Johnny Depp. Johnny's life began in Owensboro, Kentucky on June
9, 1963. His parents moved the family to Miramar, Florida when
he was very young. When he was twelve, his mother bought him
a guitar which became his obsession. Johnny decided to drop
out of school at age 16 to concentrate on his music career.
He played guitar for a group called The Kids who opened for
several prominent acts including Iggy Pop. He and his band moved
to Los Angeles with high hopes of making it big. He was married
at age 20 to makeup artist, Lori Allison. His career as a musician
failed to skyrocket and he resorted to selling pens over the
phone to make ends meet. A divorce soon followed. But during
those years Johnny got a lucky break, Lori had introduced him
to actor Nicolas Cage. Although at first they did not like each
other, they became good friends. Nicolas convinced him to try
acting and he signed on with Cage's agent. His first audition
was for a part in Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street".
Mr. Craven asked his daughter who she thought should get the
part of Glen and she picked Johnny. Although not an illustrious
beginning (being eaten by a bed in the movie), Johnny's movie
career was launched. After a couple of other movies and no more
offers, Johnny was convinced by his agent to take a role on
the TV show "21 Jump Street". Since money and offers
weren't rolling in, and he felt the show would last only a short
time, he accepted. The show became popular with teens and the
Fox TV executives began to push Johnny as a teen idol. Much
to his chagrin, he became the premiere male teen idol, the ultimate
symbol of cool, and the TV show dragged on for four years. He
spoofed his teen idol role in his next movie, called "Cry
Baby", and started to change his cutesy image for one of
a serious actor. With a series of roles as odd characters, Johnny
gained respect from Hollywood types and critics alike as an
exceptional actor. In 1991, Johnny was awarded the Star of Tomorrow
Award at the SHOWEST convention in Las Vegas. He has been nominated
for three Gloden Globe Awards for his work in "Edward Scissorhands",
"Benny and Joon" and "Ed Wood".
Johnny became a tabloid darling early in his career probably
because of his off screen lifestyle. He developed a bad boy
image conceived by the press after being involved in altercations
and displaying an attitude which was conceived as devil-may-care.
The tabloids became obsessed with his love life as he became
involved with a number of female celebrities. The most high
profile of which was his engagement to actress Winona Ryder
and their on and off relationship which spanned four years amid
much tabloid speculation. A year after their final break up,
he met Kate Moss at the Cafe Tabac in New York City in 1994.
Kate and Johnny had an on/off relationship until sometime in
1998 when Johnny began to date Vanessa Paradis. He has also
had several brushes with the law including the infamous trashing
of a room at the Hotel Mark in New York City. Amazingly, the
press went into a frenzy over such an insignificant occurrence
again demonstrating their fascination with him. The New York
Post even put Johnny on their cover the next day instead of
a photo from the invasion of Grenada. This episode, however,
seems to have had no adverse effect on his career or his relationship
with Ms. Moss who was present during this unfortunate episode.
Johnny has remained very interested in music and purchased
a club, The Viper Room, in Los Angeles as a haven for playing
his music. He has numerous friends in the music business and
has a band called "P" which occasionally plays at
the Viper Room. "P" released their first album in
November, 1995. In November of 1996, Johnny reach another milestone
in his career. He finished filming his directorial debut, "The
Brave". The movie is about a man who sells himself for
a snuff film in order to earn money for his destitute family.
Johnny's friend, Marlon Brando, agreed to do a small part for
the film. The film was selected for competition at the 1997
Cannes Film Festival. Johnny became the co-owner in January
1999, with Mick Hucknall and Sean Penn, of a French restaurant/bar
called the Man Ray which is a roomy, double-decker bar and restaurant
on the Rue Marbeuf, halfway down the Champs Elysées.
Johnny Depp's parents divorced when he was 15. "I don't
even have a mental picture of the houses we lived in because
there were so many," he told Cosmopolitan. "I was
bored with high school, so I dropped out," he told the
Los Angeles Times. "Puberty was very vague. I literally
locked myself in a room and played guitar," he related
to Cosmopolitan. He fell so much under the spell of Edward Scissorhands
co-star Winona Ryder that they were engaged from 1990 to 1993.
In 1994, he trashed a $1,200-a-night hotel room in New York
City and was arrested on a criminal mischief charge. "I
know that I have demons ," he told Vanity Fair. "He's
the kind of guy that would be really sweet to a girl and bring
her flowers," says actress and buddy Traci Lords, "but
still take a pee in the alley ." According to People Magazine,
Johnny regularly cuts his own arms to mark important events
in his life. "I'm sounding like John Denver or something,"
he told Vanity Fair, "but I look forward to having a kind
of peace of mind. I know that we all get there eventually."