An in-‘deppth’ look to Johnny Depp’s success over the decades.


I don’t think I need to introduce Johnny Depp. He is such a famous Hollywood actor known for his ever-changing, dynamic, vibrant or colourful styles and appearances in every films he involved in. He was born in June 9, 1963, which means that today is his 50th birthday. Happy birthday to this spectacular actor! Let me take an in-‘deppth’ look to Johnny Depp’s successful and award-winning career over the decades.

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Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, and raised in Florida, as the youngest of four children of Betty Sue Palmer, a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer. The family moved frequently during Depp’s childhood, and he and his siblings lived in more than 20 different locations, and finally settling in Miramar, Florida. He encountered problems from within his troubled family and also from his love relationship with partners that each didn’t last long. But that is not the case for his critically-acclaimed acting career that span for almost three decades.

Depp’s first major role was in the 1984 classic horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street, playing the boyfriend of the heroine. In 1986, he appeared in a secondary role as a Vietnamese-speaking private in Oliver Stone’s Platoon. In 1990, he undertook the quirky title role of the Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands. The film’s success began his long association with Burton. Depp, a fan and long-time friend of writer Hunter S. Thompson, played a version of Thompson (named Raoul Duke) in 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Depp later also starred in The Rum Diary in 2011, based on Thompson’s novel. 

The first major film that turned Johnny Depp to a box office star is the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003. Depp’s performance as the pirate captain Jack Sparrow was a major draw for audiences. He then continued as the main lead in the three  subsequent sequels; Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End and On Stranger Tides that performed very well in worldwide box office. He had also starred in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2007 directed by Tim Burton which won Depp the prestigious Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy in Golden Globe Awards. He had been nominated several times in Academy Awards for best actor too. The many faces of Johnny Depp in films:

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Johnny Depp’s other notable works including Sleepy Hollow (1999), Finding Neverland (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Public Enemies (2009), Alice in Wonderland (2010), The Tourist (2010), Rango (2011), Dark Shadows (2012), etc. His upcoming work would be The Lone Ranger which he played as an American Indian spirit warrior. The film is scheduled to be released next month. He had also been the director, producer or writer of several of his films. Okay..I better stop here. If I am to continue on writing his success story, this post would becomes a long essay. He is no doubt a talented actor that need no explanation any more. Happy birthday to Johnny Depp. He had made a powerful impact to Hollywood big screen.

(All images and information in this post are from various credible sources throughout the world wide web)

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