John Christopher Depp II, an American actor and musician, was born on June 9, 1963. In addition to being nominated for three Academy Awards and two BAFTA awards, he has won other honors, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Johnny’s Early Life
The youngest of the four children of waitress Betty Sue Depp (née Wells; afterward Palmer) and civil engineer John Christopher Depp, John Christopher Depp II was born on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky. Throughout Depp’s childhood, his family relocated frequently before finally settling in Miramar, Florida, in 1970.
When Johnny was 15 years old, his parents separated. His mother eventually wed Robert Palmer, whom Depp has referred to as “an inspiration.”
Depp has some French, German, and Irish ancestry but is large of English descent. His last name is derived from Pierre Dieppe, a French Huguenot immigrant who landed in Virginia circa 1700. Additionally, he is a direct descendant of Elizabeth Key Grinstead, who was among the first African-American women in the North American colonies to successfully file a claim for freedom.
Depp claimed to have Native American lineage in interviews given in 2002 and 2011, saying: “I guess I have some Native American somewhere down the line.
Johnny Depp’s Career
At the age of 20, Depp relocated to Los Angeles with his band. Actor Nicolas Cage was introduced to Depp by his ex-wife Lori Ann Allison after the band disbanded. After they started hanging out together, Cage gave him acting advice.
Since reading a biography of James Dean and seeing Rebel Without a Cause, Depp has been fascinated by acting. Depp, who had no prior acting experience, claimed he “ended up acting by accident” after Cage assisted him in getting an audition with Wes Craven for A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Johnny Depp’s Relationships
From 1983 until 1985, Depp and makeup artist Lori Anne Allison were wed. He got engaged to Sherilyn Fenn and Jennifer Grey in the late 1980s. He started dating Winona Ryder, his co-star in the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands when she was 17 and he was 26, the year before.
They broke up in 1993, and Depp later changed the tattoo on his right arm that said “Winona Forever” to read “Wino Forever.” He was romantically involved with English model Kate Moss from 1994 to 1998. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, a Hollywood actress said to date for a few years, lately, since 2021, there has been a crazy fight going on between them, leading to court cases. Depp sued Amber for defamation and she reportedly paid $1 million after losing the case.
Johnny Depp’s Net Worth
The combined worldwide box office receipts for all of his films amount to almost US$10.6 billion. Depp has made millions of dollars more than his real wage from the box office success of his films due to his back-end contract clauses, or share in earnings, particularly since the 2000s.
With earnings of USD 75 million the year before, he was crowned the highest-paid actor in the world by the Guinness Book of Records in 2012.