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How rich is William J. Dafoe?

William J. Dafoe net worth:
$25 Million

William J. Dafoe information

William J. Dafoe information

Birth date: 22nd July 1955,
Birth place: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA,
Profession:Actor, Voice Actor, Model
Nationality:United States of America

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William J. Dafoe was born on the 22nd July 1955, in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA, to a father of French and English descent, and mother of Irish, Scottish and German descent. He is an actor, known for his roles in over 100 films, particularly “Platoon”, “The Last Temptation Of Christ”, “Shadow Of The Vampire”, and “Spider-Man”. He is also recognized as a voice actor, known for providing the voice in “Finding Nemo” and “The Simpsons”.

Have you ever wondered how rich is Willem Dafoe, as of early 2016? According to sources, it is estimated that the overall amount of Willem’s net worth is over $25 million, mainly accumulated from his career in the theatre and movie industries now spanning over 40 years.

Willem Dafoe Net Worth $25 Million

Willem Dafoe was one of seven children, the son of Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon, and Muriel Isabel, a nurse. He attended Einstein Junior High School, and then Appleton East High School, from which he was expelled for shooting a pornographic film. Thus, his career began, but he also continued his education, studying Drama at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, but only for a year, in order to join the theatre company Theatre X, and begin his professional acting career. Soon after, he moved to New York and became a part of the theatre troupe The Performance Group. However, Willem soon got involved with Elizabeth LeCompte in a romantic relationship, although she was 11 year older than him. She left the Performance Group, and started her own theatre group, entitled “Wooser Group”, which Willem joined within a year of its creation.

His acting career began back in 1980, when he was selected for a small role in the film “Heaven’s Gate”, but he was edited out. Anyway, he stayed in the acting world, soon acquiring a role in the film “The Loveless” (1981). Since then, his career has only gone upwards, and he has appeared in over 100 film titles, which became the main source of his net worth over the years. During the 1980s, he appeared in films such as “Streets Of Fire” (1984), “Roadhouse 66” (1985), “Platoon” (1986), “Off Limits” (1988), and “Mississippi Burning” (1988), among others. The role of Sergeant Elias in “Platoon” led Willem to a nomination for an Oscar award and added a lot to his overall wealth.

The 1990s only increased the number of films in which Willem appeared, and also increased his overall net worth. He was featured in over 15 films, some of those are “Cry Baby” (1990), “Wild At Heart” (1990), and “Light Sleeper” (1992) – for which he won Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor – “Clear And Present Danger” (1994), “The English Patient” (1996), “Speed 2: Cruise Control” (1997), and “The Boondock Saints” (1999), among others.

In the 1990s, Willem also began ‘voice acting’, making his debut in the popular TV series “The Simpsons” in 1997, and was soon featured in animated films such as “Globehunters” (2000) and “Finding Nemo” (2003).

In the 2000s, his career became even bigger, as he was in constant demand by directors. Willem was cast in “Shadow of the Vampire” (2000), a horror film directed by E. Elias Merhige, portraying Max Schreck, and being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, plus winning several awards, such as Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor. Among Other films in which he was cast are “Spider-man” (2002) followed by “Spider-man 2” (2004) and “Spider-man 3” (2007); “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou” (2004), “Before It Had A Name” (2005), “Inside Man” (2006), “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” (2007), , “Go Go Tales” (2007), “Antichrist” (2009), “The Hunter” (2011), “Out OF The Furnace” (2013) his net worth rose steadily.

Most recently, Willem’s net worth has been increased by appearances in films “Bad Country” (2014), “John Wick” (2014), “The Fault In Our Stars” (2014), “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), “My Hindu Friend” (2015). At the moment, he is filming “The Great Wall”, “The Headhunter’s Calling”, “What Happened To Monday”, and “Dog Eat Dog”, all of which are scheduled to be released by the end of 2016, demonstrating that he is still in high demand, and undoubtedly raising his net worth.

