Willem Dafoe

Highest Rated: 100% Do Donkeys Act? (2017)
Birthday: Jul 22, 1955
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Motherless Brooklyn Actor 2019
65% Aquaman Vulko 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate Vincent Van Gogh 2018
No Score Yet Van Gogh - Ved evighedens port Vincent van Gogh 2018
86% Mountain Narrator 2018
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Actor 2018
80% Friedkin Uncut Actor 2018
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Actor 2018
58% Murder On The Orient Express Gerhard Hardman 2017
96% The Florida Project Bobby 2017
13% A Family Man Ed Blackridge 2017
50% Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait Actor 2017
36% The Great Wall Ballard 2017
37% Death Note Ryuk 2017
58% What Happened to Monday Terrence Settman 2017
100% Do Donkeys Act? Actor 2017
No Score Yet Opus Zero Actor 2017
50% Dog Eat Dog Mad Dog 2016
94% Finding Dory Gill 2016
No Score Yet Padre James Verdun 2016
No Score Yet My Hindu Friend Actor 2015
87% John Wick Marcus 2014
86% A Most Wanted Man Tommy Brue 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars Van Houten 2014
No Score Yet Bad Country Bud Carter 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II L 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I L 2014
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel Jopling 2014
36% Odd Thomas Sheriff Wyatt Porter 2014
73% Pasolini Pier Paolo Pasolini 2014
53% Out of the Furnace John Petty 2013
7% Tomorrow You're Gone The Buddha 2013
72% The Hunter Martin 2012
48% 4:44 Last Day on Earth Cisco 2012
51% John Carter Tars Tarkas 2012
No Score Yet North On Evers Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Jesuit Actor 2012
21% Fireflies in the Garden Charles Taylor 2011
17% Miral Eddie 2011
No Score Yet Gauguin: Maker of Myth Narrator 2011
41% Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) Cob 2010
86% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) Feeney 2010
67% Daybreakers Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac 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 2009
52% Antichrist He 2009
38% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Gavner Purl 2009
35% Adam Resurrected Commandant Klein 2008
27% Anamorph Stan 2008
52% The Walker Larry Lockner 2007
52% Mr. Bean's Holiday Carson Clay 2007
86% Paris Je T'aime The Cowboy 2007
No Score Yet The Procedure Actor 2007
No Score Yet Movies 101 Actor 2007
68% Go Go Tales Ray Ruby 2007
41% American Dreamz Chief of Staff 2006
86% Inside Man Capt. John Darius 2006
49% Manderlay Grace's Father 2006
No Score Yet Ripley Under Ground Neil Murchison 2005
No Score Yet Movies 101 Actor 2005
No Score Yet Before It Had a Name Screenwriter Leslie 2005
17% xXx: State of the Union Gen. George Octavius Deckert 2005
No Score Yet Control Copeland 2005
86% The Aviator Roland Sweet 2004
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Klaus Daimler 2004
78% Overnight Actor 2004
33% Rockets Redglare! Actor 2004
43% The Clearing Arnold Mack 2004
93% Spider-Man 2 Norman Osborn 2004
39% 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
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico Barillo 2003
99% Finding Nemo Gill 2003
No Score Yet Bullfighter Father Ramirez 2003
No Score Yet Festival Pass with Chris Gore Actor 2002
72% Auto Focus John Carpenter 2002
90% Spider-Man Green Goblin/Norman Osborn 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 2000
82% Animal Factory Earl Copen 2000
68% American Psycho Det. Donald Kimball 2000
50% Triumph of the Spirit Salamo Arouch 2000
23% The Boondock Saints Paul Smecker 1999
19% New Rose Hotel X 1999
74% Existenz Gas 1999
0% Lulu on the Bridge Dr. Van Horn 1998
4% Speed 2 - Cruise Control John Geiger 1997
88% Affliction Rolfe Whitehouse 1997
84% The English Patient David Caravaggio 1996
68% Basquiat The Electrician 1996
No Score Yet The Night and the Moment The Writer 1995
No Score Yet Victory Axel Heyst 1995
31% Tom & Viv Tom Eliot 1994
80% Clear and Present Danger Clark 1994
58% Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!) Emit Flesti 1993
No Score Yet Fishing With John Actor 1992
8% Body of Evidence Frank Dulaney 1992
47% White Sands Ray Dolezal 1992
87% Light Sleeper John LeTour 1992
25% The Flight of the Intruder Lt. Cdr. Virgil Cole 1991
66% Wild At Heart Bobby Peru 1990
72% Cry-Baby Hateful Guard 1990
88% Born on the Fourth of July Charlie 1989
86% Mississippi Burning Ward 1988
80% The Last Temptation of Christ Jesus 1988
56% Off Limits Buck McGriff 1988
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Narrator 1987
88% Platoon Sgt. Elias 1986
91% To Live and Die in L.A. Eric Masters 1985
67% 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

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No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
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No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
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  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
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  • 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
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  • 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
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  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
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  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
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  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
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  • 2017
84% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2014
  • 1997
  • 1995
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
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  • 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
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  • 2011
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
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  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
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  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
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  • 2002
No Score Yet The Hitchhiker
1983-1991

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