Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 22-07-1955
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
  • Also Known As:

    Willem DeFoe
    William Dafoe, Jr.

  • Popularity: 22.75
  • Homepage: N/A


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.




Year Movie Character
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ as Jesus
2000 Animal Factory as Earl Copen
2007 Anamorph as Stan Aubray
1992 Light Sleeper as John LeTour
1981 The Loveless as Vance
1988 Off Limits as Buck McGriff
1996 Victory as Axel Heyst
1994 Tom & Viv as Tom Eliot
2009 Antichrist as He
2007 Go Go Tales as Ray Ruby
1992 White Sands as Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal
2005 Before It Had a Name as Leslie
2008 The Dust of Time as A
2011 The Hunter as Martin David
2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth as Cisco
1984 Roadhouse 66 as Johnny Harte
1995 The Night and the Moment as Lo scrittore
2013 Saving Norman as Lionel Pembrooke
2013 The Smile Man as Willem
2013 Love's Routine as Barry
2001 Pavilion of Women as Father Andre
2007 The Procedure as Christopher
1989 Triumph of the Spirit as Salamo Arouch
2014 Pasolini as Pier Paolo Pasolini
2010 A Woman as Max Oliver
2017 The Florida Project as Bobby Hicks
2020 Siberia as Clint
2018 At Eternity's Gate as Vincent van Gogh
2017 Opus Zero as Paul
2020 Tommaso as Tommaso
2019 Togo as Leonhard Seppala
2002 Spider-Man as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
2000 American Psycho as Detective Donald Kimball
1988 Mississippi Burning as Agent Alan Ward
1993 Body of Evidence as Frank Dulaney
2000 Shadow of the Vampire as Max Schreck
1999 New Rose Hotel as X
2003 The Reckoning as Martin
1994 Clear and Present Danger as John Clark
2004 Control as Dr. Michael Copeland
1985 To Live and Die in L.A. as Eric 'Rick' Masters
2002 Auto Focus as John Carpenter
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done as Detective Hank Havenhurst
2000 Bullfighter as Father Ramirez
2005 Ripley Under Ground as Neil Murchison
2001 Edges of the Lord as Priest
2008 Adam Resurrected as Commandat Klein
1991 Flight of the Intruder as Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole
2003 Rockets Redglare! as Himself
2014 Bad Country as Bud Carter
2015 My Hindu Friend as Diego Fairman
2010 Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World as Narrator
2016 Mind the Gap as himself
2015 Fukushima: A Nuclear Story as Narrator
2016 Dog Eat Dog as Mad Dog
2018 Mountain as Narrator
2016 Father as James Verdun
1986 Platoon as Sgt. Elias
2019 The Lighthouse as Thomas Wake
1985 O Panama
2019 Manou the Swift as Manou's Father (voice)
2017 Piazza Vittorio as Himself
2016 Nelson Algren Live as Role1 / Frankie Machine / Role2 / Blackie Cavanaugh
2007 Voom Portraits
2020 Babenco: Tell Me When I Die as Self
1984 Atalanta Strategy as Immigration Staff
2012 Bob Wilson's Life & Death of Marina Abramovic as Himself
1970 Tropico as Raymond
2020 Sportin' Life
2013 The Benaki Museum as Narrator (voice)
1996 The English Patient as David Caravaggio
1990 Wild at Heart as Bobby Peru
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control as John Geiger
2006 Paris, Je T'Aime as Le cow-boy (Place des Victoires)
2004 The Clearing as Arnold Mack
2005 xXx: State of the Union as Gen. George Octavius Deckert
2008 Fireflies in the Garden as Charles Waechter
1999 The Boondock Saints as Paul Smecker
2010 Miral as Eddie
2009 Daybreakers as Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
2012 Tomorrow You're Gone as The Buddha
2014 A Most Wanted Man as Tommy Brue
2013 Odd Thomas as Wyatt Porter
2000 Globehunters: An Around the World in 80 Days Adventure as Hunter (voice)
2017 Death Note as Ryuk (voice)
2018 Aquaman as Nuidis Vulko
2016 The Great Wall as Ballard
2017 Murder on the Orient Express as Gerhard Hardman / Cyrus Hardman
2017 A Family Man as Ed Blackridge
2001 A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' as Himself
1970 Nine Men from Now
2010 The Making of Daybreakers as Himself
2020 Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago
1970 The Card Counter as Military Colonel
1992 North on Evers
1993 Rhyme 'Em to Death
2020 Wim Wenders, Desperado as Self
2020 7 Deaths of Maria Callas as Film Actor
2003 Finding Nemo as Gill (voice)
2005 Manderlay as Grace's Father
1998 Affliction as Rolfe Whitehouse
2006 American Dreamz as Chief of Staff
2012 John Carter as Tars Tarkas
2013 Nymphomaniac: Vol. II as L
2017 What Happened to Monday as Terrence Settman
1970 The Sleeping Shepherd as Dirk
2017 Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait as Himself
2020 The Last Thing He Wanted as Richard McMahon
2020 The Lighthouse: A Dark & Stormy Tale as Himself
1970 The Northman as Heimir the Fool
1998 Abel/Asia as Himself (archival footage)
2006 Inside Man as Captain Darius
2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as Klaus Daimler
2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday as Carson Clay
1999 eXistenZ as Gas
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox as Rat (voice)
1984 Streets of Fire as Raven Shaddock
2013 Out of the Furnace as John Petty
2005 Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal as Himself
2019 Motherless Brooklyn as Paul Randolph
2018 Theatron. Romeo Castellucci
1987 Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam as Elephant Grass (voice)
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel as J.G. Jopling
2014 The Fault in Our Stars as Peter van Houten
1984 New York Nights as Boyfriend
2007 Cannes: All Access as Self
2018 Vox Lux as Narrator (voice)
2003 Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty
2004 Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate as Narrator (voice)
2007 The Walker as Larry Lockner
2005 This Is an Adventure as Himself
2003 Counterfeit World: Making 'To Live and Die in L.A.' as Himself
1993 Faraway, So Close! as Emit Flesti
2009 Farewell as Feeney
1970 White Homeland Commando
1993 Brace Up! as Colonel Alexander Ignatyevich Vershinin
2017 Ballad of a Righteous Merchant as Himself
2018 Under the Rainbow: Making The Florida Project
1970 Nightmare Alley as Clem Hoately
2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico as Barillo
2014 John Wick as Marcus
2005 On the Set: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as Himself
2004 Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart' as himself
2019 Love, Antosha as Himself
1996 Basquiat as The Electrician
2004 The Aviator as Roland Sweet
2004 Spider-Man 2 as Norman Osborn
1989 Born on the Fourth of July as Charlie
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant as Gavner Purl
1970 The French Dispatch
2018 Friedkin Uncut as Himself
2007 Spider-Man 3 as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
1983 The Hunger as 2nd Phone Booth Youth
1990 Cry-Baby as Hateful Guard at Maryland Training School for Boys
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood as Himself
1998 Lulu on the Bridge
2003 Overnight
2016 Finding Dory as Gill (voice)
1980 Heaven's Gate as Willy (uncredited)
2009 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day as Paul Smecker (uncredited)
1970 Tropico
1999 New Rose Hotel
2020 Babenco: Tell Me When I Die

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