Sometimes we like our hot guys to have an eccentric streak. Enter Johnny Depp, whose intellect and cheekbones keep us coming back for more, more, more. He’s reprising his role as the bizarre Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean 3: On Stranger Tides, which has already raked in more than $90 million, thanks in no small part to its fetching male lead.
Birth Date: June 9, 1963
Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky
Why we love Johnny Depp
Dark, mysterious, and cool as a cucumber: We’ll take a ride with this sexy bad boy no matter what our mom says!
We remember him from way back when.
That hair! That face! Those cigarettes! If anyone could make a good girl go bad, it was Johnny Depp in the late 1980s/early 1990s. As undercover cop Tom Hanson on 21 Jump Street, Depp whipped wayward high school students into shape. Word is, Depp makes a cameo in the movie version of 21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill, set to come out in March 2012.
TV gigs aside, his breakout role was playing the title character in Tim Burton’s noir movie Edward Scissorhands in 1990. Through sheer talent, he made a misunderstood misfit lovable, and we love Johnny for that.
He chooses bold roles — and pulls them off.
A man with scissors for hands? Sure! A mentally disturbed young man who falls in love with a mentally disturbed young woman? Why not! Hunter S. Thompson himself? Yes! Ichabod Crane? Bring it!
In acting, if there were ever a road less traveled, Johnny has taken it. Why all of the wigs, the voices, the crazy characters? “I think it’s an actor’s responsibility to change every time,” Depp told Entertainment Weekly. And he does it not only for himself and the people with whom he’s working, but also for the audience. “If you just go out and deliver the same dish every time… It’s meat loaf again.… you’d get bored. I’d get bored.”
And somehow, no matter how crazy the costume, he still manages to look sexy.
He’s a family man.
Depp has two children — a daughter, Lily Rose, and son, Jack — with girlfriend Vanessa Paradis. He has said this about his daughter: “Anything I’ve done up till 27 May, 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.” Adorable!
His dedication to his family was one of the reasons he was dubbed People‘s Sexiest Man Alive in 2009 (he also won the honor in 2003!). Actress Isla Fisher had this to say about Depp: “Johnny Depp has magical powers. He’s unlike anyone else,” she says. “He’s funny, generous and clever. It’s just a shame he’s so hard on the eyes.”
Johnny Depp’s relationship status:
Sexy Depp has been in a relationship with French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis since 1998. Both big fans of wine, they grow grapes in their vineyard and winery near Saint-Tropez. His family life is low-key now, but he was once married to a woman named Lori Anne Allison back in the ’80s and dated famous actresses including Sherilyn Fenn, Winona Ryder, and Kate Moss before settling down with Paradis.
Depp has said this about her: “I pretty much fell in love with Vanessa the moment I set eyes on her. As a person, I was pretty much a lost cause at that time in my life. She turned all that around for me with her incredible tenderness and understanding.”
Looks like you tamed him, Vanessa!