->''I'm not a blockbuster boy, I never wanted to be. I just don't want to look back in 30 or 40 or 50 years and have my grandkids say, "You did a lot of stupid shit, Granddad. What an idiot you were, smiling for the cameras and playing the game.'''
-->-- '''Johnny Depp''', quoted in Sophie Cooper, "Johnny Be Good," Caribbean World (Spring 1999)

'''John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II''' (June 9, 1963-) is an American actor, born in Kentucky. He's best known for his portrayals of memorable, offbeat characters and his refusal to be typecast as a Hollywood pretty-boy.

He is a frequent collaborator with director Creator/TimBurton and composer Creator/DannyElfman, and recently with Creator/GoreVerbinski.

!!A small sampling of his roles include:
* His first film appearance was in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'', as Nancy's boyfriend and Freddy-bait Glen Lantz. Many fans agree that Depp's ceiling-splattering demise was one of the coolest deaths in the series. He would go on to make a cameo appearance in the sixth film, ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'', which features him getting whacked in the face with a frying pan in a twisted parody of "This Is Your Brain On Drugs" commercials.
* Tom Hanson, on the TV show ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', about a Mod Squad-esque group of police officers who... uh... disguise themselves as teenagers in order to... um... infiltrate... er... a high-school. Depp became an instant teen heart-throb, a role in which he was acutely uncomfortable.
* Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker in John Waters's film ''Film/CryBaby'', a satire about teen heart-throbs.
* ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''. This was Depp's first collaboration with Creator/TimBurton, and the first film in which he deliberately averted his pretty-boy image by playing an [[UglyCute ugly, disfigured outcast]].
* In ''Film/WhatsEatingGilbertGrape'', he played a beleagured teen with a mentally-retarded younger brother (Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio) and a grotesquely overweight mom (Darlene Cates).
* Sam, in ''Film/BennyAndJoon'', where he showed off his comedy chops by playing a simple-minded character with an amazing gift for physical comedy in the tradition of silent stars like Creator/BusterKeaton and Creator/CharlieChaplin.
* William Blake, a young accountant from Cleveland who goes in a small town in the west and is rescued from deep trouble by Nobody, an Indian who believes him to be ''the'' Creator/WilliamBlake, in the Creator/JimJarmusch film ''Film/DeadMan''.
* ''Film/EdWood'', where he played [[Creator/EdWood the iconic B-movie director]]. His second collaboration with Tim Burton.
* He reached new heights of romanticism playing ''Film/DonJuanDeMarco'', a delusional (?) young man who believed he was the famous world's greatest lover. His analyst is played by MarlonBrando, and the two became good friends.
* ''Film/DonnieBrasco'', in which he portrays real-life FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone, who went undercover in the Mafia and saw his family life torn apart as a result.
* Raoul Duke (a pseudonym of journalist Creator/HunterSThompson), in ''Film/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas.'' To prepare for the role, Depp moved into Thompson's house and spent months studying Thompson's every mannerism. They also became very close friends during this time.
** This relationship still ripples into Depp's work. 2005's ''The Libertine'' is dedicated to Thompson and MarlonBrando. In 2011's ''The Rum Diary'', a movie adaptation of one of Thompson's early works, Depp plays the lead character/Thompson expy.
* Dean Corso, a borderline con-artist book dealer and acquisition expert who finds himself in over his head searching for copies of a certain grimoire in ''Film/TheNinthGate.''
* Ichabod Crane, re-imagined as a fragile and girly crime-scene investigator seeking an explanation for an abundance of decapitated corpses, in Tim Burton's version of Washington Irving's classic tale ''Film/SleepyHollow''.
* Roux, the Irish/Romani traveler and love interest in ''Film/{{Chocolat}}''. Notable for being one of his few "normal guy" roles that focuses primarily on his handsome leading man features rather than characterization (though, [[CoversAlwaysLie despite what the DVD cover may tell you]], it was really only a minor supporting role).
* Lt. Victor and [[DragQueen Bon Bon]], in two brief but unforgettable appearances in ''Before Night Falls''.
