Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe


7/22/1955, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

Birth Name

William Dafoe


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Willem Dafoe is an American actor with two Academy Award nominations under his belt. Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin and studied acting at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The actor soon moved to New York and became a founding member of a well-known theater company named…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Willem has been nominated for two SAG Awards. In 1997, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for The English Patient. In 2001, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Shadow of the Vampire.

    • While working on the movie The Last Temptation of Christ, Willem was unable to see for three days because he had used too many eye drops to dilate his pupils to achieve a superhuman effect while in bright sunlight.

    • Willem attended Einstein Junior High School and Appleton East High School, both in Appleton, Wisconsin. He also attended the University of Wisconsin and was majoring in drama, but he dropped out.

    • Before Willem was cast as the Green Goblin in the 2002 movie Spiderman, Nicolas Cage and John Malkovich were both offered the role.

    • Willem co-owns a restaurant with fellow Platoon star, John C. McGinley.

    • Willem is often confused with Denis Leary.

    • Willem was born William Dafoe, but changed his name to "Willem" in his childhood so people wouldn't call him "Billy."

    • In 2000, Willem won the Gran Angular Award in the category, Best Actor, for the movie, Shadow of the Vampire.

    • In 1998, Willem was nominated for a Razzie Award in the category, Worst Supporting Actor, for the movie, Speed 2:Cruise Control.

    • In 1994, Willem was nominated for a Razzie Award in the category, Worst Actor, for the movie, Body of Evidence.

    • In 2000, Willem won the President Award in the category, Outstanding Creative Performance for the movie, Shadow of the Vampire.

    • In 2001, Willem won the International Fantasy Film Award in the category, Best Actor for the movie, Shadow of the Vampire.

    • In 2001, Willem was nominated for the CFCA Award in the category, Best Supporting Actor for the movie, Shadow of the Vampire.

    • In 2001, Willem won the Saturn Award in the category, Best Supporting Actor, for the movie, Shadow of the Vampire.

    • In 1987, Willem was nominated for an Oscar in the category, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the movie, Platoon. In 2001, he was nominated in the same category for Shadow of The Vampire.

    • Willem practices yoga regularly.

    • In 2001, Willem was nominated for an Oscar for the category,Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for the movie Shadow of the Vampire. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for the movie.

    • Willem is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, a the New York-based experimental theater collective.

    • Willem is 5 feet 9½ inches (1.77 m) tall.

    • Willem is a vegetarian, thus he sticks to an all-organic diet.

    • Willem has two brothers and five sisters.

    • Willem has one child, Jack, born in 1982, with Elizabeth LeCompte.

    • Willem married his girlfriend, Italian actress and director Giada Colagrande, during a private ceremony at NYC Hall in early May 2005. The couple co-wrote and will star in the drama Before It Had a Name.

  • Quotes

    • Willem Dafoe: We're making up a story that has certain resonance, and that resonance does pertain to what's going on in the world. Anytime a film does that, I think it's worth doing.

    • Willem: I've been a prisoner and lived in prison for a while; I've been a missionary in China; I've been a vampire and a priest in Poland in World War II. I guess without bragging or being too prideful about it, I'm excited when I look back at these things that I've done. I've had lots of wonderful opportunites.

    • Willem: Some actors seek parts similar to their personalities. But I prefer undergoing a metamorphosis that depends on the role.

    • Willem: One of the pleasures of being an actor is quite simply taking a walk in someone else's shoes. And when I look at the roles I've played, I'm kind of amazed at all the wonderful adventures I've had and the different things I've learned.

    • Willem: Film is fragmented and gets into lots of other people's hands. There are a lot of pleasures that theatre gives me. You get to perform uninterrupted.

    • Willem: (about the movie Spiderman) The mask can be a limitation, but you just deal with it. You do get superhuman strength and pumpkin bombs and all this other stuff to express yourself with.

    • Willem Dafoe: I'll never be able to really see a film that I'm in.

    • Willem: I wish to Christ I could make up a really great lie. Sometimes, after an interview, I say to myself, 'Man, you were so honest - can't you have some fun? Can't you do some really down and dirty lying?' But the puritan in me thinks that if I tell a lie, I'll be punished.

    • Willem: Casting people feel that they have to get someone who looks a certain way, and I think that the jury is still out whether people find me attractive or not.

    • Willem: (Describes why he became an actor) You know, it shifts. When it starts out in the beginning, I think it's purely a social thing. The thing you get reinforcement for, it's a way of acting out. It's a way of getting attention. It's a way of just fitting in socially. And then, as I get older, it transforms into something else.

    • Willem: I'm one of those people who when I go over a bridge, I want to jump. It's just this intense tickle in the back of my throat. It's like I'm on the verge the whole time I'm walking over that bridge, and I'm not going to get a release until I jump.

    • Willem: (Describes his role in the movie, The Last Temptation of Christ) To this day, I can't believe I was so brazen to think I could pull off the Jesus role.

    • Willem Dafoe: I never act. I simply bring out the real animal that's in me.

    • Willem Dafoe: The worst thing is to get involved with people who aren't passionate about what they're doing.

    • Willem Dafoe: Weirdness is not my game. I'm just a square boy from Wisconsin.

    • Willem Dafoe: I don't think people want to see me as a regular guy, besides, I'm a regular guy in real life. I guess I just want to be reckless in my work.

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    An all-round actor who plays in very different films. From Platoon to Spider-man to Boondock Saints. It's just too bad that actors of this caliber participate in junk like XXX: State of the Union.
  • YOU GO DAFOE!!!! YA!!! YOU ROCK!!!!

    Let me lay this straight about DaFoe. He is awesome. I have seen the movies Spiderman and Spiderman 2. They were awesome. I have also seen that episode of The Simpsons where Bart and Lisa go to Military School. I hope thta DaFoe will play The Green Goblin's Spirit in Spiderman 3 like he did in the second one.