Willem Dafoe

Actor, Voice actor, Model
After his attention-grabbing performance as a vicious counterfeiter in "To Live and Die in L. A." (1985), actor Willem Dafoe soared to stardom and earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor in the Academy ... Read more »
Born: 07/21/1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (105)

A Most Wanted Man 2014 (Movie)

Tommy Brue (Actor)

Bad Country 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Before it Had a Name 2014 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

Bullfighter 2014 (Movie)

Father Ramirez (Actor)

Control 2014 (Movie)

Michael Copeland (Actor)

John Wick 2014 (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

Nymphomaniac: Volume II 2014 (Movie)

L (Actor)

Pasolini 2014 (Movie)

Pier Paolo Pasolini (Actor)

The Fault in Our Stars 2014 (Movie)

Van Houten (Actor)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

Jopling (Actor)

The Simpsons 1997, 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Wild Bunch 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Bad Country 2013 (Movie)

Bud Carter (Actor)

Out of the Furnace 2013 (Movie)

John Petty (Actor)

Tomorrow You're Gone 2013 (Movie)

The Buddha (Actor)

4:44 Last Day on Earth 2012 (Movie)

Cisco (Actor)

John Carter 2012 (Movie)

Tars Tarkas (Actor)

Odd Thomas 2012 (Movie)

Chief Wyatt Porter (Actor)

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Fireflies in the Garden 2011 (Movie)

Charles Taylor (Actor)

Go Go Tales 2011 (Movie)

Ray Ruby (Actor)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Hunter 2011 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Daybreakers 2010 (Movie)

Lionel "Elvis" Cormac (Actor)

Farewell 2010 (Movie)

Feeney (Actor)

Tales from Earthsea 2010 (Movie)

Cob (Voice)

The Graham Norton Show 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Woman 2009 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Antichrist 2009 (Movie)

He (Actor)

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009 (Movie)

Gavner Purl (Actor)

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

Detective Hank Havenhurst (Actor)

The Dust of Time 2009 (Movie)

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The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Rat (Actor)

Adam Resurrected 2008 (Movie)

Commandant Klein (Actor)

Anamorph 2008 (Movie)

Stan Aubray (Actor)

Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 (Movie)

Carson Clay (Actor)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Place Des Victoires") (Actor)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

Green Goblin/Norman Osborn (Actor)

The Walker 2007 (Movie)

Larry Lockner (Actor)

American Dreamz 2006 (Movie)

Chief of Staff (Actor)

Inside Man 2006 (Movie)

Captain John Darius (Actor)

Manderlay 2006 (Movie)

Grace's Father (Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

Gen. George Octavius Deckert (Actor)

Introducing Graham Norton 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Overnight 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ripley Under Ground 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rockets Redglare! 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

Green Goblin/Norman Osborn (Actor)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Roland Sweet (Actor)

The Clearing 2004 (Movie)

Arnold 'Arn' Mack (Actor)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

Klaus Daimler (Actor)

The Reckoning 2004 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Ashtanga, NY 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Gill (Actor)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

Barillo (Actor)

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

John Carpenter (Actor)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

Green Goblin/Norman Osborn (Actor)

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Edges of the Lord 2001 (Movie)

Parish Priest (Actor)

Pavilion of Women 2001 (Movie)

brother Andre (Actor)

American Psycho 2000 (Movie)

Donald Kimball (Actor)

Shadow of the Vampire 2000 (Movie)

Max Schreck--'Count Orlok' (Actor)

The Boondock Saints 2000 (Movie)

Paul Smecker (Actor)

Victory 2000 (Movie)

Axel Heyst (Actor)

Existenz 1999 (Movie)

Gas (Actor)

GQ Men of the Year Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

New Rose Hotel 1999 (Movie)

X (Actor)

Affliction 1998 (Movie)

Rolfe Whitehouse (Actor)

Fishing With John 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lulu on the Bridge 1998 (Movie)

Dr Van Horn (Actor)

Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 (Movie)

Geiger (Actor)

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

The Electrician (Actor)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

Caravaggio (Actor)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Clark (Actor)

Tom & Viv 1994 (Movie)

T S Eliot (Actor)

Body of Evidence 1993 (Movie)

