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Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe
Birth name William Dafoe, Jr.
Born July 22, 1955 (1955-07-22) (age 51)
Appleton, Wisconsin
Notable roles Eric 'Rick' Masters in To Live and Die in L.A.
Sergeant Elias Grodin in Platoon
Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire
Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin in Spider-Man
Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ
Paul Smecker in The Boondock Saints

William Dafoe, Jr. (born July 22, 1955) is an Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actor and a founding member of the experimental theatre company The Wooster Group. He is known for his performances in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Platoon (1986) and the Spider-Man film series (2002-07). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... July 22 is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Appleton is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, on the Fox River, 100 miles (161 km) north of Milwaukee. ... To Live and Die in L.A. is a neo-noir American film released in 1985 and directed by William Friedkin. ... Platoon is an award winning 1986 Vietnam war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Willem Dafoe. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Shadow of the Vampire is a movie that opened in America on December 29, 2000. ... The Green Goblin is a Marvel Comics supervillain who is an enemy of Spider-Man. ... Spider-Man is a 2002 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... The Last Temptation of Christ is a film adaptation of the controversial 1951 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. ... The Boondock Saints is a 1999 action crime drama film written and directed by Troy Duffy. ... July 22 is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Experimental theatre is a general term for various movements in Western theatre that began in the 20th century as a reaction against the then-dominant conventions governing the writing and production of drama, and against naturalism in particular. ... The Wooster Group is an ensemble of artists who collaborate on the development and production of theatre and media pieces. ... The Last Temptation of Christ is a film adaptation of the controversial 1951 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. ... Platoon is an award winning 1986 Vietnam war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Willem Dafoe. ... The Spider-Man film series currently consists of three superhero films based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, portrayed by Tobey Maguire. ...

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Biography

Early life

Dafoe, the seventh of eight children, was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Muriel Isabel Sprissler, a nurse and Boston native, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon.[1] His paternal grandfather was from Ontario, Canada.[2] He acquired the nickname "Willem" in childhood. His birth name is William Dafoe; he changed it to "Willem" (Dutch for "William") so people wouldn't call him "Billy". After graduating from Appleton East High School, he studied drama at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but left before graduation in order to join the newly formed avant-garde group Theatre X. Appleton is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, on the Fox River, 100 miles (161 km) north of Milwaukee. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th)  - Land 917,741 km²  - Water 158,654 km² (14. ... Appleton East High School is a comprehensive secondary school located in Appleton, Wisconsin. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (also known as UW-Milwaukee, UWM or Milwaukee) is a public research university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Theatre X was an American theatre company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...


