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Oscar 2008: Johnny Depp Movies

Johnny Depp moviesJohnny Depp movies. Three Johnny Depp movies have earned him Best Actor Academy Award nominations: Gore Verbinski’s worldwide blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), in which Depp plays Captain Jack Sparrow opposite Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom; Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland (2004), as J.M. Barrie, with Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Radha Mitchell, and Julie Christie; and Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), in the title role, opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the role Angela Lansbury played onstage. (Len Cariou was the stage Sweeney Todd.)

Johnny Depp Movies

Born June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky, Johnny Depp has starred or been featured in more than 40 films, in addition to the popular television series 21 Jump Street. Besides the aforementioned titles, among the best-known Johnny Depp movies are the following:

  • John WatersCry-Baby (1988), with Ricki Lake.
  • Lasse Hallström’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), with Leonardo DiCaprio and Juliette Lewis.
  • Mike Newell’s Donnie Brasco (1997), in the title role, opposite Al Pacino.

Also: Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1989), Ed Wood (1993), Sleepy Hollow (1999), and Alice in Wonderland (2010). Johnny Depp has the title role in the first Burton film, with Winona Ryder as his leading lady; in the second, he plays Z-budget movie director Ed Wood, with Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi; in the third, Depp stars as Ichabod Crane, one of the near-victims of headless horseman Christopher Walken and evil witch Miranda Richardson; in the fourth, Depp is the Mad Hatter to Mia Wasikowska’s Alice.

Johnny Depp returned as Captain Jack Sparrow in two more global blockbusters: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007). Depp’s most recent movie in the franchise was Rob Marshall’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, co-starring Penélope Cruz. On Stranger Tides performed remarkably well overseas, but failed to live up to expectations in North America.

Johnny Depp: The Lone Ranger

Depp, who recently made headlines because of his separation from French pop singer Vanessa Paradis, is currently starring in the Gore Verbinski Western The Lone Ranger, which was temporarily stalled due to budgetary concerns a few months ago. (Recently, another Johnny Depp project also stalled: a remake of The Thin Man, with Depp in the old William Powell role.) The Social Network / Mirror Mirror’s Armie Hammer has the title role in The Lone Ranger; Depp plays Tonto.

Johnny Depp’s two recent non-Pirates movies stumbled at the North American box office: Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, with Helena Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer; and Bruce Robinson’s The Rum Diary, with Aaron Eckhart and Amber Heard. Dark Shadows, much like the Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie combo The Tourist, was a much bigger hit overseas.

A version of this Johnny Depp movies post was initially published in February 2008, at the time of the Academy Awards. In the photo, Depp is seen arriving at the 2008 Oscar ceremony.

Johnny Depp picture: Matt Petit / © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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