10 Little-Known Facts About Johnny Depp

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  • 10 Little-Known Facts About Johnny Depp Happy 48th Birthday, Johnny Depp! Legendary in the cinema world, Depp is most well known for his roles in films like ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990), ‘Sleepy Hollow’ (1999), ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ (2005) and of course, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series.

    Just this year, the Golden Globe-winning actor has had two movies out in theaters—‘Rango’ and the fourth leg of the ‘Pirates’ series, ‘On Stranger Tides’. Still can’t get enough of Depp? (We’re right there with you.) He has two more films due out later in 2011, ‘The Rum Diary’ and ‘Jack & Jill’.

    As the extremely talented (and very good-looking) actor celebrates another year of success, here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Johnny Depp:
  • He's A Guitarist Depp dabbled with music before acting. At age 12, his mother gave him a guitar as a gift and he began playing various garage bands. As a teenager, he was in a punk band called ‘The Kids’—they opened for big-name performers like Iggy Pop, Duran Duran and The B-52’s, among others.
  • First Movie Role Depp's first major movie role was in the 1984 horror film ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’. He played Glen Lantz, the heroine's boyfriend and one of Freddy Krueger’s victims.
  • His Favorite Characters Critics have described Depp's character roles as “iconic loners.” As of now, Depp has said his favorite characters that he’s played thus far are Jack Sparrow in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood.
  • He's A Looker, Too He was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive twice—once in 2003 and once in 2009.
  • His Ink Depp has around 13 tattoos. One is a ribbon that says "Wino Forever”—it originally read “Winona Forever,” but he had it altered after his breakup with Winona Ryder. He has his daughter’s name, Lily-Rose, over his heart, his mother’s name, Betty Sue, on his left bicep, and a sparrow flying over water towards him with his son’s name, Jack, on his right bicep. In ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, the sparrow is actually pictured flying away from him.
  • Not Always A Law-Abiding Citizen Depp has had a few run-ins with the law. In 1994, he was arrested for trashing a hotel room in NYC. He claimed that he found an armadillo in his closet, which wrecked the room before leaping out the window. Then in 1999, he was arrested again fighting with paparazzi outside a restaurant in London.
  • Oscar Nomination In 2003, Depp’s performance in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ made him the only actor to ever be nominated for an Oscar in the Lead Actor category for a Disney film.
  • He's A Busy Guy Depp was originally cast as John Smith in ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ (2005), but turned the role down due to being overworked with the other movies he was shooting..
  • Wine Aficionado He’s a wine connoisseur. Depp has a vineyard estate in Plan-de-la-Tour in France where he grows grapes and makes his own French wine.
  • Personal Life Depp was married to makeup artist Lori Anne Allison from 1983-1986. After divorcing Allison, he was engaged to Sherilyn Fenn, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss, respectively. Since 1998, he’s been in a relationship with French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis—together, they have two children, Lily-Rose and Jack. The family splits up their time between their homes in Meudon, France, Los Angeles, an island he owns in the Bahamas and a villa in Plan-de-la-Tour outside of St. Tropez.