* Frederick Abberline, a police inspector on the trail of UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, in ''Film/FromHell''. The movie was loosely based on a graphic novel by Creator/AlanMoore and Eddie Campbell, which itself was loosely based on the historical events surrounding Jack the Ripper's string of murders.
* George Jung, real-life drug-smuggler who wound up serving a life sentence, in ''Film/{{Blow}}''.
* Captain Jack Sparrow, in Disney's ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' [[TrilogyCreep series]]. According to Depp, he based much of Sparrow's mannerisms on Music/TheRollingStones' guitarist, Music/KeithRichards. This eventually lead to Keith Richards making an appearance as Jack Sparrow's father. The first film, ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl The Curse of the Black Pearl]]'', earned Depp his first Academy Award nomination, and three sequels followed. Sparrow and other characters created for the films have since been added to the theme park attractions that inspired them, Depp providing voicework for his Audio-Animatronic counterparts.
* Sir James Matthew Barrie, creator of Literature/PeterPan, in ''Film/FindingNeverland.'' Another Oscar nomination for Depp.
* Willy Wonka, the amazing chocolatier, in ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory,'' based on a book by Creator/RoaldDahl. This version, directed by Tim Burton, is arguably much closer to the original book than the 1971 film, which starred Gene Wilder in the role. At the time of release, Depp's take brought Music/MichaelJackson comparisons to mind, but he says it was inspired by the ExcitedKidsShowHost trope. (More recently, he offered this explanation: "I imagined what George Bush would be like incredibly stoned.")
* Victor Van Dort, in Tim Burton's animated film, ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride.'' Notable as his first venture into voice acting. Since then he's voiced one-shot characters on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' and ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''; see below for more.
* The title character in Tim Burton's musical film, ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', words and music by Music/StephenSondheim. This was Depp's first singing role, despite that he has sung and played guitar since he was a teenager (his character's songs in ''Film/CryBaby'' were overdubbed). This time, he took (sometimes subconscious) inspiration from such colorful performers as Anthony Newley, Music/TomWaits, and Music/DavidBowie. Depp won a Golden Globe Award for this performance, and was nominated for a third Oscar.
* Infamous RealLife bank robber UsefulNotes/JohnDillinger, in Michael Mann's ''Film/PublicEnemies''. Depp's semi-sympathetic portrayal accurately reflected many people's image of the outlaw (though several reviewers complained Depp was "too pretty to be a gangster.")
* The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010''. Still completely bonkers, but endowed with a poet's voice, a tragic past, and world-class swordsman skills.
* In the 2011 animated film ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'', he voices the titular chameleon (how apt!) who makes the classic transition from phony hero to real one in a Wild West populated by un-cuddly desert animals.
* In Tim Burton's 2012 remake of TheSixties supernatural soap ''Film/DarkShadows'', Johnny portrays reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins. Though the film is largely comedic (wringing plenty of jokes from the undead aristocrat's reaction to pop culture of TheSeventies), Depp plays the role straight. He claims to have been influenced by classic movie Draculas like Creator/ChristopherLee, as well as original-Barnabas JonathanFrid (both of whom have cameos in this flick.)
* Disney's 2013 remake of ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' has him as the Masked Man's sidekick. The trailers alone made it clear that [[http://www.peaceloveandjohnnydepp.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/poster-Tonto-june-10.jpg this wasn't gonna be your grandfather's Tonto.]]
* The infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper's ''Film/BlackMass''

!!Notable tropes invoked by Johnny Depp:
%% * ChronicallyKilledActor
* DoingItForTheArt: Story of his life. He ''never'' just "plays a role," he looks at it from all angles and creates someone never seen before in film out out of bits and pieces of '''''CrazyAwesome'''''. His buddy Burton wants to re-imagine Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}? Meet that awkward wallflower from the back of the class who'd never raise his hand to anyone, let alone his voice. Want him to play HunterSThompson? ''He'll move into the man's house and honestly become his best friend so he can do it perfectly!'' Soulless money-worshippers want to make a MerchandiseDriven movie based on a theme park ride - and have a sex symbol as a plain 'ol {{Pirate}}? '''Not a chance in hell.''' He'll be the first rock-star pirate '''''and you will love it whether you like it or not!'''''
