Willem Dafoe


    Starbirth:
    July 22, 1955
Birthplace:
Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
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Overview

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).


MOVIECHARACTERYEAR
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Nuidis Vulko 2023
The Wild One NARRATOR 2022
Il coraggio di essere Franco 2022
Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home Self 2022
The Northman Heimir the Fool 2022
Finding Satoshi Narrator 2022
Spider-Man: No Way Home Norman Osborn / Green Goblin 2021
Nightmare Alley Clement 'Clem' Hoatley 2021
The French Dispatch Albert 'The Abacus' 2021
The Card Counter Maj. John Gordo 2021
River Narrator 2021
Maresco / Pasolini Himself 2021
Zack Snyder's Justice League Nudis Vulko 2021
Babenco: Tell Me When I Die Self 2020
Sportin' Life 2020
7 Deaths of Maria Callas Film Actor 2020
Wim Wenders, Desperado Self 2020
Siberia Clint 2020
Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago 2020
The Last Thing He Wanted Richard McMahon 2020
The Lighthouse: A Dark & Stormy Tale Himself 2020
Tommaso Tommaso 2020
Togo Leonhard Seppala 2019
Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee Self / Norman Osborn/ Green Goblin (archive footage) 2019
Motherless Brooklyn Paul Randolph 2019
The Lighthouse Thomas Wake 2019
Love, Antosha Self 2019
Manou the Swift Manou's Father (voice) 2019
At Eternity's Gate Vincent van Gogh 2018
Brothers in Arms Himself 2018
Friedkin Uncut Himself 2018
Vox Lux Narrator (voice) 2018
Aquaman Nuidis Vulko 2018
Theatron. Romeo Castellucci 2018
Under the Rainbow: Making The Florida Project 2018
Mountain Narrator (voice) 2017
Opus Zero Paul 2017
Murder on the Orient Express Gerhard Hardman 2017
The Florida Project Bobby Hicks 2017
Piazza Vittorio Himself 2017
Death Note Ryuk (voice) 2017
What Happened to Monday Terrence Settman 2017
Ballad of a Righteous Merchant Himself 2017
A Family Man Ed Blackridge 2017
Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait Self 2017
Sanctuary Narrator 2017
The Great Wall Ballard 2016
Dog Eat Dog Mad Dog 2016
Father James Verdun 2016
Finding Dory Gill (voice) 2016
Nelson Algren Live Role1 / Frankie Machine / Role2 / Blackie Cavanaugh 2016
Mind the Gap himself 2016
My Hindu Friend Diego Fairman 2015
Fukushima: A Nuclear Story Narrator 2015
John Wick Marcus 2014
Bad Country Bud Carter 2014
Pasolini Pier Paolo Pasolini 2014
Nymphomaniac L 2014
SPYMASTER: John le Carré in Hamburg 2014
A Most Wanted Man Tommy Brue 2014
The Fault in Our Stars Peter van Houten 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel J.G. Jopling 2014
The Benaki Museum Narrator (voice) 2013
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II L 2013
Out of the Furnace John Petty 2013
Love's Routine Barry 2013
The Smile Man Willem 2013
Saving Norman Lionel Pembrooke 2013
Odd Thomas Wyatt Porter 2013
Tomorrow You're Gone The Buddha 2012
Bob Wilson's Life & Death of Marina Abramovic Himself 2012
John Carter Tars Tarkas 2012
The Hunter Martin David 2011
4:44 Last Day on Earth Cisco 2011
Miral Eddie 2010
A Woman Max Oliver 2010
The Making of Daybreakers Himself 2010
Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World Narrator 2010
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (archival footage) 2010
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Detective Hank Havenhurst 2009
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Paul Smecker (uncredited) 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox Rat (voice) 2009
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Gavner Purl 2009
Daybreakers Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac 2009
Farewell Feeney 2009
Antichrist He 2009
The Dust of Time A 2008
Adam Resurrected Commandat Klein 2008
Fireflies in the Garden Charles Waechter 2008
To Each His Own Cinema (segment "Occupations") (archive footage) 2007
Cannes: All Access Self 2007
Voom Portraits 2007
Anamorph Stan Aubray 2007
The Procedure Christopher 2007
Go Go Tales Ray Ruby 2007
Spider-Man 3 Green Goblin / Norman Osborn 2007
Mr. Bean's Holiday Carson Clay 2007
