Capital: € 165 million
Age: 56
Born: June 9, 1963
Country of origin: United States of America
Source of wealth: actor
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

Who does not know the eccentric headstrong pirate captain Jack Sparrow, who has been played by Johnny Depp in five films so far? But the American actor can do so much more than just drinking and sailing.

Early life

Johnny Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky in June 1963 and is actually called John Christopher. His father was an engineer, the mother a waitress. The latter adores Depp so much that he even has her name on her arm as a tattoo. He also has two sisters and a brother, all of whom are older than him. The family’s ancestors are Germans, Irish and Cherokee.

After many childhood moves, Depp’s family eventually settled in Florida. When he was a teenager, the parents divorced. This caused many problems for Johnny Depp. He became a criminal, injured himself, and took drugs. At fifteen, the boy finally dropped out of school and made his way to Hollywood, where he wanted to fulfill his dream.

However, this initially consisted of becoming a successful musician. Through his older brother, Depp came up with the idea of teaching himself to play the guitar. At the age of thirteen he founded his first band “Flame” and performed illegally in night clubs. In Florida, the group became known locally as a supporting and cover band. Through the time as a musician, however, money problems arose and Johnny Depp decided to pay for the acting.


Johnny Depp starred in his first well-known film in 1984, when his friend Nicolas Cage initiated him into a casting. In “A Nightmare On Elm Street” Depp had his first role, which was followed by other supporting characters. From 1987 he played in the series “21 Jump Street”, which made Johnny Depp a teen star. To break away from this reputation, he took acting lessons in the late 1990s and looked for profound films.

The first major cinema successes were “Cry-Baby” and “Edward with scissorhands” in 1990. The latter was Depp’s first collaboration with director Tim Burton. This was followed by other leading roles, including in “Gilbert Grape – Somewhere in Iowa” and “Don Juan DeMarco”. In 1997 Johnny Depp tried for the first time as a director, the film “The Brave” was even nominated for the Golden Palm.

In the near future, Depp became a character actor for eccentric, difficult characters. These included Willy Wonka in the 2005 remake of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, the criminal John Dillinger in “Public Enemies” in 2009 and the mad hatter in “Alice in Wonderland” the following year. However, his most famous role is that of Jack Sparrow in the five-part series “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Career highlights

Johnny Depp has been nominated three times for an Oscar and nine times for a Golden Globe, twice he was Sexiest Man Alive and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And this success came early: Depp’s first major hit was the series “21 Jump Street”, in which he played a young policeman from 1987 to 1990. In 1990 he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in “Edward with the Scissor Hands”.

In 2008 Depp was nominated for an Oscar as Sweeney Todd in the musical film of the same name. A golden globe was also discussed for this leading role. Since then, Johnny Depp has been one of the highest paid actors in the world and even topped the Forbes list in his industry in 2010. This year he also landed a new hit with the film version of “Alice in Wonderland”.

But Johnny Depp’s most famous role is that of the eccentric, rum-loving pirate captain Jack Sparrow in the five-part film series “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Already the first part in 2003 grossed $ 650 million, the second even more than one billion. Johnny Depp has received several awards for his performance as Jack Sparrow.

Famous quotes

– “Laugh as much as you can breathe and love as long as you live.”
– “In life there are only four questions that count. What is holy What is the soul made of? What do we live for and what is it worth dying for? The answer to every question is the same. Just love. ”
– “My friends think I’m crazy. But I am not. I’m just the way you would be if you weren’t so scared. ”
– “I think the right way is to enjoy the ride while it lasts.”

Amazing facts

– Johnny Depp has his own island in the Bahamas. One section of the beach is named after Heath Ledger.
– The actor has already been engaged five times, including to Kate Moss and Winona Ryder. He doesn’t like film kisses at all.
– Depp is a co-owner of a Tibetan restaurant in Paris.
– When he was twelve, he tried breathing fire. Instead of a disfigured face, he only wore slight scars from an accident because a friend helped him in good time.
– Johnny Depp hated the teenage image of “21 Jump Street” and even tried to get the team to fire him.


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