It only takes watching a few of Johnny Depp's films to know that he is one of the most versatile actors of his day and time. He has played countless different types of roles, from victim to criminal, across a wide range of genres. Depp also lead an interesting life and started out with humble beginnings.
Johnny Christopher Depp II was born on June 9th, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky. He was born into a blue collar family, his mother was a waitress and his father was a civil engineer. Johnny Depp had a relatively difficult and rebellious upbringing and was raised in Florida. He didn't do well in school and lived part of his teenage years committing petty crimes, but Depp eventually made a new path for himself.
Before he was an actor Depp was a musician, playing in a punk band called The Fame which later changed its name to The Kids. His band played at night clubs and gained a fair degree of popularity. Depp's band lead him to his future wife, Lori Anne Allison, who was a sister of one of the band members. Their marriage lasted only a few years, during which Depp worked a variety of different jobs including a salesmen. It was Lori, however, who introduced Depp to Nicolas Cage who suggested Depp pursue a career in acting.
Not long after Depp played a major role in A Nightmare on Elm's Street which was a low-budget horror film. After this Depp appeared in Platoon. One of Johnny Depp's most famous early acting jobs was his lead role in 21 Jump Street. Despite the TV show turning him into a teen idol Depp did not feel he fit the part and decided to only play in films he felt suited him.
The 1990s saw several classics for Johnny Depp, primarily teen-oriented movies. The first film of the decade he played in was Cry-Baby, after which followed Edward Scissor Hands, Benny and Joon, and What's Eating Gilbert Grape which also included a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Depp played in numerous legendary movies throughout the 90s and into the turn of the of the century, including but not limited to The Ninth Gate, Chololat, Pirates of the Caribbean, Secret Window, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
In the past couple of years there has been a lot of discussion about Johnny Depp's career—particularly whether or not his job as an actor is running its course. Mortdecai, Depp's last film, has been getting some fairly negative reviews, and unfortunately is might just be his third film flop in a row. The Lone Ranger from 2013 only grossed $89 million domestic even though it cost $250 million-plus, and the following year Transcendence suffered a similar problem after costing $100 million and making $23 million domestic. Despite the bad news, Depp is still one of the most relevant actors in the film industry, and he is widely loved across the seas even if he hasn't done so well in the United States recently.