Our Favorite Pirate

Our Favorite Pirate

Johnny Deep is Captain Sparrow again, in the series’ fifth movie “Pirates of the Carebbean: Dead Men Tel No Tale” We had missed the handsome pirate…

Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1963 but raised in Florida. He dropped out of school when he was 15, and fronted a series of music-garage bands. However, it was when he married Lori Anne Allison that he took up the job of being a ballpointpen salesman to support himself and his wife.

A visit to Los Angeles, California, with his wife, however, happened to be a blessing in disguise, when he met up with actor Nicolas Cage, who advised him to turn to acting, which culminated in Depp’s film debut in the lowbudget horror film, A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), where he played a teenager who falls prey to dream-stal-king demon Freddy Krueger.

In 1990, after numerous roles in teen-oriented films, his first of a handful of great collaborations with director Tim Burton came about when Depp played the title role in Edward Scissorhands (1990). Following the film’s success, Depp carved a niche for himself as a serious, somewhat dark, idiosyncratic performer, consistently selecting roles that surprised critics and audiences alike. He continued to gain critical acclaim and increasing popularity by appearing in many features before rejoining with Burton in the lead role of Ed Wood (1994).

He starred in the marvelous family blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), playing a character that only the likes of Depp could pull off: the charming, conniving and roguish Captain Jack Sparrow. The film’s enormous success has opened several doors for his career and included an Oscar nomination.


Off-screen, Depp has dated several female celebrities, and has been engaged to Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. He was married to Lori Anne Allison in 1983, but divorced her in 1985. Depp has two children with French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis: Lily-Rose Melody, born in 1999 and Jack, born in 2002. He married actress/producer Amber Heard in 2015. The couple got divorced in 2016.

He wanted some of his teeth to be gold-capped for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) but thought the producers would never agree. He found a dentist and had lots more capped than he wanted. Disney boss Michael Eisner like them but thought there were way too many and told Depp to remove all but a few.

His Jack Sparrow character brought him many successes. He was People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2003. His performance as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is ranked #79 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Perfor- mances of All Time (2006).

Frequently cites Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)) and Ed- ward Scissorhands (1990) as the favorite characters that he has played.