Actor and producer Johnny Depp's film career has taken a back seat recently due to the lawsuit he is pursuing against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, which could be a new financial setback for the Pirates of the Caribbean star, who still has a sizable net worth despite having lost an exorbitant $650 million.
The musical origins of Depp and his foray into acting
Depp began his career in music, even dropping out of school to pursue a career as a rock musician, which led him to relocate to Los Angeles, where, following the breakup of his band The Kids, he chose to pursue acting thanks to a tip from his friend Nicolas Cage, who also assisted him in landing some of his early roles.
For his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp earned an estimated $300 million in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which he played in a total of five films.
After working with Burton on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride, Depp appeared in Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland: The Secret Garden, and Dark Shadows.
Depp has appeared in a number of other films, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Murder on the Orient Express, and Richard Says Goodbye, as well as reviving his music career with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry in Hollywood Vampires.
Following his appearance in the 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street, his first major role was in the Fox television series 21 Jump Street, According To Uswhispers.com for which he reportedly earned $45,000 per episode, and in 1990, Tim Burton chose him to star in the cult film Edward Scissorhands, launching a long and fruitful association with the renowned director.