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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).

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Jul 22, 1955 In Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Man in My Basement
Latest Project:
Movie Nosferatu 2024-12-25
Known For
Movie Tropico Raymond 2025
Movie The Legend of Ochi Maxim 2025
Movie The Man in My Basement Anniston Bennett 2025
Movie Nosferatu Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz 2024-12-25
Movie Finally Dawn Rufo Priori 2024-02-14
Movie Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Wolf Jackson 2024-09-05
Movie Kinds of Kindness 2024-06-21
Movie The Wild One Narrator (voice) 2023-05-10
Movie Inside Nemo 2023-03-09
Movie Pet Shop Days 2023-09-03
Movie Asteroid City Saltzburg Keitel 2023-06-08
Movie Gonzo Girl Walker Reade 2023-09-07
Movie Poor Things Dr Godwin Baxter 2023-12-07
Movie Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Nuidis Vulko 2023-12-20
Movie Robert Wilson: The Beauty of the Mysterious Himself 2022-01-16
Movie Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home Self 2022-05-03
Movie Franco Battiato - La voce del padrone 2022-11-28
Movie The Northman Heimir the Fool 2022-04-07
Movie Creation of the Kingdom of Exodus Self / Grand Duc 2022-11-20
Movie Dead for a Dollar Joe Cribbens 2022-09-30
Movie Zack Snyder's Justice League Nudis Vulko 2021-03-18
Movie Why Are We (Not) Creative? Self 2021-10-20
Movie The Card Counter Gordo 2021-09-03
Movie Spider-Man: No Way Home Norman Osborn / Green Goblin 2021-12-15
Movie Nightmare Alley Clem Hoatley 2021-12-02
Movie The French Dispatch Albert 'the Abacus' 2021-10-21
Movie Tommaso Tommaso 2020-01-08
Movie The Lighthouse: A Dark & Stormy Tale Self 2020-01-14
Movie The Last Thing He Wanted Richard McMahon 2020-02-14
Movie Babenco: Tell Me When I Die Self 2020-11-26
Movie Sportin' Life Self 2020-09-06
Movie Wim Wenders, Desperado Self 2020-07-16
Movie Roy's World: Barry Gifford's Chicago 2020-02-28
Movie Siberia Clint 2020-07-02
Movie Manou the Swift Manou's Father (voice) 2019-01-25
Movie Love, Antosha Self 2019-08-02
Movie Togo Leonhard Seppala 2019-12-20
Movie Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee Self / Norman Osborn/ Green Goblin (archive footage) 2019-12-20
Movie The Lighthouse Thomas Wake 2019-10-18
Movie Vincent van Gogh Superstar Vincent van Gogh (archive footage) 2019-11-05
Movie Motherless Brooklyn Paul Randolph 2019-10-31
Movie Vox Lux Narrator (voice) 2018-09-07
Movie Friedkin Uncut Self 2018-11-05
Movie Opus Zero Paul 2018-12-28
Movie At Eternity's Gate Vincent van Gogh 2018-11-15
Movie Brothers in Arms Self 2018-11-13
Movie Aquaman Nuidis Vulko 2018-12-07
Movie Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait Self 2017-05-05
Movie Ballad of a Righteous Merchant Self 2017-08-01
Movie What Happened to Monday Terrence Settman 2017-08-18
Movie Murder on the Orient Express Gerhard Hardman 2017-11-03
Movie The Florida Project Bobby Hicks 2017-10-06
Movie Piazza Vittorio Himself 2017-09-09
Movie Death Note Ryuk (voice) 2017-08-25
Movie Dog Eat Dog Mad Dog 2016-11-04
Movie A Family Man Ed Blackridge 2016-09-13
Movie The Great Wall Ballard 2016-12-16
Movie Finding Dory Gill (voice) 2016-06-16
Movie John Wick: Calling in the Cavalry Self 2015-02-03
Movie The Making of A Most Wanted Man Self 2015-02-27
Movie Don't F*#% With John Wick Self 2015-02-03
Movie My Hindu Friend Diego Fairman 2015-10-22
Movie The Grand Budapest Hotel J.G. Jopling 2014-02-26
Movie The Fault in Our Stars Peter van Houten 2014-05-16
Movie John Wick Marcus 2014-10-22
Movie Pasolini Pier Paolo Pasolini 2014-09-25
Movie Bad Country Bud Carter 2014-09-26
Movie A Most Wanted Man Tommy Brue 2014-07-25
Movie SPYMASTER: John le Carré in Hamburg (archive footage) 2014-09-02
Movie Odd Thomas Wyatt Porter 2013-01-29
Movie The Smile Man Willem 2013-06-15
Movie Nymphomaniac: Vol. II L 2013-12-25
Movie Out of the Furnace John Petty 2013-11-09
Movie Love's Routine Barry 2013-06-19
Movie Saving Norman Lionel Pembrooke 2013-05-25
Movie John Carter Tars Tarkas 2012-03-07
Movie 4:44 Last Day on Earth Cisco 2012-03-23
Movie Tomorrow You're Gone The Buddha 2012-10-31
Movie The Hunter Martin David 2011-10-06
Movie Daybreakers Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac 2010-01-06
Movie Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Self (archive footage) 2010-05-04
Movie A Woman Max Oliver 2010-09-04
Movie Miral Eddie 2010-09-15
Movie The Making of Daybreakers Self 2010-05-11
Movie Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World Narrator 2010-05-10
Movie Antichrist He 2009-05-20
Movie Farewell Feeney 2009-09-23
