Depp to play gangster in new Mann pic

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is set to star in "Public Enemies," Michael Mann's 1930s-set gangster picture.

Strike delays more Hollywood films

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Production on the U.S. film versions of "Shantaram" and "Nine" has been delayed because of the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, Variety.com said.

People names Damon 'Sexiest Man Alive'

NEW YORK, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Matt Damon has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive -- an honor previously bestowed upon Damon's pals George Clooney and Brad Pitt.

Matt, 'Bourne' lead People's Choice nods

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Matt Damon and his Hollywood blockbuster "The Bourne Ultimatum" lead the field of nominations for the 34th People's Choice Awards.

Julia Roberts: 3 kids may be enough

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Julia Roberts says her three children may be enough for her and husband Danny Moder, Usmagazine.com reported Monday.

Craven: Depp owes career to my daughter

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Wes Craven says actor Johnny Depp owes his career to Craven's daughter because she talked him into hiring Depp for his first movie.

Tim Burton honored at Venice Film Festival

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival, Variety.com reported Thursday.

IMAX film earns $50M at box office

LOS ANGELES , Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The IMAX underwater adventure "Deep Sea 3D" has earned more than $50 million in total gross box office receipts since it premiered in March 2006.

Damon, Pitt, Vaughn top profitable list

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Actors Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn and Johnny Depp have been named Hollywood’s most profitable stars, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

'Deathly Hallows,' Radcliffe up for awards

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Less than two weeks after hitting the bookstores in Britain, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" copped an award nomination.

Depp to star in 'The Rum Diary'

HOLLYWOOD, July 30 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp will tap into Hunter S. Thompson's life once again in Hollywood's adaptation of the gonzo journalist's autobiographical novel "The Rum Diary."

Depp plumbs vampire depths

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp said he hopes to trade pirate's garb for medieval clothing of undead Barnabas Collins in Hollywood's take on the campy serial "Dark Shadows."

Winfrey tops Forbes 2007 powerful list

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- TV talk show maven Oprah Winfrey is No. 1 on Forbes magazine's annual list of the top 100 most powerful celebrities.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, June 9, 2007.
By United Press International

Depp, 'Pirates' cop MTV golden popcorns

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" made off with popcorn prizes in the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.
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Johnny Depp
Actor Johnny Depp attends a Japan premiere for the film "Public enemies" in Tokyo, Japan on December 10, 2009. UPI/STR

John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. Depp rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol. Turning to film, he played the title character of Edward Scissorhands (1990), and later found box office success in films such as Sleepy Hollow (1999), Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003–present), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Rango (2011). He has collaborated with director and friend Tim Burton in seven films, including Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

Depp has gained acclaim for his portrayals of people such as Edward D. Wood, Jr., in Ed Wood, Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brasco, Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, George Jung in Blow, and the bank robber John Dillinger in Michael Mann's Public Enemies. Films featuring Depp have grossed over $3.1 billion at the United States box office and over $7.6 billion worldwide. He has been nominated for top awards many times, winning the Best Actor Awards from the Golden Globes for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and from the Screen Actors Guild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He also has garnered a sex symbol status in American cinema, being twice named as the Sexiest man alive by People magazine in 2003 and 2009.

Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, the son of John Christopher Depp, Sr., a civil engineer, and his wife, the former Betty Sue Wells, a waitress. He has one brother, Daniel, who is a novelist, and two sisters, Christie (now his personal manager) and Debbie. His parents divorced when he was a teenager and his mother married, as her second husband, Robert Palmer (died 2000), whom Depp called "an inspiration to me". The Depp family in the United States began with a French Huguenot immigrant, Pierre Deppe or Dieppe, who settled in Virginia around 1700, part of a refugee colony situated above the falls on the James River. The actor has also surmised that he is part Native American, saying in 2011, "I guess I have some Native American somewhere down the line. My great-grandmother was quite a bit of Native American, she grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian. Makes sense in terms of coming from Kentucky, which is rife with Cherokee and Creek."

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