Johnny Depp Dresses Up as Captain Jack Sparrow to Surprise Sick Children

Actor spent nearly six hours visiting with patients at the British Columbia Children's Hospital in Canada

By McKenna Aiello Aug 15, 2017 8:13 PMTags
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Yo ho, yo ho, it's a pirate's life for Johnny Depp and a few very deserving kids! 

The A-list actor recently paid a heartwarming visit to the British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, getting completely into character as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Dressed head-to-toe in his costume from the Disney film franchise, Depp spent nearly six hours meeting one-on-one with patients (from newborns to teens) and their families from the oncology, general pediatrics and neurology wards. His visit came as a total surprise, and pediatric patients Aidan Chin, Madison Kertcher and Logan Lay served as Depp's special guides throughout the day.

Johnny also entertained the kids with his signature swashbuckling style and posed for photographs during a pirate-themed celebration. 

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"Meeting Captain Jack was a dream come true for my daughter," said 7-year-old Madison's mom, Sarah Kertcher. "He never broke character once and was so generous with his time. He was truly here for the kids and it brought tears to my eyes to see how special he made each one feel."

This isn't the first time Depp, who is in Canada working on Richard Says Goodbye, has stepped away from filming to give back to those in need. In fact, the movie star enjoys dressing up as Captain Jack Sparrow and surprising sick children so much, he even travels with the pirate outfit. 

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BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Back in 2013, Depp told E! News exclusively, "Sometimes you go to kiddie hospitals and things like that. I'll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards…It basically turns into a two, three-hour improvisation and it's really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack."

Two years later, the 54-year-old surprised patients at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Australia, and just a few months ago, shocked Disneyland park-goers by making an impromptu appearance on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. 

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Positive Directions

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Lifelong Do-Gooder

Johnny Depp, dressed head-to-toe in his Captain Jack Sparrow costume, spent nearly six hours meeting with patients and their families from the oncology, general pediatrics and neurology wards at British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver. 

Force for Change

Mark Hamill surprised patients at the Florida Hospital for Children with Jedi-training activities and Star Wars-themed Starlight Brave Gowns in April 2017. This was all part of Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Force for Change initiative, a philanthropic objective that uses the power of Star Wars to "empower and improve the lives of children around the world."

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Tenacious D-light

Kung Fu Panda star Jack Black taught a patient at Children's Hospital Los Angeles how to be the best arm wrestler ever! Jack was one of many celebrities who visited in support of the Make March Matter campaign in 2017.

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On the Nice List

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Joining Forces for Good

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston shared Thor's hammer to bring some joy to the patients at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in August 2016.

Strength of a Superhero

Chris Pratt and a patient showed off their superhero muscles and superstar smiles at Seattle Children's Hospital in October 2016.

Royally Sweet

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Star Wars Dream Come True

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Even Pirates Have a Soft Spot

Johnny Depp, dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow, posed for a selfie with patients at the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in July 2015. While the infamous captain was there to recruit new members to sail with him on the Black Pearl, Johnny spent time at the hospital in 2007 when his daughter was treated for renal failure.

Let the Good Times Roll

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis spent their afternoon bowling with a child from Children's Mercy Hospital for the Big Slick Celebrity Bowl in June 2015. The Big Slick Celebrity Weekend was founded in 2010 by Jason Sudeikis, Rob Riggle, and Paul Rudd. They have raised over $3 million for Children's Mercy Hospital. 


Double the Fun

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Pure Joy

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Model Behavior

Heidi Klum made homemade cards with the patients of Children's Hospital Los Angeles in December 2014.

Frozen Crafts, Melted Hearts

Kristen Bell and Josh Gad got out the scissors and glue to make paper Olafs with the patients of Children's Hospital Los Angeles in September 2014.

Pop Princess Power

Britney Spears took time to draw and visit with patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in March 2014.

Singing to Our Hearts

Taylor Swift played guitar and sang while visiting Hasbro Children's Hospital in March 2014.

Naughty or Nice

Kim Kardashian played the role of Santa's favorite helper by delivering gifts to patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in November 2011.

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