Johnny Depp is an American actor and producer. With a longstanding activity in Hollywood since 1984, Depp is regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time.
He holds a Guinness record among other coveted movie awards. Here is a brief break down of his acting career and how he made so much money.
Jonny Deep Bio – The Early Days of His Life
Johnny Depp was born on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky. As a child, Depp, his parents and his three older siblings moved frequently and lived in over 20 different places. In 1970, the family finally settled in Miramar, Florida. Depp had a passion for music while growing up and could play the guitar.
He dropped out of high school and moved to LA to pursue a career in music but he opted for acting instead after his then-wife, Lori Anne Allison who was a sister to one of his band members, introduced him to fellow actor Nicolas Cage. Depp landed his first major role in 1984 movie “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. His next role was in Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” 1986 which also featured comedian Charlie Sheen.
Breakout Role And Rise To Fame
Depp attained celebrity status and became a teen idol when he was cast on FOX TV series “21 Jump Street” which premiered in 1987. His role in Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” (1990) launched him as a leading Hollywood actor as it received much acclaim from critics and was also a commercial success.
From that point onward, Johnny Depp has starred in a plethora of Box office hits with some of them breaking and setting records. His most successful and perhaps most popular movie is the fantasy swashbuckler franchise “Pirates of The Caribbean”. Its numerous instalments have grossed over $3 billion earning Depp around $300 million for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Depp starred in the first part “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in 2003. In recent years, Depp has been more picky about his role, choosing only to star in the ones that most fit his personality rather than ones most likely to be box office hits.
Some of the most successful include; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), The Tourist (2010), animated movie Rango (2011), Lone Ranger (2013), and more. His most recent include Black Mass (2015), Mortdecai (2015), and the remake/sequel of his previous movies including Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017). As of 2016, all of Depp’s movies had grossed over $8 billion worldwide.
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In 2012, Johnny Depp was the highest-paid actor with $75 million in earnings. With that paycheck, he earned a spot on the Guinness World Records. Depp receives an estimated average of $20 million for a single role and could make as much as $100 million annually.
Johnny Depp won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003) and a Golden Globe Award for best actor for his role in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (2007).
He has an estimated net worth of $400 million.
Johnny Depp Wife, Son and Daughter
Johnny Depp has been in a lot of relationships in his day and has been married twice. Depp’s first marriage was to Lori Anne Allison, a makeup artist five years older than he is. They got married on December 20, 1983. Depp was 20 years old at this time. Unfortunately, they divorced two years later.
Johnny Depp met Amber Heard in 2009 on the set of the movie The Rum Diary. In this movie, they played the love interest of each other. At the time they met, Depp was in a 14-year relationship with French actress Venessa Paradis, who has birthed two of his children.
After The Rum Diary, Depp and Heard kept contact and became good friend quickly. Three years after they met, and just after Depp’s break up Paradis, the couple started their romantic relationship.
Two years later, in 2014, they got engaged. After their wedding in 2015, the relationship started its roll downhill to divorce. They had several battles in court and eventually got divorced in 2016.
Depp has two children from Paradis. They are Lily-Rose Depp – an American actress and model – and John Christopher Depp III.
Relationship with Amber Heard
In late May 2016, news broke that actress Amber Heard had filed for divorce from Depp citing irreconcilable differences and claiming domestic abuse. The divorce couldn’t have come in a more awkward time as the news of Depp mom’s death was just three days old.
Amber requested $7 million as settlement, $50,000/month spousal support (which she later dropped) and a restraining order against Depp. Amber revealed photos of her with a battered face, allegedly caused by Depp, some of which were published in People magazine’s June issue. Subsequently, a video footage of Depp in a rage with Amber in the scene was leaked online.
However, Depp’s ex Vanessa Paradis whom he was with for 14 years released a public statement in his support, calling the domestic violence claims “outrageous”. Popping up to Depp’s defence were also his daughter with Vanessa Lily-Rose Depp and his longtime friend comedian Doug Stanhope.
Without a prenup, the troubled couple battled out in court for months before reaching a settlement on 13th January 2017.
Depp finally agreed to pay his ex-flame the $7 million she requested. Amber also stated that she would be donating the entire money to two charities, namely; American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
The couple got married in a lavish affair in February 2015, unfortunately, 15 months was all it took to quench their flame. This would be Depp’s second divorce.
Deep has inked his body over 30 times. We’ve come to learn that all his tattoos were inspired. He doesn’t get tattooed just for the sake of getting one. Some of his tattoos that people have come to admire greatly is that of the name of his first child (Lily-Rose) on his chest and that of his mom (Betty Sue) inked around a heart on his left Biceps.