Actor and producer Johnny Depp‘s movie career has taken a back seat recently due to the lawsuit he is facing against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, which could be a new financial blow for the Pirates of the Caribbean star, who despite having lost an exorbitant $650 million still has a substantial net worth.
Depp’s musical beginnings and foray into acting
Born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky, Depp’s career began in the world of music, even dropping out of school to become a rock musician, which led him to move to Los Angeles where, after the breakup of his band The Kids, he chose to switch to acting thanks to a tip from his friend Nicolas Cage, who even helped him land some of his first roles.
After appearing in the 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street, his first big role was in the Fox TV series 21 Jump Street, for which he reportedly earned $45,000 per episode, and in 1990 Tim Burton chose him to star in the cult film Edward Scissorhands, the beginning of a long and fruitful association with the famous director.
Success comes into Depp’s life and his bond with Tim Burton
Depp then went on to score constant hits in films such as Benny and Joon, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Don Juan DeMarco, Donnie Brasco, Sleepy Hollow and Chocolate, but his greatest commercial success was achieved playing the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in a total of five films, for which he is said to have earned $300 million.
Thanks to his film union with Burton, Depp appeared in other iconic films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the animated film Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as well as Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.
Among other films in which Depp has appeared are Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Murder on the Orient Express and Richard Says Goodbye, in addition to having resumed his musical career with the band Hollywood Vampires alongside Alice Cooper and Joe Perry.
Abysmal expenses and lawsuits against Johnny Depp
However, Depp’s eccentric lifestyle and huge monthly expenses led him to spend an unspeakable $650 million between 2003 and 2016, a lawsuit against his former business managers revealed.
In addition, his separation from the mother of his children, Vanessa Paradis, as well as his divorce from Heard, whom he divorced in 2017 by paying her a $7 million settlement, have also meant financial losses for the actor, who is currently facing a highly publicized countersuit from his ex-wife.
Johnny Depp net worth
According to sites like Celebrity Net Worth, Johnny Depp’s net worth in 2022 is $150 million, despite having squandered the aforementioned $650 million over 13 years, largely because the actor charges $20 million per movie.