His next Oscar nomination came for his performance in Marc Forster’s acclaimed 2004 drama “Finding Neverland.” For his portrayal of Peter Pan author James Barrie in that film, he also received Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and SAG Award nominations. He earned his third Oscar nomination for his work in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” director Tim Burton’s 2007 screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical. Depp also won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical his performance in the film’s title role.
He has collaborated with Burton on eight features to date, starting with the title role in “Edward Scissorhands,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. He also earned Golden Globe nominations for his work under Burton’s direction in “Ed Wood,” winning a London Film Critics Circle Award for the title role; “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” as Willy Wonka; and “Alice in Wonderland,” playing the Mad Hatter. Additionally, he starred in “Dark Shadows” and lent his voice to Burton’s animated hit “Corpse Bride.”
Depp also gained critical acclaim in Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” as Boston’s notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger. The leading role earned him a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination and Critic’s Choice nomination for Best Actor.
Depp began his performing career as a musician, before segueing to acting. He made his feature film debut in the horror hit “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” followed by Oliver Stone’s Oscar®-winning war drama “Platoon.” In 1987, he landed his breakout role on the hit television show “21 Jump Street.”
After starring in the series for four seasons, Depp returned to the big screen in John Waters’ “Cry-Baby.” His early film work also includes “Benny & Joon,” gaining a Golden Globe nomination; Lasse Hallström’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”; Don Juan DeMarco, with Marlon Brando; Mike Newell’s “Donnie Brasco”; and Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” In 1997, Depp made his writing and directing debut with “The Brave,” in which he also starred with Brando.
Depp has also starred in such diverse films as Lasse Hallström’s “Chocolat,” for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe; the Hughes brothers’ “From Hell”; Robert Rodriguez’s “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”; Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies”; “The Tourist,” earning another Golden Globe nomination; “The Rum Diary,” which he also produced; Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger”; Rob Marshall’s screen adaptation of the hit musical “Into the Woods,” and reprised the role of the Mad Hatter in the adventure “Alice: Through the Looking Glass.” In addition, he voiced the title character in Verbinski’s Oscar-winning animated feature “Rango,” and was a producer on Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated fantasy “Hugo.”
Depp was last seen in the second installment of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, “Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald”. He appeared in a cameo role in the first film of the series “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Depp is currently in production on “Minamata” and recently wrapped production on “Waiting for The Barbarians” with Robert Pattinson and Mark Rylance. He will next be seen in “The Professor” alongside Zoey Deutch and Danny Houston.