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Willem Dafoe

1955-07-22 Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

Image of Willem Dafoe


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).


Inside Nemo 2023-03-10
Asteroid City 2023-06-16
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Nuidis Vulko 2023-12-20
The Northman Heimir the Fool 2022-04-07
Robert Wilson : La beauté du mystérieux Himself 2022-01-17
Il coraggio di essere Franco 2022-05-18
The Wild One Narrator (voice) 2022-06-11
Dead for a Dollar Joe Cribbens 2022-09-30
7 Deaths of Maria Callas Film Actor 2022-07-24
Finding Satoshi Narrator 2022-01-21
Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home Self 2022-05-03
Franco Battiato - La voce del padrone 2022-11-28
Skabelsen af Riget Exodus Self / Grand Duc 2022-11-20
Spider-Man: No Way Home Norman Osborn / Green Goblin 2021-12-15
River Narrator 2021-09-03
Zack Snyder's Justice League Nudis Vulko 2021-03-18
The French Dispatch Albert 'The Abacus' 2021-10-21
The Card Counter Maj. John Gordo 2021-09-03
Nightmare Alley Clement 'Clem' Hoatley 2021-12-02
Maresco / Pasolini Himself 2021-05-05
Siberia Clint 2020-07-02
Wim Wenders, Desperado Self 2020-07-16
Babenco - Alguém Tem que Ouvir o Coração e Dizer: Parou Self 2020-11-26
Tommaso Tommaso 2020-01-08
The Lighthouse: A Dark & Stormy Tale Self 2020-01-14
Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago 2020-02-28
Sportin' Life Self 2020-09-06
The Last Thing He Wanted Richard McMahon 2020-02-14
Togo Leonhard Seppala 2019-12-20
Vincent van Gogh Superstar Vincent van Gogh (archive footage) 2019-11-05
Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee Self / Norman Osborn/ Green Goblin (archive footage) 2019-12-20
Manou the Swift Manou's Father (voice) 2019-01-25
Motherless Brooklyn Paul Randolph 2019-10-31
The Lighthouse Thomas Wake 2019-10-18
Love, Antosha Self 2019-08-02
Vox Lux Narrator (voice) 2018-09-07
Friedkin Uncut Himself 2018-11-05
Theatron. Romeo Castellucci 2018-03-30
Under the Rainbow: Making The Florida Project 2018-02-20
At Eternity's Gate Vincent van Gogh 2018-11-15
Brothers in Arms Himself 2018-11-13
Aquaman Nuidis Vulko 2018-12-07
Death Note Ryuk (voice) 2017-08-25
Murder on the Orient Express Gerhard Hardman 2017-11-03
Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait Self 2017-05-05
What Happened to Monday Terrence Settman 2017-08-18
Ballad of a Righteous Merchant Himself 2017-08-01
A Family Man Ed Blackridge 2017-05-18
The Florida Project Bobby Hicks 2017-10-06
Piazza Vittorio Himself 2017-09-09
Mountain Narrator (voice) 2017-11-30
Opus Zero Paul 2017-11-10
Sanctuary Narrator 2017-01-28
The Great Wall Ballard 2016-12-16
Padre James Verdun 2016-10-25
Finding Dory Gill (voice) 2016-06-16
Dog Eat Dog Mad Dog 2016-11-04
Nelson Algren Live Role1 / Frankie Machine / Role2 / Blackie Cavanaugh 2016-06-04
Mind the Gap himself 2016-02-17
Meu Amigo Hindu Diego Fairman 2015-10-22
A Nuclear Story Narrator 2015-01-01
A Most Wanted Man Tommy Brue 2014-07-25
Bad Country Bud Carter 2014-09-26
The Grand Budapest Hotel J.G. Jopling 2014-02-26
Pasolini Pier Paolo Pasolini 2014-09-25
SPYMASTER: John le Carré in Hamburg 2014-09-02
The Fault in Our Stars Peter van Houten 2014-05-16
John Wick Marcus 2014-10-22
The Benaki Museum Narrator (voice) 2013-12-26
Out of the Furnace John Petty 2013-12-06
The Smile Man Willem 2013-06-15
Saving Norman Lionel Pembrooke 2013-05-25
Odd Thomas Wyatt Porter 2013-01-29
Love's Routine Barry 2013-06-19
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II L 2013-12-25
Bob Wilson's Life & Death of Marina Abramovic Himself 2012-09-12
John Carter Tars Tarkas 2012-03-07
Tomorrow You're Gone The Buddha 2012-10-31
4:44 Last Day on Earth Cisco 2011-09-07
The Hunter Martin David 2011-10-06
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Self (archive footage) 2010-05-04
Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World Narrator 2010-05-10
A Woman Max Oliver 2010-09-04
Miral Eddie 2010-09-15
The Making of Daybreakers Himself 2010-05-11
Fantastic Mr. Fox Rat (voice) 2009-10-23
Antichrist He 2009-05-20
Daybreakers Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac 2009-10-01
L'Affaire Farewell Feeney 2009-09-04
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Detective Hank Havenhurst 2009-12-11
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Paul Smecker (uncredited) 2009-11-24