Frank Dulaney (Actor)

Faraway, So Close 1993 (Movie)

Emit Flesti (Actor)

The Night & the Moment 1993 (Movie)

Le Chevalier--The Writer (Actor)

Light Sleeper 1992 (Movie)

John LeTour (Actor)

White Sands 1992 (Movie)

Ray Dolezal (Actor)

Flight of the Intruder 1991 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander Virgil Cole (Actor)

Cry Baby 1990 (Movie)

Hateful Guard (Actor)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

Bobby Peru (Actor)

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Triumph of the Spirit 1989 (Movie)

Salamo Arouch (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Mississippi Burning 1988 (Movie)

Ward (Actor)

Off Limits 1988 (Movie)

Buck McGriff (Actor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Jesus (Actor)

Platoon 1986 (Movie)

Sergeant Elias (Actor)

To Live and Die in L.A. 1985 (Movie)

Eric Masters (Actor)

O Panama 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

Raven (Actor)

The Loveless 1984 (Movie)

Vance (Actor)

Roadhouse 66 1983 (Movie)

Johnny Harte (Actor)

The Hunger 1983 (Movie)

2nd Phone Booth Youth (Actor)

New York Nights 1981 (Movie)

Boyfriend (Actor)

Animal Factory (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After his attention-grabbing performance as a vicious counterfeiter in "To Live and Die in L. A." (1985), actor Willem Dafoe soared to stardom and earned an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor in the Academy Award-winning "Platoon" (1986). Prior to that performance, Dafoe used his menacing features and languid delivery to create an air of intensity for a succession of roles as toughs and villains, including in "The Loveless" (1981) and "Roadhouse 66" (1984). Following his breakthrough, however, the actor delivered a string of compelling performances, and even courted controversy as Jesus in "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988). Throughout his entire career, Dafoe moved easily between showy character turns like a hard-drinking paraplegic in "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and leading roles like T.S. Eliot in "Tom & Viv" (1994). Occasionally, he turned on the camp to play over-the-top villains in "Speed 2: Cruise Control" (1997) and the "Spider-Man" series. But he also turned in high-caliber performances, as he did playing German actor Max Schreck in "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000), which showcased the wealth of talent he had displayed throughout his varied career.

Relationships

Giada Colagrande Director

Wife
Began dating in 2004 Co-wrote and co-starred in "Widow's Lover," which premiered at the 2005 Venice Film Festival Married March 25, 2005

William Dafoe

Father

Jack Dafoe

Son
Born c. 1982; mother, Elizabeth LeCompte

Donald Dafoe

Brother

Muriel Isabel

Mother

Elizabeth LeCompte Director

Companion
Met at the Performance Group; were professional collaborators and founding members of The Wooster Group Split in 2004

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee , Wisconsin
Left before graduation to join the newly formed avant-garde group Theatre X

Appleton East High School

Appleton , Wisconsin

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Taylor Kitsch in sci-fi Western "John Carter"

2010

Cast as Elvis, a 'cured' vampire, in the sci-fi film "Daybreakers"

2009

Cast as vampire Gavner Purl in the feature adaptation "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"

2009

Cast in the Public Theater's world premiere of "Idiot Savant"

2009

Voiced the Rat in Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl book "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

2008

Played a detective in the independent feature "Anamorph"

2006

Co-starred with Denzel Washington in the Spike Lee directed hostage drama "Inside Man"

2006

Starred in "Manderlay," the second part to Lars von Trier's U.S.A. trilogy

2004

Starred opposite Paul Bettany in "The Reckoning"

2004

Cast opposite Bill Murray in Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"

2004

Again portrayed Green Goblin/Norman Osborn in "Spider-Man 2"

2004

Starred opposite Robert Redford in the thriller "The Clearing"

2003

Co-starred in the feature "Once Upon A Time In Mexico"

2002

Cast as the villainous Green Goblin in "Spider-Man"

2002

Co-starred with Frances McDormand in "To You, the Birdie!," a stage adaptation of "Phedre" performed by the Wooster Group

2002

Played the accused killer of Bob Crane in "Autofocus"

2001

Played an American missionary who falls in love with a Chinese woman in "Pavilion of Women"

