JOHNNY DEPP's (Ichabod crane) "Edwards Scissorhands" 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 off-beat love story in which
he starred with Aidan Quinn and Mary Stuart Masterson. Depp was reunited with Tim
Burton for the heralded "Ed Wood," the story of one of America's most eccentric
B-movie directors. His performance in this film garnered Depp his third Best
Actor Golden Globe nomination.
Depp starred in Mike Newell's critical and commercial hit "Donnie Brasco,"
alongside Al Pacino, and in "Don Juan DeMarco" as a man convinced he
is the world's greatest lover, opposite Marlon Brando. His other films include
"The Astronaut's Wife," Terry Gilliam's "Fear and Loathing in Las
Vegas," based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same title; Jim
Jarmusch's "Dead Man," a western set in the lat 1800s; Lasse
Hallstrom's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," which starred Depp in the
title role; Emir Kusturica's "Arizona Dream," in which he starred with
Jerry Lewis and Faye Dunaway; and Paramount's thriller "Nick of Time,"
with Christopher Walken. Depp's upcoming films include Roman Polanski's
"The Ninth Gate" and Sally Potter's "The Man Who Cried."
Depp recently expanded his position as one of America's most versatile leading actors by starring in, directing and
co-writing "The Brave," based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. The
controversial film, which also features Marlon Brando, premiered at the 1997
Cannes Film Festival. Depp co-wrote the screenplay with his brother D.P. Depp.
The Kentucky-born actor grew up in Florida, where he developed an early interest in music. After joining a rock
band named The Kids, Depp found considerable regional success and eventually
followed 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 Stree." 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'
affectionate homage to the 1950s, "Cry Baby."
As a musician, Depp has played guitar on two albums with the band Oasis as well as with Shane McGowan, formerly of The
Pogues. He is also a member of the band "P," whose other members
include Butthole Suffer Gibby Haynes, guitarist Bill Carter, Sex Pistol Steve
Jones, Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea and Sal Jenco.
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