From Rock to Reel
Johnny may have dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of becoming a musician with his band, The Kids, but when his first wife Lori Anne Allison introduced him to Nicolas Cage in 1983, Cage convinced Johnny that he should try his hand at acting.
In 1987, Cage and Depp attended "The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2" together.
The Teen Heartthrob
In 1887 Johnny landed the role that would make him every teens’ idol. FOX’s “21 Jump Street” launched Johnny’s acting career and paved the road for his sex symbol status.
Still The Teen Heartthrob…
What’s almost as fun as remembering Johnny through the decades, is remembering the slew of beautiful women he’s dated. Christina Applegate and Johnny “apparently” never dated, but they were photographed at FOX Television Stars Feed the Homeless event in 1987.
The Sharp Turning Point
Depp, dissatisfied with his “teen idol” status, changed the path of his career by choosing more dramatic roles. In 1990, Depp starred in Tim Burton’s "Edward Scissorhands", and a lifelong relationship with Tim Burton was born.
Apparently Depp was convinced his relationship with Winona Ryder was lifelong as well. Or at least that’s what he thought when he tattooed "Winona Forever” on his arm.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
In 1993, Johnny starred in the drama "What’s Eating Gilbert Grape" alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Johnny’s mentally challenged brother.
Benny and Joon
Johnny played the eccentric Benny in “Benny and Joon,” and modeled himself after Buster Keaton. In 1993, Johnny not only continued to prove his dramatic skill but proved he could also pull off physical comedy.
The Kate Moss Reign
We’re still mourning the Winona/Johnny split of 1993, but Johnny quickly moved on to supermodel Kate Moss in 1994. Here, they celebrate Mickey Rourke’s birthday at the Metronome.
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Johnny does handcuffs well. In 1994 Johnny solidified his bad boy persona when he was arrested for trashing his New York hotel room.
In 1995 Depp was tapped to star in the psychedelic Western “Dead Man” alongside Iggy Pop, Billy Bob Thorton, and Gary Farmer. The film, featuring a Neil Diamond composed soundtrack, flopped at the box-office but certainly brought Depp back to his musical roots.
Johnny Depp in "Donnie Brasco" circa 1997. Is it really possible to look that good in aviators? Apparently so.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
1998, Johnny took Kate Moss to the Cannes Film Festival premier of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Shortly after this photo was taken, the couple ended their five-year relationship.
The Astronaut’s Wife
Johnny Depp paired up with Charlize Theron in “The Astronaut’s Wife” in 1999. The film only holds a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, but we give him 100% for style.
Kate Moss’ Successor
Although 1999 got off to a rough start for Johnny with “The Astronaut’s Wife,” later that year he began dating the French actress Vanessa Paradis and finally starred in a box-office hit, “Sleepy Hollow.”
The 2000 film “Chocolat” was complete sensory overload. The patisserie, the French accents…and of course, Johnny as a guitar strumming gypsy. He was completely mouthwatering.
Johnny Depp arrives at the American Film Festival in Deauville, France for the premier of “Blow.” In 2001, we’re beginning to see glimpses of his style today: the scarves, the long locks, the fedoras…
The Franchise Days
And so "The Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise begins. Depp blew it out of the turquoise water as the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow in the first installment, but we’re thinking maybe one was enough.
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
In 2003, Depp traveled to the Venice Film Festival for his screening of "Once Upon a Time in Mexico." It’s no surprise that the same year, “People” magazine named Depp the Sexiest Man Alive.
Finding Neverland and an Oscar Nom
Depp’s 2004 film “Finding Neverland” earned him an Oscar nomination. Although he didn’t take home the gold statue that night, in 2004 Paradis and Depp were still going strong, continuing their then seven year relationship.
Back to Burton
Johnny won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in Tim Burton’s “Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in 2007. “Sweeny Todd” would serve as Depp’s sixth film directed by Tim Burton.
His Fifth Decade
More than 25 years later, Johnny’s still one of our favorite leading men, and we can’t believe he is turning 50 this year. Happy 50th, Johnny.