Johnny Depp - Top 10 Fun Facts - as part of the celebrities series by GeoBeats. 10. For about a year, Johnny lived in a motel with his family as a child. 9. Johnny began smoking at age 12. 8. Depp lost his virginity at age 13, while in a car. 7. Johnny dropped out of high school to join a band called "The Kids". 6. Depp was a ballpoint pen salesman before his acting break. 5. While struggling to pay bills, Johnny lived for months in a friends car. 4. Johnny's acting abilities were discovered by Nicholas Cage. 3. Johnny proposed marriage to Jennifer Grey from Dirty Dancing. 2. Depp once owned the Viper Room, the famous club where River Phoenix overdosed. 1. Depp paid 3.6 million dollars for his very own secluded island in the Bahamas.