Happy 10th Anniversary to Johnny Depp's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ten years ago, on November 16, 1999, Johnny Depp received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (At 7018 Hollywood Boulevard, in case you’d like to stop by.) Director Tim Burton, who was present for the occasion, joked, “He deserves it–he’s a great actor–and now we can just walk all over him.” A grinning Johnny Depp replied, “[T]hat’s been happening for years.” But he also spoke of how meaningful the occasion was: “It’s certainly a great honor to be awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard [. . .]. It’s a beautiful old Hollywood tradition. And I’m really thankful that it’s still alive, and I’m honored to be a part of that.”

Martin Landau, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar playing Bela Lugosi opposite Johnny’s Ed Wood, praised his co-star as “one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life” and as “the best young actor I’ve ever worked with . . . . Half of that Oscar belongs to Johnny.” Landau added, prophetically, “You’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of his work—there’s a lot more to come.” How right he was! Congratulations and happy anniversary, Johnny!

For a walk down Memory Lane, visit the Zone’s Hollywood Walk of Fame photo gallery, currently featured in our Gallery Showcase, or HERE. –Part-Time Poet

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