Man Candy Monday: Johnny Depp

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Who is Johnny Depp? The Vital Stats:
  • Name: John Christopher Depp II
  • Nicknames: Johnny, Colonel
  • Height: 5’10
  • Age: 48
  • Born: June 9, 1963 in Comendador, Dominican Republic (raised in Owensboro, Kentucky)
  • Profession: Actor, director, producer, screenwriter, musician
  • Status: in a long term relationship with actress and singer, Vanessa Paradis, two children John Christopher Depp III (Jack) and Lily-Rose Melody.
  • Filmography (year, title, role):

1984: A Nightmare on Elm Street (Glen Lantz) – feature film
1985: Private Resort (Jack) – feature film
1985: Lady Blue (Lionel Viland) – television series, 1 episode “Beasts of Prey”
1986: Slow Burn (Donnie Fleischer) – made for TV movie
1986: Platoon (Lerner) – feature film
1987: Hotel (Rob Cameron) – television series, 1 episode “Unfinished Business
1987-1990: 21 Jump Street (Officer Tom Hanson) – television series
1990: Cry-Baby (Cry-Baby) – feature film
1990: Edward Scissorhands (Edward Scissorhands) – feature film
1991: Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (Guy on TV) –  feature film, credited as Oprah Noodlemantra
1993: Arizona Dream (Axel Blackmar) – feature film
1993: Benny and Joon (Sam) – feature film
1993: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (Gilbert Grape) – feature film
1994: Ed Wood (Ed Wood) – feature film
1994: Don Juan DeMarco (Don Juan) – feature film
1995: Dead Man (William Blake) – feature film
1995: Nick of Time (Gene Watson) – feature film
1997: Donnie Brasco (Donnie Brasco/Joe Pistone) – feature film
1997: The Brave (Raphael) – feature film
1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Raoul Duke) – feature film
1999: Ninth Gate (Dean Corso) – feature film
1999: The Astronaut’s Wife (Commander Spencer Armacost) – feature film
1999: Sleepy Hollow (Ichabod Crane) – feature film
1999-2009: American Masters (Jack Kerouac/Narrator) – television documentary series, 2 episodes
2000: The Man Who Cried (Cesar) – feature film
2000: Before Night Falls (Bon Bon/Lieutenant Victor) – feature film
2000: Chocolat (Roux) – feature film
2000: The Fast Show (Customer in Suit Store) – television series, 1 episode “The Last Ever Fast Show”
2001: Blow (George Jung) – feature film
2001: From Hell (Inspector Frederick Abberline) – feature film
2003: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Captain Jack Sparrow) – feature film
2003: Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Sands) – feature film
2004: Secret Window (Mort Rainey) – feature film
2004: King of the Hill (Yogi Victor) – television series, 1 episode “Hank’s Back”, voice work
2004: …And They Lived Happily Ever After (L’inconnu) – feature film
2004: Finding Neverland (Sir James Matthew Barrie) – feature film
2004: The Libertine (Rochester) – feature film
2005: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka) – feature film
2005: Corpse Bride (Victor Van Dort) – feature film, voice work
2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Captain Jack Sparrow) – feature film
2007: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Captain Jack Sparrow) – feature film
2007: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sweeney Todd) – feature film
2009: SpongeBob SquarePants (Jack Kahuna Laguna) – television series, 1 episode “SpongeBob VS The Big One”
2009: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Imaginarium Tony 1) – feature film
2009: Public Enemies (John Dillinger) – feature film
2010: Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter) – feature film
2010: The Tourist (Frank Tupelo) – feature film
2011: Rango (Rango/Lars) – feature film
2011: Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides (Captain Jack Sparrow) – feature film
2011: The Rum Diary (Kemp) – feature film
2012: 21 Jump Street (Tom Hanson) – feature film, uncredited cameo
2012 (post-production): Dark Shadows (Barnabus Jones) – feature film
2013 (filming): The Lone Ranger (Tonto) – feature film

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See that lovely man in the photo above? That man is Johnny Depp but you probably already knew that. You probably already know a whole lot about Johnny so to be honest, I’m not terribly sure what to write for this one. By now the story of his birth, upbringing and rise to fame are practically Hollywood legend, but I suppose I can offer a quick recap for those that haven’t yet heard it.

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While Johnny was raised in Owensboro, Kentucky, he was actually born in Comendador, Dominican Republic while his parents (civil engineer John Christopher Depp Sr. and waitress, Betty Sue Wells were vacationing there.  He was interested in the arts from an early age, joining garage bands starting when his mother gave him his first guitar when he was twelve. Music was really Johnny’s first passion and he eventually dropped out of school to pursue music full time. His band, The Kids, had some moderate local success but Johnny wasn’t entirely convinced he’d made the right choice. He went back to school only two weeks after quitting but the principal told Johnny pursuing music might be a better option. Not long after that, he and The Kids headed to Los Angeles to try to make a go of it there.

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Johnny married Lori Anne Allison (the sister of the bass player/singer in his band) in 1983 and it was via his wife that Johnny would meet the man that would help him launch his acting career – a man you might’ve heard of named Nicolas Cage. Johnny wasn’t sure about acting but Nic said it’d be a good idea for him to try a few auditions. The rest, as they say, is history.

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While clearly a very talented actor and a devilishly handsome man, one thing has always appealed to me about Johnny more than everything else.  He’s different. He’s such a unique sort of guy. There isn’t anyone else like him in the industry today. Sure he’s gorgeous and sure his name packs serious clout in Hollywood but it doesn’t really seem to have impacted who he is as a person. Despite all his success, he seems like an incredibly grounded person. Although he sometimes gets in trouble for it, he’s also the kind of guy that doesn’t go out of his way to watch what he says. He speaks his mind without caring about backlash. I’ve always found that sort of fearlessness unbelievably sexy.

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Above all else though, Johnny Depp is a man that loves his family and what can be more appealing than that? While there’s a whole lot of drama surrounding he and long time girlfriend Vanessa Paradis right now, I have to imagine it’s complete nonsense. Even if it isn’t, it’s really no one’s business but theirs so I’m keeping my nose out of it. I love Vanessa almost as much as I love Johnny so if she says they’re fine, I’m going to believe her.

Okay folks, I’m going to stop this one here because I could literally go on about Johnny all day. I’m thrilled he won the poll and I had the chance to write a post about him. He deserves it. Definitely one of my all time favorite actors and someone I respect and admire deeply as a human being. I can’t say enough good things about him. Check out the gallery below and then make sure you head over to Girl In Stereo (CLICK HERE) to check out this week’s Man Candy Monday Poll. Vote for one of the lovely men on the list or nominate your own candidate. Just make sure you check out the Man Candy Monday Archive first (which you can find by clicking here) to make sure the man you wat to nominate hasn’t already won. Okay – on to the pictures!

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