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JOHNNY DEPP (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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