Actor and musician John Christopher Depp is American. In addition to being nominated for three Academy Awards and two BAFTA awards, he has won other honors, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Before becoming well-known as a teen idol on the television series 21 Jump Street (1987–1990), Depp made his feature film debut in the horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). He then made an appearance in Platoon (1986). Depp primarily appeared in independent films with auteur directors in the 1990s, frequently portraying oddball characters. These included Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Benny and Joon (1993), Dead Man (1995), and Cry-Baby (1990). Depp also started working with Tim Burton, playing the main characters in the movies Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), and Sleepy Hollow.
Depp had two children—including the actress Lily-Rose Depp—during his relationships with French singer Vanessa Paradis between 1998 and 2012. Depp was wed to actress Amber Heard from 2015 to 2017. Due to allegations of abuse and highly publicized defamation cases, their divorce attracted media attention.
The youngest of John Christopher Depp II's four children was born on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to waitress Betty Sue Depp and civil engineer John Christopher Depp. Throughout Depp's childhood, his family relocated frequently before finally settling in Miramar, Florida, in 1970. His mother eventually wed Robert Palmer, whom Depp has referred to as "an inspiration," after his parents separated in 1978 when he was a young child.
When Depp was 12 years old, his mother handed him a guitar, and he started playing in numerous bands. He left Miramar High School in 1979 at the age of 16 to pursue a career as a rock musician. Two weeks later, he made an attempt to return to school, but the headmaster advised him to pursue his aspiration of becoming a musician.Depp joined the band The Kids in 1980 and started playing with it. After enjoying some local success in Florida, the group changed its name to Six Gun Method and relocated to Los Angeles in search of a record deal. Depp worked a number of odd jobs in addition to the band, including telemarketing. Depp wed makeup artist Lori Anne Allison, the sister of the bassist and singer of his band, in December 1983.