At first, it wasn't acting that was his thing, it was music. Depp grew up playing the guitar and was in several garage bands before he became an actor. He moved out to LA with his band The Kids and they gained some success and even opened for Iggy Pop. They never quite hit it big, and then Depp got bitten by the acting bug.
Yes, he is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, but he has never won an Oscar. He was nominated for Best Actor three times for his work in Sweeney Todd, Finding Neverland and Pirates of the Caribbean.
When he was engaged to Winona Ryder in the '90s he had “Winona Forever” tattooed on his shoulder. After they split, he had the tattoo changed to “Wino Forever.” You can never have too much wine, but apparently you can have way too much Winona.
6. He Started A Savings Account For Heath Ledger’s Daughter
After Heath Ledger died, Depp was filmingThe Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and he convinced his co-stars, Jude Law and Colin Farrell, to help him set up a savings account for Ledger's daughter. They took all the money that they made in the film and put it into a savings account to make sure her future was financially secure.
7. He Once Vandalized A Billboard With His Face On It
He and a friend drew a mustache on his face and blacked out a gun on a billboard for 21 Jump Street because he didn't like the message the billboard was sending. When he was caught, the officers recognized him and let him finish the job.
When he heard that, after filming Sleepy Hollow, the one-eyed horse he rode throughout the movie was going to be put down, he had to do something. He couldn't stand the thought of that so he adopted the horse.
9. He Was Very Good Friends With Hunter S. Thompson
Originally he was just a fan, but over the years he became very good friends with Hunter S. Thompson and starred in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1998 and The Rum Diary in 2011. When Thompson passed away, Depp paid for his memorial and, as per Thompson's request, he shot the writer's ashes out of a cannon.
10. He Brings His Captain Jack Sparrow Costume Everywhere
He loves to surprise kids in hospitals by making an appearance as Captain Jack Sparrow, so he brings his costume everywhere he goes. According to Depp, he'll "just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies... It basically turns into a two, three-hour improvisation and it's really fun."
He says that his Captain Jack Sparrow character is based on a combination between Keith Richards and Pepe Le Pew. Richards wound up playing Sparrow’s father in the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and now the two are great friends.