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      Johnny Depp has earned both critical and popular acclaim for his unique work in a variety of memorable feature films. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Deppís fourth collaboration with director Tim Burton and he is providing the voice of Victor in Burtonís new stop-motion animation feature, Corpse Bride.

      Recently, the actor received an Academy Award nomination, Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actorís Guild nomination and BAFTA nomination for his role as J.M. Barry in Mark Forsterís Finding Neverland in which he starred opposite Kate Winslet and Freddie Highmore.

      Depp also received an Academy Award nomination, Golden Globe nomination, BAFTA nomination and a Screen Actorís Guild Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the action adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He is currently filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Manís Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean 3. He will next star in Laurence Dunmoreís Libertine, in which he plays a 17th Century womanizing poet opposite John Malkovich and Samantha Morton.

      Deppís other screen credits include David Koeppís Secret Window, Robert Rodriguezís Once Upon A Time in Mexico, Albert and Allen Hughesí From Hell, Ted Demmeís Blow, Lasse Hallstomís romantic comedy Chocolat, Julian Schnabelís Before Night Falls, Sally Potterís The Man Who Cried, Tim Burtonís Sleepy Hollow, Roman Polanskiís The Ninth Gate and Terry Gilliamís Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

      Hailed as the ďBest ActorĒ of his generation for his performance in Mike Newellís Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino, Depp has also starred in Jim Jarmuschís Dead Man and in Jeremy Levenís Don Juan Demarco in which he starred as a man convinced he is the worldís greatest lover, opposite legendary actors Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway.

      It was his compelling performance in the title role of Tim Burtonís Edward Scissorhands that established Depp as one of Hollywoodís most sought-after talents and earned him a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination. He was honored with a second Golden Globe 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, for which his performance garnered him his third Best Actor Golden Globe nomination.

      Other films include Lasse Halstromís Whatís Eating Gilbert Grape?, Emir Kusturicaís Arizona Dream and John Badhamís Nick of Time.

      Depp began his career as a musician, joining a rock group named Kids, which eventually took him to Los Angeles. When the band broke up, he turned to acting and earned his first major acting job in Nightmare on Elm Street. He went on to earn roles in several films including Oliver Stoneís Academy Award-winning Platoon. Depp then won the role that would prove to be his breakthrough, as undercover detective Tom Hanson on the popular Fox television show 21 Jump Street. He starred on the series for four seasons before segueing to the big screen in the lead role of John Watersí Cry Baby.

      Depp starred and made his feature directorial debut opposite Marlon Brando in The Brave, a film based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. Depp co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, D.P. Depp.

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      John Christopher Depp II was born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky, US. He was raised in a series of houses, apartments and motels near Miramar, Florida.

      Depp dropped out of high school at 16 to pursue a musical career with his band The Kids which opened up a show for Iggy Pop. After the demise of the band, Johnny settled in Los Angeles and graduated from musician to actor.

      After his role in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Johnny signed on to TV's 21 Jump Street.

      He hated his new image as a Hollywood hunk and rebelled against it.

      He went on to star in off beat roles through the '90s in Cry Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Donnie Brasco and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

      Depp then appeared in Chocolat, and Sleepy Hollow.

      He played Inspector Fred Abberline in From Hell (2001). He appeared in the finale to Robert Rodriguez's Mariachi trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), in the same year as starring in the marvelous family blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), playing Captain Jack Sparrow.

      Depp is working again with long-time collaborator Tim Burton in a new screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

      Apart from his on-screen life, Depp has dated several female celebrities off-screen, including failed engagements to Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder, and Kate Moss.

      He was married to Lori Anne Allison in 1983 but then divorced her in 1985. Currently, Depp is living with French singer-actress Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children: Lily-Rose Melody, born in 1999 and Jack, born in 2002.



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