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Willem Dafoe

Highest Rated:   100% The Florida Project (2017)
Lowest Rated:   0% Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
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Birthplace:   Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
Known for the darkly eccentric characters he often plays, Willem Dafoe is one of the screen's more provocative and engaging actors. Strong-jawed and wiry, he has commented that his looks make him ideal for playing the boy next door -- if you happen to live next door to a mausoleum.Although his screen persona may suggest otherwise, Dafoe is the product of a fairly conventional Midwestern upbringing. The son of a surgeon and one of seven siblings, he was born on July 22, 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dafoe began acting as a teenager, and at the age of seventeen he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Growing weary of the university's theatre department, where he found that temperament was all too often a substitute for talent, he joined Milwaukee's experimental Theatre X troupe. After touring stateside and throughout Europe with the group, Dafoe moved to New York in 1977, where he joined the avant-garde Wooster Group. Dafoe's 1981 film debut was a decidedly mixed blessing, as it consisted of a minor role in Michael Cimino's disastrous Heaven's Gate . Ultimately, Dafoe's screen time was cut from the film's final release print, saving him the embarrassment of being associated with the film but also making him something of a nonentity. He went on to appear in such films as The Hunger (1983) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) before making his breakthrough in Platoon (1986). His portrayal of the insouciant, pot-smoking Sgt. Elias earned him Hollywood recognition and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.Choosing his projects based on artistic merit rather than box office potential, Dafoe subsequently appeared in a number of widely divergent films, often taking roles that enhanced his reputation as one of the American cinema's most predictably unpredictable actors. After starring as an idealistic FBI agent in Mississippi Burning (1988), he took on one of his most memorable and controversial roles as Jesus in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). Dafoe then portrayed a paralyzed, tormented Vietnam vet in Born on the Fourth of July (1989), his second collaboration with Oliver Stone. Homicidal tendencies and a mouthful of rotting teeth followed when he played an ex-marine in David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990), before he got really weird and allowed Madonna to drip hot wax on his naked body in Body of Evidence (1992). Following a turn in Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close in 1993, Dafoe entered the realm of the blockbuster with his role as a mercenary in Clear and Present Danger (1994). That same year, he earned acclaim for his portrayal of T.S. Eliot in Tom and Viv, one of the few roles that didn't paint the actor as a contemporary head case. His appearance as a mysterious, thumbless World War II intelligence agent in The English Patient (1996) followed in a similar vein. In 1998, Dafoe returned to the contemporary milieu, playing an anthropologist in Paul Auster's Lulu on the Bridge and a member of a ragingly dysfunctional family in Paul Schrader's powerful, highly acclaimed Affliction. He then extended his study of dysfunction as a creepy gas station attendant in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ (1999). After chasing a pair of killers claiming to be on a mission from God in The Boondock Saints, Dafoe astounded audiences as he transformed himself into a mirror image of one of the screens most terrfiying vampires in Shadow of the Vampire (2000). A fictional recount of the mystery surrounding F.W. Murnau's 1922 classic Nosferatu, Dafoe's remarkable transformation into the fearsome bloodsucker had filmgoers blood running cold with it's overwhelming creepiness and tortured-soul humor. After turning up as a cop on the heels of a potentially homicidal yuppie in American Psycho that same year, the talented actor would appear in such low-profile releases as The Reconing and Bullfighter (both 2001), before once again thrilling audiences in a major release. As the fearsome Green Goblin in director Sam Raimi's long-ant

