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Kentucky-born Johnny Depp grew up in Florida

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Dear Ken: Where was actor Johnny Depp raised? How many movies has he made?

Depp, 46, was born in Owensboro, Ky., and grew up mostly in Miramar, Fla. He dropped out of high school at 15 to play in a rock band, The Kids, that later changed its name to Six Gun Method. Through his ex-wife, a makeup artist, he met Nicolas Cage, who encouraged him to get into acting. Depp’s first film was “Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984, and he garnered acclaim in the late 1980s TV series “21 Jump Street.” He has about 33 movies in the can, including the current “Alice in Wonderland” where he plays the Mad Hatter. It’s hard to pick his best, but he was amazing in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” He should be back as Jack Sparrow in another “Pirates of the Caribbean” in 2011. He has two young children, Lily and Jack.

Dear Ken: Has Betty White ever married again since the death of her husband Alan Ludden who used to host the game show “Password”?

White, 88, has not remarried since Ludden died in 1981. She was married and divorced twice before she wed Ludden. White’s Snickers candy bar commercial with “Barney Miller” TV star Abe Vigoda was a big hit during the Super Bowl.

Dear Ken: Is Denzel Washington married and does he have children?

Washington, 55, whose father was a Pentecostal minister and mom was a beautician, has been married 26 years, and he and his wife, Pauletta, have four children, including twins. The actor and his wife met as actors in the 1977 TV movie “Wilma” about Olympic runner Wilma Rudolph and married in 1983. The New York native earned a degree in drama and journalism at Fordham University.

Dear Ken: How many movies did baseball great Babe Ruth make?

Between 1920 and 1942, Ruth appeared in 10 movies, almost always portraying himself. The Bambino was much handier with a bat than a script.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

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