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Johnny Depp

Birthday: June 9, 1963 (61 years)

HomeTown: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States

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Johnny Depp is an American actor who has been nominated for three Academy Awards. You probably remember him best as Captain Jack Sparrow from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films. He has also appeared in the films Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Alice in Wonderland. Depp’s first major film appearance was in Nightmare on Elm Street, a horror film released in 1984. He rose to prominence after appearing in the television series 21 Jump Street. Depp was once one of Hollywood’s most popular performers, but his career stagnated in the late 2010s when his ex-wife, Amber Heard, claimed he physically and verbally abused her. In 2022, there was a major court case over it, which drew a lot of attention. Born on June 9, 1963, Johnny Depp hails from Owensboro, United States. As in 2024, Johnny Depp's age is 61 years. Discover below for comprehensive details about Johnny Depp, including the biography, wiki profile, age, date of birth, family background, relationship status, interesting facts, photographs, lesser-known facts, and more.


Johnny Depp Profile:

Stage NameJohnny Depp
Real NameJohnny Depp
Profession(s)Actor, Musician,
BirthdayJune 9, 1963
Zodiac SignGemini
Age61 years
GenderMale
BirthplaceOwensboro, United States
HometownOwensboro, Kentucky, United States
NationalityAmerican

Johnny Depp Family and Personal Life

  • Johnny Depp‘ father’s name is John Christopher Depp and Johnny Depp‘ mother’s name is Betty Sue Palmer.
  • Birth and Family Background: Johnny Depp, also known as John Christopher Depp II, was born on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to John and Betty Sue. His father was a civil engineer, while his mother worked as a waitress and took care of the home. Johnny, the youngest of four siblings, felt different from the rest and typically stayed to himself.
  • Family and Upbringing: Due to his father’s job, Johnny’s family moved frequently, finally settling in Miramar, Florida, when he was 7 years old. However, their first difficulties forced them to stay in a hotel for over a year. Johnny struggled to adapt and experienced stress as a result of familial troubles, causing him to engage in smoking, drugs, and self-harm by the age of 12.
  • Parental Split: In 1978, Johnny’s parents split while he was just 15 years old. He was charged with collecting up the weekly child support money from his father’s workplace, further dividing them.

