THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE
(Spencer Armacost) has earned both critical and popular acclaim
for his work in a variety of memorable roles. The 33-year old
actor most recently starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,
based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel directed by Terry Gilliam.
Other recent roles include critically-acclaimed performances in
Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco co-starring Al Pacino and Jim
Jarmusch's Dead Man, a Western set in the late 1800s. In
Don Juan DeMarco, Depp starred as a man convinced he is
the world's greatest lover opposite legendary actors Marlon Brando
and Faye Dunaway.
It was Depp's compelling performance in the title role of Tim
Burton's Edward Scissorhands that established him as one
of Hollywood's most sought-after talents and earned him a Best
Actor Golden Globe nomination. He was honored with a second Golden
Globe nomination for his portrayal in Benny & Joon,
an offbeat love story in which he co-starred with Aidan Quinn
and Mary Stuart Masterson. Depp was reunited with Tim Burton for
the critically acclaimed Ed Wood; the story of one of this
country's most eccentric B-movie directors. The performance garnered
Depp a third Best Actor Golden Globe nomination.
Depp will next be seen in Burton's Sleepy Hollow as well
as Roman Polanski's thriller The Ninth Gate. Other films
include What's Eating Gilbert Grape? directed by Lasse
Halstrom, which starred Depp in the title role, Arizona Dream,
directed by Emir Kusturica, in which he starred with Jerry Lewis
and Faye Dunaway, and Nick of Time directed by John Badham.
The Kentucky-born actor grew up in Florida where he developed
an early interest in music. Joining a rock band named Kids, Depp
found considerable regional success, eventually following the
group to Los Angeles. When the band broke up shortly thereafter,
he turned to acting on the advice of a friend. It wasn't long
before Depp landed his first major acting job in Nightmare
on Elm Street. He went on to earn roles in several other films
including Slow Burn and the Academy Award-winning Platoon.
Depp then won the role that would prove to be his breakthrough,
as undercover detective Tom Hanson on the popular Fox television
show "21 Jump Street." He starred on the series for
four seasons before segueing to the big screen in the lead role
of John Waters' Cry Baby.
Depp starred and made his feature directorial debut on The
Brave, a film based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. Depp
co-wrote the screenplay with his brother D.P. Depp. He is also
a member of the band "P", whose other members include
Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes, guitarist Bill Carter, Sex Pistol
Steve Jones, Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea and Sal Jenco.
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