Johnny Depp – Acting Career, Kids and Relationship With Amber Heard

Age/Date of Birth:
June 9, 1963
5 feet, 9 inches
Primarily of English descent, with some French, German, and Irish ancestry
Nationality: American
Wife or Girlfriend:None
Parents:Father: John Christopher Depp (Civil Engineer)
Mother: Betty Sue Palmer (Waitress)
Net Worth:$200 million

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.

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.

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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.

Johnny Depp

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).

His Awards include:

2019 Teen Choice Awards – Choice Movie Villain Nominee
2017 Festival Award – Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film
People’s Choice Award – Favourite Movie Icon Winner
2016 20/20 Awards – Best Actor Nominee
AARP Movies for Grownups Awards – Best Actor Nominee
Critics Choice Award – Best Actor Nominee
Central Ohio Film Critics Association – Best Actor Nominee
Desert Palm Achievement Award – Winner
People’s Choice Award – Nominee Favourite Movie Actor
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Winner (Modern Master Award)
Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominee
2015 Golden Schmoes – Best Actor of the Year Nominated
PFCS Award – Best Actor in a Leading Role
WAFCA Award – Best Actor
2015 DFWFCA Award – Best Actor Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild
Best Actor – Nominated
2010 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Actor – Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association
Best Actor – Nominated
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama – Won
2006 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama – Nominated
2005 London Film Critics Association
Best Actor – Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Nominated
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Actor – Nominated
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association
Best Actor – Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild
Best Actor – Nominated
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama – Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Best Actor – Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association
Best Actor – Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild
Best Actor – Won
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Nominated
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Nominated
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Nominated
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Nominated

His net worth has been dwindling since his bouts of lawsuits and is currently estimated at $200 million, having fallen from $650 million.

Johnny Depp Has Been Married Twice

Johnny Depp has been in a lot of relationships in his days and tasted the marital waters twice. He first married a make-up artist named Lori Anne Allison before dating and exchanging vows with fellow Hollywood A-lister Amber Heard. Both marriages didn’t produce any child for the actor.

Lori Anne Allison – 1983–1986

  • Full name: Lori Anne Allison
  • Date of birth: September 6, 1957
  • Occupation: Make-up artist
  • Years active: NA

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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 with no offsprings between them.

The reason behind their split was given as irreconcilable differences but tidbits of an affair with Sherilyn Fenn, on Depp’s part, later filtered out. Notwithstanding, they remained mutual friends following their divorce with Allison springing to his defense when the actor was accused of being physically abusive towards his second wife.

Lori Anne Allison initially wanted to become a music producer but couldn’t push through with it. She then pursued a passion she nursed from her early days and with the help of her connections, she was able to work as a make-up artist on film projects and with renowned photographers.

Amber Heard – 2015–2017

  • Full name: Amber Laura Heard
  • Date of birth: April 22, 1986
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 2003–present

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 birthed two of his children.

After The Rum Diary, Depp and Heard kept contact and became good friends quickly. Three years after they met, and just after Depp’s break up with Paradis, the couple started their romantic relationship.

Two years later, in 2014, they got engaged. After their wedding, the relationship started its roll downhill to divorce. The couple got married in a lavish affair in February 2015, unfortunately, 15 months was all it took to quench their flame. They had several battles in court and eventually got divorced in 2016.

It Was A Messy Divorce Between Depp And 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’s 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. She revealed photos of her with a battered face, allegedly caused by Depp, some of which were published in People magazine’s June issue. Subsequently, 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 defense was also his daughter 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; the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Depp Has Two Children With Vanessa Paradis

His children are Lily-Rose Depp – an American actress and model – and John Christopher Depp III. The actor welcomed his kids while in a relationship with French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis. They met on the set of The Ninth Gate in France in 1998 and stayed together as a couple for 14 years. However, they never exchanged vows.

Lily-Rose Depp

  • Full name: Lily-Rose Melody Depp
  • Date of birth: May 27, 1999
  • Occupation: Actress, model
  • Years active: 2014–present

Lily-Rose launched her acting career in a cameo appearance in Tusk (2014) which gave way for bigger roles. She is mostly known for her appearances in movies like The Dancer in 2016, Planetarium (2016), A Faithful Man (2018), The King (2019), and My Last Lullaby (2019).

The Dancer and A Faithful Man earned her nominations at the César Awards for Most Promising Actress. She went on to win in the Best Actress category at the 4th Los Angeles Film Awards for My Last Lullaby.

Jack Depp

  • Full name: John Christopher Depp III
  • Date of birth: April 9, 2002
  • Occupation: Musician, artist, actor
  • Years active: NA

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Unlike the rest of his family, the younger Johnny Depp loves to live a private life away from media attention, even his Instagram account is private. He is hardly seen in public places and doesn’t seem to have much interest in Hollywood as his only movie credit so far is in Yoga Hosers.

One of the rare occasions he was seen in public was while out with his girlfriend Camille Jackson in Paris around August 2020.

According to Johnny Depp, his son is not interested in acting but has been drawn more to music and arts instead.

His Inspiring Tattoos

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.

Profile Summary 
First Name:John
Last Name:Depp
Also Known As:
Johnny Depp, Mr Stench, Colonel
Actor, Producer, Musician
Famous For:"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Educational Qualifications:
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
June 9, 1963
Zodiac Sign:Gemini
Birth Place:
Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.
Nationality: American
Primarily of English descent, with some French, German, and Irish ancestry
Country of Residence:
The United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
5feet, 9inches
78 kg (172 lbs)
Eye Colour:
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Chest: 40 Inches
Waist: 32 Inches
Biceps: 12 Inches
Marital Status:
Previously married: Amber Heard (m. 2015–2017),
Lori Anne Allison (m. 1983–1986)
Family and Relatives
John Christopher Depp (Civil Engineer)
Mother:Betty Sue Palmer (Waitress)
2 Children: Lily-Rose Depp(27 May 1999)
John Christopher Depp III(9 April 2002)
Siblings:Daniel Depp (Brother)
Debbie Depp (Sister)
Christi Dembrowski (Sister)
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$200 million
Salary:$20 Million Per Film
Source of Wealth:
Acting, Film production

Uwa Echebiri
Uwa Echebiri
Uwa has extensive professional writing and editing experience including report and technical writing, product reviews, informational and persuasive articles, creative and content writing on nearly any topic, from entertainment to lifestyle, finance, sports and more. As a lifelong movie buff, Uwa is either bingeing on new movies during leisure, or giving someone a whopping on the latest FIFA edition


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