Johnny Depp

Comedian, director, screenwriter & producer

Deauville Talent Award 2019 of the 45th Festival of American Cinema

Johnny Depp is one of the most popular comedians in contemporary cinema, and he is also a producer under his banner infinitum nihil.

Named three times to the Oscar for best actor, he obtained his first nomination in 2004 with the creation of the character of Jack Sparrow, hero of the saga Pirates of the Caribbean, in the first opus, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, directed by Gore Verbinski. He again embodies this character who has now entered popular culture in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Secret of the Cursed Safe et Pirates of the Caribbean: To the end of the world, also produced by Gore Verbinski, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Fountain of Youth by Rob Marshall and lately Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg. In addition to his Oscar nomination for the first film, he was also nominated for the Golden Globe and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and won the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Empire Award. He is again cited in the Golden Globe for the second.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Johnny Depp spent his youth in Florida, where he was passionate about music at an early age. He is part of a rock group called Kids, with whom he goes to Los Angeles. When the group separates, he turns to the profession of actor.

He held his first major role in 1984 in The Claws of the Night by Wes Craven. He then plays in Platoon of Oliver Stone before becoming the darling of viewers in the role of officer Tom Hanson in the very popular series 21 Jump Street. He will be the star of this series for four seasons before returning to the big screen in the main role in Cry Baby by John Waters.

His moving character from the fantastic fable Edward Scissorhands, his first film directed by Tim Burton, imposed it in 1990, both with critics and the public, and earned him his first nomination for the Golden Globe for best actor. He then plays in Arizona Dream by Emir Kusturica, with Jerry Lewis and Faye Dunaway. In 1993, he got a second quote from the Golden Globe for Benny & Joon by Jeremiah Chechik, whose star he shares with Aidan Quinn and Mary Stuart Masterson. He also plays in Gilbert Grape by Lasse Hallström. He then finds Tim Burton for Ed Wood, which earned him his third Golden Globe citation for best actor and a London Critics Circle Film Award. He was hailed in 1995 for his services in Dead Man, in which it is chaired by Jim Jarmusch, Don juan de marco by Jeremy Leven, with Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway, and Nick of Time by John Badham, with Christopher Walken. He is crowned best actor of his generation after his interpretation in Donnie Brasco by Mike Newell, with Al Pacino, in 1997. At that time, Johnny Depp went behind the camera to direct his only feature film, The Brave, which he co-wrote with his brother DP Depp based on the novel "Rafael, last days" by Gregory McDonald. The film was presented at the Cannes Festival in 1997. He was also the main interpreter alongside Marlon Brando.

To his already long filmography are added Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Terry Gilliam, based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, with Benicio Del Toro, The Ninth Gate by Roman Polanski, and Intrusion by Rand Ravich. Tim Burton directed it for the third time in 1999 in Sleepy Hollow, the legend of the headless horseman, with Christina Ricci, for which he won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for best actor. In 2000, Johnny Depp turned in The Man Who Cried by Sally Potter, with John Turturro, and Before the night by Julian Schnabel. He finds Lasse Hallström, after Gilbert Grape, Chocolate, with Juliette Binoche. Johnny Depp is then the interpreter of Blow by Ted Demme, whom he came to present himself at the Deauville Festival in 2001, and From Hell of the Hughes brothers, with Heather Graham. The following year, in 2003, he played in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Once upon a time in Mexico - Desperado 2 by Robert Rodriguez, with Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, then in Neverland by Marc Forster. For his interpretation of JM Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, in this latest film, Johnny Depp is nominated for the Oscar for best actor for the second time, as well as the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the BAFTA Award. In 2005, he played Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which marks his fourth collaboration with director Tim Burton and has earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor. He also lends his voice to Victor, the hero of Funeral wedding, signed by Tim Burton and nominated for the 2005 Oscar for best animated film. In a radically different register, he embodied John Wilmot, XNUMXth century poet and Earl of Rochester, in Rochester, the last of the libertines by Laurence Dunmore, with John Malkovich and Samantha Morton. He then made his third film under the direction of Terry Gilliam, after Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas et The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He also responds to Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard in Public Enemies Michael Mann, in which he played the criminal John Dillinger.

In 2008 he won his third Oscar nomination for best actor for Sweeney Todd, The Evil Barber of Fleet Street by Tim Burton, from the famous musical by Stephen Sondheim. He won the Golden Globe for best actor. In 2011, he received a double Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a musical film or comedy, for The Tourist by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, opposite Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany and Timothy Dalton, and for Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton, with Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover. He lends his voice to the main character of the film in computer-generated images Range, directed by Gore Verbinski. Also in 2011, he produced and performed in Rum Express by Bruce Robinson, and produced Hugo Cabret by Martin Scorsese.

Johnny Depp is in 2014 the poster of Into the Woods, let's take a walk in the woods by Rob Marshall, the adaptation of the musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Transcendence by Wally Pfister, with Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany, and previously Lone Ranger, Birth of a Hero by Gore Verbinski, in which he plays Tonto opposite Armie Hammer, and of which he is executive producer. He played the previous year in Dark Shadows, his eighth film directed by Tim Burton, of which he is also producer. The following year, he played the main roles of Strictly Criminal, written and directed by Scott Cooper, which earned him Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for best actor, and Charlie mortdecai by David Koepp, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum and Paul Bettany. He is also producer of this latest film.

In 2016, he is showing Fantastic animals by David Yates, and embodies the Mad Hatter in Alice on the other side of the mirror by James Bobin - a role he had created in Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton in 2010. Last year, Johnny Depp again played the character of Grindelwald in Fantastic Animals: The Crimes of Grindelwald, still under the direction of David Yates.

He will come to present with Mark Rylance, the film Waiting for the barbarians by Ciro Guerra on Sunday September 8 for the 45th edition of the Deauville American Festival.


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