Willem Dafoe

BirthDay:

22 Jul 1955

BirthPlace:

Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

BirthName:

William J. Dafoe

Bio:

Willem Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel (Sprissler), a nurse, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. He is of German, French, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. In 1979, Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980) from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless (1981). From there, he went on to perform in over 80 films - in Hollywood (John Carter (2012), Spider-Man (2002), The English Patient (1996), Finding Nemo (2003), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), Clear and Present Danger (1994), White Sands (1992), Mississippi Burning (1988), Streets of Fire (1984), American Dreamz (2006)) and in independent cinema in the U.S. (The Clearing (2004), Animal Factory (2000), The Boondock Saints (1999), American Psycho (2000)) and abroad (Theo Angelopoulos' The Dust of Time (2008), Yim Ho's Pavilion of Women (2001), Yurek Bogayevicz's Edges of the Lord (2001), Wim Wenders' Faraway (2011), So Close (2009), Nobuhiro Suwa's segment of Paris, je t'aime (2006), Brian Gilbert's Tom & Viv (1994), Christian Carion's Farewell (2001), _Mr. Bean's Holiday and The Spierig Brothers' Daybreakers_, Daniel Nettheim's The Hunter (2011)). He has chosen projects for diversity of roles and opportunities to work with strong directors. He has worked in the films of Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)), Martin Scorsese (The Aviator (2004), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)), Spike Lee (Inside Man (2006)), Julian Schnabel (Miral (2010), Basquiat (1996)), Paul Schrader (Auto Focus (2002), Affliction (1997), Light Sleeper (1992), The Walker (2007), Adam Resurrected (2008)), David Cronenberg (eXistenZ (1999)), Abel Ferrara (4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011), Go Go Tales (2007), New Rose Hotel (1998)), David Lynch (Wild at Heart (1990)), William Friedkin (To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)), Werner Herzog (My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009), Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Platoon (1986)), Giada Colagrande (A Woman (2010) and Before It Had a Name (2005)) and Lars von Trier (Antichrist (2009) and Manderlay (2005)). He was nominated twice for the Academy Award (Platoon (1986) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000)) and once for the Golden Globe. Among other nominations and awards, he received an LA Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award. Upcoming films include Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Anton Corbjin's A Most Wanted Man (2014), Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace (2013) Josh Boone's The Fault In Our Stars (2014)_, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski's John Wick (2014)_, and Chris Brinker's Bad Country (2014). Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based experimental theatre collective. He created and performed in all of the group's work from 1977 thru 2005, both in the U.S. and internationally. Since then, he worked with Richard Foreman in Idiot Savant at The Public Theatre (NYC) and most recently the international productions of Robert Wilson's The Life & Death of Marina Abramovic abroad and Robert Wilson's The Old Woman with Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Filmography

Actor ( 170 credits )

