Johnny Depp Career Milestones
Johnny Depp began his career as a musician with the rock group ‘The Kids’, which took him to Los Angeles. When the band broke up, Depp turned to acting and earned his first major acting job in A Nightmare on Elm Street. He followed that with roles in several films including Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning Platoon before landing the role that would prove to be his breakthrough, as undercover detective Tom Hanson on the popular TV show 21 Jump Street. He starred on the series for four seasons before starring as the title character in John Waters’ Cry-Baby.
It was Depp’s compelling performance in the title role of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands that established him as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, and earned him his first Golden Globe Award® nomination for Best Actor. He was honored with another Golden Globe Award® nomination for his work in the offbeat love story Benny & Joon, directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik.
Depp reunited with Burton for the critically acclaimed Ed Wood and his performance garnered him yet another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor.
Depp starred and made his feature directorial debut opposite Marlon Brando in The Brave, a film based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. He co-wrote the screenplay with his brother D.P. Depp.
As Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp recently reprised the role for a fourth time in Rob Marshall’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The other films include Gore Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which earned more than $1 billion, making it the third largest-grossing movie of all time and Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl. He received his first Academy Award® nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award® nomination, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award® nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award® for his portrayal of Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl.
Depp received his second Academy Award nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award® nomination, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and BAFTA Award® nomination for his role as J.M. Barrie in Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland, in which he starred opposite Kate Winslet and Freddie Highmore. In 2004, Depp starred in The Libertine as 17th-century womanizing poet John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester.
In 2005, Depp collaborated with Burton on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Film in 2006. In 2008, Johnny received his third Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, winning a Golden Globe Award® for the role.
In 2009 Depp starred as real-life criminal John Dillinger opposite Christian Bale and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, and in 2010, he starred as the ‘Mad Hatter’ in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland for which he received a Golden Globe Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Music.
This year, in addition to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Depp also starred in Gore Verbinski’s Rango, and just completed filming Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS, in which he also produced through his production company Infinitum Nihil.
Other screen credits include Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Tourist, David Koepp’s Secret Window, Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Albert and Allen Hughes’ From Hell, Ted Demme’s Blow, Lasse Hallström’s Chocolat, Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls, Sally Potter’s The Man Who Cried, Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate, Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as well his The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Mike Newell’s Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino, Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Jeremy Leven’s Don Juan DeMarco, in which he starred opposite Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway, as well as Lasse Hallström’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Emir Kusturica’s Arizona Dream and John Badham’s Nick of Time.