Johnny Depp: actor, musician, director, producer, writer… what else can he do? There’s only one word that could describe him: versatile; and that feature of his makes him my favorite actor of all times.
Depp has played such a wide range of characters, people have often called him a chameleon. He was the scary (but lovable) teenage freak in Edward Scissorhands; he’s also been the hopeless romantic in Chocolat; and, most recently, he was John Dillinger, a murderer and a thief, in Public Enemies. Even though he’s had many different roles, each with a very complex personality, he’s given a believable performance and has received several awards thanks to it.
Although he’s an actor, his first love was music and, over the years, he's managed to have a rather successful career as a musician. Actually, when he was a teenager, he wrote a few songs for the punk band Rock City Angels, which were used for their debut album. Also, even after he started acting, he still performed at the bar called The Viper Room with his band P, whose members included Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers among other notable musicians. Nowadays, his love for music still lives on, having participated in the movie Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which is an adaptation of a famous musical from the 70’s.
Aside from being and actor and a musician, he’s also gotten involved with the work behind the scenes, turning into director, producer and writer. For example, in 1997, he turned the novel The Brave into a movie, which he directed and in which he acted. Three years later, he was named executive producer for the upcoming movie The Rum Diary (which he also stars).
In short, Johnny Depp is a very talented and multifaceted actor, who’s been able to mix his skills successfully in order to obtain good results. And that’s why he’s my favorite actor.