Donnie Brasco was a commercial and critical success, and is considered to contain one of Depp's finest performances.In 1997, Depp also debuted as a director and screenwriter with The Brave.For his performance, Depp took inspiration from Angela Lansbury, Roddy Mc Dowall and Basil Rathbone.He earned widespread acclaim for his comic performance as pirate Captain Jack Sparrow, and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. The following year he starred as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which reunited him with director Tim Burton, with whom he had not collaborated since Sleepy Hollow.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.Depp's first film release in 1990 was John Waters' Cry-Baby, a musical comedy set in the 1950s.He starred in it as a poor Native American man, who accepts a proposal from a wealthy man, played by Marlon Brando, to appear in a snuff film in exchange for money for his family. Thompson, and played his alter ego Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Terry Gilliam's film adaptation of Thompson's pseudobiographical novel of the same name.
He has been listed in the 2012 Guinness World Records as the highest paid actor, with earnings of million.
The Kids set out together for Los Angeles in pursuit of a record deal, changing their name to Six Gun Method, but the group split up before signing a record deal.
Depp subsequently collaborated with the band Rock City Angels the sister of his band's bass player and singer.
After a starring role in the comedy Private Resort (1985), Depp was cast in the lead role of the skating drama Thrashin' (1986) by the film's director, but the decision was later overridden by its producer.
Instead, Depp appeared in a minor supporting role as a Vietnamese-speaking private in Oliver Stone's Vietnam War drama Platoon (1986).