Willem Dafoe


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Having made over one hundred films in his legendary career, Willem Dafoe is internationally respected for bringing versatility, boldness, and daring to some of the most iconic films of our time. His artistic curiosity in exploring the human condition leads him to projects all over the world, large and small, Hollywood films as well as Independent ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 83 wins & 114 nominations. See more awards »

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Spider-Man Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
(2002)
At Eternity's Gate Vincent van Gogh
(2018)
(2017)
(2009)

Filmography

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  Tropico (pre-production)
Raymond
 2022 Poor Things (filming)
Dr. Godwin Baxter
 2022 The Northman (post-production)
Heimir the Fool
 2021 Nightmare Alley (completed)
Clem Hoately
 2021 The Card Counter
Gordo
 2021 Twelve Minutes (Video Game)
Father (voice)
 2021 The French Dispatch
Albert 'the Abacus'
 2020 7 Deaths of Maria Callas (Video short)
 2020 The Last Thing He Wanted
Dick McMahon
 2019 Togo
Leonhard Seppala
 2019 Siberia
Clint
 2019 Motherless Brooklyn
Paul Randolph
 2019 Tommaso
Tommaso
 2019/I The Lighthouse
Thomas Wake
 2019 Swift
Yves (voice)
 2018 Aquaman
Vulko
 2018 Vox Lux
Narrator (voice)
 2018 At Eternity's Gate
Vincent van Gogh
 2018 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (TV Series)
Zylander Quark
- Chadwick Boseman/Strangest Things (2018) ... Zylander Quark
 2017 Opus Zero
Paul
 2017 Murder on the Orient Express
Gerhard Hardman
 2017/I Death Note
Ryuk (voice)
 2017 What Happened to Monday
Terrence Settman
 2017 The Florida Project
Bobby
 2016/I The Great Wall
Ballard
 2016/II Padre
James Verdun
 2016 A Definitely or Maybe
Ed Blackridge
 2016 Sculpt
 2016 Finding Dory
Gill (voice)
 2016/I Dog Eat Dog
Mad Dog
 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
 2014 Pasolini
Pier Paolo Pasolini
 2014 The Fault in Our Stars
Peter van Houten
 2014 Bad Country
Bud Carter
 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jopling
 2014 A Most Wanted Man
Tommy Brue
 2013 The Benaki Museum (Short)
Antonis Benakis (voice)
 2013 Out of the Furnace
John Petty
 2013 Beyond: Two Souls (Video Game)
Nathan Dawkins (voice)
 2013 Love's Routine (Short)
Barry
 2013 The Smile Man (Short)
Willem
 2013 Saving Norman (Short)
Lionel Pembrooke
 2013 Odd Thomas
Chief Wyatt Porter
 2012 Antony and the Johnsons: Cut the World (Video short)
Willem Dafoe
 2012 Tomorrow You're Gone
The Buddha
 2012 John Carter
Tars Tarkas
 2011 Gauguin: Maker of Myth (Video documentary short)
Narrator (voice)
 2011/IV The Hunter
Martin
 2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth
Cisco
 2010 A Woman
Max Oliver
 2010 Miral
Eddie
 2010 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World (2010) ... Narrator (voice)
 2009 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
Paul Smecker (uncredited)
 2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox
Rat (voice)
 2009 Daybreakers
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
 2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
Detective Havenhurst
 2009 Farewell
Feeney
 2009 Antichrist
He
 2008 The Dust of Time
A
 2008 Adam Resurrected
Commandant Klein
 2008 Fireflies in the Garden
Charles Taylor
 2007/I The Procedure (Short)
Christopher
 2007 Anamorph
Stan Aubray
 2007 Go Go Tales
Ray Ruby
 2007 Spider-Man 3
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
 2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday
Carson Clay
 2007 The Walker
Larry Lockner
 2006 Tales from Earthsea
Cob (English version, voice)
 2006 Paris, je t'aime
Le cowboy (segment "Place des Victoires")
 2006 Inside Man
Captain John Darius
 2006 American Dreamz
Chief of Staff
 2005 Ripley Under Ground
Neil Murchinson
