Johnny Depp, born John Christopher Depp II on June 9, 1963, was destined for fame with his unique character and devastatingly good looks. As a child, he was a victim of domestic violence but he overcame his tragic past and eventually rose to fame with countless, memorable movie roles. He was nominated for numerous awards for his outstanding performances and honored with a life-size statue in Serbia. Today, we celebrate the special day of this deserving star with you.
John Christopher Depp II, famously known as Johnny Depp, was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, in the United States and was raised in Florida. His parents, John Christopher Depp and Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Sue Wells divorced when he was 15 years old. His father was a civil engineer and his mother, a waitress. He had three siblings, Danny, Christi Dembrowski, and Deborah — Depp was the youngest of the four. He revealed that his mother had abusive tendencies, and at the age of 11, Depp started doing various kinds of drugs as a way to escape from his family problems.
His road to fame started in 1979 when he joined a band called the Kids and in 1983, he moved to Los Angeles with the band, hoping to make it big. A year later, in 1984, he was introduced by his then-wife, Lori Allison, to Nicolas Cage, who introduced him to a Hollywood agent. His big break came after filming “Edward Scissorhands,” directed by Tim Burton. He went on to feature in many other movies such as “Ed Wood” in 1994, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in 2005, and “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010, all directed by Tim Burton. In 2003, he starred in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” as the pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, and climbed the ladder of success. He won five MTV Movie Awards and a Screen Actor Guild Award in 2003 for his outstanding performance in the movie.
Depp has two children, Lily-Rose Depp and Jack Depp. He has always been a ladies’ man, with six engagements and two official marriages, first to Lori Allison and later to Amber Heard in 2015. These marriages, unfortunately, both ended in divorce.
At 16, Depp joins a band called the Kids after dropping out of high school.
Depp features in his first movie role in the horror film, "A Nightmare on Elm Street."
Depp's breakthrough performance came after featuring in “Edward Scissorhands,” directed by Tim Burton.
He is the second-ever actor to get nominated for this award for a Disney film.
Honored by his "Sweeney Todd" co-star, Sacha Baron Cohen, Depp wins the award for ‘Favorite Movie Actor of the Decade.’
With earnings of $75 million, Depp is the world’s highest-paid actor, as recognized in the 2012 Guinness World Records.
He is honored with the Donostia Award in San Sebastian for his career and lifetime achievements.
Why We Love Johnny Depp
He defies the odds
He is not afraid to be different and embraces it; this is his superpower. His character is more than just a show he has to put on in films — he is interesting, talented, likable, and relatable.
He overcame his childhood struggles
Depp grew up in an unhealthy environment. He was a victim of domestic violence and did not have much money growing up. Despite a difficult start in life, he persevered, worked hard, and became one of the biggest and most well-loved names in Hollywood.
He has a deep love for children
Despite living a luxurious life, Depp has a soft spot for the needy. He supports the War Child charity, the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, and makes annual donations to the hospital that treated his daughter after she suffered temporary kidney failure.
5 Surprising Facts
He was allergic to chocolate growing up
Not only was Depp allergic to chocolate in his early days, but this might have played a part in influencing his dislike for chocolates even after the allergy disappeared.
A for effort
Depp learned French so that he could make French singer Vanessa Paradis’ parents feel comfortable around him.
He’s nearly blind in the left eye
He suffers from short-sightedness and has had this condition since birth, coupled with a nearly blind left eye.
He hates clowns
Depp hates clowns; he has a fear of clowns, spiders, and ghosts.
He preferred lizards for pets
As a child, he would not only collect lizards to keep as pets but would also train these lizards to perform tricks.
Johnny Depp FAQs
What is Johnny Depp’s salary?
He earns approximately $25 million annually with a pay of $10 million to $13 million per movie.
What is Johnny Depp suing Amber Heard for?
He is suing Heard for $50 million based on a 2018 op-ed she wrote for the “Washington Post” chronicling her experiences as a domestic abuse survivor.
How far has he gone into his music career?
Depp has gone as far as releasing albums such as “Hollywood Vampires,” which he released with his band in 2015, but this is just one of countless singles and albums.
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