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After making his film debut in 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street, Depp came to fame on the television series 21 Jump Street, before establishing a career in Hollywood films, including well-received starring roles in the 1990s films Edward Scissorhands, Donnie Brasco and Sleepy Hollow. In 2003, Depp's Oscar-nominated performance in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl re-established him as a leading man, leading to roles in the successful films Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and his latest, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky to John Christopher Depp, Sr. and Betty Sue Palmer. He has one brother, Danny, and two sisters, Christie (who now is Depp's personal manager) and Debbie. The Depp family has Cherokee, Irish, French and German ancestry; The name Depp is French in origin. Depp's maternal great-grandmother, Minnie, was a full-blooded Cherokee, and his father also has distant Cherokee heritage. The family was constantly on the move during Depp's childhood, and he and his siblings lived in more than twenty different locations, finally settling in Miramar, Florida in 1970. Depp has admitted to engaging in self-mutilation as a child, due to the stress of dealing with family problems and his own insecurity. He has seven or eight scars from practicing self-harm. In a 1993 interview, he explained his self-injury by saying that his "body is a journal in a way. It's like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist".

Depp has stated that he lost his virginity at the age of thirteen and "did every kind of drug there was by fourteen, swiped a few six-packs, broke into a few classrooms, just to see what was on the other side of that locked door".

Depp's parents divorced in 1978, and he dropped out of school a year later to become a rock musician. Depp's mother bought him a guitar at age thirteen, and he began playing in garage bands. He played with a band named "The Kids", who had modest local success and set out for Los Angeles, California in pursuit of a record deal. At this time, they changed their name to "Six Gun Method". Depp married Lori Anne Allison, the sister of the drummer of the band, on December 20, 1983. The marriage caused friction between the band members and the group split before signing a record deal. Depp subsequently also collaborated with the band "Rock City Angels"[4] and co-wrote the song "Mary", which appeared on their debut for Geffen Records, "Young Man's Blues". During Depp's marriage, his wife worked as a makeup artist and he worked a variety of odd jobs, including as a pen salesman. Later, his wife introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage, who advised Depp to pursue an acting career. In 1985, Depp and Allison divorced.

Depp's first major role was in the 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street. In 1985, he and his close friend Earl Stevenson, a former U.S. Marine sergeant who also played his brother on A Nightmare on Elm Street, were both disappointed when they were turned down for a part in a music video being put together by the Wolf Brothers in Los Angeles. He was subsequently cast in a lead role on the FOX TV television series, 21 Jump Street. The series' success turned Depp into a popular teen idol during the late 1980s. Depp found the status an irritant, but the role was too lucrative to leave for several seasons. In 1986 he also appeared in a secondary role as a Vietnamese speaking private in Oliver Stone's Platoon.

Depp left his teen idol image in 1990, after playing the quirky title role in the Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands. The film's success began a long association with Burton, as Depp starred in several of his films, including Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and Corpse Bride (2005). Depp, an avid fan and long-time friend of writer Hunter S. Thompson, played a version of Thompson (named Raoul Duke) in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, based on Thompson's novel of the same name.

Depp's film characters have been described by the press as "iconic loners", and Depp has noted that this period of his career was full of "studio defined failures" and films that were "box office poison",stating that he believes film studios never "understood" the films he appeared in and did not know how to properly market them. Depp has also said that he specifically chose to appear in films that he found personally interesting, rather then those he thought would succeed at the box office.

Depp's status as a major star was solidified with the success of the 2003 Walt Disney Pictures film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, where he was highly praised for his lead performance as the wacky pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. The performance was initially received negatively by the studio bosses who saw the film, but the character became popular with the movie-going public; in 2006, Depp's co-star from the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean, Bill Nighy, described the role as likely being "one of the most popular performances of recent times". The film's director, Gore Verbinski, has said that Depp's Jack Sparrow character closely resembles Depp's own personality. Depp, who has noted that he was "surprised" and "touched" at the positive reception given to the film, was nominated for an Academy Award for the role. In 2004, he was again nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, this time for playing author J. M. Barrie in the film Finding Neverland. Depp next starred as Willy Wonka in the 2005 remake Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was a major success at the box office.

Depp's latest film, opening on July 7, 2006, is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the first of two sequels to the 2003 film. The next sequel will be released in May of 2007. Depp has mentioned his attachment to his Captain Jack Sparrow character, specifying that Sparrow is "definitely a big part of me", and expressing his desire to portray the character in further sequels. Depp will voice Sparrow in the upcoming video game, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow.

In late June 2006, several reports indicated that Depp has joined the cast of the upcoming science fiction-action film, I Am Legend, which also stars Will Smith and will begin filming in September of 2006. Depp has also been in talks to appear in a film version of the musical Sweeney Todd, which may be directed by Tim Burton. He has denied rumors that he has been offered to play either musician Michael Hutchence or writer Edgar Allan Poe in upcoming film biographies.

Since his first marriage ended, Depp has dated and been engaged to Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. Depp is now in a long-term relationship with French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis, whom he met while filming The Ninth Gate in 1998. The couple have two children, daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp (b. May 27, 1999) and son John Christopher "Jack" Depp III (b. April 9, 2002). Depp has noted that having children has given him "real foundation, a real strong place to stand in life, in work, in everything". The family divides their time between Los Angeles and a villa in the South of France. Depp also owns an island in the Caribbean, where he spends some of his time.

In 2003, Depp was quoted criticizing the United States in a German magazine, commenting that "America is dumb, is something like a dumb puppy that has big teeth - that can bite and hurt you, aggressive"; he later asserted that the magazine had misquoted him and that the quote was taken out of context. Depp has also disagreed with subsequent media reports that he says paint him as a "European wannabe", citing the fact that he enjoys the "simpler" life and anonymity that living in France provides.

Depp is noted as a habituitous smoker since he was 12 years old. He claimed in 2003 that "the three best things in life for me are 'smoking, sleeping and drinking'". Depp has been arrested several times. His first arrest was in Vancouver for a late-night altercation in a hotel lobby. He was accused of selling drugs at his club The Viper Room, after actor River Phoenix died in front of the club from a drug overdose in 1993, although the owners were deemed as not involved in the death. In 1994, Depp was arrested and questioned by police for allegedly causing serious damage to a New York City hotel suite. He was arrested again in 1999 for fighting with paparazzi outside a restaurant while dining in London with his girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis. Depp dislikes fans taking pictures of his family and has threatened paparazzi who have attempted to photograph his children.

Depp, a musician, is a keen guitar player and a big fan of the Rolling Stones. He can be heard playing slide guitar on the Oasis song "Fade In-Out" (from Be Here Now, 1997), as well as playing an acoustic guitar in the movie Chocolat and playing on the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in Mexico (he wrote "Sands' Theme," although the track is credited to "Tonto's Giant Nuts"). He also performed on Shane MacGowan's first solo album and was a member of P, a group featuring Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes.

Along with Sean Penn and Mick Hucknall, Depp part-owns the Parisian restaurant-bar Man Ray. He has thirteen tattoos, including the inscriptions "Lily-Rose" (the name of his first-born child), "Betty Sue" (his mother's name), and "Wino Forever" (originally "Winona Forever"); Depp had the tattoo altered after his break-up with Winona Ryder).

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