 2005 Before It Had a Name
Leslie
 2005 Manderlay
Grace's Father
 2005 xXx: State of the Union
General George Deckert
 2004 The Aviator
Roland Sweet
 2004 Control
Dr. Michael Copeland
 2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Klaus Daimler
 2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
Willem Dafoe (uncredited)
 2004 Spider-Man 2
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
 2004 The Clearing
Arnold Mack
 2003 Camel Cricket City (Short)
Camel Cricket (voice)
 2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (Video Game)
Nikolai Diavolo (voice)
 2003 Finding Nemo
Gill (voice)
 2003 Finding Nemo (Video Game)
Gill (voice)
 2002/II The Reckoning
Martin
 2002 Auto Focus
John Carpenter
 2002 Spider-Man
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn
 2002 Spider-Man (Video Game)
Green Goblin / Norman Osborn (voice)
 2001 Edges of the Lord
Priest
 2001 Pavilion of Women
Father Andre
 2000 Globehunters (TV Movie)
Hunter (voice)
 2000 Bullfighter
Father Ramirez
 2000 Shadow of the Vampire
Max Schreck
 2000 Animal Factory
Earl Copen
 2000 American Psycho
Donald Kimball
 1999 The Boondock Saints
Paul Smecker
 1999 eXistenZ
Gas
 1998 New Rose Hotel
X
 1998 Lulu on the Bridge
Dr. Van Horn
 1997 Affliction
Rolfe Whitehouse
 1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control
John Geiger
 1996 Victory
Axel Heyst
 1996 The English Patient
Caravaggio
 1996 Basquiat
The Electrician
 1994 The Night and the Moment
The Writer
 1994 Tom & Viv
Tom Eliot
 1993 Faraway, So Close!
Emit Flesti
 1992 Body of Evidence
Frank Dulaney
 1992 White Sands
Ray Dolezal
 1992 Light Sleeper
John LeTour
 1991 Flight of the Intruder
Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole
 1990 Arrive Alive
Mickey Crews
 1990 Wild at Heart
Bobby Peru
 1990 Cry-Baby
Hateful Guard
 1989 Triumph of the Spirit
Salamo
 1988 Mississippi Burning
Ward
 1988/I Off Limits
Buck McGriff
 1987 Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (TV Movie documentary)
Elephant Grass (voice)
 1986 Platoon
Sgt. Elias
 1986 The Hitchhiker (TV Series)
Jeffrey Hunt
- Ghostwriter (1986) ... Jeffrey Hunt
 1985 O Panama (Short)
 1985 To Live and Die in L.A.
Eric Masters
 1984 Streets of Fire
Raven
 1984 Roadhouse 66
Johnny Harte
 1984 Shackin' Up
Boyfriend
 1983 The Hunger
2nd Phone Booth Youth
 1981 White Lies (Short)
 1981 The Loveless
Vance
 1980 Heaven's Gate
Willy (uncredited)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Thanks (12 credits)
Show Show Self (194 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (34 credits)

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Other Works:

TV commercial (voice-over): Buick Century. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 14 Interviews | 11 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)


Children:

Jack

Parents:

Muriel Sprissler Dafoe | Dafoe, William Alfred

Relatives:

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on being a veteran on a set with mostly newcomers in The Florida Project (2017)] My job is to fit in with them. I'm aware that I have more experience, but when we're all in the room together, we're just trying to help one another. I had to fit in with them; that's the real takeaway, and that's the pleasure, because whenever you're in a movie, that's your job. You want to be the fabric of the ... See more »

Trivia:

Quite possibly has the most on-screen deaths of any mainstream actor. His death scenes include Platoon (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), eXistenZ (1999), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Spider-Man (2002), and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), among others. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently portrays soldiers or eccentric characters See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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