Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" (#1).
Arrested for being in a fight with paparazzis in front of a restaurant in London. [January 1999]
Ranked #67 in Empire (UK) magazine's The Top-100 Movie Stars of All Time list. [October 1997]
Chosen by People (USA) Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
Voted Empire's (UK) Sexiest Male Movie Star of All Time.
Arrested for trashing a New York hotel room. Depp claimed that an armadillo was responsible, saying that he had found the animal hidden in a closet and it had gone crazy, wrecking the hotel room before leaping out the window.
When engaged to Winona Ryder, he had "Winona forever" tattooed on his arm. After the broke up, he had the n and a surgically removed to simply say "Wino forever!"
Was the guitarist in a band called The Kids and currently plays in a band called P.
Adopted Goldeneye, the one-eyed Andalusian horse who played Gunpowder, Ichabod Crane's steed in Sleepy Hollow (1999), thereby saving him from the glue factory.
Got his "Betty Sue" tattoo May 31, 1988.
Named one of E!'s Top 20 Entertainers of 2001.
Chosen #2 on E!'s 25 sexiest entertainers list
Lists British comedy The Fast Show (1994) -- renamed "Brilliant" for American television -- as his favorite television program of all time. He used to take tapes of the series on tour with him to keep him amused. Made a guest appearance in the last-ever sketch in its last-ever episode.
Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2001.
Wrote the foreword to Mark Salisbury's biography of Tim Burton, "Burton on Burton." He credits Burton's belief in him for rescuing him from being "a loser, an outcast, just another piece of expendable Hollywood meat."
Has a song about him by the late famed schizophrenic Chicago street artist Wesley Willis.
Parents: John Christopher Depp and Elizabeth "Betty" Sue Wells. His parents divorced when he was 15.
He wanted some of his teeth to be gold-capped for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) but thought the producers would never agree. He found a dentist and had lots more capped than he wanted. Disney boss Michael Eisner like them but thought there were way too many and told Depp to remove all but a few.
Resides in France, Los Angeles, and an island he owns in the Bahamas. Divides his time in France between Meudon, a suburb of Paris and a villa in Plan-de-la-Tour, an hour outside of St Tropez in Southern France.
Was People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2003.
The building in which Depp's Viper Room is housed was once owned by infamous gangster Bugsy Siegel.
Chosen as E!'s 2003 Entertainer of the Year.
According to the liner notes for the soundtrack CD of Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), he wrote his own theme music, the music for Sands (Track 9 on the CD).
Persuaded actor Rey-Phillip Santos to give acting a try.
Has a niece, Megan; she works for popular online entertainment magazine TYCP.
Was ranked #5 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties.
Based the character of Captain Jack Sparrow on rock legend Keith Richards and the Looney Tunes character, Pepe Le Pew.
Purchased Bela Lugosi's Los Angeles home.
Sports his son's nickname, Jack, tattooed on his arm and a beaded bracelet made by his daughter Lily Rose.
Is hugely interested in Jack the Ripper.
Ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols (23 January 2005 issue).
Has something in common with actor Robert Englund, famed for portraying dream-stalking Freddy Krueger in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies. Both of them appeared in the first A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and both had played characters with blades for hands: Englund as Freddy Krueger, and Depp as the title character in Edward Scissorhands (1990). And, strangely, both of them were born in June, with their birthdays three days apart, and they share the same height, which is 5' 10".
A movie buff with a somewhat encyclopedic knowledge of older films, he admits he watches few movies anymore, other than the children's films that his "kiddies" prefer. He also enjoys most of them.
Premiere Magazine ranked him as #47 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
When he was cast as "Willy Wonka" in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), many newspapers published headings about "Depp's Willy" and "Deppy's Willy is a Bit Wonkier".
Dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue a career as a musician.
As a child, he was allergic to chocolate.
In 2004, Renée Zellweger accepted the Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role" on his behalf, because he wasn't present at the awards ceremony
Learned French to be able to converse with Vanessa Paradis' parents.
He also played slide for an acoustic recording of Fade Away, recorded in 1995 for the War Child: Help album.
Had come into professional contact with the great screen villains Vincent Price and Christopher Lee. Price co-starred with Depp in Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Lee co-starred with him in Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Corpse Bride (2005). Oddly, all of them were Tim Burton films.
Great admirer of Marlon Brando. He was also good friends with the legendary actor, who described Depp as one of the greatest actors of his generation.
Although unable to attend, he was awarded the Gary Cooper Spirit of Montana Award at the 2005 HatcH audiovisual festival in Bozeman, Montana. HatcH honored Depp for his outstanding career and his role as a mentor and inspiration to young and aspiring artists.