* DontExplainTheJoke: Apparently on the set of ''Film/DonnieBrasco'' AlPacino got into the habit of telling Johnny the same inane joke over and over and then [[LaughingMad laughing hysterically every time]]. He didn't get it, and "felt [his] IQ points dropping" every time. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84-vIZztZLo He does do an amusing impression, though.]]
-->"A skeleton goes into a bar and orders a beer and a mop." Well, it's kinda funny.
* FakeBrit: Well known for doing one of the most ''flawless'' British accents in modern film. Including an amazing Scottish accent in ''Alice in Wonderland'', and J.M. Barrie in ''Film/FindingNeverland''. He's so well known for the British accent he uses in his movies the last ten years or so, that many people have forgotten that he's from Kentucky.
* FunWithForeignLanguages: He's really far too amused that "depp" translates to "idiot" in German.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and Creator/TimBurton are this. Also, Music/KeithRichards. Also, while he was still alive, Creator/HunterSThompson. Yes, '''[[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas that]]''' Hunter Thompson. He apparently met him in a bar, with Hunter [[CrazyAwesome waving a cattle prod around, screaming gibberish at people, and telling them to get out of the way]].
* LargeHam: For example, rock star pirate.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Second sight, technically--he and Vanessa Paradis met briefly, and then were reunited at a party several years later. The way he tells it, he saw her across the room in a beautiful backless dress and then she turned and came over to talk to him, and that was it. "I'm in trouble," as he put it. D'awwww.
%%%%This is not a gossip column. Whether or not they separate later is irrelevant to the trope.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Has played male versions twice, in ''Film/BennyAndJoon'' and ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' (a non-romantic one in the latter, albeit one subject to a RelationshipWritingFumble).
* MrFanservice
* OlderThanTheyLook: Can you believe he's ''50'' as of 2013? He could pass for late 20s or early 30s (27-33), easily.
* PapaWolf: Take all the pictures of him that you want, but he gets very angry if anyone snaps pics of his kids.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter. And possibly Creator/EvaGreen.
%% * PrettyBoy
* PromotedFanboy: A longtime fan of ''Series/DarkShadows'', he recently played Barnabas Collins in the remake (director Creator/TimBurton is also a fan.)
* SelfDeprecation:
** Is genuinely bemused by repeatedly being called gorgeous and sexy, and doesn't seem to mind at all being called out on his hobo-like dressing style. He also doesn't think he's funny, and says he enjoys staying in a state of confusion "just for the expression it puts on [his] face." Hee.
** Also, he claims he can't watch his own movies.
** Though he did make a real ass of himself when he accused movie critics of being some kind of evil cabal who were responsible for the weak box office of ''The Lone Ranger'', apparently finding it inconceivable that people simply didn't like the movie.
* TeenIdol: What Depp became in TheEighties with ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'', but he never liked that kind of status.
* ThrowItIn: Several examples from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
** In ''Curse of the Black Pearl'', Jack's statement that he used "human hair from my back" was an ad-lib. You can see Creator/OrlandoBloom trying not to laugh, and [=McNally=] chuckling in the movie. The commentary states that they initially tried to edit it out, but they found that the line lost something without it, so they threw it in.
** Jack's line "I've got a jar of dirt!" was also unscripted. You can also see Bloom temporarily look to his left after Depp walks by. He was looking at the director expecting to say "Cut!" but didn't.
** All of Jack's jokes about Will supposedly being a eunuch were ad-libbed by Johnny Depp. Through the creators' approval of the first, he continued.
* UnfortunateNames: Johnny's surname unfortunately means ''idiot'' in German. As well as ''being a bit depressed'' in Swedish. It is also a single letter away from the common internet slang, "derp".
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VViTfSmpYtI&p=2F346B59DEA36BD6&playnext=1&index=35 May possibly be trapped in a rather weird place called 'Burtonland'.]]