Johnny Depp: A Truely Unique Actor

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A perfect movie character is one that the audience can form a complex, personal relationship with in the short time that a movie is viewed, displaying the art of acting and drama perfectly. When the thought of lovable movie characters is brought up, Johnny Depp will almost always be apart of the discussion. With his quirky, lively attitude which blends perfectly into roles that should not have soul, Johnny Depp is truly a one-of-a-kind actor. With a spectrum of characters Depp has played, ranging from Edward Scissorhands in the movie Edward Scissorhands (1990), to playing his role in 21 Jump Street (1987), up until the recent Pirates of the Caribbean (2003), he is involved in roles that “only the likes of Depp can pull off” (“Johnny Depp”, 1). Although coming from rebellious teenage years and many “ups and downs of his personal life” (“Johnny Depp Biography”, 2), the actor has become one of the great faces of the movie scene of his generation. Depp's success, which some could contribute to luck, was carved out of his pure talent for expressing raw emotion through the characters he played and his free-bird, wild attitude in his early years. His talent and spirit changed the face of acting and of rebelling. Johnny Depp's early life, countless classic works, and personal actions created a persona that molded a new face of acting and of free-spirit for his generation.
John Christopher Depp II was born on June 9th, 19963, in Owensboro, Kentucky. His father was an engineer and his mother was a waitress. He has two sisters and a brother; Debbie and Christi Dembrowski, and D.P. Depp, respectively. During his childhood, Depp witnessed the “death of his grandfather” (“Johnny Depp Biography”, 1) and a “parent divorce” (“Johnny Depp”, 1). He went to a school known as “Loft Studio School” (“Johnny Depp”, 1). According to the article written in UXL Biographies, Depp was “a troublemaker in school, fighting, smoking, and drinking. Depp was also suspended one time for dropping his pants in front of a teacher” (1). The rebellious spirit he nurtured was natural, and was with him since his school days. Going hand in hand with his anti-control personality was his love for music and the guitar. He witnessed his uncle (a preacher), at one of his services. In that service was an electric guitar, and that was the “first time he had ever seen one” (UXL Biographies, 1). Depp himself said in an interview “I got obsessed with the electric guitar. My mom bought me one for about twenty-five bucks... Then I locked myself in a room for a year and taught myself how to play” (UXL Biographies, 1). It is no surprise that he dropped out of school at the age of sixteen to begin following the dream of being a punk rock-star. He played in a group called the Flames and also the Kids for the next five years, before heading with his band to L.A. Although the band encountered burdening times in the beginning of their time in Los Angeles, they eventually “attained a measure of success”...

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