Aquaman (2018) Nuidis Vulko
Justice League (2017)
Death Note (2017) Ryuk (voice)
What Happened to Monday? (2017)
The Florida Project (2017) Bobby
The Sleeping Shepherd (2017) Dirk
Opus Zero (2017) Paul
Sculpt (2016)
Finding Dory (2016) (voice)
The Headhunter's Calling (2016)
My Hindu Friend (2015) Diego Fairman
Quick Reviews with Maverick (2015)  Green Goblin (archive footage) (1 episode, 2016)
Pasolini (2014) Pier Paolo Pasolini
John Wick (2014) Marcus
The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Peter Van Houten
Bad Country (2014) Bud Carter
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Jopling
A Most Wanted Man (2014) Tommy Brue
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013) L (uncredited)
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) L
Out of the Furnace (2013) John Petty
The Smile Man (2013) Willem
Odd Thomas (2013) Chief Wyatt Porter
Só Visto! (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Tomorrow You're Gone (2012) The Buddha
John Carter (2012) Tars Tarkas
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Detective Havenhurst (archive footage) (2 episodes, 20
Bob Wilson's Life & Death of Marina Abramovic (2012)
The Hunter (2011) Martin
4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) Cisco
The Big Picture (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Pastor Mike Online (2011)  The Devil (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 2
Problema (2010) Himself
A Woman (2010) Max Oliver
Miral (2010) Eddie
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012)
Mi reino por un caballo (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012)
MindFlux (2010) Himself
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009) Detective Hank Havenhurst
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Rat (voice)
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) Gavner Purl
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) Paul Smecker (uncredited)
Daybreakers (2009) Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
Antichrist (2009) He
Farewell (2009) Feeney
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Hello! Hollywood (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Fireflies in the Garden (2008) Charles Taylor
The Dust of Time (2008) A
Adam Resurrected (2008) Commandant Klein
Erika Rabau: Puck of Berlin (2008) Himself
To Each His Own Cinema (2007) (segment "Occupations") (archive footage)
Anamorph (2007) Stan Aubray
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) Carson Clay
Go Go Tales (2007) Ray Ruby
Spider-Man 3 (2007) Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
The Walker (2007) Larry Lockner
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Bienvenue à Cannes (2007) Himself
The Procedure (2007) Christopher
Tales from Earthsea (2006) Cob (voice)
Inside Man (2006) Captain John Darius
American Dreamz (2006) Chief of Staff
Paris, je t'aime (2006) Le cow-boy (segment "Place des Victoires")
El hormiguero (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Ripley Under Ground (2005) Neil Murchinson
xXx: State of the Union (2005) General George Deckert
Manderlay (2005) Grace's Father
Before It Had a Name (2005) Leslie
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Cinema mil (2005)  X (1 episode, 2005)
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004) Himself (uncredited)
Control (2004) Dr. Michael Copeland
The Aviator (2004) Roland Sweet
The Misbehavers (2004) Himself
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Klaus Daimler
Spider-Man 2 (2004) Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004) Narrator (voice)
The Clearing (2004) Arnold Mack
Miradas 2 (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
NY Graham Norton (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2014)
Rockets Redglare! (2003) Himself
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) Barillo
Overnight (2003) Himself
Finding Nemo (2003) Gill (voice)
Ashtanga, NY (2003) Himself
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Cartaz Cultural (2003)  Himself (2008)
Camel Cricket City (2003) Camel Cricket (voice)
The Reckoning (2002) Martin
Auto Focus (2002) John Carpenter
Spider-Man (2002) Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
Festival Pass with Chris Gore (2002)  Himself
Reel Comedy (2002)  Himself (1 episode)
Page to Screen (2002)  Himself (1 episode)
Edges of the Lord (2001) Priest
Pavilion of Women (2001) Father Andre
Anatomy of a Scene (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Globehunters (2000) Hunter (voice)
Bullfighter (2000) Father Ramirez
Animal Factory (2000) Earl Copen
American Psycho (2000) Det. Donald Kimball
Shadow of the Vampire (2000) Max Schreck
The Boondock Saints (1999) Paul Smecker
eXistenZ (1999) Gas
The Directors (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lulu on the Bridge (1998) Dr. Van Horn
New Rose Hotel (1998) X
Affliction (1997) Rolfe Whitehouse
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) John Geiger
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
HARDtalk (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Victory (1996) Axel Heyst
The English Patient (1996) David Caravaggio
Basquiat (1996) The Electrician
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1997-2001)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 2001-2004)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Continuarà... (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Night and the Moment (1994) The Writer
Clear and Present Danger (1994) John Clark
Tom & Viv (1994) Tom Eliot
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Faraway, So Close! (1993) Emit Flesti
Body of Evidence (1993) Frank Dulaney
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 1997-2000)
Light Sleeper (1992) John LeTour
White Sands (1992) Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 1997-2003)
North on Evers (1992) Himself
Flight of the Intruder (1991) Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (5 episodes, 1993-2014)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1996-2012)
Wild at Heart (1990) Bobby Peru
Cry-Baby (1990) Hateful Guard
Arrive Alive (1990) Mickey Crews
De tú a tú (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
The Making of 'Triumph of the Spirit' (1990) Himself
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Charlie - Villa Dulce
Triumph of the Spirit (1989) Salamo Arouch
The Simpsons (1989)  The Commandant (1 episode, 1997)
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)  Himself (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mississippi Burning (1988) Agent Alan Ward
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Jesus
Off Limits (1988) Buck McGriff
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2004-2014)
Cinéma, de notre temps (1988) (1 episode, 2003)
The American Experience (1988)  Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 2010)
CBS This Morning (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Platoon (1986) Sgt. Elias
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) Eric Masters
The Communists Are Comfortable (1985) Himself
Roadhouse 66 (1985) Johnny Harte
Streets of Fire (1984) Raven Shaddock
Shackin' Up (1984) Boyfriend
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2014)
The Hunger (1983) 2nd Phone Booth Youth
The Hitchhiker (1983)  Jeffrey Hunt (1 episode, 1986)
The Loveless (1981) Vance
Heaven's Gate (1980) Willy (uncredited)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Great Wall (0)
Dog Eat Dog (0) Mad Dog
Hunter Killer (0)

Producer ( 1 credit )

New Rose Hotel (1998) co-producer

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