Johnny Depp

Lowest Rated: 3% London Fields (2018)
Birthday: Jun 9, 1963
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Initially known as a teen idol thanks to his role on 21 Jump Street and tortured pretty-boy looks, Johnny Depp survived the perils of adolescent heartthrob status to earn a reputation as a respected adult actor. His numerous collaborations with director Tim Burton, as well as solid performances in a number of critically acclaimed films, have allowed Depp to carve a niche for himself as a serious, if idiosyncratic performer, a real-life role that has continuously surprised critics intent on writing him off as just another photogenic Tiger Beat casualty. Born in Kentucky and raised in Florida, Depp had the kind of upbringing that would readily lend itself to his future portrayals of brooding lost boys. After his parents divorced when he was 16, he dropped out of school a year later in the hopes of making his way in the world as a musician. Depp fronted a series of garage bands; the most successful of these, the Kids, was once the opening act for Iggy Pop. During slack times in the music business, Depp sold pens by phone. He got introduced to acting after a visit to L.A. with his former wife, who introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage, who encouraged Depp to give it a try. The young actor made his film debut in 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street (after attaining stardom, Depp sentimentally played a cameo in the "last" of the Elm Street series, 1991's Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.) His climb to fame was accelerated in 1987, when he replaced Jeff Yagher in the role of Officer Tom Hanson, a cop assigned to do undercover duty by posing as a student in crime-ridden Los Angeles-area high schools, in the Canadian-filmed Fox TV series 21 Jump Street (1987-90). Biding his time in "teen heartthrob" roles, Depp was first given a chance to exhibit his exhausting versatility in the title role of Tim Burton's fantasy Edward Scissorhands (1990). Following the success of Edward Scissorhands, the actor made a conscious and successful effort never to repeat himself in his subsequent characterizations. He continued to gain critical acclaim and increasing popularity for his work, most notably in Benny & Joon (1993), in which he played a troubled young man who fancies himself the reincarnation of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), which cast him as its title character, a young man dissatisfied with the confines of his small-town life. Following Gilbert Grape, Depp outdid himself in Burton's Ed Wood (1994), with his outrageous but lovable portrayal of the angora-sweater-worshipping World's Worst Film Director. The same year, he further exercised his versatility playing a 19th-century accountant in Dead Man, Jim Jarmusch's otherworldly Western. With his excellent portrayal of the titular undercover FBI agent in Mike Newell's 1997 Donnie Brasco, Depp continued to ascend the Hollywood ranks. After a starring turn as Hunter S. Thompson's alter ego in Terry Gilliam's trippy adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Depp tried his hand at sci-fi horror with The Astronaut's Wife in 1999. That same year, he again collaborated with Burton on Sleepy Hollow, starring as a prim, driven Ichabod Crane in the remake of Washington Irving's classic tale of gothic terror. Appearing the following year in the small but popular romantic drama Chocolat, Depp jumped back into the big time with his role as real-life cocaine kingpin George Jung in Blow (2001) before gearing up for roles in the Jack the Ripper thriller From Hell (2001) and Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). In what was perhaps his most surprising departure since Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Depp shed his oftentimes angst-ridden persona for a role as flamboyant pirate Jack Sparrow in 2003's Pirates of the Caribbean. Essaying the crusty role in the manner of a drunken, debauched rock star -- Depp publicly admitted Keith Richards was his inspiration -- the actor added a dose of off-kilter fun to an above-average summer thrill ride, and found himself with his biggest hit and first Oscar nomination ever. By this point in his wildly varied career, even Depp's most devoted fans would be hard pressed to speculate on the trajectory of his future, and the only certainty seemed to be that whatever role he accepted, it would be chosen on his own terms. Shortly after making his maiden voyage into the horrific world of Stephen King with an amusingly disheveled performance in Secret Window, Depp warmed to a wider audience with another Oscar-nominated performance, as author J.M. Barrie in the critically acclaimed Finding Neverland. A tale of wonder based on the friendship that inspired Barrie to pen the classic tale Peter Pan, Finding Neverland earned wide praise from audiences and critics alike. After once again re-teaming with director Burton for both a vocal performance in the animated feature The Corpse Bride and a role as mysterious candy magnate Willy Wonka in 2005, Depp reprised his popular role as Jack Sparrow in the first of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which shattered box-office records. He also made plans to again work with Tim Burton, this time on an adaptation of Sweeney Todd, which was released in 2007 -- a year that would also see the release of the third Pirates movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The former earned him his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and the latter maintained his status as a formidable box-office force. Following the death of Heath Ledger in 2008, Depp was one of three actors--along with Jude Law and Colin Farrell--that stepped in to play variations of Ledger's character, Troy, in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (2009), in order to finish the film. The actors donated their salaries from the fantasy film to Matilda, Ledger's daughter. That same year, Depp gained accolades for portraying Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger in Michael Mann's Public Enemies, a role which had him facing off against Christian Bale's FBI agent Melvin Purvis. The following year, Tim Burton cast Depp as a garishly creepy incarnation of the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, resulting in a world-wide smash hit, earning over a billion dollars at the box office. Also in 2010, Depp found modest success opposite Angelina Jolie in The Tourist, a romantic thriller that did not thrill many critics. Although it had been earlier stated that Dead Man's Chest would be the final film in the Pirates series, the franchise's previous success made a sequel inevitable, and for his part Depp was paid $55 million to return for another lucrative installment, On Stranger Tides (2011). Although the first three film's director, Gore Verbinski, was not involved, Depp worked with him the same year, lending his voice to the titular chameleon in the 3D animated NickeIodeon film Rango. In addition to his acting, Depp has also gained a certain amount of fame for his romantic involvements with several starlets and celebrities, including Winona Ryder, Sherilyn Fenn, and Kate Moss. In 1999, he fathered a daughter with French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis, as well as a son in 2002. He was also the owner of the Viper Room, a popular L.A. nightspot which gained notoriety when actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on its doorstep in 1993. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Highest Rated Movies