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Gavner Purl 2009-10-23
Η Σκόνη του Χρόνου A 2008-11-22
Fireflies in the Garden Charles Waechter 2008-08-07
Adam Resurrected Commandat Klein 2008-08-08
Spider-Man 3 Green Goblin / Norman Osborn 2007-05-01
Voom Portraits Self 2007-10-01
Anamorph Stan Aubray 2007-09-21
Go Go Tales Ray Ruby 2007-05-23
Chacun son cinema ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumiere s'eteint et que le film commence (segment "Occupations") (archive footage) 2007-10-31
The Walker Larry Lockner 2007-02-13
Mr. Bean's Holiday Carson Clay 2007-03-22
The Procedure Christopher 2007-08-01
Bienvenue à Cannes Self 2007-10-27
Paris, je t'aime Le cow-boy (Place des Victoires) 2006-06-21
American Dreamz Chief of Staff 2006-03-04
Inside Man Captain John Darius 2006-03-17
Manderlay Grace's Father 2005-05-16
Ripley Under Ground Neil Murchison 2005-11-06
xXx: State of the Union Gen. George Octavius Deckert 2005-04-27
Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal Self 2005-05-09
On the Set: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Self 2005-01-15
This Is an Adventure Self 2005-05-10
Before It Had a Name Leslie 2005-09-10
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Klaus Daimler 2004-12-10
The Clearing Arnold Mack 2004-07-02
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Himself 2004-09-18
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate Narrator (voice) 2004-10-08
Spider-Man 2 Green Goblin / Norman Osborn 2004-06-25
The Reckoning Martin 2004-02-26
Control Dr. Michael Copeland 2004-12-07
The Aviator Roland Sweet 2004-12-17
Finding Nemo Gill (voice) 2003-05-30
Overnight 2003-06-12
Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty 2003-09-12
Rockets Redglare! Himself 2003-05-02
Counterfeit World: Making 'To Live and Die in L.A.' Himself 2003-12-02
Once Upon a Time in Mexico Barillo 2003-09-11
Spider-Mania Himself 2002-04-30
Behind the Ultimate Spin: The Making of 'Spider-Man' Himself 2002-04-20
Auto Focus John Carpenter 2002-10-18
Spider-Man Green Goblin / Norman Osborn 2002-05-01
Edges of the Lord Priest 2001-01-01
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Himself 2001-01-01
Pavilion of Women Father Andre 2001-03-16
Globehunters: An Around the World in 80 Days Adventure Hunter (voice) 2000-01-01
Shadow of the Vampire Max Schreck 2000-05-15
Animal Factory Earl Copen 2000-08-01
Bullfighter Father Ramirez 2000-10-01
American Psycho Detective Donald Kimball 2000-04-13
New Rose Hotel X 1999-03-19
The Boondock Saints Paul Smecker 1999-01-22
eXistenZ Gas 1999-04-14
Lulu on the Bridge Dr. Van Horn 1998-09-06
Abel/Asia Himself (archival footage) 1998-01-01
Affliction Rolfe Whitehouse 1998-02-12
Speed 2: Cruise Control Geiger 1997-06-13
Victory Axel Heyst 1996-12-13
The English Patient David Caravaggio 1996-11-05
Basquiat The Electrician 1996-08-09
La notte e il momento Lo scrittore 1995-07-05
Clear and Present Danger John Clark 1994-08-03
Tom & Viv Tom Eliot 1994-04-15
Rhyme 'Em to Death 1993-01-01
Brace Up! Colonel Alexander Ignatyevich Vershinin 1993-04-01
Body of Evidence Frank Dulaney 1993-01-15
White Homeland Commando Karl 1993-03-04
In weiter Ferne, so nah! Emit Flesti 1993-09-01
White Sands Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal 1992-04-24
North on Evers 1992-01-01
Light Sleeper John LeTour 1992-08-21
Flight of the Intruder Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole 1991-01-18
Wild at Heart Bobby Peru 1990-08-17
Cry-Baby Hateful Guard at Maryland Training School for Boys 1990-04-05
Born on the Fourth of July Charlie 1989-12-20
Triumph of the Spirit Salamo Arouch 1989-12-08
The Last Temptation of Christ Jesus 1988-05-28
Location Production Footage: The Last Temptation of the Christ Self 1988-10-07
Mississippi Burning Ward 1988-12-08
Off Limits Buck McGriff 1988-03-11
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Elephant Grass (voice) 1987-10-01
Platoon Sgt. Elias 1986-12-19
To Live and Die in L.A. Eric Masters 1985-11-01
O Panama 1985-01-01
New York Nights Boyfriend 1984-03-01
Atalanta Strategy Immigration Staff 1984-01-01
Roadhouse 66 Johnny Harte 1984-08-31
Streets of Fire Raven Shaddock 1984-06-01
The Hunger 2nd Phone Booth Youth 1983-04-29
The Loveless Vance 1981-08-07
Heaven's Gate Willy (uncredited) 1980-11-19
The Man In My Basement Anniston Bennet
Poor Things Dr. Godwin Baxter
Gonzo Girl Walker Reade
Finalmente l’alba Rufus Priori
The Legend of Ochi Maxim