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Willem Dafoe is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 22 july 1955 at Appleton (USA)

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe
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Birth name William J. Dafoe
Nationality USA
Birth 22 july 1955 (62 years) at Appleton (USA)
Awards Saturn Award

William J. "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American actor, voice actor and model.

He is a member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group and he has appeared in films such as Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire, The Last Temptation of Christ, and in the 2000s' Spider-Man trilogy. Dafoe has had voice roles in Fantastic Mr. Fox and Finding Nemo, as well as two episodes of The Simpsons. He also provided the voice and motion capture for Nathan Dawkins in the 2013 video game Beyond: Two Souls.

He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor twice: for Platoon in 1986 and Shadow of the Vampire in 2000.


Dafoe met director Elizabeth LeCompte at The Performance Group, and the two began a professional and personal relationship there and at its successor company, the Wooster Group. Their son, Jack, was born in 1982.

Dafoe married Italian actress, director, and screenwriter Giada Colagrande on March 25, 2005, a year after the two had met in Rome at the premiere of one of her films. Dafoe said in 2010, "We were having lunch and I said: 'Do you want to get married tomorrow?'" They did so the following afternoon at a small ceremony with two friends as witnesses. The two worked together on the film Before It Had a Name. The couple divide their time between Rome, New York City, and Los Angeles. He now holds both Italian and American citizenship.

Dafoe said in 2008 that he is no longer a vegetarian. His brother, Donald Dafoe, is a transplant surgeon and researcher.

Best films

Finding Nemo (2003)
Spider-Man (2002)
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
The English Patient (1996)
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Usually with

Paul Schrader
Paul Schrader
(7 films)
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
(3 films)
Stan Lee
Stan Lee
(3 films)
Abel Ferrara
Abel Ferrara
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Willem Dafoe (96 films)

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What Happened to Monday?
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
Genres Science fiction, Thriller
Themes Films set in the future, Disaster films
Actors Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close, Noomi Rapace, Robert Wagner, Marwan Kenzari, Pål Sverre Hagen
Roles Terrence Settman
Rating69% 3.4544553.4544553.4544553.4544553.454455
Set in a not so distant future burdened by overpopulation, with a global one child per family policy, seven identical sisters (portrayed by Noomi Rapace) live a cat-and-mouse existence pretending to be a single person to elude the Child Allocation Bureau.
Death Note
Death Note (2017)

