Person Details

Birthday: 1955-07-22 12:20:51

Aliases: Willem DeFoe , William Dafoe, Jr. , William J. Dafoe , Willem , 윌렘 데포 , Уиллем Дефо , Γουίλεμ Νταφόε , 威廉·达福

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

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Movie Involvements: 142

TV Involvements: 3


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

Spider-Man: No Way Home
Average
8

Spider-Man: No Way Home

(2021) Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
The Northman
Average
7

The Northman

(2022) Heimir the Fool
Zack Snyder's Justice League
Average
8

Zack Snyder's Justice League

(2021) Nudis Vulko
Nightmare Alley
Average
7

Nightmare Alley

(2021) Clement 'Clem' Hoatley
Finding Nemo
Average
8

Finding Nemo

(2003) Gill (voice)
John Carter
Average
6

John Carter

(2012) Tars Tarkas
Spider-Man
Average
7

Spider-Man

(2002) Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
Aquaman
Average
7

Aquaman

(2018) Nuidis Vulko

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2023 Nuidis Vulko
Nemo
2022 N/A
Self / Grand Duc
Joe Cribbens
Film Actor
Narrator (voice)
N/A
Self
Heimir the Fool
Narrator
Himself
2021 Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
Clement 'Clem' Hoatley
Albert 'The Abacus'
Maj. John Gordo
Narrator
Himself
Nudis Vulko
2020 Self
Self
Self
Clint
N/A
Richard McMahon
Self
Tommaso
2019 Leonhard Seppala
Self / Norman Osborn/ Green Goblin (archive footage)
Vincent van Gogh (archive footage)
Paul Randolph
Thomas Wake
Self
Manou's Father (voice)
2018 Nuidis Vulko
Vincent van Gogh
Himself
Himself
Narrator (voice)
N/A
N/A
2017 Narrator (voice)
Paul
Gerhard Hardman
Bobby Hicks
Himself
Ryuk (voice)
Terrence Settman
Himself
Ed Blackridge
Self
Narrator
2016 Ballard
Mad Dog
James Verdun
Gill (voice)
Role1 / Frankie Machine / Role2 / Blackie Cavanaugh
himself
2015 Diego Fairman
Self
Narrator
2014 Marcus
Bud Carter
Pier Paolo Pasolini
N/A
Tommy Brue
Peter van Houten
J.G. Jopling
Self
2013 Narrator (voice)
L
John Petty
Barry
Willem
Lionel Pembrooke
Wyatt Porter
2012 The Buddha
Himself
Tars Tarkas
2011 Martin David
Cisco
2010 Self
Eddie
Max Oliver
Himself
Narrator
Self (archive footage)
2009 Detective Hank Havenhurst
Paul Smecker (uncredited)
Rat (voice)
Gavner Purl
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
Feeney
He
2008 A
Commandat Klein
Charles Waechter
2007 N/A
(segment "Occupations") (archive footage)
Self
Self
Stan Aubray
Christopher
Ray Ruby
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
Carson Clay
Himself
Larry Lockner
2006 Le cow-boy (Place des Victoires)
Captain John Darius
Chief of Staff
2005 Neil Murchison
N/A
Leslie
Grace's Father
Self
Self
Gen. George Octavius Deckert
Self
2004 Roland Sweet
Klaus Daimler
Dr. Michael Copeland
Narrator (voice)
Himself
Arnold Mack
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
Martin
2003 Himself
N/A
Barillo
N/A
Gill (voice)
Himself
2002 John Carpenter
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
Himself
Himself
2001 Father Andre
Priest
Himself
2000 Father Ramirez
Earl Copen
Max Schreck
Detective Donald Kimball
Hunter (voice)
1999 Gas
X
Paul Smecker
Self
1998 Dr. Van Horn
Rolfe Whitehouse
Himself (archival footage)
1997 N/A
Geiger
1996 Axel Heyst
David Caravaggio
The Electrician
Self
1995 Lo scrittore
1994 Lucifer
John Clark
Self
Tom Eliot
1993 Emit Flesti
Colonel Alexander Ignatyevich Vershinin
Karl
Frank Dulaney
N/A
1992 John LeTour
Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal
N/A
1991 Self
Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole
1990 Bobby Peru
Hateful Guard at Maryland Training School for Boys
1989 Charlie
Commandant (voice)
The Commandant / Jack Lassen (voice)
Salamo Arouch
1988 Ward
Self
Jesus
Buck McGriff
1987 Elephant Grass (voice)
1986 Sgt. Elias
1985 Eric Masters
N/A
1984 Johnny Harte
Raven Shaddock
Boyfriend
Immigration Staff
1983 Jeffrey Hunt
2nd Phone Booth Youth
1981 Vance
1980 Willy (uncredited)
1975 Self - Host
1953 Self
N/A
Walker Reade
Dr. Godwin Baxter
Anniston Bennet
N/A
Rufus Priori
Maxim
Year Character Movie/Tv

Production

Year Role Movie/Tv
2020 Associate Producer
1999 Co-Producer
Producer
Year Role Movie/Tv

Crew

Year Role Movie/Tv
2018 Thanks
Year Role Movie/Tv

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2005 Screenplay
Year Role Movie/Tv

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