Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher

Released: 2011

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Character: Rango / Lars / Raoul Duke

Rango is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy western film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Verbinski, Graham King and John B. Carls. Rango was a critical and commercial..

19.Benny & Joon

Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Character: Sam

Benny & Joon is a 1993 romantic comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about how two eccentric individuals, Sam and Juniper “Joon”, find each other and fall in love. Aidan Quinn also stars..

18.A Nightmare on Elm Street

Johnny Depp, Robert Englund

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wes Craven

Character: Glen Lantz

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars Heather..

17.Secret Window

Johnny Depp, Maria Bello

Released: 2004

Directed by: David Koepp

Character: Morton “Mort” Rainey

Secret Window is a 2004 American psychological thriller film starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro. It was written and directed by David Koepp, based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden by..

16.Public Enemies

Johnny Depp, Christian Bale

Released: 2009

Directed by: Michael Mann

Character: John Dillinger

Public Enemies is a 2009 American film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough’s non-fiction book. Set during the Great..

15.Finding Neverland

Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet

Released: 2004

Directed by: Marc Forster

Character: J. M. Barrie

Finding Neverland is a 2004 historical fantasy drama film directed by Marc Forster and written by David Magee, based on the 1998 play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. The film is about…

14.Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek

Released: 2003

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Character: Sheldon Sands

Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a 2003 American action film written, produced, edited, cinematographied, scored, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the third and final film in Rodriguez’s..

13.Don Juan DeMarco

Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando

Released: 1995

Directed by: Jeremy Leven

Character: Don Juan / John R. DeMarco

Don Juan DeMarco is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Johnny Depp as John Arnold DeMarco, a man who believes himself to be Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world. Clad in a..

12.Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz

Released: 2011

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Character: Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides a 2011 action adventure film directed by Rob Marshall, based on Tim Powers’ novel. Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive..

11.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tim Burton

Character: Willy Wonka

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is the second film adaptation of the 1964 British book of the same name by Roald Dahl and stars Johnny..

10.Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem

Released: 2017

Directed by: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

Character: Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a 2017 fantasy swashbuckler film, and the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is…

9.Donnie Brasco

Johnny Depp, Al Pacino

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mike Newell

Character: Donnie Brasco / Joseph D. Pistone

Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles. The..


Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ted Demme

Character: George Jung

Blow is a 2001 American biopic about the American smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter’s 1993 book for the screenplay. It is based..

7.Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tim Burton

Character: Tarrant Hightopp / Mad Hatter

Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 British-American live action and computer animated adventure fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, the..

6.Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2007

Directed by: Tim Burton

Character: Benjamin Barker / Sweeney Todd

Awards: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007 musical slasher film directed by Tim Burton. It is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award-winning 1979..

5.What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio

Released: 1993

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Character: Gilbert Grape

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Peter Hedges wrote the..

4.Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

Released: 2007

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Character: Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a 2007 American fantasy swashbuckler film and the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The plot follows Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann..

3.Sleepy Hollow

Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Burton

Character: Ichabod Crane

Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington..

2.Edward Scissorhands

Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tim Burton

Character: Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An artificial man (Johnny Depp), who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a..

1.Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Character: Captain Jack Sparrow

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Gore Verbinski, based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks..


Johnny Depp, in full John Christopher Depp II, (born June 9, 1963, Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.), American actor and musician who was known for his eclectic and unconventional film choices. He achieved perhaps his greatest success as Capt. Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.


At age 16 Depp dropped out of high school to pursue a music career. His band, the Kids, relocated from Florida, where he spent the majority of his childhood, to Los Angeles. In 1983 Depp married Lori Anne Allison, who worked as a makeup artist while he struggled as a musician. Allison had her friend the actor Nicolas Cage arrange for Depp to audition with director Wes Craven, and Depp made his film debut as a teenager eaten by his own bed in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). He divorced Allison the following year.
Depp’s professional break came in 1987 with the premiere of 21 Jump Street, a television police series that starred Depp as Officer Tom Hanson, a young cop who frequently went undercover in high schools and colleges to catch troubled youths. The show was a hit, though Depp resented his promotion as a teen heartthrob. In 1990 he left the series and appeared in John Waters’s Cry-Baby and Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, two films by maverick directors that showcased Depp’s range. Scissorhands began a long association between the actor and director that led to Depp’s appearance in several other Burton films, including Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005); in the latter film Depp played the reclusive candy baron Willy Wonka. In addition, Depp provided the voice of the unfortunate groom in Burton’s macabre animated tale Corpse Bride (2005).
In 2003 Depp appeared as Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). His performance, which was modeled on Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, earned Depp his first Academy Award nomination. He was nominated again the following year for his portrayal of Peter Pan creator James M. Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004). Depp reprised the role of Sparrow in later installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean series: Dead Man’s Chest (2006), At World’s End (2007), On Stranger Tides (2011), and Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), which were among the highest-grossing films ever. During this time Depp reteamed with Burton for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical; as the serial killer Sweeney, Depp earned praise for both his acting and his singing, and he received another Oscar nomination.
In 2014 Depp assumed the roles of an artificial-intelligence researcher in the thriller Transcendence, a detective in the horror film Tusk, and a wolf in the cinematic adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical fairy tale Into the Woods. In 2015 Depp evinced a talent for the farcical as the title character in the comic spy caper Mortdecai before exuding menace as gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. He reprised his cheerfully loony take on the Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and later was part of an all-star cast in Murder on the Orient Express (2017), based on Agatha Christie’s 1933 novel. In 2018 Depp lent his voice to the title character in the animated feature Sherlock Gnomes. Later that year he assumed the role of the eponymous dark wizard in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second installation of a movie series based on J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter. In Minamata (2020) Depp portrayed photojournalist W. Eugene Smith, who in the early 1970s documented the impact of industrial pollution on the residents of a Japanese village.  Biogrp.Britanica.
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