He is a great person. One of my favorite stories about him was from when he was shooting the last Pirates movie, and a little girl wrote him a letter from school. The class assignment was on learning how to write proper letters, and he showed up at her school unannounced dressed up as Capt. Jack after receiving the letter and spent some time with her and her classmates...what a memory he gave that little girl and all the other kids in the class!
I actually remember this as it was in London. It was reported on our local news.
My earliest memory of him was probably in Edward Scissorhands. Mr Depp seems to work well with Tim Burton as he has starred in a few of his films. Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow and of course the before mentioned Edward Scissorhands, without checking I think he also did a voice for one of Burton's Animated films, The Corpse Bride.
I like him, I like the Pirate Films.
Thankfully my wife doesn't drool over him too much, she prefers Mr Pitt!
I really dig things like "The Ninth Gate," and Depp made what could otherwise have been an Art Flop very good. Maybe it was an art flop. I've stopped paying attention to "how many stars" something gets.
There was one scene where Depp was listening to a phone call from actor Frank Langella that was really, really, really, really, really scary...all props to Langella for that scene. That was a peepants phone call. Depp does a perfect "deer-in-the-headlights" with a touch of humor.