledger's daughter, Matilda. He portrayed the Mad Hatter in Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and the titular character in Rango.

Celebrities has been a sought-after since they have creating a great movies like movie star and celebrity poker player Johnny Depp that has been mentioned as possibly the greatest actor living; apparently he's not too bad at poker either, and he takes his cards as seriously as his performances. While on the set of the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean", Johnny Depp engaged in numerous poker games with cast and crew to pass the time off camera. Among his companions in the card games were the members of the indie rock band We Were Scientists.The band members were starstruck to be interacting with Johnny Depp on a personal level, and it seemed to them he was as much in awe of their music as they of his acting. He impressed bass player Chris Cain with the idea that " he's always dreamed of being a rock star." But, as the game progressed, the band members found themselves taking a beating at Johnny Depp's hands. Now Johnny Depp is claiming the band collectively owes him $28,000. In their defense, the band says they weren't able to focus on poker due to the excitement of meeting and playing with Johnny Depp.Lead singer Keith Murray said they were not the only participants fleeced by Johnny Depp, asserting that there were rumors that Orlando Bloom had lost over $800,000 to Depp. Still, Orlando Bloom's debt may have been settled, and neither the presence of other debts nor any light-headedness the band felt in Depp's presence would excuse a legal debt.
About Johnny Depp: Johnny Depp once said of himself: "I'm not Mr. Blockbuster." Nonetheless, his movies usually fare quite well with audiences and critics alike, only not always in tandem. Before his stardom, Johnny Depp joined a rock band called The Flame, with whom he toured the Florida nightclub circuit. The Flame eventually dubbed themselves The Kids, and the band was hired as the opening act on an Iggy Pop tour. Hoping to strike a chord as famous rockers, The Kids moved to Los Angeles. Johnny Depp took a job selling ballpoint pens over the phone in order to support himself, but he and his fellow rockers decided to break up and move on.Bigger and better things awaited Johnny Depp, who at the time was married to makeup artist Lori Allison. Their marriage was short-lived, but it did lead to something: Lori introduced Johnny Depp to Nicolas Cage who saw star potential in the young Johnny Depp. Thanks to their encounter, Johnny Depp was cast in his feature film debut -- the slasher Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 : On Stranger Tides

Some of the awards that Depp has won include honors from the London Film Critics Circle (1996), Russian Guild of Film Critics (1998), Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) and a Golden Globe for Best Actor. At the 2008 MTV Movie Awards, he won the award for "Best Villain" for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd and "Best Comedic Performance" for Jack Sparrow. Depp has been nominated for three Academy Awards, in 2004 for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, in 2005 for Finding Neverland, and in 2008 for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Depp won his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd in 2008.
Depp has around 13 tattoos, many of them signifying important persons or events in his life. They include a Native American in profile and a ribbon reading "Wino Forever" (originally "Winona Forever", altered after his breakup with Winona Ryder) on his right biceps, "Lily-Rose" (his daughter's name) over his heart, "Betty Sue" (his mother's name) on his left biceps, and a sparrow flying over water with the word "Jack" (his son's name; the sparrow is flying towards him rather than away from him as it is in Pirates of the Caribbean) on his right forearm.

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