Regarding his personal life, Willem Dafoe has been married to Giada Colagrande, a director and actress, since 2005. With his previous partner, Elizabeth LeCompte (1977-2004), Williem has a son. At the present day, he lives with Giada and they divide their time between New York, Los Angeles, and Italy. Willem spends his free time practicing Yoga.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Aquaman 2018 pre-production Nuidis Vulko
Bajo el agua 2018 announced
Opus Zero 2017 filming Paul
Justice League 2017 post-production Nuidis Vulko
Murder on the Orient Express 2017 filming Gerhard Hardman
Death Note 2017 post-production Ryuk (voice)
The Florida Project 2017 post-production Bobby
The Sleeping Shepherd 2017 pre-production Dirk
The Great Wall 2016/I Ballard
Padre 2016/II James Verdun
What Happened to Monday? 2016
The Headhunter's Calling 2016 Ed Blackridge
Sculpt 2016
Finding Dory 2016 Gill (voice)
Dog Eat Dog 2016/I Mad Dog
Mind the Gap 2016/II Short
My Hindu Friend 2015 Diego Fairman
The Simpsons 1997-2014 TV Series Mr. Lassen / The Commandant
John Wick 2014 Marcus
Pasolini 2014 Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Fault in Our Stars 2014 Van Houten
Bad Country 2014 Bud Carter
The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 Jopling
A Most Wanted Man 2014 Tommy Brue
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II 2013 L
Out of the Furnace 2013 John Petty
Beyond: Two Souls 2013 Video Game Nathan Dawkins (voice)
Love's Routine 2013 Video short Barry
The Smile Man 2013 Short Willem
Saving Norman 2013 Video short Lionel Pembrooke
Odd Thomas 2013 Chief Wyatt Porter
Antony and the Johnsons: Cut the World 2012 Video short
Tomorrow You're Gone 2012 The Buddha
John Carter 2012 Tars Tarkas
The Hunter 2011/IV Martin
4:44 Last Day on Earth 2011 Cisco
A Woman 2010 Max Oliver
Miral 2010 Eddie
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant 2009 Gavner Purl
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day 2009 Paul Smecker (uncredited)
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 Rat (voice)
Daybreakers 2009 Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 Detective Havenhurst
L'affaire Farewell 2009 Feeney
Antichrist 2009 He
Trilogia II: I skoni tou hronou 2008 A
Adam Resurrected 2008 Commandant Klein
Fireflies in the Garden 2008 Charles
Anamorph 2007 Stan Aubray
Go Go Tales 2007 Ray Ruby
Spider-Man 3 2007 Green Goblin Norman Osborn
Mr. Bean's Holiday 2007 Carson Clay
The Walker 2007 Larry Lockner
The Procedure 2007/I Short Christopher
Gedo senki 2006 Cob (English version, voice)
Paris, je t'aime 2006 Le cowboy (segment "Place des Victoires")
Inside Man 2006 Captain John Darius
American Dreamz 2006 Chief of Staff
Ripley Under Ground 2005 Neil Murchinson
Before It Had a Name 2005 Leslie
