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To prepare for the role, Depp spent time with the real-life Joe Pistone, on whose memoirs the film was based.Donnie Brasco was a commercial and critical success, and is considered to contain one of Depp's finest performances.In 1994, Depp reunited with director Tim Burton, playing the title role in Ed Wood, a biographical film about one of history's most inept film directors.Depp later stated that he was at the time depressed about films and filmmaking, but that "within 10 minutes of hearing about the project, I was committed." Ed Wood received critical acclaim, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times writing that Depp had "proved himself as an established, certified great actor" and "captured all the can-do optimism that kept Ed Wood going, thanks to an extremely funny ability to look at the silver lining of any cloud." The following year, Depp starred in three films.Depp subsequently collaborated with the band Rock City Angels the sister of his band's bass player and singer.During their marriage she worked as a makeup artist while he worked a variety of odd jobs, including a telemarketer for pens.He later found box office success in the fantasy adventure film Sleepy Hollow (1999), the fantasy swashbuckler film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and its sequels, the fantasy film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland (2010) and voicing the title character in the animated action comedy western Rango (2011).He has collaborated on nine films with director, producer and friend Tim Burton.
Depp became a popular teen idol during the late 1980s, when he starred as a police officer who goes on an undercover operation in a high school in the Fox television series 21 Jump Street, which premiered in 1987.
He rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol.
Depp has taken on the task of challenging himself to portray "larger-than-life" roles, starting with a supporting role in Oliver Stone's Vietnam War film Platoon in 1986, then playing the title character in the romantic dark fantasy Edward Scissorhands (1990).
He played opposite Marlon Brando in the box-office hit Don Juan De Marco, as a man who believes he is Don Juan, the world's greatest lover.
He then starred in Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, a Western shot entirely in black-and-white; it was not a commercial success and had mixed critical reviews.