How much is Johnny Depp worth?

Net Worth:$200 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:June 9, 1963
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.78 m

From Edward Scissorhands to Pirates of the Caribbean to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Depp is always one to go for the slightly odd, quasi-dark roles.  

Who Is Johnny Depp

Swashbuckler, rock star, sexiest man alive, dedicated family man—it’s hard to choose one label to describe an actor like Johnny Depp. Like his indefinable persona, both onscreen and off, his rise to the upper echelons of Hollywood was full of twists including a stint as an emo wannabe rock star and a ballpoint pen salesman. But thanks to his ingrained talent and his fair share of good luck, the lows were trumped by the highs and he’s become, arguably, the most wanted man in the biz.

Johnny Depp was born on June 9, 1963, in Kentucky as John Christopher Depp II. He is a well-known actor, producer, and musician. He is known as a prolific and unique actor who has starred in numerous films. Early in his life, Johnny decided to pursue his music career and dropped out of high school at the age of 16. In 1986, only two years after his first debut in Nightmare On Elm Street, Johnny Depp played in a rock and roll band called the Rock City Angels. Since 2015 he has been a player in the band known as the Hollywood Vampires.

As of 2020, Johnny Depp has an estimated net worth of $200 million dollars. Which is low for him especially considering his net worth used to be in excess of $400 million. Yet excess is excess and spending “$30,000 A month on wines”, millions on annual staff wages, as well as tens of millions more on yachts and bad real estate investments, has really cut down Depp’s net worth in recent years.

Angst, Music And Marriage

John Christopher Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky where his upbringing was sullied by constant moves until the family finally landed in Miramar, Florida in 1970. But the family’s woes had just begun. They were forced to live in a motel for nearly a year while his father searched for work as a civil engineer. Johnny dealt with his problems by experimenting with drugs, girls and self harm in his early teens.  

His parents split in 1978 when he was 15, and a year later he dropped out of high school to become the frontman of a garage band The Kids. The band found some degree of success, landing opening gigs for established acts like The Talking Heads, Duran Duran, the B-52’s and Iggy Pop, but he was still struggling to make ends meet, going so far as to spend several months living in his friend’s Chevy.  

In 1983, the 20-year-old rebellious up-and-comer, met and married a 25-year-old makeup artist, Lori Allison. The marriage only lasted two years, but it turned out to be a fantastic career move when she introduced Johnny, who had resorted to taking a job selling ballpoint pens, to her ex-boyfriend Nicolas Cage. Cage convinced him to make the switch into acting and introduced him to an agent. Before long, he had landed his first role in a major film, Wes Craven’s 1984 classic Nightmare on Elm Street.  

From Nightmare To Teen Dream

He landed a bit part in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning war epic Platoon in 1986, but he didn’t get his real big break until 1987 when the fledgling network Fox debuted a new series 21 Jump Street about a team of undercover officers who specialize in catching young criminals. Overnight he became a teen heartthrob, albeit a reluctant one. It was no secret that he wanted out of the show, but he was contractually obligated to stay until the 1990 season.  

That same year, he was cast in the first of many collaborations with director Tim Burton when he played the title role in Edward Scissorhands. The part catapulted his status as a movie star and more films came in quick succession including What’s Eating Gilbert Grape alongside a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Benny and Joon.  

Spiraling Out Of Control

Depp was a quickly becoming a huge star, and he was living a fast-paced celebrity life to match. He was involved in a high-profile relationship with his Edward Scissorhands co-star Winona Ryder for three years until 1993. In October of that year, he got a lot of negative press when actor River Phoenix overdosed and died outside of The Viper Room, a club Depp co-owned.  

In 1994, he started a turbulent relationship with supermodel Kate Moss complete with public fights (and PDAs) and reputed drug use. In September 1994, he was arrested for criminal mischief when he drunkenly trashed an expensive hotel suite after an argument with Moss. He famously blamed the mess on an armadillo that was trapped in the closet.  

Falling In Love And Floating To The Top

But the negative attention didn’t have any adverse effects on his career. In the ‘90s, he worked with Burton again in Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow, and he became good friends with writer Hunter S. Thompson while portraying him in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In 1998, his destructive relationship with Moss finally ended and his life settled down when he met French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis while shooting The Ninth Gate in Paris. The couple, who moved in together after only three months, went on to have two children—Lily-Rose, born in May 1999, and John “Jack” Christopher, born in April 2002.  

In 2003, Depp starred in the first of the wildly successful Pirates of the Caribbean movies. As Captain Jack Sparrow in the film based on the Disney World ride, he was nominated for his first Oscar for Best Actor at the 2004 awards. The films also went on to become one of the highest-grossing movie franchises in history. He was nominated again the following year for his role opposite Kate Winslet in Finding Neverland and again three years later when he flexed his singing skills in Burton’s musical Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Over the course of his life and career Depp made an amazing180-degree turn from a womanizing Hollywood bad boy to a one-woman man, father and respected actor. Whether he’s starring in dramas, blockbusters, belting it out for a musical or suddenly going straight-edge for a doe-eyed French girl, the only thing that fans can guarantee about Johnny is that there are no guarantees.

What makes him so successful?