Manderlay 2005 Grace's Father
xXx: State of the Union 2005 General George Deckert
The Aviator 2004 Roland Sweet
Control 2004 Dr. Michael Copeland
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 2004 Klaus Daimler
Spider-Man 2 2004 Green Goblin Norman Osborn
The Clearing 2004 Arnold Mack
James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing 2003 Video Game Nikolai Diavolo (voice)
Camel Cricket City 2003 Short Camel Cricket (voice)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 Barillo
Finding Nemo 2003 Gill (voice)
Finding Nemo 2003 Video Game Gill (voice)
The Reckoning 2002/II Martin
Auto Focus 2002 John Carpenter
Spider-Man 2002 Green Goblin Norman Osborn
Spider-Man 2002 Video Game Green Goblin Norman Osborn (voice)
Edges of the Lord 2001 Priest
Pavilion of Women 2001 Father Andre
Globehunters 2000 Hunter (voice)
Bullfighter 2000 Father Ramirez
Shadow of the Vampire 2000 Max Schreck
Animal Factory 2000 Earl Copen
American Psycho 2000 Donald Kimball
The Boondock Saints 1999 Paul Smecker
eXistenZ 1999 Gas
New Rose Hotel 1998 X
Lulu on the Bridge 1998 Dr. Van Horn
Affliction 1997 Rolfe Whitehouse
Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997 John Geiger
Victory 1996 Axel Heyst
The English Patient 1996 David Caravaggio
Basquiat 1996 The Electrician
The Night and the Moment 1994 The Writer
Clear and Present Danger 1994 John Clark
Tom & Viv 1994 Tom Eliot
Faraway, So Close! 1993 Emit Flesti
Body of Evidence 1993 Frank Dulaney
White Sands 1992 Deputy Sheriff Ray Dolezal
Light Sleeper 1992 John LeTour
Flight of the Intruder 1991 Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole
Wild at Heart 1990 Bobby Peru
Cry-Baby 1990 Hateful Guard
Arrive Alive 1990 Mickey Crews
Born on the Fourth of July 1989 Charlie - Villa Dulce
Triumph of the Spirit 1989 Salamo Arouch
Mississippi Burning 1988 Agent Alan Ward
The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 Jesus
Off Limits 1988 Buck McGriff
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam 1987 TV Movie documentary Elephant Grass (voice)
Platoon 1986 Sgt. Elias
The Hitchhiker 1986 TV Series Jeffrey Hunt
To Live and Die in L.A. 1985 Eric Masters
Roadhouse 66 1985 Johnny Harte
Streets of Fire 1984 Raven Shaddock
Shackin' Up 1984 Boyfriend
The Hunger 1983 2nd Phone Booth Youth
The Loveless 1981 Vance
Heaven's Gate 1980 Willy (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Go Go Tales 2007 performer: "Star of Mine"
Spider-Man 2002 performer: "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
Roadhouse 66 1985 performer: "MARIE, MARIE"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nelson Algren Live 2016 Documentary executive producer
New Rose Hotel 1998 co-producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Before It Had a Name 2005

