People magazine has called him the sexiest man alive twice, the 2012 Guinnes Book of World Records has called him the highest paid actor and he's already won MTV's Lifetime Achievement award.
As he turns 49 today, Johnny Depp has come a long way since he was a teen idol in 21 Jump Street back in 1987. The multi-talented Kentucky-born actor is also a screen writer, director, producer, musician and a cult figure.
All 'roled' into one
Depp has been known for donning outlandish avatars in his films.
Depp's shock of red hair and bright green eyes in his portrayal of the brave and loyal Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (2010) were both spectacular and creepy.
Another of his most popular roles, the mysterious and mischievous Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean series won Depp many accolades. He's believed to have characterized himself on Keith Richards from Rolling Stones and the cartoon character Pepe Le Pew for the role. Good news for Pirates… fans, Depp is already working on the fifth installment of the franchise!Depp made his mark by playing multifaceted characters like the sly and silent Sweeney Todd (2007) and the charming high school teacher turned suave agent in The Tourist (2010).
In contrast, the eccentric character of Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) was played to perfection by Depp, not only popularising him among the youth but also earning him critical acclaim.
Depp is not only regarded as the rock star of Hollywood but even proved to be one at the MTV movie awards recently. Not only was he honored with a Generation Award at the ceremony but he also showcased his guitar skills along with The Black Keys at the event. Depp has also performed at a concert with friend and rock singer Marilyn Manson.
No wonder then that CNN quoted Aerosmith's Joe Perry call him, "a gutsy actor, a gutsy musician, a gutsy artist with passion.
Depp was recently in the news for his alleged split with Vanessa Paradis, his girlfriend of 14 years. However, the father of 2 children has denied all the rumours. If grapevine is to be believed the couple has been working hard to make the relationship work.
While we're not certain about that front, what we do know is that Johnny Depp is true star of rock n' role! Even now, Depp dons so many hats (and we don't mean the Hatter ones) that it's no surprise why his fans keep wanting for more.