Directed by Adam Wingard
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror
Actors Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Keith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Michael Shamus Wiles
Roles Ryuk (voice)
Rating45% 2.296272.296272.296272.296272.29627
Death Note est l'adaptation du manga de Tsugumi Ohba et Takeshi Obata, qui raconte l'histoire du lycéen Light (Nat Wolff), qui tombe sur un livre surnaturel, qui contient de grands pouvoirs ; si l'on inscrit le nom de quelqu'un dont on connaît le visage, cette personne meurt. Mais très vite, le jeune homme est dépassé par ce pouvoir, et commence à tuer ceux qu'il juge indignes de vivre.
Justice League
Directed by Zack Snyder, Joss Whedon
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Batman films, Superman films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jared Leto, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller
Roles Nuidus Vulko (cut)
Rating69% 3.493953.493953.493953.493953.49395
Après avoir retrouvé foi en l'humanité, Bruce Wayne, inspiré par l'altruisme de Superman, sollicite l'aide de sa nouvelle alliée, Diana Prince, pour affronter un ennemi plus redoutable que jamais. Ensemble, Batman et Wonder Woman ne tardent pas à recruter une équipe de méta-humains pour faire face à cette menace inédite. Pourtant, malgré la force que représente cette ligue de héros sans précédent – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg et The Flash –, il est peut-être déjà trop tard pour sauver la planète d'une attaque apocalyptique…
Murder on the Orient Express
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Assassinat, Transport films, Rail transport films, Film se déroulant dans un train
Actors Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Michael Peña
Roles Gerhard Hardman / Cyrus Hardman
Rating66% 3.3499453.3499453.3499453.3499453.349945
Un groupe de passagers se retrouve prisonnier du célèbre train de l'Orient-Express, alors qu'un meurtre vient d'être commis. Le détective belge Hercule Poirot mène l'enquête.
The Great Wall
Directed by Zhang Yimou
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Kaiju films, Giant monster films, Disaster films
Actors Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Henry Cavill, Pedro Pascal
Roles Ballard
Rating59% 2.9981152.9981152.9981152.9981152.998115
Set in Northern Song Dynasty, the story is about mysteries revolving around the Great Wall of China.
Dog Eat Dog, 1h39
Directed by Paul Schrader
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Omar Dorsey, Louisa Krause, Paul Schrader, Nicky Whelan
Roles Mad Dog
Rating46% 2.3057352.3057352.3057352.3057352.305735
Lorsque trois ex-détenus désespérés se voient offrir un boulot par un chef de la mafia mexicaine, ils savent qu’ils feraient mieux de refuser, mais l’appât du gain les empêche de tourner les talons. Tout ce qu’ils ont à faire est de kidnapper l’enfant d’un homme qui cherche à mettre le chef de la mafia sur la touche. Le rapt tourne mal lorsque les ravisseurs sont forcés de tuer un intrus inattendu et aussi dangereux mort que vif. Désormais indésirables dans le milieu, les trois ex-détenus deviennent les fugitifs les plus recherchés. Chacun d’eux s’est juré de ne jamais retourner en prison et pour ça ils sont prêts à tout.
Finding Dory, 1h37
Directed by Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'un poisson, Children's films
Actors Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Alexander Gould, Eugene Levy, Ty Burrell
Roles Gill (voice)
Rating73% 3.6928953.6928953.6928953.6928953.692895
Taking place six months after the first film, Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories. Remembering something about "the jewel of Monterey, California", accompanied by Nemo and Marlin, she sets out to find her family. She arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, where she meets Bailey, a white beluga whale; Destiny, a whale shark; and Hank the octopus, who becomes her guide.
A Most Wanted Man, 2h1
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Spy
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss
Roles Tommy Brue
Rating67% 3.398443.398443.398443.398443.39844
Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a political refugee from Chechnya who has been tortured by Russian security forces, enters Hamburg, Germany, illegally.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, 1h39
Directed by Wes Anderson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Adventure
Themes Musical films
Actors Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan
Roles Jopling
Rating80% 4.049474.049474.049474.049474.04947
In the present, a teenage girl approaches a monument to a writer in a cemetery. In her arms is a memoir penned by a character known only as "The Author". She starts reading a chapter from the book. The Author begins narrating the tale from his desk in 1985 about a trip he made to the Grand Budapest Hotel in 1968.
The Fault in Our Stars, 2h5
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children, Medical-themed films, Films about cancer, Films about disabilities, La cécité
Actors Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Ansel Elgort, Sam Trammell, Nat Wolff
Roles Peter van Houten
Rating77% 3.898313.898313.898313.898313.89831
Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) is an intelligent and witty teenager living in Indianapolis, who has terminal thyroid cancer that has since spread to her lungs. Believing she is depressed, Hazel's mother Frannie (Laura Dern) urges her to attend a weekly cancer patient support group to help her make friends who are going through the same thing.
Bad Country, 1h35
Directed by Chris Brinker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Amy Smart, Willem Dafoe, Neal McDonough, Matt Dillon, Tom Berenger, Kevin Chapman
Roles Bud Carter
Rating58% 2.900542.900542.900542.900542.90054
When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter busts contract killer Jesse Weiland, he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South's most powerful crime ring. So when the syndicate orders Carter's death and Weiland's ID'd as a snitch, the two team up to take down the mob and the crime boss who ordered the hit.
Saint Laurent, 2h30
Directed by Bertrand Bonello
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Documentary
Themes La mode, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux, Jérémie Rénier, Louis Garrel, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Amira Casar
Roles Andy Warhol
Rating61% 3.050233.050233.050233.050233.05023
Les joies et les souffrances de celui qui voulait être le meilleur de sa génération, faire descendre la mode dans la rue et habiller la femme moderne, dans un monde qui change, noyé de fête et d’insouciance. La rencontre de l'un des plus grands couturiers de tous les temps avec les années 70, au cours de laquelle la maison Saint Laurent connaît sa fulgurante ascension.
John Wick
John Wick (2014)
, 1h50
Directed by David Leitch, Chad Stahelski
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Martial arts films, Films about dogs
Actors Keanu Reeves, Bridget Moynahan, Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Jason Isaacs, Bridget Regan
Roles Marcus
Rating72% 3.6472053.6472053.6472053.6472053.647205
John Wick (Keanu Reeves), who has just lost his wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan) to an undisclosed illness, receives a gift from her posthumously in the form of a Beagle puppy named Daisy, along with a letter from her saying she arranged for him to have Daisy to help him cope with her demise. Initially indifferent to Daisy, he eventually connects to the puppy as they spend the day driving around in his vintage '69 Mustang. At a gas station, he encounters a trio of Russian gang members, whose leader Iosef (Alfie Allen) insists on buying his car. John refuses to sell and greets Iosef's snide remark in Russian with a retort in the same language before leaving. The three follow John to his home, break in at night, and attack John, who is knocked unconscious just after seeing Daisy mortally wounded.
Pasolini (2014)
, 1h24
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Willem Dafoe, Maria de Medeiros, Riccardo Scamarcio, Adriana Asti, Ninetto Davoli, Giada Colagrande
Roles Pier Paolo Pasolini
Rating57% 2.8503252.8503252.8503252.8503252.850325
Pier Paolo Pasolini (Willem Dafoe) is fifty, and lives in the rowdy Rome of the 1970s. He has just finished shooting his latest film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, a film that has shocked both critics and audiences. Pasolini is increasingly opposed by the people, critics and politicians, both for his homosexuality, and because he is considered impulsive and scandalous in showing his reality to the public. Pasolini is going to shoot a new film (which was never made), in which he cast the famous actor Eduardo De Filippo (Ninetto Davoli) and the young Ninetto Davoli (Riccardo Scamarcio)--with whom he has a special relationship. While Pasolini is working on the film, his mother (Adriana Asti) and his sister try to dissuade him from the project, because it turns out to be too wild and visionary for the Italian public.