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Time Out of Mind 2014 special thanks
Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle 2012 Documentary special thanks: funding
The New Bike 2009 Short acknowledgment
Paris, je t'aime 2006 thanks
This Is an Adventure 2005 Video documentary special thanks
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart' 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Specific Spontaneity: Focus on Lynch 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2004 special thanks
Corazón iluminado 1998 thanks
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda 1996 TV Movie documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bienvenue à Cannes 2007 Documentary Himself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself
Oliver Stone - Hollywoods Lieblingsrebell 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Ultimate Heist: Making 'Inside Man' 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
2006 Independent Spirit Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Cannes Experience: Manderlay 2005 2005 Video documentary short Himself / Grace's Father
El Magacine 2005 TV Series Himself
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe 2005 TV Special Himself - Honoree
Caiga quien caiga 2005 TV Series Himself
Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal 2005 Video documentary short Himself
This Is an Adventure 2005 Video documentary Himself
Starz on the Set: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 2005 TV Short documentary Himself
Love, Death, Elvis & Oz: The Making of 'Wild at Heart' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Specific Spontaneity: Focus on Lynch 2004 Video documentary short Himself
The Misbehavers 2004 Documentary Himself
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood 2004 Himself (uncredited)
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate 2004 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Behind the Scenes of 'Spider-Man' 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Anatomy of a Scene 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
NY Graham Norton 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Daily Show 2001-2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Anti-Hero's Journey 2004 Video documentary short Himself / Barrillo
Counterfeit World: Making 'To Live and Die in L.A.' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
HBO First Look 1997-2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Cinéma, de notre temps 2003 TV Series documentary
Overnight 2003 Documentary Himself
Rockets Redglare! 2003 Documentary Himself
Ashtanga, NY 2003 Documentary short Himself
Hollywood High 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Cartaz Cultural 2003 TV Series Himself (2008)
Reel Comedy 2002 TV Series Himself
Festival Pass with Chris Gore 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Page to Screen 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Behind the Scenes: Spider-Man the Movie 2002 TV Short documentary Himself
The Spider-Man Story 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Spider-Man: An MTV Movie Special 2002 TV Short documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995-2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Spidermania 2002 TV Special documentary Himself
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' 2001 Video documentary Himself / Sgt. Elias
+ de cinéma 2001 TV Series documentary short Himself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997-2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997-2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 5 - Cannes 2000 & SXSW 2000 Video documentary Himself
The Making of 'American Psycho' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
The Directors 1999-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
What Is Yoga? 1998 Video documentary Narrator
The Making of 'Speed 2: Cruise Control' 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Working in the Theatre 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 1996 TV Series Himself - Guest
39 premis Sant Jordi de cinematografia 1995 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Foreign Actor (tape)
CBS This Morning 1994 TV Series Himself
De tú a tú 1993 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
North on Evers 1992 Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 6th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Supporting Male
Fishing with John 1991 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'Triumph of the Spirit' 1990 Short Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989-1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 61st Annual Academy Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Location Production Footage: The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 Video documentary short Himself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Communists Are Comfortable 1985 Documentary Himself
Music Videos and Inside 'Streets of Fire' 1984 TV Special documentary Himself (Raven)
Platoon: 30 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
A Place Among the Undead 2016 TV Series documentary Himself (2016)
Nelson Algren Live 2016 Documentary Role1 / Frankie Machine / Role2 / ...
Altas Horas 2016 TV Series Himself
Vídeo Show 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'A Most Wanted Man' 2015 Video documentary short Himself
Fukushima: A Nuclear Story 2015 Documentary voice
Janela Indiscreta 2012-2014 TV Series Himself
Só Visto! 2014 TV Series Himself
Rencontres de cinéma 2014 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2004-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2009-2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Cinema 3 2009-2014 TV Series Himself
Días de cine 1993-2014 TV Series Himself
El hormiguero 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
SXSW Flashback 2012 2012 TV Movie Himself
In Conversation with Willem Dafoe 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Hello! Hollywood 2012 TV Series Himself
Bob Wilson's Life & Death of Marina Abramovic 2012 Documentary
360 Degrees of 'John Carter' 2012 Video documentary short Himself
John Carter: 100 Years in the Making 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Mi reino por un caballo 2012 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1996-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Morning America 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Colbert Report 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The One Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Other Guest
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Gauguin: Maker of Myth 2011 Video documentary Narrator (voice)
Miradas 2 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Continuarà... 2011 TV Series Himself
Problema 2010 Documentary Himself
Gilles Jacob: CIitizen Cannes 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
American Experience 2010 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
MindFlux 2010 Documentary Himself
The Three Beggars: The Animals of Antichrist 2009 Video short Himself / He
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
HARDtalk 2009 TV Series Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
TV Festival Du Cannes 2009 2009 TV Movie Himself
Mr. Bean's Holiday: Beans in Cannes 2008 Video short Himself
Mr. Bean's Holiday: The Human Bean 2008 Video short Himself
Shootout 2008 TV Series Himself