10% The Professor Richard 2019
No Score Yet Waiting for the Barbarians Actor 2019
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Gellert Grindelwald 2018
No Score Yet London Fields, The Director's Cut Chick Purchase 2018
3% London Fields Chick Purchase 2018
27% Sherlock Gnomes Actor 2018
No Score Yet Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast Actor 2018
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Invisible Man Actor 2018
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Actor 2018
No Score Yet Fantastiske skabninger 2: Grindelwalds forbrydelser Actor 2018
No Score Yet City of Lies Actor 2018
60% Murder On The Orient Express Ratchett $101.6M 2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Capt. Jack Sparrow $172.6M 2017
22% Yoga Hosers Guy Lapointe 2016
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass Mad Hatter $77.1M 2016
No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie Actor 2016
73% Black Mass Whitey Bulger $48.8M 2015
13% Mortdecai Producer Charles Mortdecai $6.9M 2015
71% Into the Woods The Wolf $89.8M 2014
45% Tusk Guy Lapointe 2014
77% Lucky Them Actor 2014
62% For No Good Reason Actor $67.6K 2014
20% Transcendence Dr. Will Caster $23.1M 2014
No Score Yet LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 Executive Producer 2014
31% The Lone Ranger Executive Producer Tonto $89.3M 2013
No Score Yet The Thin Man Actor 2013
36% Dark Shadows Producer Barnabas Collins $79.8M 2012
No Score Yet Sunset Strip Actor 2012
No Score Yet My Valentine Actor 2012
93% Hugo Producer $73.9M 2011
51% The Rum Diary Executive Producer Producer Kemp $13.1M 2011
33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Captain Jack Sparrow $241.1M 2011
88% Rango Rango/Lars $123.2M 2011
20% The Tourist Frank Tupelo $67.7M 2010
61% When You're Strange Narrator 2010
51% Alice in Wonderland The Mad Hatter $319.4M 2010
64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Imaginarium Tony #1 $7.6M 2009
68% Public Enemies John Dillinger $97.1M 2009
100% Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Actor 2008
87% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson Narrator $1.1M 2008
No Score Yet Shantaram Actor 2008
85% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd $53M 2007
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Actor $0.2M 2007
86% When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan Actor $0.2M 2007
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Captain Jack Sparrow $309.5M 2007
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
No Score Yet Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride Actor 2006
53% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Jack Sparrow $423.1M 2006
33% The Libertine John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester $4.8M 2006
91% Deep Sea 3D Narrator $42.1M 2006
84% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Victor Van Dort $53.4M 2005
83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka $206.2M 2005
57% Happily Ever After L'inconnu $0.2M 2005
82% Finding Neverland J.M. Barrie 2004
46% Secret Window Mort Rainey $47.8M 2004
95% Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Actor 2004
No Score Yet Buried Secret Of M. Night Shyamalan Actor 2004
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico Sands $56M 2003
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Jack Sparrow $305.4M 2003
94% Lost in La Mancha Actor 2003
63% Breakfast With Hunter Actor 2003
57% From Hell Insp. Frederick George `Fred' Abberline $30.7M 2001
55% Blow George Jung 2001
73% Before Night Falls Lt. Victor/Bon Bon $2.8M 2001
No Score Yet A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Actor 2001
62% Chocolat Roux 2000
35% The Man Who Cried Cesar 2000
No Score Yet Portrait of Leonardo: The Kid Who Took Hollywood Actor 2000
43% The Ninth Gate Dean Corso 1999
68% Sleepy Hollow Ichabod Crane 1999
15% The Astronaut's Wife Spencer Armacost 1999
88% The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation Jack Kerouac 1999
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Raoul Duke 1998
No Score Yet Top Secret: Scotland Yard Narrator 1998
No Score Yet L.A. Without a Map Himself 1998
88% Donnie Brasco Joe Pistone/Donnie Brasco 1997
33% The Brave Raphael Director 1997
33% Nick of Time Gene Watson 1995
50% Cannes Man Himself 1995
71% Dead Man William Blake 1995
92% Ed Wood Edward D. Wood Jr. 1994
69% Don Juan DeMarco Don Juan DeMarco 1994
90% What's Eating Gilbert Grape Gilbert Grape 1993
87% Arizona Dream Axel 1993
71% Benny & Joon Sam 1993
20% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare News Announcer 1991
90% Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands 1990
72% Cry-Baby Wade Walker 1990
No Score Yet 21 Jump Street Officer Tom Hanson 1987
88% Platoon Lerner 1986
No Score Yet Slow Burn Actor 1986
17% Private Resort Jack 1985
94% A Nightmare on Elm Street Glen 1984


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No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
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No Score Yet Sunday Morning
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No Score Yet Family Guy
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53% Life's Too Short
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No Score Yet American Masters
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No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
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No Score Yet King of the Hill
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
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No Score Yet 21 Jump Street
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