Willem Dafoe

Biography

Date of Birth 22 July 1955, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA Birth Name William J. Dafoe Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m) Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, the seventh of eight children, he acquired the nickname "Willem" in childhood. His birth name is William Dafoe; he changed it to "Willem" (Dutch for "William") so people wouldn't call him "Billy". After graduating from Appleton East High School, he studied drama at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but left before graduation in order to join the newly formed avant-garde group Theatre X. After touring with Theatre X for four years in the United States and Europe, he moved to New York City and joined the Performance Group, where he met director Elizabeth LeCompte. LeCompte and Dafoe were part of the restructuring of The Performance Group and became professional collaborators and founding members of The Wooster Group, and began a relationship. Their son, Jack, was born in 1982. Dafoe married Italian director and actress Giada Colagrande on March 25, 2005. Dafoe's film career began in 1981, when he was cast in Heaven's Gate, but his role was removed from the film during editing. A year later he starred as the leader of a motorcycle gang in The Loveless (and later played a similar role in Streets of Fire), but his first breakthrough film role was as the compassionate Sergeant Elias in Platoon (1986). He has since become a popular character actor; due to his harsh facial features, he is often typecast as unstable or villainous characters, such as the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man movies. Before that, he was briefly considered for the role of The Joker by Tim Burton and Sam Hamm for the Batman film in 1989. Hamm recalls "We thought, 'Well, Willem Dafoe looks just like The Joker.'" The role ended up going to Jack Nicholson. He also played Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), which moved Sergio Leone to exclaim, "This is the face of a murderer, not of Our Lord!" He once remarked "To this day, I can't believe I was so brazen to think I could pull off the Jesus role," though Dafoe received acclaim despite the controversy surrounding the film. In 1992, he disappointed some fans when he starred in the erotic drama Body of Evidence with Madonna. In this film, he appeared totally nude, as well as giving Madonna cunnilingus in a famous scene in a carpark. Dafoe played peculiar detectives in The Boondock Saints (1999) and in American Psycho (2000). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1986 for Platoon and 2000 for Shadow of the Vampire. After Spider-Man, Dafoe had a rare opportunity to play a heroic film role when he provided the voice of Gill in the animated movie Finding Nemo. He worked briefly as a model in a 1990 Prada campaign. In 2004, Dafoe lent his likeness and voice for the highly successful James Bond video game Everything or Nothing as villain Nikolai Diavolo. In 2006 he played NYPD detective Stan Aubray on the hunt for a serial killer, the lead in New York-set thriller Anamorph, opposite Scott Speedman and Peter Stormare.

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Birth Name

William James Dafoe

Birth Place

Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

Birth Date

7/22/1955
Known For
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Spider-Man

Green Goblin / Norman Osborn

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The Boondock Saints

Paul Smecker

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xXx: State of the Union

General George Deckert

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Clear and Present Danger

John Clark

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Daybreakers

Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac

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Antichrist

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The Lighthouse

Thomas Wake

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The Last Temptation of Christ

Jesus

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To Live and Die in L.A.

Eric Masters

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Dog Eat Dog

Mad Dog

Starring In
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Nosferatu

Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz

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Finally Dawn

Rufus Priori

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Poor Things

Dr. Godwin Baxter

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Asteroid City

Saltzburg Keitel

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Inside

Nemo

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Dead for a Dollar

Joe Cribbens

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The Northman

Heimir the Fool

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Nightmare Alley

Clem Hoatley

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Spider-Man: No Way Home

Norman Osborn / Green Goblin

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The Card Counter

Gordo

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River

Narrator

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Zack Snyder's Justice League

Vulko

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The French Dispatch

Albert 'the Abacus'

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The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix)

Richard McMahon

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Siberia

Clint

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Togo

Leonhard Seppala

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Motherless Brooklyn

Paul Randolph

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The Lighthouse

Thomas Wake

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Birds of a Feather

Yves (voice)

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Tommaso

Tommaso

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Babenco: Alguém Tem que Ouvir o Coração e Dizer Parou

Self

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Love, Antosha

Self

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Aquaman

Nuidis Vulko

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Vox Lux

Narrator (voice)

