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Willem Dafoe


Willem Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel (Sprissler), a nurse, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. He is of German, French, English, Irish, and Scottish descent. In 1979, Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980) from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Spider-Man
Spider-Man Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
(2002)
Finding Nemo
(2003)
Platoon
Platoon Sgt. Elias
(1986)

Filmography

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 2017 Opus Zero (filming)
Paul
 2017 Death Note (completed)
Ryuk (voice)
  At Eternity's Gate (announced)
Vincent Van Gogh
 2017 The Florida Project
Bobby
 2016/I The Great Wall
Ballard
 2016/II Padre
James Verdun
 2016 A Family Man
Ed Blackridge
 2016 Sculpt
 2016 Finding Dory
Gill (voice)
 2016/I Dog Eat Dog
Mad Dog
 2016 Mind the Gap (Short)
 2015 My Hindu Friend
Diego Fairman
 1997-2014 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Mr. Lassen / The Commandant
- Blazed and Confused (2014) ... Mr. Lassen (voice)
- The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (1997) ... The Commandant (voice)
 2014 John Wick
Marcus
 2013 Beyond: Two Souls (Video Game)
Nathan Dawkins (voice)
 2013 Love's Routine (Video short)
Barry
 2013 The Smile Man (Short)
Willem
 2013 Saving Norman (Video short)
Lionel Pembrooke
 2011/IV The Hunter
Martin
 2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth
Cisco
 2010 Miral
Eddie
 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Rat (voice)
 2009 Antichrist
He
 2007 The Walker
Larry Lockner
 2007/I The Procedure (Short)
Christopher
 2006 Gedo senki
Cob (English version, voice)
 2005 Ripley Under Ground
Neil Murchinson
 2003 Camel Cricket City (Short)
Camel Cricket (voice)
 2003 Finding Nemo
Gill (voice)
 2003 Finding Nemo (Video Game)
Gill (voice)
 2002/II The Reckoning
Martin
 2002 Spider-Man (Video Game)
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn (voice)
 2000 Globehunters
Hunter (voice)
 1999 eXistenZ
Gas
 1998 New Rose Hotel
X
 1992 White Sands
Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal
 1990 Arrive Alive
Mickey Crews
 1989 Born on the Fourth of July
Charlie - Villa Dulce
 1987 Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (TV Movie documentary)
Elephant Grass (voice)
 1986 The Hitchhiker (TV Series)
Jeffrey Hunt
- Ghostwriter (1986) ... Jeffrey Hunt
 1984 Shackin' Up
Boyfriend
 1980 Heaven's Gate
Willy (uncredited)
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Other Works:

(7/11) Stage: Appeared in "The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic" by Robert Wilson. Manchester International Festival, Manchester, England. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 13 Interviews | 10 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

Any actor who tells you that he makes choices, absolutely, is wrong. You find work and work finds you. See more »

Trivia:

While doing a blocking run-through on Wild at Heart (1990) (for the scene in which Dafoe's character threatens to rape Laura Dern's character), Dafoe playfully sang his lines. Director David Lynch loved this, and wanted Dafoe to actually sing his lines in the scene, when they shot it. The idea did not actually go through, however. See more »

Trademark:

Psychotic unstable characters See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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