Depp to star in 'Rex Mundi' series

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Scriptwriter Jim Uhls has been hired to adapt a series of graphic novels into a feature for Johnny Depp to star in and produce.

'Dead Man's Chest' tops $1 billion mark

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" has become only the third film ever to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, it was announced in Hollywood.

First 'Elm Street' to return to theaters

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- In conjunction with a special edition DVD release, the first "Nightmare on Elm Street" will return to U.S. theaters next month as part of a two-night event.

'Sweeney Todd' reunites Depp and Burton

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton are set for their sixth Hollywood collaboration with the film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Sweeney Todd."

Sophia Loren beauty tip -- olive oil bath

ROME, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Named the world's most naturally beautiful person in an online poll, 71-year-old Italian actress Sophia Loren says one of her secrets is an olive oil bath.

'Pirates' smashes opening records

LOS ANGELES, July 9 (UPI) -- Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" has made mincemeat of the box office record set by "Spider-Man" in 2002.

'Pirates' opens big in Britain

LONDON, July 8 (UPI) -- The "Pirates" sequel had a big opening in Britain, taking in 2.3 million pounds, or $4.3 million, on its first day.

Depp and Knightley differ on kiss

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley kiss in the newest "Pirates of the Caribbean" film, but the Hollywood actors clearly don't share the same view of it.

Knightley asked for kiss

NASSAU, Bahamas, June 29 (UPI) -- While filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" in the Bahamas, Keira Knightley reportedly begged her director for a kiss from co-star Johnny Depp.

'Pirates' stars visit Disneyland

LOS ANGELES, June 26 (UPI) -- Keira Knightly, Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, stars of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," met hundreds of fans at Disneyland in California.

Depp not done with Capt. Jack Sparrow

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Johnny Depp says he's not ready to bid farewell to Capt. Jack Sparrow, his character in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.

Keira Knightly likes to dress down

LONDON, June 20 (UPI) -- "Pride and Prejudice" star Keira Knightley admits to feeling uncomfortable dressing up and prefers British men because they are less concerned about appearance.

Disney fans skeptical of Pirates update

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) -- Many fans of Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Los Angeles are unhappy about its modernization, which adds elements from films starring Johnny Depp.

Director Weir leaves Depp film

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- Australian director Peter Weir has left production of the film "Shantaram," causing many to cite a rift with lead Johnny Depp as the cause.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, June 9, the 160th day of 2006 with 205 to follow.
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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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