Actor, Writer, Producer

By EW Staff
Updated October 15, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Johnny Depp: Jeff Vespa/

How Johnny Depp gained power in 2004

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After 20 years of mincing and Methodizing in the margins, this was the year that Depp’s career of quirky gambles finally hit the jackpot. Aside from being very lucrative for both Disney and himself (Hello, sequel money!), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl gave Depp his first Oscar nod (and Finding Neverland looks like a good bet for a second), as well as the juice to launch Infinitum Nihil, his very own production company — a future hotbed, we’re sure, of quirk.