Erika Rabau: Puck of Berlin 2008 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nostalgia Critic 2016 TV Series Green Goblin Norman Osborn
Quick Reviews with Maverick 2016 TV Series Green Goblin
Welcome to the Basement 2013-2015 TV Series Detective Havenhurst / Max Shreck
SPYMASTER: John le Carré in Hamburg 2014 Video documentary short
Rumble on the Lot: Walter Hill's Streets of Fire Revisited 2013 Video documentary Raven Shaddock (uncredited)
Pastor Mike Online 2013 TV Series The Devil
Made in Hollywood 2012 TV Series Himself
The Big Picture 2012 TV Series Himself
Samsung AACTA Awards 2012 TV Special Martin David
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Himself / Raven Shaddock
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series Himself
Antichrist: Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Filmfestival 2009 2009 Video short Himself
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián 2008 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence 2007 segment "Occupations"
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cómo conseguir un papel en Hollywood 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon 2006 TV Special Himself
Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow 2006 TV Special Himself
The Road to Manderlay 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
San Sebastián 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero 2005 TV Movie Himself
Ceremonia de clausura 2005 TV Movie Himself
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Himself
Ceremonia de apertura 2005 TV Movie
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series X
Clear and Present Danger: Behind the Danger 2002 Video documentary short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Crystal Globe Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema
2016 Best Actor Montréal World Film Festival My Hindu Friend (2015)
2015 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· F. Murray Abraham
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2015 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· F. Murray Abraham
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2015 Honorary Award of the Festival Marrakech International Film Festival
2014 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· F. Murray Abraham
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2014 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· F. Murray Abraham
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2014 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Body of Work John Wick (2014)
2014 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· F. Murray Abraham
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2012 Achievement Award Stockholm Film Festival
2011 Honorary Lady Harimaguada Las Palmas Film Festival
2010 Bodil Bodil Awards Best Actor (Bedste mandlige hovedrolle) Antichrist (2009)
2009 Career Achievement Award Chicago International Film Festival Willem Dafoe has mesmerized audiences with his provocative performances.
2009 Vanguard Actor CineVegas International Film Festival
2008 Best Actor Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema Anamorph (2007)
2007 Career Award Flaiano International Prizes
2006 Excellence Award Locarno International Film Festival
2005 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award San Sebastián International Film Festival
2002 Special Award Camerimage For immense contribution to the art of film.
2002 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Best Supporting Actor Spider-Man (2002)
2002 Taormina Arte Award Taormina International Film Festival
2001 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2000 President Award Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Outstanding Creative Performance Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2000 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2000 Gran Angular Award Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Best Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
1995 Sant Jordi Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero) Light Sleeper (1992)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Comedy/Musical The Simpsons (1989)
2015 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Tilda Swinton
· F. Murray Abraham
· Harvey Keitel
· Adrien Brody
· Mathieu Amalric
· Jeff Goldblum
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Tony Revolori
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
2015 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · F. Murray Abraham
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Ralph Fiennes
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Tony Revolori
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
2014 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· F. Murray Abraham
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2014 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· F. Murray Abraham
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2014 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· F. Murray Abraham
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2013 NAVGTR Award NAVGTR Awards Supporting Performance in a Drama Beyond: Two Souls (2013)
2013 VGX Spike Video Game Awards Best Voice Actor Beyond: Two Souls (2013)
2012 AACTA Award Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards Best Lead Actor The Hunter (2011)
2012 AFCA Award Australian Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor The Hunter (2011)
2010 Robert Robert Festival Best Actor (Årets mandlige hovedrolle) Antichrist (2009)
2005 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) · Cate Blanchett
· Bud Cort
· Michael Gambon
· Jeff Goldblum
· Anjelica Huston
· Bill Murray
· Noah Taylor
· Owen Wilson
2004 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards, Mexico Most Divine Miracle in a Movie (Milagro más Divino en una Película) The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
2004 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Finding Nemo (2003)
2003 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Auto Focus (2002)
2003 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Spider-Man (2002)
2002 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2002 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Auto Focus (2002)
2001 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2000 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
1998 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
1997 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast The English Patient (1996) · Ralph Fiennes
· Juliette Binoche
· Kristin Scott Thomas
· Naveen Andrews
· Colin Firth
· Julian Wadham
· Jürgen Prochnow
1994 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Body of Evidence (1993)
1991 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Wild at Heart (1990)
1987 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Platoon (1986)
1987 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Platoon (1986)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) · Cate Blanchett
· Bud Cort
· Michael Gambon
· Jeff Goldblum
· Anjelica Huston
· Bill Murray
· Noah Taylor
· Owen Wilson
2000 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2000 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Auto Focus (2002)
2001 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
2001 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Shadow of the Vampire (2000)


