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Willem Dafoe

Birth Name: 
William J. Dafoe
Birthday: 
Friday, July 22, 1955
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Birth Place: 
Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
Height: 
5'9"

In 1979, Willem Dafoe was given a small role in Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless. From there, he went on to perform in over 70 films - in Hollywood (Spider-Man, The English Patient, Finding Nemo, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, Clear And Present Danger, White Sands, Mississippi Burning, Streets Of Fire, American Dreamz) and in independent cinema in the U.S. (The Clearing, Animal Factory, The Boondock Saints, American Psycho) and abroad (Theo Angelopoulos' The Dust Of Time, Yim Ho's Pavillion Of Women, Yurek Bogayevicz's Edges Of The Lord, Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close, Nobuhiro Suwa's segment of Paris Je t'aime, Brian Gilbert's Tom & Viv, Christian Carion's Farewell, Mr. Bean's Holiday and The Spierig Brothers' Daybreakers).

He has chosen projects for diversity of roles and opportunities to work with strong directors. He has worked in the films of Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic, The Fantastic Mr. Fox), Martin Scorsese (The Aviator, The Last Temptation Of Christ), Spike Lee (Inside Man), Julian Schnabel (Miral, Basquiat), Paul Schrader (Auto Focus, Affliction, Light Sleeper, The Walker, Adam Resurrected), David Cronenberg (Existenz), Abel Ferrara (Go Go Tales, New Rose Hotel), David Lynch (Wild At Heart), William Friedkin (To Live And Die In LA), Werner Herzog (My Son My Son What Have Ye Done), Oliver Stone (Born On The Fourth Of July, Platoon), Giada Colagrande (A Woman and Before It Had A Name) and Lars von Trier (Antichrist and Manderlay).

He was nominated twice for the Academy Award (Platoon and Shadow Of The Vampire) and once for the Golden Globe. Among other nominations and awards, he received an LA Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award.

Upcoming films include The Hunter, Andrew Stanton's John Carter for Disney, Stephen Sommers' Odd Thomas and Abel Ferrara's 444: The Last Day On Earth.

Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based experimental theatre collective. He created and performed in all of the group's work from 1977 thru 2005, both in the U.S. and internationally. Since then, he worked with Richard Foreman in Idiot Savant at The Public Theatre (NYC) and most recently Robert Wilson's The Life & Death of Marina Abramovic abroad. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

2001 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Shadow of the Vampire)
1987 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Platoon)

News

Principal Photography Underway for "John Carter Of Mars"

Principal photography is underway in London for Walt Disney Pictures’ “JOHN CARTER OF MARS.” Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exoti... Read more
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Dafoe's Anamorph finds DVD on December 9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Fascinating and morbidly beautiful. Dafoe gives an outstanding performance.” - Rebekah McKendry, Fangoria... Read more
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Reviews

4:44 Last Day On Earth (BLU-RAY)

It’s been an amazingly odd few years with apocalyptic tales popping up all over the place. I’ve seen romantic apocalyptic tales to tales about the unleashing of the beasts within us when we figure there is nothing left to hold us to our long followed civility.... Read more
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John Carter

Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter character celebrates its centennial anniversary this year with the first full length feature film of the series.... Read more
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Miral (BLU-RAY)

Miral is based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Rula Jebreal. While the film is about Miral the story first opens up with the brief history of three women who are interconnected in Miral’s life; Hind, Nadia, and Fatima.... Read more
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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?

Brad did it. He killed his mother. In the neighbor's living room. With the antique sword.... Read more
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Inside Man (BLU-RAY)

I'm not a huge Spike Lee fan when it comes to his less commercial properties.  But, when he is in his higher budget, bigger script element, he is at the top of his game. QUALITY: The picture is a bit grainy and, even when not, is about on par with a standard DVD.... Read more
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Videos

John Wick (He's Back Trailer)

John Wick (He's Back Trailer)

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre". ... Read more
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John Wick (Vengeance TV Spot)

John Wick (Vengeance TV Spot)

John Wick - Vengeance TV Spot ... Read more
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John Wick (Trailer #1)

John Wick (Trailer #1)

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Out Of The Furnace (Trailer #1)

Out Of The Furnace (Trailer #1)

From Scott Cooper, the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, comes a gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice.... Read more
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Out Of The Furnance (Trailer #1)

Out Of The Furnance (Trailer #1)

Russell Baze (Christian Bale) works a dead-end job at the local steel mill, as his terminally ill father did before him.... Read more
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