Marriage and Hollywood Romance

  • Personal Relationships: Johnny’s personal life has had its ups and downs, including high-profile romances with Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. His turbulent personal life sometimes made headlines, but it never hampered his professional success.
  • Winona Ryder: During the filming of Edward Scissorhands, Depp met Winona Ryder, sparking a romance that captured Hollywood’s attention. The couple quickly became a power duo in the industry, with Depp even getting a tattoo dedicated to Ryder. However, their engagement ended in 1993, leading Depp to modify the tattoo to “Wino Forever.”
  • Kate Moss: Depp had personal difficulties and struggled with drug misuse, which led to a period of intense despair. During this period, he had a widely publicized romance with supermodel Kate Moss. Their stormy affair often made headlines, including Depp’s notorious hotel room trashing in New York in 1994.
  • Vanessa Paradis: During the shooting of The Ninth Gate (1999) in France, Johnny met Vanessa Paradis, a French actress, singer, and model. Later that year, Paradis got pregnant, and in May 1999, the couple delivered their first child, daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp. Three years later, they had their second child, son John Christopher “Jack” Depp III.
  • Daughter: Lily-Rose Depp: Lily-Rose followed in her father’s footsteps and began her career in the entertainment industry as a Chanel model at the age of 15. She dabbled in acting, making her debut in the 2014 horror-comedy Tusk opposite Johnny. Her acting credits include parts in films including Planetarium (2016), The King (2019), Voyagers (2021), and Crisis. She also appeared in The Idol, an HBO series that debuted in June 2023.
  • Son: Jack Depp: Jack Depp, on the other hand, has preferred to maintain a low profile and stay away from the public eye. He has a special bond with his sister, Lily-Rose. The siblings are bilingual and often converse in French to share secrets and chats, according to a 2021 Interview piece. Jack has shown creative ability, excelling in drawing and even forming his own band.
  • Separation from Vanessa Paradis: In 2012, there were speculations that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis were splitting up. Depp first disputed the accusations, but his spokesperson acknowledged their split in June of that year. Prior to their separation, the pair had been together for about 14 years.
  • Amber Heard: While still dating Paradis, Depp met Amber Heard on the filming of “The Rum Diary” in 2011. They were first seen together publicly in 2012, soon after Depp’s breakup from Paradis. The pair were engaged in 2013 and married in 2015.
  • Divorce and Allegations: In 2016, Heard filed for divorce and accused Depp of verbal and physical violence, resulting in a restraining order. They finalized their divorce in 2017.
  • Legal Backlash: Depp sued Heard for defamation after she wrote about her experiences with domestic violence. Heard countersued him for defamation after his lawyer dismissed her claims as a “hoax”.
  • High-profile Trial: Their trial started in 2022, gaining great media attention. Heard detailed alleged instances of abuse, while Depp denied the accusations, labeling them as false.
  • Court Ruling: In June 2022, a jury found in Depp’s favor in the defamation lawsuit, paying him $15 million in punitive penalties. However, Heard’s case for slander against Depp’s attorney was also successful.
  • Settlement and Charity: In December 2022, both parties agreed to settle their defamation lawsuits for $1 million each. Depp has revealed intentions to contribute his compensation to five charity.
  • Financial Disputes: In the late 2010s, Depp was involved in a lawsuit against his former business managers, as well as a lawsuit from former security guards for unpaid salaries and hazardous working conditions.
  • On-Set Altercation: Depp was sued in 2018 for allegedly attacking a site manager while filming “City of Lies.” The event stalled the film’s release, but Depp resolved the lawsuit before trial in 2022.
  • Career fall and Controversy: Following public attention during his court fights with Heard, Johnny Depp saw a fall in both the amount and visibility of his film roles. Warner Brothers requested him to leave the Fantastic Beasts franchise in November 2020, and Mads Mikkelsen took his place as Gellert Grindelwald in the third film. Depp had just a few cinematic appearances in 2019 and 2020, including some voice acting.
  • Post-Trial Major Film Role: After his defamation trial, Depp returned to the big screen with a huge part as French King Louis XV in “Jeanne du Barry”. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023, where Depp was well greeted by fans, while his attendance generated controversy owing to Heard’s claims.
  • Reflections on Hollywood and Future Projects: At the Cannes movies Festival, Depp stated a desire to continue working in movies, but acknowledged to feeling ignored throughout his legal struggles. He also revealed intentions to seek finance for his future film, a biography of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani.