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At Eternity's Gate

Vincent Van Gogh

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Friedkin Uncut

Himself

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Platoon: Brothers in Arms

Self

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Murder on the Orient Express

Gerhard Hardman

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The Florida Project

Bobby

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Death Note

Ryuk (voice)

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What Happened to Monday

Terrence Settman

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Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait

Self

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Piigs

Narrator

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Mountain

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A Family Man

Ed Blackridge

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The Great Wall

Ballard

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Dog Eat Dog

Mad Dog

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Finding Dory

Gill (voice)

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Fukushima: A Nuclear Story

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My Hindu Friend

Diego Fairman

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Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini

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John Wick

Marcus

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A Most Wanted Man

Tommy Brue

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The Fault in Our Stars

Van Houten

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Bad Country

Bud Carter

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jopling

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Odd Thomas

Chief Wyatt Porter

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I

L (uncredited)

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Nymphomaniac: Volume II

L

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Out of the Furnace

John Petty

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Tomorrow You're Gone

The Buddha

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John Carter

Tars Tarkas

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4:44 Last Day On Earth

Cisco

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The Hunter (Prime)

Martin

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Miral

Eddie

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a woman

Max Oliver

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Daybreakers

Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Paul Smecker (uncredited)

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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Gavner Purl

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Rat (voice)

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Farewell

Feeney

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Antichrist

He

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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Detective Hank Havenhurst

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Fireflies In The Garden

Charles Taylor

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Adam Resurrected

Commandant Klein

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The Dust of Time

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Anamorph

Stan Aubray

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Spider-Man 3

Green Goblin / Norman Osborn

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Mr. Bean's Holiday

Carson Clay

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The Walker

Larry Lockner

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Go Go Tales

Ray Ruby

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To Each His Own Cinema

(segment "Occupations") (archive footage)

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Tales From Earthsea

Cob (voice)

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Paris Je T'Aime

Le cowboy (segment "Place des Victoires")

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Inside Man

Captain John Darius

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American Dreamz

Chief of Staff

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Manderlay

Grace's Father

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Ripley Under Ground

Neil Murchison

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xXx: State of the Union

General George Deckert

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Klaus Daimler

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The Aviator

Roland Sweet

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Spider-Man 2

Green Goblin / Norman Osborn

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The Reckoning

Martin

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The Clearing

Arnold Mack

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Control

Dr. Michael Copeland

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Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Barillo

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Finding Nemo

Gill (voice)

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Overnight

Himself

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Auto Focus

John Carpenter

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Spider-Man

Green Goblin / Norman Osborn

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Edges of the Lord

Priest

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Pavilion of Women

Father Andre

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Oscarverleihung 2001

Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Shadow of the Vampire

Schreck

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Animal Factory

Earl Copen

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American Psycho

Det. Donald Kimball

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Bullfighter

Father Ramirez

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eXistenZ

Gas

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The Boondock Saints

Paul Smecker

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New Rose Hotel

X

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Lulu on the Bridge

Dr. Van Horn

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Affliction

Rolfe Whitehouse

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Speed 2: Cruise Control

John Geiger

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The English Patient

David Caravaggio

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Basquiat

The Electrician

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Clear and Present Danger

John Clark

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Tom & Viv

Tom Eliot

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Faraway, So Close!

Emit Flesti

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Body of Evidence

Frank Dulaney

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White Sands

Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal

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Light Sleeper

John LeTour

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Fishing With John

Himself

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Flight of the Intruder

Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole

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Wild at Heart

Bobby Peru

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Cry-Baby

Hateful Guard

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Born on the Fourth of July

Charlie - Villa Dulce

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Triumph of the Spirit

Salamo Arouch

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Mississippi Burning

Agent Alan Ward

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The Last Temptation of Christ

Jesus

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Off Limits

Buck McGriff

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Off Limits

Buck McGriff

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Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

Elephant grass (voice)

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Platoon

Sgt. Elias Grodin

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To Live and Die in L.A.

Eric Masters

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Streets of Fire

Raven

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Roadhouse 66

Johnny Harte

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The Hunger

2nd Phone Booth Youth

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The Loveless

Vance

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Heaven's Gate

Willy (uncredited)

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This Day and Age

Vulko

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