Movie The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Paul Smecker (uncredited) 2009-11-24
Movie Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Gavner Purl 2009-10-23
Movie My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Detective Hank Havenhurst 2009-12-11
Movie Fantastic Mr. Fox Rat (voice) 2009-10-23
Movie The Dust of Time A 2008-11-22
Movie Adam Resurrected Commandat Klein 2008-08-08
Movie Fireflies in the Garden Charles Waechter 2008-08-07
Movie The Walker Larry Lockner 2007-02-13
Movie Mr. Bean's Holiday Carson Clay 2007-03-22
Movie Spider-Man 3 Green Goblin / Norman Osborn 2007-05-01
Movie Anamorph Stan Aubray 2007-09-21
Movie Cannes: All Access Self 2007-10-27
Movie To Each His Own Cinema (segment "Occupations") (archive footage) 2007-10-31
Movie Go Go Tales Ray Ruby 2007-05-23
Movie The Procedure Christopher 2007-08-01
Movie American Dreamz Chief of Staff 2006-03-04
Movie Paris Je T'aime Le cow-boy (Place des Victoires) 2006-06-21
Movie Inside Man John Darius 2006-03-17
Movie Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Willem Dafoe (uncredited) 2005-05-08
Movie On the Set: 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou' Self / Klaus D. 2005-01-15
Movie xXx: State of the Union Gen. George Octavius Deckert 2005-04-27
Movie Ripley Under Ground Neil Murchison 2005-11-06
Movie Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal Self 2005-05-09
Movie Before It Had a Name Leslie 2005-09-10
Movie This Is an Adventure Self 2005-05-10
Movie Manderlay Grace's Father 2005-05-16
Movie The Reckoning Martin 2004-02-26
Movie Spider-Man 2 Green Goblin / Norman Osborn 2004-06-25
Movie The Clearing Arnold Mack 2004-07-02
Movie The Aviator Roland Sweet 2004-12-17
Movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Klaus Daimler 2004-12-10
Movie Control Dr. Michael Copeland 2004-12-07
Movie Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate Narrator (voice) 2004-10-08
Movie Rockets Redglare! Self 2003-05-02
Movie Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty 2003-09-12
Movie Finding Nemo Gill (voice) 2003-05-30
Movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico Barillo 2003-09-11
Movie Counterfeit World: Making 'To Live and Die in L.A.' Himself 2003-12-02
Movie Overnight 2003-06-12
Movie Spider-Mania Self 2002-04-30
Movie Auto Focus John Carpenter 2002-10-18
Movie Spider-Man Green Goblin / Norman Osborn 2002-05-01
Movie Behind the Ultimate Spin: The Making of 'Spider-Man' Self 2002-04-20
Movie A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Self 2001-01-01
Movie Pavilion of Women Father Andre 2001-04-20
Movie Edges of the Lord Priest 2001-10-12
Movie Bullfighter Father Ramirez 2000-10-01
Movie Globehunters: An Around the World in 80 Days Adventure Hunter (voice) 2000-01-01
Movie Shadow of the Vampire Max Schreck 2000-05-15
Movie American Psycho Detective Donald Kimball 2000-04-13
Movie Animal Factory Earl Copen 2000-10-13
Movie The Boondock Saints Paul Smecker 1999-01-22
Movie eXistenZ Gas 1999-04-14
Movie New Rose Hotel X 1999-03-19
Movie Lulu on the Bridge Dr. Van Horn 1998-09-06
Movie Abel/Asia Himself (archival footage) 1998-01-01
Movie Affliction Rolfe Whitehouse 1998-02-12
Movie Speed 2: Cruise Control Geiger 1997-06-13
Movie The English Patient David Caravaggio 1996-11-14
Movie Basquiat The Electrician 1996-08-09
Movie Victory Axel Heyst 1996-12-13
Movie The Night and the Moment Lo scrittore 1995-07-05
Movie Tom & Viv Tom Eliot 1994-04-15
Movie Clear and Present Danger John Clark 1994-08-03
Movie Faraway, So Close! Emit Flesti 1993-09-01
Movie Body of Evidence Frank Dulaney 1993-01-15
Movie White Sands Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal 1992-04-24
Movie North on Evers 1992-01-01
Movie Light Sleeper John LeTour 1992-08-21
Movie Flight of the Intruder Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole 1991-01-18
Movie Cry-Baby Hateful Guard 1990-04-06
Movie Wild at Heart Bobby Peru 1990-08-17
Movie Triumph of the Spirit Salamo Arouch 1989-12-08
Movie Born on the Fourth of July Charlie 1989-12-20
Movie Location Production Footage: The Last Temptation of the Christ Self 1988-10-07
Movie Mississippi Burning Ward 1988-12-08
Movie The Last Temptation of Christ Jesus 1988-05-28
Movie Off Limits Buck McGriff 1988-03-11
Movie Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Elephant Grass (voice) 1987-10-01
Movie Platoon Sergeant Elias Gordon 1986-12-19
Movie To Live and Die in L.A. Eric Masters 1985-11-01
Movie Roadhouse 66 Johnny Harte 1984-08-31
Movie Streets of Fire Raven Shaddock 1984-06-01
Movie New York Nights Boyfriend 1984-03-01
Movie The Hunger 2nd Phone Booth Youth 1983-04-29
Movie Heaven's Gate Willy (uncredited) 1980-11-19