A quicky view around Johnny’s life:
Also Credited As: John Christopher Depp II
Born: John Christopher Depp II on 06/09/1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky
Job Titles: Actor, Musician, Director, Producer, Gas station attendant, Pen salesman
Brother: Daniel Depp. older
Daughter: Lily-Rose Melody Depp. born on May 27, 1999
Father: John Christopher Depp. divorced Depp’s mother when he was 15 (c. 1978)
Mother: Betty Sue Palmer. Depp has a tattoo with his mother’s name on his left arm; divorced Depp’s father when he was 15 (c. 1978)
Sister: Christie Dembrowski. born c. 1961; handles Depp’s affairs from her Florida home
Sister: Debbie Depp. older
Son: Jack Depp. born April 9, 2002
Companion: Vanessa Paradis. French; born c. 1972; together from June 1998; mother of Depp’s two children
Ethnicity: Johnny has Cherokee ancestry, inherited from both sides of his family but mostly from his mother’s. His great-grandmother, Minnie, was a full-blooded Cherokee. He also has European ancestry.
Education: Dropped out of high school at age 16; Studied with Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio, Los Angeles, California
Marital status: Johnny was married at age 20 to make-up artist Lori Allison but they divorced a couple of years later. He has had several long-term relationships, most notably with actress Winona Ryder and with model Kate Moss. He now lives with his long-term partner Vanessa Paradis the French singer and actress. They met while Johnny was filming The Ninth Gate in France in 1998. They are not married.
Homes: Johnny has homes in Los Angeles, USA and in France (his main home in the south of France, and an apartment in Paris). When he’s not filming he lives in France with Vanessa and their children.
Johnny Depp was first famous as a heartthrob on the teenybopper cop show 21 Jump Street (1987-1990). Then he gave up TV for the movies, playing the fantastical title character in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990) and winning critical acclaim in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio). Depp became known as a handsome and thoughtful actor who craved variety; In the 1990s he took a wide range of roles, from the lead in Don Juan DeMarco (1995, with Faye Dunaway and Marlon Brando) to Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow (1999, with Christina Ricci). In 2001 he played real-life cocaine trafficker George Jung in the movie Blow (co-starring with Penelope Cruz), and in 2003 he played swashbuckling pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (co-starring Orlando Bloom).
Extra credit: Depp owns the Viper Room lounge in Los Angeles… He turned down the lead role in Speed (1994), which was then taken by Keanu Reeves.