He played with The Kids, a band that enjoyed modest local success.
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.
In 1997, Depp starred alongside Al Pacino in the crime drama Donnie Brasco, directed by Mike Newell. Pistone, an undercover FBI Agent who assumes the name 'Donnie Brasco' in order to infiltrate the mafia in New York City.
To prepare for the role, Depp spent time with the real-life Joe Pistone, on whose memoirs the film was based.
In 1994, Depp reunited with director Tim Burton, playing the title role in Ed Wood, a biographical film about one of history's most inept film directors.
Depp later stated that he was at the time depressed about films and filmmaking, but that "within 10 minutes of hearing about the project, I was committed." Ed Wood received critical acclaim, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times writing that Depp had "proved himself as an established, certified great actor" and "captured all the can-do optimism that kept Ed Wood going, thanks to an extremely funny ability to look at the silver lining of any cloud." Depp was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance. He played opposite Marlon Brando in the box-office hit Don Juan De Marco, as a man who believes he is Don Juan, the world's greatest lover.
Depp's final film of the year was in the financial and critical failure Nick of Time, a thriller in which he played an accountant who is told to kill a politician to save his kidnapped daughter.Depp has said that Sparrow is "definitely a big part of me", Depp was again nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as Scottish author J. The film was a box office success and had a positive critical reception, In 2007, Depp also collaborated with Burton for their sixth film together, this time playing murderous barber Sweeney Todd in the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).Burton had first given him an original cast recording of the 1979 stage musical in 2000, and although not a fan of the musical genre, Depp had grown to like the tale's treatment.Depp has collaborated on nine films with director, producer and friend Tim Burton.Depp is regarded as one of the world's biggest film stars. Barrie in Finding Neverland, and Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.