Some may wonder what it is about Johnny Depp that causes him to be such an iconic figure. I personally believe that in his case the reason for such epic success lies almost solely on Depp’s personal talents. Although many will be the first to mention luck because for example as you will discover Depp married a woman that happened to know Nicholas Cage, who ultimately arranged for Johhny’s first acting job. This was definitely a pivotal part of his career and a massive step forward for him, through it was Depp’s unique talent and hard work that won the day and resulted in his epic rise to the top. He has worked hard and has consistently released one excellent movie after another all the while continuing to pursue his biggest passion for music and taking on the responsibility of a film producer.

One could say that he was just born with these gifts and that most of us are born with certain talents, but he knew how to use them in a way that has never been done before, consistently improving himself after each film. His example is almost an instructional guide for those who want to succeed in any area of their life. Figuring out what we are good at, pursuing our dreams, and persistent hard work towards our goals without quitting will almost always ultimately lead us to the best outcome for our lives that we can hope to achieve.

How did Johnny Depp get so rich & famous?

Johnny Depp married a woman in 1983 by the name of Lori Ann Allison. It turned out that his wife had connections and she had her friend Nicolas Cage arrange for Johhny to audition for the director Wes Craven. This lucky break for Depp landed him a role in his first film in 1984, A Nightmare On Elm Street as Nancy’s boyfriend who ultimately was eaten by his own bed. There is no doubt that Johnny Depp was a popular teen heartthrob in the 1980s. After his 1984 horror movie debut, Depp starred in a very popular TV series as an undercover police officer in high school operations. The original 21 Jump Street series ran on the air for 4 years from 1987-1991.

It seems when the up and coming actor Depp played the very eccentric role in Edward Scissorhands, he had the opportunity and ability to adapt as an actor that was charming and beloved, no matter what type of role his character portrayed. I believe it was this movie that changed everything for Depp as an actor and it was the pivotal moment when his career began to rise to the top.

What’s more Johnny Depp really managed to find himself as an actor and develop his skills working alongside the director of this movie, Tim Burton, as well as continued to work on many more movies with him, like Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow in the 90s and more recently Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland. These movies have required unique acting abilities playing odd and obscure characters which have pushed Depp to develop in a way that few actors have.

Yet it was only when Depp got cast for and played the iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise that he really hit his note. This has been one of the most successful movie franchises of all-time, grossing over $4.5 billion worldwide.

Despite these massive successes for the actor and with them hundreds of millions of dollars, Depp has struggled to hold onto his wealth. Often overspending or living in excess, like paying spending $200,000 per month for his private jet, as well as costly settlements to his ex-wife Amber Heard, as well as a reported $127 million to Vanessa Paradis who is the mother of his two children, Lily-Rose Depp and John Christopher Depp III.

In the end, we calculate Johnny Depp to be worth just $200 million dollars in 2020. Compared to other actors of his caliber, like Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, Depp is missing a few hundred million dollars from his net worth.

Factors that let to Depp’s Success

Johnny Depp’s adaptability to take on new character types and transitioning from a teenage heartthrob to a very unique character type, like he did with Donnie Brasco, or in Blow, compared to his parts in the Tim Burton movies, or his role as captain Jack Sparrow, can’t be compared. His character development is really what has catapulted him into epic levels of success and fame. He began after Edward Scissorhands, to star as the lead role movie after movie and they all were successful.

His willingness to take on the darker roles in films has made him one of the most versatile actors of his time. From his first acting debut in A Nightmare On Elm Street, Depp was beloved by many as a teen heartthrob making his next role in 21 Jump Street the best strategic career move for him at that time to build a name for himself and diversify his image.

In the early to mid-1990s, his three roles in Edward Scissorhands, Benny and Joon, and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape are what I believe, were the pivotal roles that sent Depp soaring to stardom. In 1995 Johnny Depp won his first award as Actor Of The Year. He has been nominated well over a decade for an astronomical amount of different awards in many genres.

Johnny’s ultimate goal when he was young was to become a musician, this is where his passion was the strongest. He still to this day in 2020 plays as a musician in a band, is a world-renowned actor, and a movie producer. After 4 decades, he is still working as an actor in one successful film after another.

All while he has been successful in so many ways, he is also a father to two children. He has a daughter named Lily-Rose Melody Depp and a son named John Christopher “Jack” Depp III. Raising children to many is an accomplishment in itself, but just add this to all of his achievements and it’s easy to see why he is considered such a beloved superstar. I really think that after over 35 years of pursuing all of his passions that the fact that he is still actively engaging in all of them is very commendable.

Summing-Up

I truly believe that Johnny Depp as a musician, actor, producer, and the overall well-rounded individual has left a legacy that will continue long after he is gone. Nobody has ever been in the industry with quite the same unique personality that he has, for example “all my characters are gay” is something Depp has been quoted saying. He is truly one of a kind and most likely will never be replicated. People will remember his story and all of his hard work for many generations to come. This is truly the achievement of a lifetime, to be known for not only being a good person but also a person that has such amazing gifts. Gifts that he is willing to share with the rest of the world. I haven’t met a person in my 45 years of life that hasn’t been a fan of this incredible man.

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