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Once a teen heartthrob, Johnny Depp has since become a venerated actor who chooses roles from all parts of the spectrum. Born June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Ky., he dropped out of school to become a musician.

Depp made his film bow in 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street and later starred for three seasons on television's "21 Jump Street." In his first screen pairing with director Tim Burton -- 1990's Edward Scissorhands -- Depp established his reputation for playing quirky characters, risk-taking and memorable performances. Also adept at drama, he portrayed an undercover cop in Donnie Brasco (1997) and a drug trafficker in Blow (2001).

Two years later, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl spun Depp into box-office gold and brought him a Best Actor Oscar nod -- an honor repeated in 2004 (Finding Neverland) and 2007 (Sweeney Todd). Depp doubled down in 2010 with Golden Globe nominations for Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist.

Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

2011 PG-13

Cunningly clumsy Capt. Jack Sparrow meets his match when mysterious beauty Angelica forces the pirate to join her in a search for the Fountain of Youth, a riotous adventure that sets him aboard a vessel belonging to the fearsome pirate Blackbeard.

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