Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

  • Birthday: 1955-07-22
  • Place of birth: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
  • Also know as: Willem DeFoe

Biography

William James "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American actor. He is the recipient of various accolades, including the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, in addition to receiving nominations for four Academy Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and a British Academy Film Award. He frequently collaborates with filmmakers Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara, Lars von Trier, Julian Schnabel, and Wes Anderson. Dafoe was an early member of experimental theater company The Wooster Group. He made his film debut in Heaven's Gate (1980), but was fired during production. He had his first leading role in the outlaw biker film The Loveless (1982) and then played the main antagonist in Streets of Fire (1984) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). He received his first Academy Award nomination (as Best Supporting Actor) for his role as Sergeant Elias Grodin in Oliver Stone's war film Platoon (1986). In 1988, Dafoe played Jesus in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ and costarred in Mississippi Burning, both of which were controversial. After receiving his second Academy Award nomination (as Best Supporting Actor) for portraying Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Dafoe portrayed the supervillain Norman Osborn / Green Goblin in the superhero film Spider-Man (2002), a role he reprised in its sequels Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) earning him the Guinness World Record for the "longest career as a live-action Marvel character". He also portrayed the villains in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and XXX: State of the Union (2005), as well as Carson Clay in the film Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007). In 2009, he starred in the experimental film Antichrist, one of his three films with Lars von Trier. Dafoe then appeared in The Fault in Our Stars, John Wick, The Grand Budapest Hotel (all 2014), The Great Wall (2016), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), The Florida Project (2017) (for which he received his third Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category), The Lighthouse (2019), The French Dispatch, and Nightmare Alley (both 2021). He portrayed Nuidis Vulko in the DC Extended Universe films Aquaman (2018), Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022). Dafoe has portrayed several real-life figures, including T. S. Eliot in Tom & Viv (1994), Pier Paolo Pasolini in Pasolini (2014), Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity's Gate (2018) (for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination, his first in that category), and Leonhard Seppala in Togo (2019).

Filmography

The Boondock Saints

1999

As Paul Smecker

Animal Factory

2000

As Earl Copen

Anamorph

2007

As Stan Aubray

Light Sleeper

1992

As John LeTour

The Loveless

1981

As Vance

Off Limits

1988

As Buck McGriff

Victory

1996

As Axel Heyst

Tom & Viv

1994

As Tom Eliot

Antichrist

2009

As He

Go Go Tales

2007

As Ray Ruby

White Sands

1992

As Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal

Before It Had a Name

2005

As Leslie

The Hunter

2011

As Martin David

Roadhouse 66

1984

As Johnny Harte

The Night and the Moment

1995

As Lo scrittore

Saving Norman

2013

As Lionel Pembrooke

The Smile Man

2013

As Willem

Love's Routine

2013

As Barry

Pavilion of Women

2001

As Father Andre

The Procedure

2007

As Christopher

Triumph of the Spirit

1989

As Salamo Arouch

My Hindu Friend

2015

As Diego Fairman

Pasolini

2014

As Pier Paolo Pasolini

Mind the Gap

2016

As himself

A Woman

2010

As Max Oliver

The Florida Project

2017

As Bobby Hicks

Siberia

2020

As Clint

Mountain

2017

As Narrator (voice)

At Eternity's Gate

2018

As Vincent van Gogh

Opus Zero

2017

As Paul

O Panama

1985

As

Manou the Swift

2019

As Manou's Father (voice)

Piazza Vittorio

2017

As Himself

Nelson Algren Live

2016

As Role1 / Frankie Machine / Role2 / Blackie Cavanaugh

Tommaso

2020

As Tommaso

Voom Portraits

2007

As Self

Togo

2019

As Leonhard Seppala

Atalanta Strategy

1984

As Immigration Staff

The Benaki Museum

2013

As Narrator (voice)

Sanctuary

2017

As Narrator

River

2021

As Narrator

The Legend of Ochi

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As Maxim

Inside

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As Nemo

The Wild One

2022

As Narrator (voice)

Finding Satoshi

2022

As Narrator

Spider-Man

2002

As Green Goblin / Norman Osborn

American Psycho

2000

As Detective Donald Kimball

Mississippi Burning

1988

As Ward

Body of Evidence

1993

As Frank Dulaney

Shadow of the Vampire

2000

As Max Schreck

New Rose Hotel

1999

As X

The Reckoning

2004

As Martin

Clear and Present Danger

1994

As John Clark

Control

2004

As Dr. Michael Copeland

To Live and Die in L.A.

1985

As Eric Masters

Auto Focus

2002

As John Carpenter

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

2009

As Detective Hank Havenhurst

Bullfighter

2000

As Father Ramirez

Edges of the Lord

2001

As Priest

Adam Resurrected

2008

As Commandat Klein

Flight of the Intruder

1991

As Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole

A Most Wanted Man

2014

As Tommy Brue

Rockets Redglare!

