Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

  • Born on
    • July 22nd, 1955
William James "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American actor. He is known for his distinct gravelly voice, and has received multiple accolades, including nominations for four Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. He has frequently collaborated 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, where he acted in several productions. 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 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 starred in Mississippi Burning, both of which were controversial. Following small roles in Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Wild at Heart (1990), he began a six-film collaboration with director Paul Schrader with the drama Light Sleeper (1992). He starred in the critically panned erotic thriller Body of Evidence (1993) and then co-starred in Clear and Present Danger (1994), The English Patient (1996), Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), and The Boondock Saints (1999). After receiving his second Academy Award nomination for portraying Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Dafoe played Norman Osborn in the superhero film Spider-Man (2002), the villains in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and XXX: State of the Union (2005), and 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, Aquaman (2018) and The Lighthouse (2019). He has also had voice-over roles in Finding Nemo (2003), its sequel Finding Dory (2016), and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), voice and motion capture roles in John Carter (2012) and Death Note (2017), and vocal contributions to the video games Spider-Man (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2004), and Beyond: Two Souls (2013). 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). Dafoe has dual citizenship of the United States and Italy. Description above from the Wikipedia article Willem Dafoe, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (116 Credits)

2022Poor Things as Godwin Baxter
2022Aquaman 2 as Nuidis Vulko
2022The Northman as Heimir the Fool
2021The Card Counter as Col. John Gordo
2021Nightmare Alley as Clem Hoately
2021The French Dispatch
2021Zack Snyder's Justice League as Nudis Vulko
2020The Last Thing He Wanted as Richard McMahon
2019Siberia as Clint
2019Tommaso as Tommaso
2019Togo as Leonhard Seppala
2019The Lighthouse as Thomas Wake
2019Swift as Manou's Father (voice)
2019Motherless Brooklyn as Paul Randolph
2018At Eternity's Gate as Vincent van Gogh
2018Aquaman as Nuidis Vulko
2018Vox Lux as Narrator (voice)
2017The Florida Project as Bobby Hicks
2017Mountain as Narrator
2017Death Note as Ryuk (voice)
2017Murder on the Orient Express as Gerhard Hardman
2017What Happened to Monday as Terrence Settman
2016Dog Eat Dog as Mad Dog
2016The Great Wall as Ballard
2016A Family Man as Ed Blackridge
2016Finding Dory as Gill (voice)
2014Pasolini as Pier Paolo Pasolini
2014Bad Country as Bud CarterWatch Free
2014A Most Wanted Man as Tommy Brue
2014John Wick as Marcus
2014The Grand Budapest Hotel as J.G. Jopling
2014The Fault in Our Stars as Peter van Houten
2013The Smile Man as Willem
2013Odd Thomas as Wyatt Porter
2013Nymphomaniac: Vol. II as L
2013Out of the Furnace as John Petty
2012Tomorrow You're Gone as The Buddha
2012John Carter as Tars Tarkas
20114:44 Last Day on Earth as Cisco
2011The Hunter as Martin DavidWatch Free
2010Miral as Eddie
2009Antichrist as He
2009My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done as Detective Hank Havenhurst
2009Daybreakers as Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
2009Fantastic Mr. Fox as Rat (voice)
2009Farewell as Feeney
2009Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant as Gavner Purl
2009The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day as Paul Smecker (uncredited)
2008The Dust of Time as A
2008Adam Resurrected as Commandat Klein
2008Fireflies in the Garden as Charles Waechter
2007Anamorph as Stan Aubray
2007Go Go Tales as Ray Ruby
2007Mr. Bean's Holiday as Carson Clay
2007The Walker as Larry Lockner
2007Spider-Man 3 as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
2007Spider-Man 3 as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
2007Spider-Man 3 as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
2007To Each His Own Cinema as (Segment "Occupations")
2006Paris, je t'aime as Le cow-boy (Place des Victoires)
2006American Dreamz as Chief of Staff
2006Inside Man as Captain Darius
2005Before It Had a Name as Leslie
2005xXx: State of the Union as Gen. George Octavius Deckert
2005Manderlay as Grace's Father
2005Ripley Under Ground as Neil Murchison
2004Control as Dr. Michael Copeland
2004The Clearing as Arnold Mack
2004The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as Klaus Daimler
2004The Aviator as Roland Sweet
2004Spider-Man 2 as Norman Osborn
2004Spider-Man 2 as Norman Osborn
2004Spider-Man 2 as Norman Osborn
2003Finding Nemo as Gill (voice)
2003Once Upon a Time in Mexico as Barillo
2002Auto Focus as John Carpenter
2002The Reckoning as Martin
2002Spider-Man as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
2001Pavilion of Women as Father Andre
2001Edges of the Lord as PriestWatch Free
2000Animal Factory as Earl Copen
2000American Psycho as Detective Donald Kimball
2000Shadow of the Vampire as Max Schreck
2000Bullfighter as Father RamirezWatch Free
1999The Boondock Saints as Paul Smecker
1999eXistenZ as Gas
1998New Rose Hotel as X
1998Lulu on the Bridge
1997Speed 2: Cruise Control as John Geiger
1997Affliction as Rolfe Whitehouse
1996The English Patient as David Caravaggio
1996Basquiat as The Electrician
1994Tom & Viv as Tom Eliot
1994Clear and Present Danger as John Clark
1993Faraway, So Close! as Emit Flesti
1992White Sands as Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal
1992Light Sleeper as John LeTour
1992Body of Evidence as Frank Dulaney
1991Flight of the Intruder as Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole
1991Fishing With John
1990Wild at Heart as Bobby Peru
1990Cry-Baby as Hateful Guard at Maryland Training School for Boys
1989Triumph of the Spirit as Salamo Arouch
1989Born on the Fourth of July as Charlie
1988The Last Temptation of Christ as Jesus
1988Off Limits as Buck McGriff
1988Mississippi Burning as Agent Alan Ward
1987Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam as Elephant Grass (voice)
1986Platoon as Sgt. Elias
1985To Live and Die in L.A. as Eric 'Rick' Masters
1984Roadhouse 66 as Johnny Harte
1984Streets of Fire as Raven Shaddock
1983The Hunger as 2nd Phone Booth Youth
1981The Loveless as Vance
1980Heaven's Gate as Willy (uncredited)

Writer (1 Credits)


Himself (3 Credits)

2019Love, Antosha as Himself
2018Friedkin Uncut as HimselfWatch Free
2004Jiminy Glick in Lalawood as Himself


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