Has portrayed a real-life character in ten films: Edward D. Wood Jr. in Ed Wood (1994), Lt. Victor/Bon Bon in Before Night Falls (2000), Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Insp. Fred Abberline in From Hell (2001), Joseph D. Pistone/Donnie Brasco in Donnie Brasco (1997), George Jung in Blow (2001), J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004), 'John Wilmot, The Second Earl of Rochester' in The Libertine (2005), Jack Kerouac in The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999), and John Dillinger in Public Enemies (2009).
Johnny's family has lived in Kentucky for many generations, and many of his antecedents have lived in the United States, in general, since the 1600s. His ancestry includes English, as well as Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Dutch, Belgian (Flemish), and German. Also, in 2013, researchers for Ancestry.com established that Johnny has remote African ancestry; they traced his lineage back to Elizabeth Key, a biracial woman, born c. 1630, who was the first woman of African ancestry to successfully sue to emancipate herself from slavery in the North American colonies (she emancipated her son, as well). Johnny has frequently stated that he believes that he has Cherokee, or other recent Native American, ancestry, although this ancestry has never been verified by genealogists. Asked the origin of his last name by James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, Depp stated, perhaps jokingly, that his name means "idiot" in German.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category for his performance in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), however, he failed to receive a nomination.
His ownership of the Viper room ended in 2004 when he signed it over to Amanda Fox, the daughter of his missing partner in the club, Anthony Fox.
Was voted the Second Greatest Actor (behind Marlon Brando) in British Channel Channel 4's Greatest Actor Poll.
His performance as Edward Scissorhands in Edward Scissorhands (1990) is ranked #22 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is ranked #79 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Friend of Christina Ricci.
Ranked #1 in the "Best Hollywood Signers 2006" list by "Autograph Collector" magazine (May 2006).
Was close with his grandfather who died when he was seven years old.
His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is ranked #87 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time (2006).
His performance as Edward Scissorhands in Edward Scissorhands (1990) is ranked #65 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Ranked #18 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #23 in 2005.
A rule he has towards fans requesting his autograph and picture is that no photography is allowed of his children.
Is the second actor to be nominated for the Oscar in the Lead Actor category in a Disney film (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)). The first was Richard Farnsworth for The Straight Story (1999).
Frequently cites Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)) and Edward Scissorhands (1990) as the favorite characters that he has played.
Has been described as the "jester of cinema, the Method clown." His incredibly bizarre on-screen persona brings to mind the off-screen behavior of the late Marlon Brando, who was famously eccentric and quirky once he retired from acting.
Once painted on a billboard featuring his 21 Jump Street (1987) character because he didn't like his picture or the message the billboard gave. He was stopped by a security guard who actually let him finish what he was doing when he realized it was Johnny's own face.
As of 2014, has appeared in eight films directed by Tim Burton: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Ed Wood (1994), and Edward Scissorhands (1990), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Dark Shadows (2012).
He was good friends with Hunter S. Thompson until his death. Depp helped to fulfill Thompson's last wish after the writer died. Thompson wanted his remains to be shot out of a 150 foot long canon.
Born in Kentucky but moved to Florida at age 7.
He is the youngest of four children.
Has admitted in interviews that one of his favorite pastimes is watching cartoons (especially Dave the Barbarian, of whom he is a big fan) with his children.
Named after his father, John Christopher Depp.
Owns a customised 1960's 650cc Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.
Has two silver teeth.
Originally cast as John Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), but turned it down after being overworked with other movies he was shooting.
Is a great admirer and good friend of Tom Baker.
His children have the same names as "Mad" Jack and Lilly the Mermaid from the movie Magic Island (1995).
Turned down the role of Jack Traven in action blockbuster Speed (1994).
2007 - Ranked #21 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
Was named Empire Magazine's #5 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars.
In 2007, it was reported by Forbes Magazine that his earnings for the year 2006 were estimated to be $92 million.
Was named Top Money Making Star for the second year in a row in the 76th annual Quigley Publishing Co. poll for year 2007.
Is a godfather of Tim Burton's son Billy Ray Burton.
Donated $2 million to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He gave the gift as thanks for the treatment his daughter Lily-Rose received at the facility in March 2007 after contracting an E. Coli infection that caused kidney failure.
Was a fan of the British improvisational show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?".
Good friend of Serbian film director Emir Kusturica.
Had a nightclub named after him in Tartu, Estonia. The nightclub was called "Who wouldn't like Johnny Depp?".