Johnny Depp Trivia and Facts

  • Johnny Depp was born in Owensboro, United States.
  • Johnny Depp’s birth sign is Gemini.
  • Early Musical Pursuits: At 16, Johnny decided to drop out of high school to pursue his love for music. He joined a garage band called the Kids, where he played guitar. Despite the band’s moderate success, which included opening for well-known artists such as the Talking Heads and the B-52s, financial problems remained. Johnny had to spend months living in a friend’s ’67 Chevy Impala just to make ends meet.
  • Early Marriage and Music Career: At the age of 20, Johnny married makeup artist Lori Allison and relocated to Los Angeles with his bandmates in 1983 to pursue a career in music. They supported themselves by selling pens while living on a shoestring budget.
  • Transition to Acting: After meeting actor Nicolas Cage, Johnny became interested in acting. Cage recommended him to a Hollywood agency, and after playing minor parts, Johnny won his first major movie role in “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984).
  • Personal Turmoil and Relationships: Depp’s band broke in 1985, and his marriage to Lori Allison ended. He later started a relationship with actress Sherilyn Fenn, whom he met while shooting “Dummies” in 1985. Although they were temporarily engaged, their relationship failed. Depp’s love endeavors continued when he proposed to actress Jennifer Grey, although their engagement was similarly brief.
  • Serious Acting Pursuits: Depp understood the need to improve his acting abilities and started studying diligently. He began taking courses at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles and eventually sought advice from a private instructor. These efforts paid off in 1987, when he succeeded Jeff Yagher in the role of Tommy Hanson on the television series “21 Jump Street.” This role launched Depp to popularity almost quickly, yet he found himself labeled as a teen idol, which he despised. He voiced displeasure with the show’s direction, believing it had become artificial and predictable over time.
  • Expanding Horizons: After his contract with “21 Jump Street” expired, Johnny pursued heavier parts, resulting in different ventures such as “Edward Scissorhands” (1990), which demonstrated his range and established him as a serious actor.
  • Breakthrough with Cry-Baby and Edward Scissorhands: Johnny Depp’s career took a turn in 1990 with parts in the cult smash musical Cry-Baby and Tim Burton’s fantasy thriller Edward Scissorhands. These films not only altered his public image, but also demonstrated his range as an actor.
  • Establishing as A-list Actor: Edward Scissorhands propelled Depp to the A-list ranks, making more than $54 million at the box office. This triumph cemented his status as a leading performer in Hollywood.
  • Crafting a Unique Persona: After Edward Scissorhands, Depp established himself as a serious and rather somber performance. He consistently surprised both critics and audiences with his unconventional role choices.
  • Continued Success in Film: Despite personal ups and downs, Depp’s profession thrived. He won critical praise for his depiction of characters such as Sam in Benny & Joon (1993), which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and Gilbert in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993), in which he played a young man struggling with the constraints of small-town life.
  • The Viper Club Venture: In August 1993, Johnny Depp and two business partners bought The Viper Club in Los Angeles. The club immediately established itself as a hot Sunset Strip destination. Depp used the club to promote songs from his newly formed band P, which proved popular with attendees. Unfortunately, tragedy struck on October 31, the same year, when actor River Phoenix died from a heroin overdose outside the club.
  • Continued Professional Success: Despite his personal difficulties, Depp’s professional success has remained strong. He worked again with filmmaker Tim Burton on the biopic “Ed Wood” in 1994, winning critical praise and a Golden Globe nomination. Following that, Depp appeared in the 1997 thriller “Donnie Brasco,” as an undercover FBI agent infiltrating the Bonano criminal family.
  • Friendship with Hunter S. Thompson: In 1998, Depp left Moss to play journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s alter persona in the film adaption of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. During production, Depp developed a strong relationship with Thompson that lasted until the writer’s death in 2005. Depp also paid for Thompson’s burial as a tribute to their long-standing relationship.
  • Portrayal in Dark Shadows: In the 2012 Burton comedy Dark Shadows, Johnny Depp portrayed Barnabas Collins, a vampire who escapes jail and returns to his ancestral home. He tries to help his descendants, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Jonny Lee Miller. Depp’s profound appreciation for the original source material, the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows from the late 1960s, motivated him to lobby for its film version.
  • The Lone Ranger Debacle: Unfortunately, Depp’s subsequent major project faced significant challenges. In 2013, he worked again with Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Disney’s The Lone Ranger. Despite a production expenditure of more than $215 million, the picture underperformed at the box office and earned lackluster reviews from both viewers and critics.
  • Diving into Biopic Territory: Depp then ventured into biographical filmmaking, playing renowned criminal figure Whitey Bulger in the 2015 film Black Mass.
  • Return to Wonderland: In 2016, Depp reprised his role as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Through The Looking Glass, a film adaption of Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.
  • Murder on the Orient Express: The next year, Depp joined an ensemble cast in a version of Agatha Christie’s famous book Murder on the Orient Express, demonstrating his flexibility as an actor in a group context.
  • Entering the Wizarding World: In 2018, Depp joined another famous film series by playing the wicked wizard Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
  • Musical Pursuits: Aside from acting, Depp is an amateur musician who enjoys playing guitar, singing backing vocals, and sometimes playing the keyboard. He was a member of the Kids, a garage band, when he was a teenager. In the 1990s, he established the band P, which played at the Viper Club in Los Angeles.
  • Hollywood Vampires: Depp’s most recent musical attempt is the rock band Hollywood Vampires, which was created in the early to mid-2010s. Depp, together with Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and Tommy Henriksen, helped start the band. The ensemble, named after a 1970s celebrity drinking club, has produced two studio albums and collaborated with well-known musicians like Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, and Joe Walsh.
  • Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, Depp’s net worth is estimated to be over $150 million as of May 2023. According to The Numbers, a film revenue database, films with Depp as a major actor have made approximately $8.3 billion globally, making him one of the most bankable performers of all time.

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