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Johnny Depp

Lowest Rated:   0% London Fields (2015)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Invisible Man
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Murder On The Orient Express
  • Actor
2017
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Capt. Jack Sparrow
$171.6M 2017
20% Yoga Hosers
  • Guy Lapointe
2016
30% 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
12% Mortdecai
  • Charles Mortdecai
  • Producer
$6.9M 2015
0% London Fields
  • Chick Purchase
2015
71% Into the Woods
  • The Wolf
$89.8M 2014
41% Tusk
  • Guy Lapointe
2014
76% Lucky Them
  • Actor
2014
63% 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
No Score Yet The Night Stalker
  • Carl Kolchak
  • Producer
2014
31% The Lone Ranger
  • Tonto
  • Executive Producer
$89.3M 2013
No Score Yet The Thin Man
  • Actor
2013
37% Dark Shadows
  • Producer
  • Barnabas Collins
$79.8M 2012
No Score Yet Sunset Strip
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet My Valentine
  • Actor
2012
94% Hugo
  • Producer
$73.9M 2011
50% The Rum Diary
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Kemp
$13.1M 2011
32% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Captain Jack Sparrow
$241.1M 2011
87% Rango
  • Rango/Lars
$123.2M 2011
20% The Tourist
  • Frank Tupelo
$67.7M 2010
62% 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
$97M 2009
100% Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Actor
2008
86% Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrator
$1.1M 2008
No Score Yet Shantaram
  • Actor
2008
86% 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
45% 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
54% 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
83% 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
83% 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
68% 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
63% Chocolat
  • Roux
2000
35% The Man Who Cried
  • Cesar
2000
No Score Yet Portrait of Leonardo: The Kid Who Took Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
42% The Ninth Gate
  • Dean Corso
1999
67% Sleepy Hollow
  • Ichabod Crane
1999
16% 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
87% Donnie Brasco
  • Joe Pistone/Donnie Brasco
1997
33% The Brave
  • Raphael
  • Director
1997
31% 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
74% Don Juan DeMarco
  • Don Juan DeMarco
1994
89% What's Eating Gilbert Grape
  • Gilbert Grape
1993
87% Arizona Dream
  • Axel
1993
75% Benny & Joon
  • Sam
1993
20% Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
  • News Announcer
1991
89% Edward Scissorhands
  • Edward Scissorhands
1990
73% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet 20/20
1978
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2012
57% Life's Too Short
2011
  • Himself
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Narrator
  • 2010
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
  • Voice
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2000
  • 1995

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