John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II (born
June 9, 1963) is an American actor, film producer, and musician.
He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award
for Best Actor. Depp rose to prominence on the 1980s television
series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol. Dissatisfied with
that status, Depp turned to film for more challenging roles; he
played the title character of the acclaimed Edward Scissorhands
(1990) and later found box office success in films such as
Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005),
Alice in Wonderland (2010), Rango (2011) and the Pirates of the
Caribbean film series (2003–present). He has collaborated
with director and friend Tim Burton in at least eight films;
including Dark Shadows in 2012.
Depp has gained acclaim for his
portrayals of such people as Ed Wood in Ed Wood, Joseph D.
Pistone in Donnie Brasco, Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and
Loathing in Las Vegas, George Jung in Blow, and the bank robber
John Dillinger in Michael Mann's Public Enemies. He also
has garnered a sex symbol status in American cinema, being twice
named as the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine.