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Willem Dafoe young

Willem Dafoe young

Birth Date

July 22, 1955


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Dark Brown

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5 ft 9 in | 175 cm

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78 kg | 172 pounds


42 in | 107 cm

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Not available


38 in | 96.5 cm

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Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Willem Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States, on July 22, 1955, is an American actor. Young Willem Dafoe began his acting career on the stage with experimental theater company Theatre X in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his big screen debut in epic Western film Heaven's Gate (1980) in uncredited role as Willy. Willem's breakthrough performance came as Sergeant Elias in anti-war film Platoon (1986), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles as Max Schreck in horror film Shadow of the Vampire (2000) and as Bobby Hicks in drama film The Florida Project (2017).

He played Norman Osborn / Green Goblin in superhero film Spider-Man (2002) opposite Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

He portrayed Nuidis Vulko in superhero film Aquaman (2018) opposite Jason Momoa and Amber Heard.

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) epic drama directed by Martin Scorsese

John Wick (2014) neo-noir action thriller opposite Keanu Reeves

The Boondock Saints (1999) action thriller with Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery

Mississippi Burning (1988) crime thriller opposite Gene Hackman and Frances McDormand

To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) action thriller with John Turturro

Inside Man (2006) heist thriller opposite Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) comedy drama with Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Cate Blanchett

Clear and Present Danger (1994) spy thriller opposite Harrison Ford and Anne Archer

eXistenZ (1999) science fiction horror with Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh

Antichrist (2009) horror directed by Lars von Trier

Streets of Fire (1984) crime thriller opposite Diane Lane and Michael Paré

The Fault in Our Stars (2014) romantic tragedy with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

The English Patient (1996) romantic war drama opposite Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Kristin Scott Thomas

Daybreakers (2009) science fiction action with Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill

Out of the Furnace (2013) drama with Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) mystery thriller opposite Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh and Daisy Ridley

White Sands (1992) thriller action with Mickey Rourke and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

A Most Wanted Man (2014) thriller opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams


He voiced Gill in films Finding Nemo (2003) and sequel Finding Dory (2016).

He is a vegetarian.

He was in a relationship with Elizabeth LeCompte (1977-2004), they had one son.

He married Italian actres Giada Colagrande in 2005.

He voiced Tars Tarkas in science fiction action film John Carter (2012).

He practicing ashtanga yoga regularly.

Lives in Rome, New York City and Los Angeles.


I try to do as many of my own stunts as possible. If you keep on taking yourself out of the role you play, you lose the thread of the character.

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.

I don't have a preference between theatre and film; I like to do both. But I will say that there's something about theatre that is more nourishing and sustaining than film ever can be.

When I was a kid I was very interested in the idea of the will, finding out what you're capable of. I liked those kind of challenges.

It's true in the beginning I started playing villains, and I think that's pretty clear, because if you don't conventionally look a certain way and you've got a certain kind of presence when you're young, then what's available to you is character roles, and the best character roles when you're young tend to be villains.

I set myself challenges every time I work. Ideally, I approach everything as though it's the first time - with a beginner's mind and an amateur's love.

The director's very important to me, particularly when the director has a recognizable style.