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JOHNNY DEPP (Captain Jack Sparrow) has earned both critical and popular acclaim for his work in a variety of memorable roles in unique feature films. The 40-year-old actor is currently filming "Secret Window, Secret Garden,” based on a novella by Stephen King. The film co-stars Maria Bello, Timothy Hutton, Ving Rhames and John Turturro, and is directed by David Koepp. 

He will next appear on the big screen this fall alongside Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek in Sony's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” in which Depp plays a corrupt CIA agent who demands retribution from his worst enemy to carry out the drug lord's uprising against the government. Depp will also star in Miramax's "Neverland,” opposite Kate Winslet. The film, written by J.M. Barrie, portrays the experiences of the classic fairytale "Peter Pan,” and is scheduled for release in 2004. 

Depp's latest credits include 20th Century Fox's crime thriller "From Hell” opposite Heather Graham, New Line Cinema's "Blow” co-starring Penelope Cruz, and Miramax's romantic comedy "Chocolat” with Juliette Binoche. 

The actor also starred in Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow” co-starring Christina Ricci for Paramount Pictures, Depp's third collaboration with Tim Burton; New Line Cinema's "The Astronaut's Wife” and "The Ninth Gate” for Artisan Entertainment. 

In 1998, Depp starred in Universal Pictures' "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” which is based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel of the same name, with Benicio Del Toro and directed by Terry Gilliam. 

Hailed as the "Best Actor” of his generation for his performance in TriStar Pictures' "Donnie Brasco,” co-starring Al Pacino and directed by Mike Newell, Depp has also starred in Miramax Films' "Dead Man,” a western set in the late 1800's directed by Jim Jarmusch. 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 soughtafter 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. 

His performance in this film garnered Depp his third Best Actor Golden Globe nomination. Other films include "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?,” directed by Lasse Hallström, 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 Paramount's "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 Tim Hanson on the popular Fox television show "21 Jump Street.” He starred on the series for four seasons before seguing 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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