Actor Johnny Depp is one of the most popular actors in the world. He is most famously known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean as well as dozens of other movies. We decided to look at Johnny Depp’s 12 favorite books to see what he likes to read and holds dear to his heart!
Johnny Depp got his start in Hollywood in 1984 in the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street. That started his legendary acting career which includes classics such as Edward Scissorhands, Chocolat, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Besides acting, Depp also plays the guitar and has been featured on songs by Iggy Pop, Vanessa Paradis, Aerosmith, and Marilyn Manson. The actor also is a painter and has sold paintings for millions of dollars in 2022.
Johnny Depp’s 12 Favorite Books
- The People’s Act of Love by James Meek
- In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches
- The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and The Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley
- The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
- Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
- The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- A Season in Hell & Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud
- The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
- The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Books Dear to Depp
What jumps out to me about this list is that there aren’t any classics on the list. Depp’s preference is unique and he seems to really enjoy reading. He shares his thoughts about some of the books he chose.
The People’s Act of Love by James Meek
“A darkly epic, grisly, beguiling journey set amid the frozen tundra of wartime Russia. Delicious prose. Once its dirty claws break skin, that icy death grip won’t be letting go anytime soon. Unforgettable.” -JD
The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and The Crusade for America by Douglas Brinkley
“A fascinating, immensely readable book regarding Teddy Roosevelt’s intense love for nature and how, during his presidency, he essentially became one of the very first eco-warriors.” -JD
Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
“A shockingly good yarn, as only Tom Robbins can spin. Only a few writers have made me laugh out loud — Robbins does it with ease.” -JD
On the Road and Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
“There is nothing I can really say here that hasn’t been said before, or even add to that hasn’t been added. Safe to say, these books are as important to me as they have been to many. Two pivotal, historical works that will never rest happily at home upon a dusty shelf.” -JD
The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
“This dark, absurd, and subversive treasure lay hidden for many years, even after Bulgakov’s death, such was the fear of reprisal for such a pointed, authentic stab at life under the tyrannical malevolence of Uncle Joe and the withering Soviet climate of the time.” -JD
That is all for Johnny Depp’s 12 favorite books list. What did you make of his selection? Let us know in the comments below!