The Walker Larry Lockner 2007
Paris, Je T'Aime Le cow-boy (Place des Victoires) 2006
Inside Man Captain John Darius 2006
American Dreamz Chief of Staff 2006
Ripley Under Ground Neil Murchison 2005
Before It Had a Name Leslie 2005
Manderlay Grace's Father 2005
This Is an Adventure Himself 2005
Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal Himself 2005
xXx: State of the Union Gen. George Octavius Deckert 2005
On the Set: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Himself 2005
The Aviator Roland Sweet 2004
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Klaus Daimler 2004
Control Dr. Michael Copeland 2004
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate Narrator (voice) 2004
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Himself 2004
The Clearing Arnold Mack 2004
Spider-Man 2 Green Goblin / Norman Osborn 2004
The Reckoning Martin 2004
Counterfeit World: Making 'To Live and Die in L.A.' Himself 2003
Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty 2003
Once Upon a Time in Mexico Barillo 2003
Overnight 2003
Finding Nemo Gill (voice) 2003
Rockets Redglare! Himself 2003
Auto Focus John Carpenter 2002
Spider-Man Green Goblin / Norman Osborn 2002
Spider-Mania Himself 2002
Beyond the Ultimate Spin: The Making of 'Spider-Man' Himself 2002
Pavilion of Women Father Andre 2001
Edges of the Lord Priest 2001
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Himself 2001
Bullfighter Father Ramirez 2000
Animal Factory Earl Copen 2000
Shadow of the Vampire Max Schreck 2000
American Psycho Detective Donald Kimball 2000
Globehunters: An Around the World in 80 Days Adventure Hunter (voice) 2000
eXistenZ Gas 1999
New Rose Hotel X 1999
The Boondock Saints Paul Smecker 1999
Lulu on the Bridge Dr. Van Horn 1998
Affliction Rolfe Whitehouse 1998
Abel/Asia Himself (archival footage) 1998
Speed 2: Cruise Control Geiger 1997
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese Self 1997
Victory Axel Heyst 1996
The English Patient David Caravaggio 1996
Basquiat The Electrician 1996
The Night and the Moment Lo scrittore 1995
Clear and Present Danger John Clark 1994
Tom & Viv Tom Eliot 1994
Faraway, So Close! Emit Flesti 1993
Brace Up! Colonel Alexander Ignatyevich Vershinin 1993
Body of Evidence Frank Dulaney 1993
Rhyme 'Em to Death 1993
White Sands Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal 1992
Light Sleeper John LeTour 1992
North on Evers 1992
Flight of the Intruder Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole 1991
Wild at Heart Bobby Peru 1990
Cry-Baby Hateful Guard at Maryland Training School for Boys 1990
Born on the Fourth of July Charlie 1989
Triumph of the Spirit Salamo Arouch 1989
Mississippi Burning Ward 1988
Location Production Footage: The Last Temptation of the Christ himself 1988
The Last Temptation of Christ Jesus 1988
Off Limits Buck McGriff 1988
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Elephant Grass (voice) 1987
Platoon Sgt. Elias 1986
To Live and Die in L.A. Eric Masters 1985
O Panama 1985
Roadhouse 66 Johnny Harte 1984
Streets of Fire Raven Shaddock 1984
New York Nights Boyfriend 1984
Atalanta Strategy Immigration Staff 1984
The Hunger 2nd Phone Booth Youth 1983
The Loveless Vance 1981
Heaven's Gate Willy (uncredited) 1980
Poor Things Godwin Baxter
The Sleeping Shepherd Dirk
Nine Men from Now
Tropico Raymond
White Homeland Commando
Dead for a Dollar Joe Cribbens
The Legend of Ochi
Inside
Asteroid City
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The Simpsons The Commandant / Jack Lassen (voice) <mt>
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Self <mt>
The Oscars Self <mt>
Inside the Actors Studio Self <mt>
The Colbert Report <blank> <mt>
The Hitchhiker Jeffrey Hunt <mt>
The Wonderful World of Disney <blank> <mt>
Wintergasten <blank> <mt>
The Graham Norton Show Himself <mt>
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Self <mt>
Off Camera with Sam Jones Self <mt>
Conan Self <mt>
The Simpsons Commandant (voice) <mt>
Fishing with John Self <mt>
Saturday Night Live Self - Host <mt>
The Directors Self <mt>
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