Birth Date: June 9, 1963 / Age: 50
Birth Place: Owensboro, KY
Biography: Depp was raised in Miramar, Florida where his family moved in 1969. The family would move again and again, over 20 times, and even in some cases -- into the house next door. His mother bought him a guitar and Depp began playing in garage bands.
His parents divorced in 1978, when he was 15, and it was at that age that he decided to drop out of school to become a rock musician. He played with a band named "The Kids," who had modest local success. The band set out for Los Angeles, California to try and get a record deal, changing their name to "Six Gun Method." He also married Lori Anne Allison on December 28, 1983.
When a deal never materialized, he worked many odd jobs to support himself, such as a telemarketer for pens and his wife became a make-up artist. Later, he got into acting when his wife introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage, who advised Depp to turn to acting to support himself and his wife. Depp's film debut was in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Other jobs did not come along quickly and money problems finally took its toll on his marriage. He and Lori divorced two years after marrying.
His debut was in Nightmare on Elm Street, his first ever acting role after his numerous attempts to start a band. He first gained widespread notice in 1986, in the TV police drama 21 Jump Street, and then in a number of movies, where he distinguished himself as an acclaimed lead actor who is known for his quirky roles, beginning with Edward Scissorhands. He is able to play a wide variety of roles, from comedy (Pirates of the Caribbean) to serious drama (Donnie Brasco), to action (Once Upon A Time In Mexico), and atmospheric thrillers (From Hell). Depp also directed and starred in The Brave, demonstrating his sympathy for the plight of Native Americans. Depp is part Cherokee.
Depp is also noted for his regular appearances in the films of director Tim Burton; they have made five films together to date: Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow as well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride.
During Depp's career, he has gotten into some trouble. His first arrest was in Vancouver for a late night altercation in a hotel lobby. He was accused of selling drugs at his club "The Viper Room", after actor River Phoenix died in front of the club from a drug overdose in 1993. In 1994, Depp was arrested for trashing a New York hotel suite. He was later arrested in 1999 for getting into a fight with paparazzi outside a restaurant.