Made a voice message for seventeen-year-old British girl who has been in a coma for five months. Parents of the girl asked him to tape a voice message because he's the favorite actor of their daughter and they will play that message to her every day hoping she'll wake up. Depp was touched by the letter and he said that he'll do whatever he can to help. [March 2008]
Co-wrote the song "Mary" by the hard rock band Rock City Angels.
Was originally supposed to play the on screen version of Billy Loomis in the original version of Scream 2 (1997), but was replaced by Luke Wilson.
He and Vanessa Paradis grow grapes and have wine making facilities in their vineyard in Plan-de-la-Tour north of Saint-Tropez.
Closed down the "Viper Room" for two weeks after River Phoenix died there and he also closed it on every 31 October until 2004 (when he sold his share of the club), which was the date of Phoenix's death.
Nicolas Cage got him his first acting job.
Ranked #6 in the 2008 Forbes The Celebrity 100 list.
Is a fan of the popular British series Midsomer Murders (1997). He also stated that he would like to make a guest appearance in this long-running show.
Has expressed interest in getting French, British or Australian citizenship when he retires from an active movie career.
Was considered for the role of Detective Trupo in American Gangster (2007).
Is scared of clowns (coulrophobia), spiders (arachnophobia), and ghosts (phasmophobia).
Turned down the role of Bruce Banner in Hulk (2003).
Close friend of Abigail Breslin.
People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2009.
Received the prestigious Career Achievement Award at 2009. Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). Festival Patron Sean Connery presented Depp with his award.
Attended the Küstendorf Film and Music Festival in Serbia. [January 2010]
Nominated for Grammy award along with Douglas Brinkley in the category of Best Album Notes for Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Music from the Film.
While dining at Chicago's famous Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse with a group of friends, including Public Enemies (2009) co-star Marion Cotillard and director Michael Mann, Depp dropped a mammoth tip in the amount of $4,000 on a bill for $4,400, in effect, leaving an incredible 90% gratuity. The party of 15 were celebrating a red carpet screening of Depp's then latest release Public Enemies (2009). [June 2009]
Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine three times: October '93, August '03 and February '10.
As of 2011, his favorite characters played are Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood.
Depp was honored with a life-size statue in Serbia (2010). The statue was unveiled to him by his friend, Serbian director Emir Kusturica.
His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) was ranked at #79 by Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
Has amicably separated from Vanessa Paradis, his girlfriend of fourteen years. [June 2012]
June 2012 won the MTV Generation Award.
Hasn't yet met his fan, actress Tippi Hedren, even though she named one of her house cats after him. He did act with her son-in-law, Antonio Banderas, in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and had a cameo in the feature film version of 21 Jump Street (2012), which featured her granddaughter, Dakota Johnson, in a supporting role.
Ranked #13 on Empire Online list of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in 2013.
Became a father for the 1st time at age 35 when his [now ex] partner Vanessa Paradis gave birth to their daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp on May 27, 1999.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 38 when his [now ex] partner Vanessa Paradis gave birth to their son John Christopher "Jack" Depp II on April 9, 2002.
Shooting the two Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, in the Caribbean. [July 2005]
Filming The Rum Diary (2011) in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. [April 2009]
Filming Public Enemies (2009) on location in Columbus, Wisconsin and Crown Point, Indiana. [March 2008]
Filming Public Enemies (2009) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. [April 2008]
Los Angeles, CA, USA: Disney pulls the plug on the planned The Lone Ranger (2013) film because of fears it may cost as much as $250 million. [August 2011]
Filming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) in Greenwich, England. [October 2010]
Working with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Montblanc and the National Arts Initiative to give children more access to the Arts. [November 2004]
Engaged to Amber Heard [January 17, 2014].
Suffers from near-sightedness since birth, and is nearly blind in his left eye. He claims that the condition cannot be corrected by surgery.
It took Depp two years to learn how to play the guitar.
Depp has said that he wears two silver skull rings to remind him that life is short and every moment needs to be lived to the fullest.
Depp once left a $4,000 tip for a dinner at a Chicago restaurant.
Depp owns a vineyard in Plan-de-la-Tour, France.
Is good friends with Marilyn Manson, owns the prosthetic breasts Manson wore on the cover of his 1998 album Mechanical Animals, and also played guitar on Marilyn Manson's 2012 cover of Carly Simon's "You're so vain".
Was rumored to play Doctor Strange in MARVEL's Doctor Strange.
Namechecked in the opening lines of the song "Mermaid" by US band Train (2012): "Can't swim so I took a boat / To an island so remote / Only Johnny Depp has ever been to it before".
Black Mass (2015) is his favorite of his own films.
Good friends with: Christina Ricci, Helena Bonham Carter, Abigail Breslin, Freddie Highmore, Orlando Bloom and Robert Downey Jr.