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Happy 50th Birthday Johnny Depp!

In just over a week my boyfriend, Johnny Depp, turns fifty. I’ll take a moment and let that sink in. FIFTY!

Born John Christopher Depp II on the ninth of June in 1963 in a small town in Kentucky called Owensboro, Johnny says he was a quirky child. I can believe that. He is the youngest of four and his family moved around quite often. When he speaks about his childhood it is not fondly.

In speaking about his role of Gilbert in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Johnny says, “That was a difficult experience for me. I still haven’t seen the film and don’t think I will. It reminded me a lot of my childhood, my problems with my mom and dad and having to deal with their divorce. I didn’t have a lot of fun on the set and I still can’t watch the film because it was the saddest time in my life.”

Depp dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to join garage band, The Kids, and, for a while, was living in a friend’s ’67 Chevy Impala.

When Johnny discovered acting it was after several rocky years of being thrust into adulthood too soon. He married* at twenty and his wife introduced him to her ex. Her ex just happened to be some up and coming actor named Nicolas Cage. Yeah, you’ve probably heard of him. Nicolas hooked Johnny up with an agent and the next thing you know Depp is in Nightmare on Elm Street.

Johnny has been working consistently ever since. The parts he selects have never been the norm or expected and he always seems surprised by his heartthrob idol status. (oh my, but isn’t he dreamy?!)

You can next see Depp, whose mother came from full-blooded Cherokee, as Tonto on the big screen this July when The Lone Ranger comes to town. Disney has just announced it will donate the revenue from all ticket sales for the movie’s premiere to the American Indian College Fund.

Happy Birthday Johnny!

Our Favorite Johnny Depp Films (and that one TV show we all love):

  • Johnny Depp Turns 50 1 of 12
    Johnny Depp Turns 50 and We Celebrate Our Favorite Johnny Films

    To celebrate Johnny's birthday we are highlighting some of our favorite films (and one iconic TV show). Which film was your all time favorite?

     

    Image Credit: Juliet Belasyse-Smith

  • 21 Jump Street 2 of 12
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    Most of us first discovered Johnny in our living rooms. Oh hello there! 21 Jump Street was like nothing we had ever seen before and Johnny was everyone's favorite. Don't even tell me you were team Grieco.

     

    Watch season 1 of 21 Jump Street now on Amazon.

     

    Image Credit: TopKool

  • Cry Baby 3 of 12
    Cry-Baby

    The casting story for Cry-Baby is pretty amusing. Director John Waters wanted to cast a real teen heartthrob in the role of Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker. He bought $30 worth of teen magazines and they all had Johnny Depp, fresh from 21 Jump Street fame, on the cover. Depp is said to have found the script was funny and strange, and accepted the part so he wouldn't be typecast as a typical teen idol.

     

    Watch Cry-Baby on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape 4 of 12
    Whats-Eating-Gilbert-Grape

    I know Leonardo got all of the award nominations for his amazing performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, but don't overlook Johnny's great portrayal of big brother Gilbert. This film is worth another look if you haven't watched it recently.

     

    Watch What's Eating Gilbert Grape on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

  • Don Juan Demarco 5 of 12
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    I will not embarrass my Mother by saying Don Juan Demarco is her favorite Depp film. (oops! Too late!) I love it because it is totally silly and campy and it owns it. Plus? Marlon Brando's performance is, um, noteworthy. Plus part two? Depp is shirtless. Often.

     

    Watch Don Juan Demarco on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: DeepImpact

  • Benny and Joon 6 of 12
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    Here it is! My all time favorite Johnny Depp film: Benny and Joon. Every scene, every character, every outfit. If I could live in any Johnny Depp film this would be it.  I once read that Laura Dern and Woody Harrelson were to play the title roles instead of Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson. My head exploded. I just can not imagine. This is where I tell you (insist)  you see this sweet romantic comedy (if you never have). I would walk 500 miles to watch it with you.

     

    Watch Benny and Joon on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: MGM Studios

  • Edward Scissorhands 7 of 12
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    It's ok, you can admit it, we ALL went WHAAAAAA?? When Edward Scissorhands first came out. It was out there! It was quirky! Winona Ryder was blonde! But have you seen it recently with your family? If your kids are the right age for this one it is worth a revisit just to introduce them to the magic of Burton as WE first met him.

     

    Watch Edward Scissorhands on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 8 of 12
    Fear-and-Loathing-in-Las-Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas really showed that Depp was not afraid to seriously commit to a character. It also showed that he did not give a flick about needing to look pretty. These would both continue to be trends for his career. I am still blown away by his performance in this film.

     

    Watch Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • Chocolat 9 of 12
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    The most swoon worthy Johnny character is Roux, the musical gypsy in Chocolat. Oh man is he just. Um. He is very pretty in this movie.

     

    Watch Chocolat on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • Finding Neverland 10 of 12
    Finding-Neverland

    With Finding Neverland Depp returned to sigh worthy adorableness. I love that he felt such a kindred connection with actor Freddie Highmore while working on this film he pushed director Tim Burton to cast him in Wonka.

     

    Watch  Finding Neverland on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: FanPop

  • Pirates of the Caribbean 11 of 12
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    If you ask your kids who Johnny Depp is they will tell you he is Captain Jack Sparrow. Good news for our kids - Disney just hired a director for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and the Captain will be back!

     

    Find Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: Disney

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 12 of 12
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    Confession: the teeth freak me out. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of Depp's most colorful films and perhaps his most family friendly (not counting the animated films he has narrated).

     

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Amazon now.

     

    Image Credit: FanPop

Reference: Johnny Depp Biography

* Johnny divorced at 22 and never married again. He was engaged many times to many famous women. But we don’t need to talk about that, now do we. He has two children: daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp (born 1999), and son John “Jack” Christopher Depp III (born 2002).

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