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#Fact
1 He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
2 He sticks to an all-organic, vegan diet.
3 He has worked with 6 directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Michael Cimino, Kathryn Bigelow, William Friedkin, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, and Anthony Minghella.
4 Cannes Film Festival Jury Member. [2014]
5 As of 2014, has appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar:Platoon (1986), Mississippi Burning (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), The English Patient (1996), The Aviator (2004) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Of those, Platoon (1986) and The English Patient (1996) are winners in the category.
6 He has English, Irish, Scottish, German, Swiss, and French ancestry.
7 Built sets and acted with experimental Milwaukee, Wisconsin group Theatre X, before moving to New York in 1977, where he worked with the Wooster Group at the Performing Garage.
8 To date he has shot 18 films in Europe. [2007]
9 Provided his voice on Lou Reed's 2003 album "The Raven". On it, he performs a re-written and reworked, spoken-word version of Edgar Allan Poe's poetry.
10 Was involved for decades (from 1977) with theater director and actress Elizabeth LeCompte, who was also a member and director of the Wooster Group. He later married an Italian writer/director in 2005.
11 Member of Jury for 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.
12 Was a candidate for the role of the Joker in Batman (1989).
13 Visited Sarajevo Film Festival (in post-war Bosnia) together with Steve Buscemi in year 2000.
14 Was offered the role of Senator Roark in Sin City (2005).
15 Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Supporting Actor category for his performance in the film xXx: State of the Union (2005) However, he failed to receive a nomination. (Had he gotten the nomination, it would have been his third overall. He was previously nominated for Worst Supporting Actor at the 1998 Razzie Awards for his role in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), and for Worst Actor at the 1994 Razzie Awards for his performance in Body of Evidence (1993).)
16 Brother, Donald Dafoe, is an accomplished transplant surgeon.
17 While doing a blocking run-through on Wild at Heart (1990) (for the scene in which Dafoe's character threatens to rape Laura Dern's character), Dafoe playfully sang his lines. Director David Lynch loved this, and wanted Dafoe to actually sing his lines in the scene, when they shot it. The idea did not actually go through, however.
18 Was under consideration for Dennis Hopper's role (Frank Booth) in Blue Velvet (1986).
19 Practices Yoga regularly.
20 John Malkovich, Nicolas Cage, and Dafoe were all approached to play the Green Goblin in Spider-Man (2002). Dafoe and Malkovich starred in Shadow of the Vampire (2000) together, while Cage produced the film. Dafoe ended up getting the Spider-Man role.
21 Often portrays soldiers or eccentric characters.
22 The only actor to ever be nominated for an Oscar for playing a vampire, for his role as Max Schrek in Shadow of the Vampire (2000).
23 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.
24 Attended Appleton East High School in Appleton, Wisconsin.
25 He was delirious for 24 hours after coming down with yellow fever on the set of Platoon (1986).
26 He did practically all of his own stunts on the glider in Spider-Man (2002). So when you see the Green Goblin moving around on it, when it's not CG, then it's Willem pretty much the whole time.
27 He attended Einstein Junior High School in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was known as "Billy."
28 Says he feels like he's missed out on more conventional roles because he's perceived as an eccentric actor in dark little films, kind of the boy-next-door type - if you lived next door to a mausoleum.
29 His high school nickname, Willem, stuck with him.
30 He has a son, Jack, born in 1982, with Elizabeth LeCompte.

