The chameleon Johnny Depp

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Johny Depp will celebrate his 52nd birthday June this year. Some of his memorable roles include Jack Sparrow, Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands. He was nominated to the Academy Award for the best actor three times. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.

Johnny didn’t have any artistic background in his family – his mother was a waitress and a housewife and a father worked as an engineer. When he was 7 they moved to Florida and then his parents divorced what caused him a nervous breakdown. He started to experiment with drugs and was expelled from school – then he decided to become a musician but the band he played with didn’t last long.
After the group broke up, he changed his mind about the career and decided to become an actor. His first wife met him with Nicholas Cage who got him a role in “A nightmare on Elm Street”. Soon he was noticed after playing a minor role in an Olivers Stone “Platoon” and was given the role in “21 Jump Street” – the TV series for teenagers.

Then his career started to fly: the movies “Cry-baby” by John Waters and “Edward Scissorhands” by Tim Burton made him an actor that we know right now. The latest was the beginning of the beautiful friendship and cooperation that lasts now for over a decade and resulted in such a great movies like “Sleepy Hollow”, “Ed Wood”, “Alice in Wonderland” or “Corpse Bride”.

But his career wasn’t all wine and roses. In 1993 the actor River Phoenix died from the drugs overdose in a club that belonged to Depp and once he was arrested for causing two thousand dollars loss in a hotel on Manhattan. From 1996, he was in a long-term relationship with Vanessa Paradise but they broke up in 2012. 

Johnny Depp has an excellent ability to get into his roles. From the womanizer in Don Juan de Marco to the writer William Blake in the “Dead Man” to a book dealer in “9th Gate” to the gangster in a Black Mass – he seems to be capable of playing anyone.
In the “Black Mass”, the recently released movie about a gangster, Whitey Bulger, brother of a state senator and one of the most infamous criminals who becomes an FBI informant to protect his territory from another mafia family, Johnny Depp plays the main character and does it in a very convincing way. He won a People’s Choice award for the best actor in this movie and was nominated to the Satelite award.

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