The 12 Most Unforgettable Johnny Depp Characters

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He was a teen heartthrob, then he was an acclaimed character actor, then he was the highest-paid actor on the planet, and now he’s Mortdecai. Johnny Depp has had one hell of a career, as strange and unexpected as the characters he plays.

Whether you love him or see his filmography as a mere succession of men with strange accents and silly hats, you have to admit that Johnny Depp has dedicated his life to creating memorable characters. And to think, he could have coasted on movie star charm (heaven knows he’s good-looking enough). but that would have been the easy way out. He doesn’t always create magic, but there’s always alchemy at work: even some of his failed creations have made their mark, and weaseled their way into pop culture, only to nestle and remain there for many years.

So let’s take a look at what we here at consider the 12 most unforgettable Johnny Depp characters. For better or worse, these are the creations that  stick with us, and seem likely to cement his place in Hollywood history, whether or not you think some of his more recent movies kind of stunk.

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