2003

As Himself

Bad Country

2014

As Bud Carter

Dog Eat Dog

2016

As Mad Dog

Father

2016

As James Verdun

Platoon

1986

As Sgt. Elias

The Lighthouse

2019

As Thomas Wake

7 Deaths of Maria Callas

2022

As Film Actor

Dead for a Dollar

2022

As Joe Cribbens

Brothers in Arms

2018

As Himself

Gonzo Girl

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As Walker Reade

Poor Things

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As Dr. Godwin Baxter

The Man In My Basement

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As Anniston Bennet

The English Patient

1996

As David Caravaggio

Wild at Heart

1990

As Bobby Peru

Paris, Je T'Aime

2006

As Le cow-boy (Place des Victoires)

The Clearing

2004

As Arnold Mack

xXx: State of the Union

2005

As Gen. George Octavius Deckert

Fireflies in the Garden

2008

As Charles Waechter

Miral

2010

As Eddie

Daybreakers

2009

As Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac

Tomorrow You're Gone

2012

As The Buddha

Odd Thomas

2013

As Wyatt Porter

Lulu on the Bridge

1998

As Dr. Van Horn

Death Note

2017

As Ryuk (voice)

Aquaman

2018

As Nuidis Vulko

The Great Wall

2016

As Ballard

A Family Man

2017

As Ed Blackridge

Abel/Asia

1998

As Himself (archival footage)

Maresco / Pasolini

2021

As Himself

Finding Nemo

2003

As Gill (voice)

eXistenZ

1999

As Gas

Manderlay

2005

As Grace's Father

Affliction

1998

As Rolfe Whitehouse

American Dreamz

2006

As Chief of Staff

John Carter

2012

As Tars Tarkas

The Grand Budapest Hotel

2014

As J.G. Jopling

What Happened to Monday

2017

As Terrence Settman

The Last Thing He Wanted

2020

As Richard McMahon

The Card Counter

2021

As Maj. John Gordo

Inside Man

2006

As Captain John Darius

Mr. Bean's Holiday

2007

As Carson Clay

Fantastic Mr. Fox

2009

As Rat (voice)

Streets of Fire

1984

As Raven Shaddock

Out of the Furnace

2013

As John Petty

New York Nights

1984

As Boyfriend

Motherless Brooklyn

2019

As Paul Randolph

Nightmare Alley

2021

As Clement 'Clem' Hoatley

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

1987

As Elephant Grass (voice)

The Fault in Our Stars

2014

As Peter van Houten

Murder on the Orient Express

2017

As Gerhard Hardman

This Is an Adventure

2005

As Himself

Cannes: All Access

2007

As Self

Vox Lux

2018

As Narrator (voice)

The Walker

2007

As Larry Lockner

Spider-Man: No Way Home

2021

As Norman Osborn / Green Goblin

Faraway, So Close!

1993

As Emit Flesti

Farewell

2009

As Feeney

Brace Up!

1993

As Colonel Alexander Ignatyevich Vershinin

The Northman

2022

As Heimir the Fool

Spider-Mania

2002

As Himself

Nymphomaniac

2014

As L

Ripley Under Ground

2005

As Neil Murchison

Love, Antosha

2019

As Self

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

2023

As Nuidis Vulko

John Wick

2014

As Marcus

Vincent van Gogh Superstar

2019

As Vincent van Gogh (archive footage)

Basquiat

1996

As The Electrician

The Aviator

2004

As Roland Sweet

Spider-Man 2

2004

As Green Goblin / Norman Osborn

The Hunger

1983

As 2nd Phone Booth Youth

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood

2004

As Himself

Friedkin Uncut

2018

As Himself

Spider-Man 3

2007

As Green Goblin / Norman Osborn

Cry-Baby

1990

As Hateful Guard at Maryland Training School for Boys

Zack Snyder's Justice League

2021

As Nudis Vulko

Overnight

2003

As

Finding Dory

2016

As Gill (voice)

The French Dispatch

2021

As Albert 'The Abacus'

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

2009

As Paul Smecker (uncredited)

Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee

2019

As Self / Norman Osborn/ Green Goblin (archive footage)

To Each His Own Cinema

2007

As (segment "Occupations") (archive footage)

Heaven's Gate

1980

As Willy (uncredited)

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

2010

As Self (archive footage)

Production

Tropico

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As Producer

New Rose Hotel

1999

As Co-Producer

Babenco: Tell Me When I Die

2020

As Associate Producer

Before It Had a Name

2005

As Screenplay

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