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Johnny Depp makes surprise appearance at BFI film festival

LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- American actor Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance at the BFI London Film Fest awards ceremony to present actor Christopher Lee with a special award.

Pirate festival in Virginia falls short of record, features wedding

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A gathering of 6,750 pirate impersonators in Virginia failed to commandeer a world record, but it did feature one pirate wedding.
'Pirates of the Caribbean V' 2015 release date postponed

'Pirates of the Caribbean V' 2015 release date postponed

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- "Pirates of the Caribbean" producer Jerry Bruckheimer says the release date of the fifth installment in the franchise has been postponed until at least 2016.
Johnny Depp says retirement from acting 'not too far away'

Johnny Depp says retirement from acting 'not too far away'

LONDON, July 29 (UPI) -- Hollywood film star Johnny Depp says he is considering retiring from acting in the near future.
Jake Gyllenhaal leaves 'Into the Woods' movie musical

Jake Gyllenhaal leaves 'Into the Woods' movie musical

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal is no longer slated to play a prince in the big-screen musical fairy tale "Into the Woods," Indie Wire reported.
Report: 'Lone Ranger' could lose $150M for Disney

Report: 'Lone Ranger' could lose $150M for Disney

LOS ANGELES, July 8 (UPI) -- The Johnny Depp western "The Lone Ranger" could end up costing Disney $150 million after a disappointing opening weekend, The Hollywood Reporter said.

'Despicable' not despicable at box office

LOS ANGELES, July 7 (UPI) -- The animated "Despicable Me 2," with the voice of Steve Carell, was No. 1 at the weekend box office with $82.518 million.

Johnny Depp attends 'Lone Ranger' screening in Oklahoma

LAWTON, Okla., June 23 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp and other Hollywood A-listers joined members of the Comanche Nation in Lawton, Okla., to view a screening of "The Lone Ranger."
Anna Kendrick up for Cinderella in 'Into the Woods'

Anna Kendrick up for Cinderella in 'Into the Woods'

LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- Anna Kendrick is in talks to play "Cinderella" in Disney's upcoming movie musical "Into the Woods," Variety.com reported Friday.
Johnny Depp opens up about Vanessa Paradis breakup

Johnny Depp opens up about Vanessa Paradis breakup

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- Hollywood star Johnny Depp says he and his former longtime partner Vanessa Paradis are still committed to putting their children first in their lives.

Gene Wilder didn't care for Tim Burton's 'Wonka' remake

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Gene Wilder, who starred in 1971's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," said he didn't like the 2005 remake and doesn't care for Tim Burton.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 9, 2013.
By United Press International
Johnny Depp drops out of Whitey Bulger bio-picture

Johnny Depp drops out of Whitey Bulger bio-picture

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp has quit "Black Mass," Barry Levinson's Whitey Bulger bio-picture, after he was asked to take a pay cut, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Johnny Depp appears on compilation CD featuring Kentucky artists

Johnny Depp appears on compilation CD featuring Kentucky artists

LOS ANGELES, May 28 (UPI) -- Film star Johnny Depp can be heard performing on "The Hookah Lounge Vol. 1," a new album featuring urban music by Kentucky artists, producers said.
Fossil of 'scissor-hand' creature named to honor actor Johnny Depp

Fossil of 'scissor-hand' creature named to honor actor Johnny Depp

LONDON, May 16 (UPI) -- A British scientist who discovered an ancient extinct creature with 'scissor hand-like' claws says he named it in honor of his favorite movie star, Johnny Depp.
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Actor Johnny Depp attends a Japan premiere for the film "Public enemies" in Tokyo, Japan on December 10, 2009. UPI/STR
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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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