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Johnny Depp
Forecourt Ceremony held on Friday, September 16, 2005
 
Born: June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky
Age at the time of the ceremony: 42
 
Johnny Depp is a genuine movie star. Seemingly without meaning to, he has meshed perfectly with the modern audiences interest in fantasy and odd stories and situations. Able to leap tall films in a single bound, Depp continues to amaze.

Depp is the youngest of four children and is of English heritage. With his father being a civil engineer, the family moved many times, finally settling in Miriamar, Florida in 1970. A gift of a guitar when he was 12, caused Johnny to play in a number of garage bands. After his parents divorced, he dropped out of high school to become a rock musician.

Traveling to Los Angeles for that elusive "record contract," Depp's band broke up, but Depp somehow got to play Glen Lantz, who gets killed by Freddy Krueger in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (released in November, 1984). Meanwhile, Depp joined a glam metel band called Rock City Angels. He co-wrote the song "Mary" which appeared on the band's debut album, Young Man's Blues, released in 1988.

While waiting for the gravytrain, Depp got second billing in the sex comedy Private Resort (released in May, 1985) with Rob Morrow, then played Lerner for director Oliver Stone in Platoon (released in February, 1987) with Tom Berenger.

Veteran cop show producer Stephen J. Cannell cast Depp in a role in his ensemble show 21 Jump Street as Officer Tom Hanson, airing over the Fox Network from April, 1987 to July, 1990. Depp did 70 episodes of the show, eventually getting $45,000 per episode. But Depp disliked the "teen heartthrob" demographic the Fox show saddled him with; he left after four seasons.

To remedy this, director John Waters put Depp in the title role in Cry-Baby (released in April, 1990) with Ricki Lake. After Jump Street went off the air Depp's first film for director Tim Burton was released to much box-office: Edward Scissorhands (released in December, 1990) with Winona Ryder.

In what would become a pattern for Depp, he would do a mainstream film, but then do a small project — usually with talented directors. He worked for director Emir Kusturica on Arizona Dream (released in January, 1993) with Jerry Lewis, then did the romance Benny & Joon (released in April, 1993) with Mary Stuart Masterson, and worked with Swedish director Lasse Hallstöm on What's Eating Gilbert Grape (released in March, 1994) with Juliette Lewis.

Depp's second film for Tim Burton was the classic Ed Wood (released in October, 1994) with Martin Landau. He then starred with Marlon Brando in Don Juan DeMarco (released in April, 1995). He starred for director Jim Jarmusch in Dead Man (released in May, 1996) with Gary Farmer, then starred in the totally conventional thriller Nick of Time (released in November, 1995) with Christopher Walken, and the mob picture Donnie Brasco (released in February, 1997) with Al Pacino.

Reteaming with Marlon Brando, Depp co-starred and directed The Brave (released in May, 1997), but does anyone really direct Brando? For director Terry Gilliam Depp starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (released in May, 1998) with Benicio Del Toro, for director Roman Polanski, he starred in The Ninth Gate (released in March, 2000) with Frank Langella.

After The Astronaut's Wife (released in August, 1999) with Charlize Theron, Depp played Ichabod Crane for Tim Burton in Sleepy Hollow (which played the Chinese in November, 1999) with Christina Ricci. He played a lead role again with Lasse Halström for Chocolat (released in December, 2000) with Juliette Binoche, then appeared in the drug traffic film Blow (released in April, 2001) with Penélope Cruz.

A new chapter opened for Depp in his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (released in July, 2003) with Geoffrey Rush. The blockbuster film was fueled by Depp's performance, and he has starred in four more of the sequels.

For director Robert Rodriguez, he starred in the baroque western Once Upon a Time in Mexico (released in September, 2003) with Antonio Banderas, then played Peter Pan author James Barrie in Finding Neverland (released in December, 2004) with Kate Winslet. Depp stepped into Gene Wilder's shoes for Tim Burton once more in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (which played the Chinese in July, 2005),

Depp was invited to come to the Chinese Theatre to make his impressions just prior to the opening of the animated film he did the lead voice for: Corpse Bride (which played the Chinese in September, 2005). Depp spent the next two years in harness for two Pirates films, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest (released in July, 2006), and Prirates of the Carribean: At World's End (released in May, 2007), and doing the title role in Tim Burton's musical Sweeney Todd: The Deamon Barber of Fleet Street (released in December, 2007) with Helena Bonham Carter.

After taking a slight break, Depp played John Dillinger for director Michael Mann in Public Enemies (released in July, 2009) with Christian Bale. Depp reportedly directed the garage movie Unloveable (which seems to have been shown only in the UK in November-ish, 2009), then joined with Burton again to play the Mad Hatter to perfection in Alice in Wonderland (released in March, 2010).

Depp was billed under Angelina Jolie in The Tourist (released in December, 2010), then did the voice for the title character in Rango (released in March, 2011). He once again headlined Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides (released in May, 2011), then co-produced and starred in the adaptation of another Hunter S. Thompson novel, The Rum Diary (released in October, 2011) with Giovanni Ribisi.

Depp was one of the producers on Martin Scorsese's Hugo (released in November, 2011), and co-produced and starred for Tim Burton in Dark Shadows (which played the Chinese in May, 2012) with Michelle Pfeiffer. His very strange take on the character Tonto sort of derailed his co-producing effort, The Lone Ranger (released in July, 2013), while the crybernetic character he played in Transcendence (which played the Chinese in April, 2014) with Rebecca Hall, was perfect for his busy schedule.

Depp played the Wolf in the musical Into the Woods (released in December, 2014) with Meryl Streep. He was a producer and starred in the comedy Mortdecai (released in January, 2015) with Gwyneth Paltrow, and starred with his daughter Lilly-Rose Depp in director Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers (released in September, 2016). Depp played the title role in Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie (streaming on Funny or die in February, 2016) with Alfred Molina.

Depp returned to the Mad Hatter character in Alice Through the Looking Glass (which played the Chinese in May, 2016), and played the heavy Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (played the Chinese in November, 2016). Remaining in blockbusterland, Depp returned as Captain Jack in Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (which played the Chinese in May, 2017).

Depp has directed a film about one of his heroes, Untitled Keith Richards Documentary which doesn't seem to have been shown in public yet. Richard Says Goodbye (which has been shown at the Zurich Film Festival in October, 2018) is still awaiting a US distributor, while Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (which played the Chinese in November, 2018) with Eddie Redmayne, has Depp returning as Grindelwald.

Depp's latest film is City of Lies (which has been released in Italy in January, 2019) with Forest Whitaker. The film awaits a US release.
 
 
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Johnny Depp Forecourt ceremony, Friday, September 16, 2005. Johnny Depp begins his slab by placing his hands in the wet cement.
 
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