Rock star, cartoon skunk inspired Depp

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- American actor Johnny Depp may be the first actor to ever thank Keith Richards and Peppy Le Pew in his acceptance speech if he wins a Golden Globe next month.

61st Annual Golde Globe Award nominees

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A list of the nominees for the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Golden Globe nominates top comedies

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated "Bend It Like Beckham" and "Finding Nemo" for Golden Globes Thursday.

Top actors rule Critics' Choice nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Some of Hollywood's most popular actors and actresses ruled with nominations for the 9th annual Critics' Choice Awards, which were announced Tuesday.

'Pirates' treasure for Walt Disney Co.

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Tuesday's home video release of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" put an estimated $240 million into the Disney treasure chest.

'Pirates' shoot not all smooth sailing

Making a movie about swashbuckling pirates in the Caribbean is as much fun as it sounds, except on days when cast and crew are seasick.

Burton: Depp reception a little late

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Tim Burton can't understand what took People magazine so long to declare Johnny Depp the sexiest man alive.

Analysis: Hollywood's hot summer

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. box office sizzled with record grosses this summer, but the movie business -- still struggling to get ahead of last year's pace -- will need some prett
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Davenport ponders 'Coupling' in America

Actor Jack Davenport admits he is a bit curious about how American audiences will receive a U.S. version of his wildly popular British sitcom, "Coupling."

"Pirate" Depp channels Keith Richards

When it came time to prepare for his role as the roguish Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," Johnny Depp sought in
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Film review: 'Gentlemen' & 'Pirates'

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) -- A couple of American adventure movies set in British Empire days are bringing old-fashioned subject matter back to the theaters. Of the two, Johnny Depp's "Pira
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

Depp excited about 'Jump Street' feature

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- Actor Johnny Depp says he loves the idea of a possible big-screen version of the 1980s cop show, "21 Jump Street."

Film review: Arnold in 'Terminator 3'

LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- The fast and funny "Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines" demonstrates a surprising advantage to being a sequel. An original film with T3's purported budget o
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

'JAG' actor's death possible suicide

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles coroner's office said Tuesday actor Trevor John Goddard may have died of a drug overdose.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, June 9, the 160th day of 2003 with 205 to follow.
By United Press International
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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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