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Depp to appear in sitcom

London - Johnny Depp is to make a cameo appearance in 'Family Guy'.

The 'Dark Shadows' actor will return to his title role from 1990 movie 'Edward Scissorhands' for a brief gag in the adult animation.

In this October 12, 2011 file photo, Johnny Depp, a cast member in the film "The Rum Diary," poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, California.. Photo: Chris Pizzello, file. Credit: AP

The 49-year-old star - who recently confirmed he had split with long-term partner Vanessa Paradis after 14 years together - initially struggled to get back into character but found inspiration by watching clips from the film.

'Family Guy' executive producer Mark Hentemann told Entertainment Weekly: "When he was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn't done that voice since he did it in front of the camera.

"[But] he was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie."

Johnny impressed everyone involved in the show with his performance - particularly the female cast and crew members.

Mark added: "He was amazing - and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him."

Though it is not clear when Johnny's appearance will broadcast, the new series of 'Family Guy' returns to US TV on September 30. - Bang Showbiz

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