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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 French, German, 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 27 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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 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
 2013 Beyond: Two Souls (Video Game)
Nathan Dawkins
 2013 Love's Routine (Video short)
 2013 The Smile Man (Short)
 2013 Saving Norman (Video short)
Lionel Pembrooke
 2012 Tomorrow You're Gone
The Buddha
 2011/IV The Hunter
 2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth
 2010 Miral
 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Rat (voice)
 2009 Farewell
 2009 Antichrist
 2008 The Dust of Time
 2007 The Walker
Larry Lockner
 2007/I The Procedure (Short)
 2006 Tales from Earthsea
Cob (English version, voice)
 2005 Ripley Under Ground
Neil Murchinson
 2003 Camel Cricket City (Short)
Camel Cricket (voice)
 2003 Finding Nemo
Gill (voice)
 2002/II The Reckoning
 2002 Spider-Man (Video Game)
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn (voice)
 2000 Globehunters
Hunter (voice)
 1999 eXistenZ
 1998 New Rose Hotel
 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 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Jeffrey Hunt
- Ghostwriter (1986) ... Jeffrey Hunt
 1984 New York Nights
 1980 Heaven's Gate
Willy (uncredited)
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TV commercial (voice-over): Merrill Lynch stockbrokers. See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 13 Interviews | 9 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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It's one of those invented things. I spend a lot of time in Germany so it's in my head. I didn't feel the need to go to a dialogue coach and be very strict with it because that's not in the spirit of how it should be approached. My take was that it should be played with and invented. It's my idea of a Germanish accent - On his accent in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). See more »


Attended Appleton East High School in Appleton, Wisconsin. See more »


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