“He was adopted into my family,” Harris said. “The (Comanche Nation) chairman then recognized that adoption which made him an honorary member of the Comanche Nation tribe.” Depp, whose most recent film release is “Dark Shadows,” was given a Comanche name pronounced “Mah Woo May” meaning “shape shifter.”
Depp was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2015. While he’s had a legendary career as an actor, there is no evidence to support his claim of Cherokee ancestry. In fact, he apparently took a DNA test at some point. Alas, that and some genealogical research offer zero evidence that he has any Native ancestry.
In interviews in 2002 and 2011, Depp claimed to have Native American ancestry, stating, “I guess I have some Native American somewhere down the line. My great-grandmother was quite a bit of Native American, she grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian.
SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) – Actor Johnny Depp, who plays the American Indian sidekick Tonto in the upcoming film version of “The Lone Ranger,” has been made an honorary member of the Comanche Nation, a Native American activist said on Tuesday.
Johnny Depp, in full John Christopher Depp II, (born June 9, 1963, Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.), American actor and musician who was known for his eclectic and unconventional film choices.
Looks like Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer have taken just the right roles. And Depp’s eighth great-grandmother was Elizabeth Key, the first African-American woman in the American colonies to sue for her freedom from slavery and win.
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In most of his interviews, the dominant accent sounds British, but he’s been known to slip in and out of other accents like Australian and Irish. The odd mishmash of accents has left many people believing Depp to be British.
Willem was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel (Sprissler), a nurse, and William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. He is of mostly German, Irish, Scottish, and English descent. He and his wife, director Giada Colagrande, have made three films together: Padre, A Woman, and Before It Had A Name.
Tonto is a fictional character; he is the Native American (either Comanche or Potawatomi) companion of the Lone Ranger, a popular American Western character created by George W. Show creator Trendle grew up in Michigan, and knew members of the local Potawatomi tribe, who told him it meant “wild one” in their language.
Singing. Depp has performed on the soundtrack for several films, usually as a guitarist, but has on ocassion been a vocalist as well. In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, he and Keira Knightley drunkenly sing the drinking song “A Pirate’s Life for Me”, which is reprised over the series.