Born in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1963 to a waitress and a civil engineer, John Christopher Depp II was the youngest of four children. When he was young he'd visit his Pawpaw often, and happily recalls the sunny days of picking tobacco together. It was a terrible shock to the seven-year-old boy when Pawpaw died. After the death he and his family moved to Miramar, Florida, but the family spent a long time living in motels and was constantly shifting from place to place, well over a dozen motels in total. Johnny took this especially hard; he did not take to school and started to act out, once being suspended for mooning the gym teacher. By the time he was 12, he was smoking and very soon to came drinking and drugs, there was even petty theft and vandalism.
He got his first guitar from his mother when he was 12, a $25 Decca electric with a little blue amp. Music saved him in a sense; from that moment all he did was play his guitar. He taught himself and even started a garage band called “the Kids”. When he was 18 he moved to Los Angeles and had only one glory with his band. The band was struggling and Depp had to get a job, selling ballpoint pens over the phone.
When he met Lori Anne Allison, A makeup artist, who would become his first wife, she would introduce him to Nicolas Cage. He persuaded the reluctant Depp to meet with his agent, and she got him an audition for an upcoming movie by Wes Craven, A Nightmare on Elm Street. After the audition Wes Craven turned to his young daughter for casting advice; she liked Depp, and so Johnny made his feature-film debut as a hunky boyfriend devoured by a killer bed in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Starting out who could have guessed that Johnny Depp would be the sensation that he is today. “the essential Johnny Depp is apparent everywhere in his films, but he is not easy to define” (13). Johnny Depp has taken many roles that could have been hum-drum or boring and brought them to life. He has been the world’s worst director who happens to have an angora fetish in Ed Wood, a topiary artist with a manicure that is deadlier than wolverine’s in Edward Scissorhands, and both a hardnosed prison guard and a drag queen prisoner, with truly amazing smuggling skills, in Before Night Falls: and this is just a short list of his amazing roles.
Next up for the young actor and a role on FOX’s new series 21 JUMPSTREET, at first he turned down the part. Depp thought it beneath him, or at least wrong for a serious artiste. But no one else was right for the part, so the producers asked Depp again and this time he took it. The show took off, with Depp as its most popular character. Very rapidly, he became a teen idol, worshipped for his looks, and was receiving 10,000 letters a month. From the start he did not like being a “Heart-throb” as he was dubbed by his largely female fans. He wanted out, but Depp was trapped.
Help came from Director John Waters who was looking for a real heartbreaker to star in his latest happily...