It’s hard to believe it all started with 21 Jump Street1. If Hollywood was a long-jump2, then has jumped far beyond the sandpit3. Platoon, Donnie Brasco, Pirates, Blow, Sweeney Todd, and now Public Enemies - Johnny Depp can pretty much do anything.
John Christopher Depp III was born June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky. The son of John Christopher, a city engineer and Betty Sue Palmer, a waitress4 and homemaker (Johnny Depp has a tattoo of his mother’s name on his left arm), young Johnny relocated to Florida shortly after the death of his grandfather, with whom the future actor was very close, with his three older siblings5.
Never the studious6 teenager, and even more distraught7 by the divorce8 of his parents, Johnny Depp picked up a whole new passion9: the guitar. The high-school dropout10 spent his days playing guitar in a garage band after he taught himself how to play with the instrument his mother bought him.
Johnny Depp joined a rock band called The Flame, with whom he toured11 the Florida nightclub circuit. The Flame eventually dubbed themselves The Kids, and the band was hired as the opening act12 on an Iggy Pop tour. Hoping to strike a chord13 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 up14 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 to Nicolas Cage, who saw star potential in the young Depp. Thanks to their encounter, Johnny Depp was cast in his feature film debut — the slasher Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984.
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. His starring role on 21 Jump Street made him a sensation among teenage girls and paved the way15 for more serious roles in film. He snagged a small part in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Vietnam film Platoon (1987) alongside Charlie Sheen before moving on to leading roles in other bigbudget movies.
He drew praise for his performances in Donnie Brasco (alongside Al Pacino), Ed Wood (1994), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), and his almost silent tour-de-force, Edward Scissorhands (1990). He’s also done well in a few romantic roles, playing Don Juan DeMarco (alongside Marlon Brando) in the film of the same name, and in Chocolat (2000) with Juliette Binoche.
In 1998, Johnny Depp starred as the alter ego of buddy Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, costarring Benicio Del Toro, and tried his hand at sci-fi in 1999’s The Astronaut’s Wife, along with gorgeous Charlize Theron. He re-teamed with Tim Burton to star in the magnificently16 Gothic adaptation of the Halloween legend, 1999’s Sleepy Hollow, in a brilliant portrayal of constable Ichabod Crane.
Of all his roles, however, Johnny Depp became a family favorite in his role as swashbuckling17 Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy — a role which garnered him his very first Oscar nomination, as well as two Golden Globe nominations in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
While Johnny Depp has had his share of beautiful costars18, he also had a wide variety of leading ladies in his own life, such as ex-fiancees Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey and Winona Ryder, with whom he was engaged19 for three years. Besides Winona, Johnny Depp’s most famous ex-fiancee is Kate Moss. He and the waifish model were engaged from 1995 to 1997, and had an on-again/off-again relationship.
Johnny Depp shares a house in France with Vanessa Paradis, a French actress and singer, and the mother of their children, Lily-Rose Melody and Jack. The only reason Johnny Depp is ever away from home is in order to fulfill20 his film contracts.
Johnny Depp’s critical acclaim as an actor has garnered him a slew of nominations and awards. He was honored with the 1990 ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow award, the 1996 London Critics Circle Actor of the Year award for Ed Wood and the 1998 Honorary Cesar. He was nominated for an unprecedented seven Golden Globes, including four consecutive21 nominations between 2003 and 2006, and two Oscars for his performances in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Finding Neverland (2004)
In 2009, Johnny Depp co-produced Shantaram. He also performed in Public Enemies, a gangster flick opposite Christian Bale, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, assuming a role Heath Ledger originally played. We can’t really think of anyone better to take over22 for Heath.
1 21 Jump Street – «Джамп стрит, 21», популярный американский сериал 80-х годов 20-го века
2 Long jump – прыжки в длину
3 Sandpit – песочная яма, место для призем-ния при прыжках в длину
4 Waitress - официантка
5 Sibling - брат или сестра
6 Studious – усердный, любящий науку
7 Distraught – подавленный (ситуацией)
8 Divorce - развод
9 Passion – страсть, увлечение
10 Dropout – бросать школу
11 Tour – тур, гастроли
12 Opening act - “разогрев” на концерте
13 Srtike a chord – заявить о себе, “взять аккорд” (в переносном смысле)
14 Break up - распадаться
15 Pave the way – прокладывать путь
16 Magnificent – изумительный, впечатляющий
17 Swashbuckler – хулиган, головорез
18 Costar – звезды кино, работающие в одном фильме
19 Engage - увлечение
20 Fulfill – исполнять, осуществлять
21 Consecutive - последующий
22 Take over – принимать по наследству, во владение
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