Johnny Depp is one of Hollywood’s most iconic and enduring actors, with a career of diverse roles that spans over 40 years. This article will go through the life and achievements of the multi-talented star.
Peter Christopher Jack Sparrow is the most popular character in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which is currently in its third installment. His friends and fans love him no matter what he does and it’s not hard to see why. Depp has a huge following because his performance as a charming yet funny and eccentric character is played with charm and humour.
The actor with the Most Versatile Range
Depp is the only actor in Hollywood who can play roles from fun-loving pirates to zombified flowers, from a stoner detective to a serious and violent gangster. His roles are remarkably diverse and he does it so well that it would make anyone’s head spin. Though most of his films are independent movies, it is amazing to see him playing numerous parts all at once without ever hurting his image, as many actors have done before.
Whether he is playing a flamboyant pirate or an elegant and witty Sherlock Holmes, Depp always delivers a performance that will make you wish for more.
Celebrity with the Highest Earnings
The actor is one of the most popular people in Hollywood and his earnings are equally impressive. His acting career brings him a modest $20 million per year. But Johnny Depp does not settle for this amount and he makes sure to maximize every cent so he can earn as much as possible for himself, his family, and the rest of our society.
He has donated a lot to charity, donating over $3 million in 2017 alone. Most recently, he donated $2 million to The Kids Wish Network (which gives wishes to terminally ill children). This is just a fraction of his charitable donations, which range from $6.3 million to $2 billion depending on the year you look at.
Controversies of Johnny Depp
He is recently been in the news for a number of controversies, including allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife Amber Heard and offending Native Americans at the premiere of a film. Due to this he removed himself from the voice cast of the upcoming Rango sequel and has been removed from the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Domestic abuse by ex-wife, Amber Heard
On May 21, 2016, Amber Heard was granted a restraining order against Johnny Depp. On May 27, 2016, she filed for divorce after fifteen months of marriage because she accused him of domestic violence. Her lawyer said that he had been verbally and physically abusive towards her. Heard stated in court documents that on April 21 Depp hit her in the face when they were in their penthouse apartment in Downtown Los Angeles.
An eyewitness to the alleged abuse stated that he saw Depp throw a magnum size bottle of champagne at Heard. Amber’s friend, Tillett Wright, posted a photo of Heard with a large bruise. Wright said that the police were called after an incident on May 21 but she was not present.
Separated with Amber
Depp’s lawyer said that Heard was trying to gain more money in their divorce settlement by fabricating abuse claims. He also stated that Amber and her lawyer demanded $50 million to keep her mouth shut and not damage Depp’s reputation. However, Amber claimed that she never asked for any money and initially asked for $1 but later offered $7 million if he agreed to enter couple’s therapy with her.
The news of their divorce was announced in a joint statement of Depp and Heard. Their statement read “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm.”
On June 1, Heard appeared in court and asked the judge to lift the restraining order against Depp. So that he could return to their shared home to collect some of his belongings, but it was denied by the judge who said that there would be no contact between the two until a further hearing in August.
He is involved in other controversies when he met with a Native American and wore a traditional headdress. The Comanche Nation called his actions culturally offensive. While his publicist said that it was “much to do about nothing”. Depp visited the Comanche Nation on a 10-day tour of their reservation in southwestern Oklahoma and wore a headdress during the meeting. At first, he said that he wore it out of respect. But later apologized for doing so saying it was a mistake.
Alcohol and drug use
He has struggled with alcoholism and addiction for much of his life. In 2003, Depp spent 72 days at the Betty Ford Center for alcohol abuse. The Comanche Nation incident is part of a series of offenses including cheating on his wife and being late to work on set. He was fired from Scorsese’s film The Departed after he was late on the set. On January 15, 2017, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he stated that he had been sober for three years. Then did cocaine for “a little bit”. He said that cocaine use is not a big deal anymore but in the past. If he had drunk half a bottle, he would have done all day long with it.
Johnny Depp was arrested in Vancouver in 1989 for assaulting a security guard after the police were called. He was sentenced to one day in jail and 12 months probation. In 2003, he was arrested by London airport police for going into the restaurant area without a ticket and failing to leave after the date of his departure. He was fined £200,000 or equivalent to $1,600,000.
Depp has been charged with animal cruelty in New York in 2008. He allegedly kept three dogs on a boat without clean water or food and then chained and locked up. One of his pet dogs died from heat exhaustion. According to Animal Control officers, the dogs were kept in “deplorable conditions”. And were so cold that they could not stand on a frozen patch of ground.
Other than acting
Prior to his acting career, Depp was a guitarist, and the music he wrote appeared on film soundtracks. He sang in a band called The Kids, which appeared around Los Angeles from the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. On December 10, 2012, Depp released an album of original material recorded under his own name.
Despite his success as an actor and musician, Depp is remembered most for his role in Edward Scissorhands (1990). His portrayal of Jack Sparrow, with its overt sexuality and humor coexisting with authentic vulnerability. That has become one of Hollywood’s iconic characters.
Johnny Depp is more than just a famous actor.