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Murder On The Orient Express
  • Actor
2017
25% A Family Man
  • Ed Blackridge
2017
50% Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait
  • Actor
$9.2k 2017
35% The Great Wall
  • Ballard
$45.2M 2017
No Score Yet Mountain
  • Actor
2017
100% The Florida Project
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Do Donkeys Act?
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Death Note
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet What Happened to Monday? (Seven Sisters)
  • Actor
2017
47% Dog Eat Dog
  • Mad Dog
2016
94% Finding Dory
  • Gill
$486.3M 2016
85% John Wick
  • Marcus
2014
87% A Most Wanted Man
  • Tommy Brue
$14.1M 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars
  • Van Houten
2014
No Score Yet Bad Country
  • Bud Carter
2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II
  • L
$0.3M 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I
  • L
$0.7M 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Jopling
$57M 2014
36% Odd Thomas
  • Sheriff Wyatt Porter
2014
71% Pasolini
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini
2014
53% Out of the Furnace
  • John Petty
$8.4M 2013
7% Tomorrow You're Gone
  • The Buddha
2013
70% The Hunter
  • Martin
$0.2M 2012
50% 4:44 Last Day on Earth
  • Cisco
$16.2k 2012
51% John Carter
  • Tars Tarkas
$73.1M 2012
No Score Yet The Jesuit
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet North On Evers
  • Actor
2012
20% Fireflies in the Garden
  • Charles Taylor
$37.4k 2011
17% Miral
  • Eddie
$0.4M 2011
No Score Yet Gauguin: Maker of Myth
  • Narrator
2011
41% Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea)
  • Cob
$48.5k 2010
85% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)
  • Feeney
$0.4M 2010
67% Daybreakers
  • Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
$30.1M 2010
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
  • Detective Hank Havenhurst
2010
No Score Yet A Woman
  • Max Oliver
2010
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Rat
$21.1M 2009
50% Antichrist
  • He
$0.3M 2009
38% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
  • Gavner Purl
$13.9M 2009
35% Adam Resurrected
  • Commandant Klein
2008
27% Anamorph
  • Stan
2008
54% The Walker
  • Larry Lockner
$43.7k 2007
51% Mr. Bean's Holiday
  • Carson Clay
$32.6M 2007
No Score Yet The Black Widow
  • Screenwriter
  • Leslie
2007
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • The Cowboy
$4.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Procedure
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2007
67% Go Go Tales
  • Ray Ruby
2007
41% American Dreamz
  • Chief of Staff
$7.2M 2006
87% Inside Man
  • Capt. John Darius
$88.5M 2006
50% Manderlay
  • Grace's Father
2006
No Score Yet Ripley Under Ground
  • Neil Murchison
2005
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Black Widow
  • Actor
2005
16% xXx: State of the Union
  • Gen. George Octavius Deckert
$26.1M 2005
No Score Yet Control
  • Copeland
2005
87% The Aviator
  • Roland Sweet
$102.6M 2004
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Klaus Daimler
$24M 2004
78% Overnight
  • Actor
2004
33% Rockets Redglare!
  • Actor
2004
43% The Clearing
  • Arnold Mack
$5.6M 2004
94% Spider-Man 2
  • Norman Osborn
$373.4M 2004
40% The Reckoning
  • Martin
2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate
  • Narrator
2004
68% Once upon a Time in Mexico
  • Barillo
$56M 2003
99% Finding Nemo
  • Gill
$380.6M 2003
No Score Yet Bullfighter
  • Father Ramirez
2003
No Score Yet Festival Pass with Chris Gore
  • Actor
2002
72% Auto Focus
  • John Carpenter
$1.9M 2002
89% Spider-Man
  • Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
$403.8M 2002
No Score Yet Al Borde de la Muerte
  • Priest
2001
6% Pavilion of Women
  • Father Andre
2001
No Score Yet A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon'
  • Actor
2001
81% Shadow of the Vampire
  • Max Schreck
$7.6M 2000
82% Animal Factory
  • Earl Copen
2000
67% American Psycho
  • Det. Donald Kimball
2000
50% Triumph of the Spirit
  • Salamo Arouch
2000
20% The Boondock Saints
  • Paul Smecker
1999
19% New Rose Hotel
  • X
1999
71% Existenz
  • Gas
1999
0% Lulu on the Bridge
  • Dr. Van Horn
1998
3% Speed 2 - Cruise Control
  • John Geiger
1997
88% Affliction
  • Rolfe Whitehouse
1997
84% The English Patient
  • David Caravaggio
1996
70% Basquiat
  • The Electrician
1996
No Score Yet The Night and the Moment
  • The Writer
1995
No Score Yet Victory
  • Axel Heyst
1995
33% Tom & Viv
  • Tom Eliot
1994
82% Clear and Present Danger
  • Clark
1994
55% Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!)
  • Emit Flesti
1993
No Score Yet Fishing With John
  • Actor
1992
6% Body of Evidence
  • Frank Dulaney
1992
47% White Sands
  • Ray Dolezal
1992
89% Light Sleeper
  • John LeTour
1992
25% The Flight of the Intruder
  • Lt. Cdr. Virgil Cole
$14.6M 1991
65% Wild At Heart
  • Bobby Peru
1990
73% Cry-Baby
  • Hateful Guard
1990
90% Born on the Fourth of July
  • Charlie
1989
89% Mississippi Burning
  • Ward
1988
82% The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Jesus
1988
50% Off Limits
  • Buck McGriff
1988
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
  • Narrator
1987
88% Platoon
  • Sgt. Elias
1986
94% To Live and Die in L.A.
  • Eric Masters
1985
64% Streets of Fire
  • Raven
1984
No Score Yet Roadhouse 66
  • Johnny Harte
1984
No Score Yet New York Nights
  • Punk Boy Friend
1984
48% The Hunger
  • Phone Booth Youths
1983
89% Vida Sin Rumbo
  • Vance
1983
57% Heaven's Gate
  • Actor
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 1997
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002

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