2000

Received critical plaudits for his slightly over-the-top portrayal of Max Schreck in the fictionalized account of the making of the classic vampire film "Nosferatu" (1922) in "Shadow of the Vampire"; earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

2000

Portrayed the detective investigating the disappearance of a Wall Street broker in "American Psycho"

2000

Delivered curiously eccentric turn as a gay FBI agent in the little-seen "Boondock Saints"

1999

Acted in the Wooster Group's production of "North Atlantic"

1999

Had cameo role as a menacing gas station attendent in David Cronenberg's visually intriguing if muddily plotted "eXistenZ"

1998

Cast as Christopher Walken's mysterious sidekick in Abel Ferrara's "New Rose Hotel"

1998

Delivered a villainous turn as an anthropologist in the festival screened "Lulu on the Bridge"

1997

Portrayed Nick Nolte's successful brother in "Affliction"

1997

Cast as principal villain in Jan De Bont's disappointing sequel "Speed 2: Cruise Control"

1997

Returned to the stage to play Yank in Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape" for the Wooster Group's uptown experiment

1996

Appeared as the mercernary Caravaggio in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture "The English Patient"

1994

Portrayed a soldier in Tom Clancy's "Clear and Present Danger"

1994

Starred opposite Miranda Richardson in "Tom and Viv," portraying American-born British writer T. S. Eliot

1993

Co-starred with Madonna in the erotic thriller "Body of Evidence"

1990

Played psycho Bobby Peru in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"

1988

Starred as Jesus in Martin Scorsese's controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ"

1988

Teamed with Gene Hackman as FBI agents in Alan Parker's "Mississippi Burning"

1986

Breakthrough film role, Sgt. Elias,in Stone's "Platoon"; garnered Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

1985

Performance as homicidal counterfeiter in William Friedkin's "To Live and Die on L.A." caught attention of Oliver Stone

1984

Donned leather again for Walter Hill's oddball rock'n'roll picture "Streets of Fire"

1981

Film acting debut, starred as a biker-poet in Kathryn Bigelow's "The Loveless"

1977

Moved to New York City

Joined experimental theater group Theatre X in Milwaukee, WI

Toured the U.S. and Europe for two years with Theatre X productions "Offending the Audience," "Phaedre," and "Razor Blades"

Joined Wooster Group; debut performance in "Nayatt School"

Began doing voiceovers for TV commercials

Appeared in print ads as model for Prada

Bonus Trivia

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"Shadow of the Vampire" screenwriter Steven Katz wrote the role of Max Schreck expressly for Willem Dafoe. As he explained in the press notes for the film, "He just had this quality, a mixture of the incredibly frightening and threatening with an erotic charge too that I thought was perfect for the part."

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On creating the character of Max Schreck for "Shadow of the Vampire," Dafoe was quoted in the press notes as saying, "The most important research tool was the footage. The only thing I could find out about Max was that a biographer of Murnau said he was 'an actor of no distinction.' But the script was very strong, and we had the actual 'Nosferatu' film as a kind of touchstone and base. So much had to wait until I got into the prosthetic make-up. I didn't just have extreme make-up, but also a costume that was restricting. The shoes made me walk a particular way. The padding in the clothes also made me walk a particular way. It was great because it's a huge mask which frees you up so much."

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"I don't work with so many people who impress me with the way they live their life and do their work, and he [Dafoe] does. He seems to me to be very easy going. He's rather well balanced." – John Malkovich on Dafoe to Biography July 2002

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"There's a little bit of 'What have I done?' in the sense that I've never made movies that kids could see. I'm starting to anticipate the day that I'm in the grocery store and a little kid says, 'Mommy! The Green Goblin!' Nothing like that has ever happened to me." – Dafoe to Prevue magazine in 2002

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"Let's face it. When [casting] agents are looking for a guy-next-door type they don't think of me unless the character lives next door to a mausoleum." – Dafoe to the Calgary Sun, May 1, 2002

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"What keeps you alive as an actor is your ability to apply yourself to something that you're curious about, and to fall in love with it. I don't think of acting as an interpretive art. I think it's an invitation to become something." – Dafoe to Venice, December 2004/January 2005

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