The 25 Greatest Actors Of The '90s

“Johnny has the ability to make eccentric characters seem like real people. I think regular moviegoers are more apt to go along with him into a weird world—and that’s great for directors who make weird movies.” — JOHN WATERS

Fearless in his choice of characters (and even more so once he’s playing them), Depp, 35, is a Hollywood rarity—a movie star by virtue of talent rather than box office. He’s unwilling to cash in on his looks and isn’t afraid to fail, but even when he does, those failures are noble. Depp’s never played it safe, so here’s hoping he doesn’t start anytime soon.

DON’T MISS: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Donnie Brasco (1997)

NEXT: The tentatively titled Astronaut’s Wife (early ’99); Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate (in production)