JOHNNY DEPP has earned both critical and popular acclaim for his work in a
variety of memorable roles in unique feature films. The actor recently starred
in Tim Burton's hit film, Sleepy Hollow, co-starring Christina Ricci.
The effort was his third collaboration with Burton.
New Line Cinema's The Astronaut's Wife in which he also starred was
also released last fall. Another recent Depp film, released in 2000, was Roman
Polanski's The Ninth Gate while The Man Who Cried was also
released last year.
In 1998, Depp starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is
based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name, with Benicio Del Torro
and directed by Terry Gilliam.
Hailed as the "Best Actor" of his generation for his performance in Donnie
Brasco, co-starring Al Pacino and directed by Mike Newell, Depp has also
starred in Dead Man, a western set in the late 1800's directed by Jim
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 his compelling performance in the title role of Tim Burton's Edward
Scissorhands that established Depp 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 co-starred with Aidan Quinn and Mary Stuart
Masterson. Depp was reunited with Burton for the critically acclaimed Ed
Wood, the story of one of this country's most eccentric B-movie directors.
His performance in this film garnered Depp his third Best Actor Golden Globe
Other films include What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, directed by Lasse
Halstromm, which starred Depp in the title role, and Arizona Dream,
directed by Emir Kusturica, in which he starred with Jerry Lewis and Faye
Dunaway. He also starred in 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 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 Tim 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 in The Brave, a
film based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. Depp co-wrote the screenplay with
his brother, D.P. Depp.
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