15 Unusual Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Johnny Depp

1. He moved house around 20 times as a child

He was born in  Owensboro, Kentucky, and moved around a lot until his family finally settled in Miramar, Florida in 1970.

2. He dropped out of high school

His dream as a teenager was to become a rock star after getting his own guitar at age 12.

3. His principal actually supported his decision

Depp’s parents forced their youngest to return to school, but his head teacher actually encouraged him to follow his dreams.

4. Nicolas Cage is a close friend to him

Cage was the one to influence Depp to go into the acting industry, and the rest is history. Being so grateful to Cage, Johnny offered to help him out when he was experiencing financial troubles in 2007.

5. He’s never actually won an Oscar

Despite being nominated several times.

6. Depp keeps his Captain Jack Sparrow costume on him almost everywhere he goes

He loves slipping it on and surprising children at local hospitals, staying in character for hours on end.

7. He has loads of tattoos

He’s even had to get some altered – for example he had his ex’s name, ‘Winona Ryder’, and had to change it to ‘Wino Forever’ when things went downhill!

8. Depp and Jimmy Kimmel have a secret love affair

Well, maybe not that serious, but he regularly appears on his show and the two have a tradition of smooching right on the lips.

9. A little girl once wrote him a letter asking for help on organizing a mutiny against her teacher

He showed up to her school, in full Pirate costume, convincing the class to re-think their scheme.

10. Johnny put a generous amount of money in Heath Ledger’s daughter’s savings account

After the late actor died, Depp donated all of his earnings from The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus into Matilda’s savings account. He also convinced his co-stars Jude Law and Colin Farrell to do the same.

11. He vandalized his own billboard

And the security let him do it! He didn’t like the picture of his 21 Jump Street character, or the message the billboard gave.

12. Depp adopted his Sleepy Hollow horse

Word got to the actor that the horse he’d worked with while filming was set to be put down, so he insisted to the owner that he was to adopt it.

13. He was voted Sexiest Man Alive


14. Depp has gotten engaged multiple times, but only married twice

The women he married were Amber Heard and Lori Anne Wilson.

15. Tim Burton has recruited him for eight films

The two have one of the most celebrated film-making relationships in Hollywood.

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