Posted on January 14, 2015
From his birth in Kentucky in 1963 to his current incarnation as an eccentric actor who plays many larger than life roles, here’s our Johnny Depp timeline.
June 9, 1963
Born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky to Betty Sue (Palmer) Depp and John Christopher Depp Sr.
His mother buys him a guitar.
After his parents divorce he quits school and focuses on his music aspirations. His band The Kids opens for Iggy Pop one time only.
He and his band, The Kids, move to Los Angeles and change their name to Six Gun Method. Due to lack of gigs bringing in the money, he works as a telemarketer selling ballpoint pens.
Marries makeup artist Lori Anne Allison.
Meets Nicolas Cage who stimulates Depp’s acting juices and refers him to an agent.
Nov. 16, 1984
Makes movie debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street. He gets the part because the producer’s daughter has a crush on him.
Divorces Lori Anne Allison.
Takes acting lessons at the The Loft Studios. Begins dating actress Sherlyn Fenn.
Dec. 19, 1986
Plays Pvt. Gator Lerner in Oliver Stone’s Platoon.
April 4, 1987
Joins the crew of 21 Jump Street.
Breaks up with Sherlyn Fenn.
May 31, 1988
Gets a tattoo that reads “Betty Sue.”
Begins dating Winona Ryder. Not long after he gets a tattoo that reads “Winona forever.”
Feb. 26, 1990
Announces engagement to Winona Ryder.
April 6, 1990
Stars in Cry-Baby.
July 16, 1990
Leaves 21 Jump Street.
Dec. 7, 1990
Stars in Edward Scissorhands.
Depp and Chuck E. Weiss win the bidding war for Central nightclub, paying $350,000. Other bidders are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Stallone. Depp renames it The Viper Room.
April 16, 1993
Stars in Benny and Joon.
June 21, 1993
Announces engagement is off with Winona Ryder. Not long after he has the tattoo on his arm changed from “Winona forever” to “Wino forever.”
Dec. 17, 1993
Stars in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
Meets model Kate Moss and soon after begins dating her.
Gets arrested for smashing up a New York hotel room with his fists and combat boots. The victims include a glass coffee table and other innocent furniture. Depp insists an armadillo lept out of the closet and made the mess but the armadillo is never found.
April 7, 1995
Stars in Don Juan DeMarco with Marlon Brando.
Feb. 28, 1997
Stars in Donnie Brasco.
May 10, 1997
Makes director debut with The Brave. It is released only in Cannes, France.
May 22, 1998
Plays Hunter in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
While filming The Ninth Gate he falls in love with actress/singer Vanessa Paradis.
Jan. 31, 1999
In front of Mirabelle, a London restaurant, he threatens the paparazzi with a wooden plank and is arrested for his troubles.
Nov. 19, 1999
Plays Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow.
May 27, 1999
Vanessa Paradis gives birth to Lily-Rose Melody Depp.
Aug. 29, 1999
Plays Jack Kerouac in The Source.
Adopts the one-eyed Andalusian horse, Goldeneye, who played Gunpowder, Ichabod Crane’s steed.
Dec. 15, 2000
Stars in Chocolat.
April 6, 2001
Stars in Blow.
April 9, 2002
Vanessa Paradis gives birth to Jack John Christopher Depp III.
Sept 12, 2003
Plays Agent Sheldon Jeffrey Sands in Once Upon a Time in New Mexico.
July 9, 2003
Plays Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl alongside Orlando Bloom.
March 12, 2004
Stars in Secret Window.
May 5, 2005
Arranges and pays for Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes to be shot out of a 150 foot structure.
July 15, 2005
Plays Willy Wonka in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
His daughter Lily-Rose develops an E. coli infection that causes her kidneys to shut down but she recovers. As a thank you to the Great Ormond Street Hospital, Depp visits the hospital in his Captain Jack Sparrow costume and spends hours reading to sick children.
He donates about $2 million to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Filming begins on The Rum Diary in Puerto Rico. He meets Amber Heard on the set, with whom he will later develop a relationship.
He stars in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
Dec. 10, 2010
He stars in The Tourist with Angelina Jolie.
He stars in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
October 28, 2011
The Rum Diary is released.
He stars in Tim Burton’s remake of Dark Shadows.
Johnny and Vanessa Paradis separate. He would later tell Rolling Stone of the breakup: “The trajectory of that relationship – you play it out until it goes, one thing leads to another. So for whatever reason that ceases, it doesn’t stop the fact that you care for that person, and they’re the mother of your kids, and you’ll always know each other, and you’re always gonna be in each other’s lives because of those kids. You might as well make the best of it.”
April 27, 2013
He steps out publicly with Amber Heard for the first time.
He stars as Tonto in The Lone Ranger.
Dec. 24, 2013
He and Amber Heard are engaged.
He stars in Into the Woods alongside Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, and James Corden.