Johnny Depp’s Most Memorable Characters

November 24, 2019 2:42 pm0 commentsViews: 201

Johnny Depp has been making movies for more than twenty years. Depp seems to relish losing himself in roles, donning teeth and wigs in an attempt to create a new person, not just a new character. Several of his roles are truly unforgettable characters, as evidenced by this list of movie roles.

Johnny Depp's Most Memorable Characters


In 1990, Depp portrayed the title character in John Waters’ tale of star-crossed teenage lovers. Depp’s Cry-Baby is a Greaser from the wrong side of the tracks. He falls for the rich girl, but her family and juvie threaten to separate the two permanently. With Depp’s greasy hair, leather jacket and propensity to cry, Cry-Baby is the first of many unforgettable characters.

Edward Scissorhands

The same year as Cry-Baby, Depp starred as Edward Scissorhands in the movie of the same name. Who could forget the shy sweet boy with scissors for hands? Depp’s Edward only wanted to be loved and accepted. Watching his journey remains heartbreaking even after twenty years and countless viewings.

Ichabod Crane

In 1999, Depp tackled the role of literature’s Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow, the movie adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Crane is a policeman sent to the small community of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders. Depp portrays of a man not willing to believe the rumors of a headless ghost being responsible for the victim’s heads going missing.

Captain Jack Sparrow

In 2003, and again in 2006 and the following year, Depp applied black eyeliner to portray pirate-captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Whether its his swagger, his unique speech pattern and accent, or his gold teeth and dread locks, Depp’s portrayal is a study in memorable character traits, that combined, could well be the most infamous character in his filmography.

Willy Wonka

2005’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remade the classic 1970s original. Depp made the Gene Wilder role his own from his dark brown bob to his little-girl voice. The 2005 version took full advantage of the special effects available to recreate the fantastical world within the chocolate factory.


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