Johnny Depp: A Beloved Hollywood Actor
Johnny Depp rose to fame as a teen idol in the 1980s and 1990s and has since become one of the most beloved and followed actors in Hollywood worldwide. Despite facing legal issues with Amber Heard, Depp has made a strong comeback in the movies. In fact, he recently obtained a contract extension with Dior Sauvage for $20 million over three years, making him the highest paid star for an advertising campaign in history.
In addition to fashion contracts, Depp recently filmed and premiered in Cannes the film Jeanne du Barry. He also has several other promising projects on the horizon. As we celebrate his 60th birthday, here are some curious facts about the idol of the masses.
Johnny Depp’s Early Career
Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage met through Lori Anne Allison, Depp’s first wife. They hit it off immediately due to their mutual interest in art and film. Cage encouraged Depp to pursue acting in Hollywood and even introduced her to his agent. Depp’s first successful film was A Nightmare on Elm Street, where he played Glen Lantz.
Johnny Depp: A Musician at Heart
Before turning to acting, Depp dreamed of being a musician and was part of several bands, including The Kids, Six Gun Method, and P. During his time in The Kids, he was the guitarist and songwriter. Depp later collaborated with Oasis, Marilyn Manson, Paul McCartney, and Jeff Beck on various musical projects.
A Private Island in the Bahamas
In 2004, Johnny Depp bought a private island in the Bahamas, called Little Hay’s Pond Cay Island, for $3.6 million. The island remains undeveloped, with only a 3,500-square-foot home where he stays when visiting the Caribbean. It also features a lagoon, palm trees, and a dock for his Vajoliroja yacht.
Johnny Depp’s Successful Career
Depp has been nominated three times for best actor at the Academy Awards and has never won. His first nomination was in 2003 for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, followed by Finding Neverland in 2004 and Sweeney Todd in 2007. Tim Burton cast him in several of his box office hits including Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd.
Infinitum Nihil: Johnny Depp’s Production Company
In 2004, Johnny Depp founded his own production company called Infinitum Nihil with his sister Christi Dembrowski. He serves as the CEO, while she serves as the president. Depp has a passion for production and books, and he is also a co-author and co-producer of the film “The Brave.”
Johnny Depp’s Legal Troubles
Despite his successful career, Johnny Depp has faced various legal issues, including accusations of domestic violence, problems with drugs, and financial disputes with his representatives. However, Depp won a defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard last year. He has generously donated to various charities, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Art of Elysium, and has supported causes related to the protection of animals.