Johnny Depp has played a doomed teen boyfriend, a teen cop, a teen rebel, a pirate, a lizard, and all manner of wide-eyed, pale and/or maniacal Tim Burton characters. He's one of the biggest and most recognizable movie stars of all time, and he keeps redefining himself, shifting from mega-franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger, and Alice in Wonderland to small character-based dramas like Black Mass.
But who is Johnny Depp? What's his regular life like outside of his movie career? We've pored through Depp's personal history and biography to his various interviews, stories, and anecdotes to present a veritable wiki of trivia, fun facts, and quotes. Whether you love him as a wacky caricature or serious actor, there is so much to learn about the man.
He Has Great Respect For Heath Ledger
Not only did Johnny Depp join in finishing Heath Ledger's last film—Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus—alongside Jude Law and Colin Farrell, he also donated his pay to Heath's daughter Matilda (as did the other actors).
Moreover, one of Depp's favorite beaches on his island is named "Heath's Place".
Source: US Magazine
He Has Two Kids
Johnny Depp was in a long-term relationship with French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis, from 1998/1999 through 2012. They had two children together: Lily Rose Melody, who is now following in her father's thespian footsteps, and John "Jack" Christopher Depp III who was born in 2002.Source: Biography.Com
Nicolas Cage Championed His Acting Career
Nicolas Cage and Depp have been friends for decades. In the very beginning of their friendship, it was Cage who encouraged Depp to pursue acting, even helping him net his first agent.
When Cage fell on hard times financially, owing the government millions in back taxes, Depp offered to bail him out - after all, Depp wouldn't have had the money were it not for Cage's influence.
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He Made $55 Million From One Movie
Johnny Depp's popularity skyrocketed after starring in 21 Jump Street, and as such began earning $45,000 an episode as the lead of the show. By 1995, however, when he moved from television to the big screen, he was garnering $5 million per-film.
His was payed double that for first Pirates movie, then $50 million for Alice in Wonderland and finally $55 million from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.