#Quote
1 There's a funny perception that I play bad guys, but if you really know my movies, the big and small ones, the truth is often I play good guys. But they're good guys that are flawed, good guys who are outside of society. They're odd or they're criminals, but morally they tend to function as good people.
2 I'm always very fond of laconic, cut-off characters that have a rich inner life, and you have to restrain that.
3 [2004, on selection parts] I'm always looking for an adventure-I try not to work just to work. I always try to find people that are burning to tell a story and then help them do it. I try to avoid anyone that pokes around-filmmaking should be an opportunity to make something that's very thrilling and, you know, exciting. On some level, I'm a sensation junkie.
4 On The Last Temptation of Christ (1988): It had a profound influence on me. Marty [Scorsese] had made this movie in his head for years, and I felt privileged to be involved.
5 I always like to mix it up. It's like anything. If you're eating pasta for a week, eventually, you crave something else. A balanced diet of different roles and different stories and movies - I think it's the way to stay healthy artistically and career wise. It does a funny thing because you're not refining one way of seeing you. That's one way to have a career. You can make a persona, corner a market, and make yourself almost a thing. You can use that and that can be interesting iconographical but I still am that actor who likes to bend myself to the material rather than find material to support some idea of who I am or some persona that I've made, or some mask that I've made. - On his career.
6 Most of the work happens when you're on the set. It's like going to a cocktail party - you know who's going to be there, you have certain expectations about the topics of conversation and the social dynamic. At the same time, when you arrive, you've got to be able to abandon those preconceptions and be mercurial. But sometimes the most important thing is just having a good costume. - On preparation for the characters he plays.
7 On principle I don't have favorites. To pass judgment on something you've done is a face-saving act, and I think it kinda stinks. There are all kinds of movies, all kinds of impulses and all kinds of needs for people watching movies, and sometimes I'll do a movie that I don't particularly care for, but then I'll run into someone that it speaks to and they love it. So for me, to give my personal take on it, could mean ruining that movie for someone else, because they can find pleasure where I can't. - On his favorite roles.
8 Sometimes I envy their power and money, and other times I feel sorry for them since they have a gun to their head. They have so much to protect that they have to be very careful, thus very certain every step of the way, and that leaves out a lot of work of any freshness. I don't want to do that - I'm not that kind of actor. - On top Hollywood actors.
9 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).
10 Sometimes I have a desire to control what I do a little bit, especially when I do a smaller movie. But basically, my impulses are the impulses of a child. I like being the thing itself. I don't like thinking about it. And that doesn't mean I'm not analytical or that I'm anti-intellectual. I'm not trying to say I'm a totally intuitive kind of guy. It's just that my real pleasure, where I feel vital and everything drops away, is when I'm in the middle of doing it, and I look for that opportunity untainted by other responsibilities. But I'm getting too serious. When I try to explain what I do, I get a little bit disgusted with myself because I come off too earnest. In the simplest terms, it's a pleasure to borrow someone else's body and someone else's life. That's the craft, and it's a bit like voodoo, because you don't know exactly how you do it. - On his acting style.
11 All the time, as an actor, you want to be asking what's next and where things are going. If you're not asking those questions you're not growing.
12 When you look back at your experiences, it's true that sometimes the most horrendous experiences can translate into being your best work.
13 Any actor who tells you that he makes choices, absolutely, is wrong. You find work and work finds you.
14 I'm an optimist. I hope if a movie's good that it will be a success, but as we know, that's not always true, just because of popular taste, advertising, distribution patterns, there's lots of reasons. When something doesn't do better than it deserves to in your mind, it's pretty transparent, you usually know why. Is that a comfort? Yes, because it's logical. Does it make you happy? No, because if you think a movie is beautiful or interesting, you want to share it. It's really true; there's no accounting for taste. Sometimes you make very interesting movies that aren't meant for everybody. But this is a capitalist society, so everything conspires to put value on whether it sells or not. While we have a very strong popular culture, the roots of our culture are very shallow, and we put emphasis on how a movie does as far as the box office goes. Many years ago, it would have been vulgar to print box-office grosses in the paper. Now The New York Times does it, and it's the big story for people interested in arts and entertainment on Monday. Which is why emphasis has shifted away from filmmakers and fallen on movie stars and business people.
15 I never act. I simply bring out the real animal that's in me.
16 [on 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."
17 [on whether good actors help other actors]: "You're always looking for good people to work with, because you feed each other. That's all."
18 ...it's very clear that a lot of people that have really strong instincts as actors are very often inarticulate...Sometimes, you know, classically, if someone's very intellectual, they aren't as connected to the doing of things. And the doing is really the key to finding the emotionality and the spirit of things.
19 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.
20 The worst thing is to get involved with people who aren't passionate about what they're doing.
21 Weirdness is not my game. I'm just a square boy from Wisconsin.
22 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.
23 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.
24 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.
25 [on his role in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)]: "To this day, I can't believe I was so brazen to think I could pull off the Jesus role."

#Trademark
1 Deeply lined face that can be contorted to frightening effect
2 Prominent cheekbones
3 Characters that often meet a grim fate
4 Psychotic unstable characters
5 Low-key, yet gravelly voice

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