Johnny Depp: The Biography

Published in 1999 by Blake Publishing.

Despite pursuing a relentlessly uncommercial series of films and oddball parts, and passing on roles that catapulted Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves and Tom Cruise to stardom, Johnny Depp has cemented his place in cinema’s highest echelons by creating a body of work that is as unconventional as his upbringing. As a result, and with his haunting good looks, disarming comic charm and amazing drive that has seen him constantly hitting the headlines, he has also won the respect and admiration of fans and critics around the world as one of the most diverse and extraordinary actors of his generation.

From his Hollywood debut in Wes Craven’s Nightmare On Elm Street to starring alongside Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco and reuniting with director Tim Burton for the 1999 Christmas blockbuster Sleepy Hollow, this sympathetic biography traces the events and circumstances (from birth to present) that have shaped Depp’s career and propelled him from wannabe rock star to become one of the most respected and admired actors working in and out of Hollywood today.

With details of Johnny’s troubled childhood, raised with a self-acknowledged drug problem, and an initial career in rock band, The Kids, and with a series of cult film classics to his credit, such as Cry Baby, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Edward Scissorhands, author Nigel Goodall takes a sharp look at the highs and lows of a chequered career that has included notoriety as co-owner of the Viper Room (the Los Angeles club where River Phoenix met his death from a surprising drug overdose), and how he moved in and out of a marriage and three engagements, one of them to Winona Ryder, all by the age of thirty – and examines his up-and-down, on-and-off, finally failed relationship with supermodel Kate Moss, his current tryst to French singer Vanessa Paradis, and why his reputation as one of Hollywood’s bad boys and his unsuitability as a role model, sporting a tattoo on each arm, never living in one place for more than a few weeks and his general aversion to conform, has won him a devoted fan following with over ten thousand letters a month.

Praised as one of the most important biographies of the year by radio personality and broadcaster Simon Bates, the book also includes 16 pages of candid photos and movie stills, a detailed filmography with an appendix of awards and nominations. For fans and anyone interested in the life of an intriguing American original, Johnny Depp: The Biography is the definitive look at the life and career of Hollywood’s most famous outsider.