A guest post by commenter Mira:
John Christopher Depp II (1963-), or just Johnny Depp, is an American actor and musician, best known for his collaboration with director Tim Burton and for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. On this blog he was voted the third most gorgeous man in the world.
Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, but grew up in Miramar, Florida, near Miami. When he was 15, his parents divorced, and a year later he dropped out of high school to become a rock musician. He played guitar in several bands, but acting became his major occupation after he landed a role in the film “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984).
Depp said in interviews that he is of Irish, German and Cherokee descent. But it is unclear how much Cherokee blood he actually has: some sources claim he has Cherokee ancestry on both sides of his family (but mostly from his mother’s), while others say it is only assumed. He also seems to have some African ancestry. On the other hand, in terms of both his image and the types of roles he gets he is seen as simply white.
He is known for his portrayals of eccentric characters, such as Edward Scissorhands, Ichabod Crane and Sweeney Todd. He got initial praise for his acting in the early 1990s, and soon established a long association with director Tim Burton. He seemed to enjoy playing dark, offbeat characters, which matched Burton’s style perfectly. But Depp’s true commercial success came in 2003, when he starred in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, as the now-iconic Captain Jack Sparrow.
The success of “The Pirates of the Caribbean” series made Depp one of the most popular actors in the world. He appeared on several most attractive men lists: he was People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2009, and he was also on many most popular actors lists in the early 2000s. On the other hand, he was still praised for his acting: he won several major awards and was nominated for three Oscars.
He was married once, to makeup artist Lori Anne Allison, and engaged four times, to Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. But the love of his life is French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, whom he met while filming “The Ninth Gate” (1999). They have two children, Lily-Rose, born in 1999, and Jack John, born in 2002.
He says Vanessa and their children made him a better man:
I pretty much fell in love with Vanessa the moment I set eyes on her. As a person, I was pretty much a lost cause at that time in my life. She turned all that around for me with her incredible tenderness and understanding.
Anything I’ve done up till 27 May, 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.
When he is not filming he lives in France with Vanessa and their children.