16 Facts About Johnny Depp You Might Not Know

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You may know him as the iconic Captain Sparrow, the legendary Willy Wonka and the beloved Scissorhands. Behind all that makeup and outside those costumes however, is a man who has a fear of dancing and erm, plays with Barbies (LOL?!).

Johnny Depp has a few quirky and cool facts about him that you may not know. Delve in…

1. Johnny Depp Wanted to be a Rockstar…

Considering his huge talent, you’d think Johnny always wanted to be an actor. In fact, his initial dream was to become a rock star. He even dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music. When returning to school two weeks later, his principal encouraged him to follow his dreams and become a musician. He then went on to get a record deal in LA with his band, The Kids.

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2. He Worked With Oasis!

Not only did Johnny have his own band, but he also once recorded with Oasis as the lead slide guitar on the band’s 1997 track Fade In-Out.

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3. Johnny Depp is Famous Thanks to Nicolas Cage!

If it weren’t for Nicolas Cage, we may never have had the pleasure to watch Johnny take on so many delightful movie roles. It was Nicolas who helped him get his first acting job, hooking him up with his first agent. Johnny repaid Nicolas by offering to pay off his debt in 2007.

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4. His First Ever Movie Was ‘A Nightmare Elm Street’

Wondering which movie Johnny first starred in? He first appeared on the big screen in the 1984 classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street. That’s right, he’s the cute guy who you probably had the hots for during the horror movie…

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New Line Cinema

5. Johnny Was The Highest Paid Actor in 2012

Captain Sparrow would be proud! In 2012, Johnny was listed as the highest paid actor in the Guinness Book of World Records for earning a total of $75 million in 2011. That great amount of money was earned thanks to his most financially successful films, Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland, each grossing $3 billion and $1 billion, respectively.

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Walt Disney Pictures

6. He’s Never Won an Oscar!

Surprised that Leonardo DiCaprio never won an Oscar before this year? Well, believe it or not, neither has Johnny Depp – ever! It’s shocking to think he’s never received an Academy Award for his performance as Edward Scissorhands or Willy Wonka! Nevertheless, he has been nominated for Best Actor, three times for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Finding Neverland, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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7. Johnny Depp Was Named the “Sexiest Man Alive” TWICE!

Although his movie roles have never been recognized (by the Academy), his good looks have! Johnny Depp was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine back in 2003 and 2009! No surprise, there, right?

johnny depp sexiest man

8. He’s Dated, Engaged and Married Famous Women

Johnny has had his fair share of famous flings! After divorcing from his first wife, Lori Anne Allison, he was later engaged to actresses Jennifer Grey and Sherilyn Fenn in the late 1980s. Johnny’s relationship was then with his Edward Scissorhands co-star, Winona Ryder, whom he proposed to. Later, Johnny dated supermodel, Kate Moss for four years and then French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, whom he had two children with. After a fourteen-year relationship with Vanessa, Johnny Depp then married Amber Heard but divorced her just over one year later.

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9. Johnny Got a Tattoo Commemorating Winona Ryder

Was Winona Ryder Johnny’s best love? He even got a tattoo to commemorate her, writing – “Winona Forever”. After they split, Johnny altered the ink to read “Wino Forever”. LOL! Awkward!

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10. He Blamed an Animal For Trashing a Hotel Room

Johnny allegedly trashed the Mark Hotel in New York City in 1994. You’ll never guess who (or shall we say “what”?) he blamed for the damage…an armadillo! Yes, you read that right! I guess Mr Depp has got a strange side to him, too!

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11. Johnny Depp Likes Playing With Barbies!

Talking of strange, Johnny has admitted that he enjoys playing with Barbie dolls. He once said, “I do like playing with Barbies. It’s a great thing to do with your kids. Once, I was exploring different characters with the Barbies and my daughter didn’t like it. At one point she said, ‘Dad, please just stop, don’t do that, just do your regular voice’.” Well, he is an actor at the end of the day…

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12. He Has a Fear of Dancing!

He may be a talented actor and musician but one thing Johnny isn’t good at, is dancing. In fact, he fears it more than anything in the world! Johnny has admitted to never dancing in real life, only as a character in a movie with a choreographed routine.

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13. Johnny Visits Children’s Hospitals in His Captain Sparrow Outfit

It looks like Johnny Depp is a superhero in real life, too! He surprises kids at hospitals by wearing his Captain Sparrow costume from Pirates of the Caribbean. Apparently, he “just sneaks in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies… It basically turns into a two, three-hour improvisation and it’s really fun”.

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14. He Started Smoking at 12-Years-Old!

Johnny developed a bad habit of smoking at the age of only 12-years-old! What a rebel! He also once admitted that he had a bad history with alcohol. In 1993, Depp told ET, “It wasn’t anything anybody else could cure, whether I had a girlfriend at the time or not. It had nothing to do with them. It had all to do with me and my brain and my heart. It was part of growing up I guess.”

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15. Johnny’s Been In Trouble With The Police

Johnny Depp may have the face of an angel but he hasn’t always acted like one. In 1994 he was handcuffed by police after an alleged fight with his then-girlfriend, Kate Moss. He was arrested but not convicted for suspicion of assaulting a security guard in 1989. It doesn’t end there. In 1999, Depp was arrested again for a confrontation with paparazzi outside of a London restaurant. DAMN!

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16. He’s Been Accused of Domestic Violence By Amber Heard

Johnny Depp’s image, personality and career was tarnished in 2016 when his ex-wife, Amber Heard accused him of domestic violence. The actress released photos of her bruised face, claiming he had physically abused her. Amber has since been granted a temporary restraining order against Johnny, following their ugly divorce. The lawsuit claimed Depp’s “drug and alcohol abuse has increased dramatically in recent years, as has his violent behavior.” We can only hope this isn’t true…

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These facts simply prove there’s so much to an actor that we don’t know about. Clearly, who we see in the limelight isn’t who they are behind closed doors…


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  • Angela Stephanou

    After completing her BA in Communication, Media and Film studies, Angela launched Tell Tales Online, and now writes and oversees the content and strategy across the site. As a pop culture junkie, she follows more celebs than real-life people, her guilty pleasure is watching The Kardashians, but she's also a fan of Marvel and Game of Thrones.

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Savannah Browning
11 months ago

Not knowing how people are sometimes extremely different than the characters they play in the movies. Some celebrities do this just for publicity. I feel like Johnny Depp is not one of them. He seems like the kind of person that wants to make people smile even in that situation or an unhappy one. Everyone has their own judgment on them different people but as for me I make mine on my my experiences with a certain person. I don’t believe in hamburgers accusations but I don’t know him personally and I don’t know her. Anyone can save oh this person abused me but you can do that to yourself to see if money out of someone but you can also have a friend give it for you and just to get money out of somebody that probably has more money than needed.

1 year ago

Johnny Depp is an amazing person, considering all that he does for fans and children, who could ever even think he would do that. And it is crazy of Amber Heard to say that.

Sam Seki
2 years ago

We are currently sharing the planet with one of the greatest actors and talent of our time. We are here living amongst a living legend. Everyone who has ever known him describes him as a giving, kind person. During his trial with Heard much evidence was given to prove he was a victim of domestic violence by the accuser and not the other way around.

3 years ago

Johnny Depp is truly a brilliant actor and as far as some of his interviews before he doesn’t care much for the awards, for him being nominated was already a great honor for him. He is so kind, gentle, generous and intelligent. I like his movies and performances as an actor, I know in time his credibility and fame will turn up again as the saying goes, “you can not put a good man down.”