Career

After touring with Theatre X for four years in the United States and Europe, he moved to New York City and joined the Performance Group. Dafoe's film career began in 1981, when he was cast in Heaven's Gate, but his role was removed from the film during editing. A year later he starred as the leader of a motorcycle gang in The Loveless (and later played a similar role in Streets of Fire), but his first breakthrough film role was as the compassionate Sergeant Elias in Platoon (1986). He has since become a popular character actor; due to his harsh facial features, he is often typecast as unstable or villainous characters, such as the psychotic Green Goblin in the Spider-Man movies and Barillo in Once Upon a Time in Mexico. Before that, he was briefly considered for the role of The Joker by Tim Burton and Sam Hamm for the Batman film in 1989. Hamm recalls "We thought, 'Well, Willem Dafoe looks just like The Joker.'" The role ended up going to Jack Nicholson.[3] He also played Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). He once remarked "To this day, I can't believe I was so brazen to think I could pull off the Jesus role," though Dafoe received acclaim despite the controversy surrounding the film. World map showing the location of Europe. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... The Performance Group was an experimental theater troupe started by Richard Schechner in 1967. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Outlaw motorcycle club. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Platoon is an award winning 1986 Vietnam war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Willem Dafoe. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A character actor is an actor, especially in motion pictures, who predominantly performs in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... The Green Goblin is a Marvel Comics supervillain , and the archenemy of Spider-Man. ... Spider-Man is a 2002 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. ... Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) is an action film by Robert Rodriguez and the final film in the Mariachi Trilogy, which includes El Mariachi and Desperado. ... The Joker can mean any of the following: The Joker is a comic strip character, also included in movies and television programs based on the comic strip. ... Timothy William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer known for his off-beat and quirky style. ... Sam Hamm is an American screenwriter, perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for the Tim Burton Batman films. ... Batman is an American Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... This article refers to the actor. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... The Last Temptation of Christ is a film adaptation of the controversial 1951 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1992, he disappointed some fans[citation needed] when he starred in the erotic drama Body of Evidence with Madonna. In this film, he appeared totally nude, as well as giving Madonna cunnilingus in a famous scene in a carpark. Dafoe played peculiar detectives in The Boondock Saints (1999) and in American Psycho (2000). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1986 for Platoon and 2000 for Shadow of the Vampire. After Spider-Man, Dafoe had a rare opportunity to play a heroic film role when he provided the voice of Gill in the animated movie Finding Nemo. Body of Evidence is a 1993 American erotic film directed by Uli Edel and written by Brad Mirman. ... Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... Watercolour painting depicting cunnilingus by Achille Devéria Cunnilingus is the act of using the mouth and tongue to stimulate the female genitals, particularly the clitoris, often the most sensitive part of the female genitalia. ... The Boondock Saints is a 1999 action crime drama film written and directed by Troy Duffy. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Platoon is an award winning 1986 Vietnam war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Willem Dafoe. ... Shadow of the Vampire is a movie that opened in America on December 29, 2000. ... Finding Nemo is an Academy Award-winning computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released to theaters by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ...


He worked briefly as a model in a 1990 Prada campaign. In 2004, Dafoe lent his likeness and voice for the highly successful James Bond video game Everything or Nothing as villain Nikolai Diavolo. In 2006, he played NYPD detective Stan Aubray on the hunt for a serial killer, the lead in New York-set thriller Anamorph, opposite Scott Speedman and Peter Stormare. In his most recent film he stars alongside Rowan Atkinson in the sequel to 1997's Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday which was released worldwide 30th March 2007. Photograph of the once famous model Dovima A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... Prada, S.p. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universe phenomenon. ... Everything or Nothing is a third-person shooter video game, where the player controls Ian Flemings master spy, James Bond. ... Willem Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is a versatile American actor. ... The New York City Police Department (NYPD) , the largest police department in the United States, has primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. ... Anamorph is an independent film scheduled to be released in 2007, directed by H.S. Miller and starring Willem Dafoe. ... Actor Scott Speedman in Underworld: Evolution Scott Speedman (born September 1, 1975) is an English-born Canadian actor. ...   (born August 27, 1953) is a Swedish film and television actor. ... Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, actor and writer best known for playing Edmund Blackadder in Blackadder and for playing the title role in the British television comedy Mr. ... Green beans Bean is a common name for large plant seeds of several genera of Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae) used for food or feed. ... Mr. ...


Personal life

Dafoe met director Elizabeth LeCompte at the Performance Group. LeCompte and Dafoe were part of the restructuring of The Performance Group and became professional collaborators and founding members of The Wooster Group, and began a relationship. Their son, Jack, was born in 1982. Dafoe married Italian director and actress Giada Colagrande on March 25, 2005. Elizabeth LeCompte (born April 28, 1944) is a founding member of The Wooster Group. ... The Wooster Group is an ensemble of artists who collaborate on the development and production of theatre and media pieces. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Filmography

Dafoe's famous pose on the Platoon film poster

Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Platoon is an award winning 1986 Vietnam war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Willem Dafoe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Hunger is a 1983 English language horror film. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Roadhouse 66 is a 1984 movie starring Willem Dafoe and Judge Reinhold. ... To Live and Die in L.A. is a neo-noir American film released in 1985 and directed by William Friedkin. ... Platoon is an award winning 1986 Vietnam war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Willem Dafoe. ... Off Limits is a 1988 film set during the Vietnam War starring Willem Dafoe and Gregory Hines and directed by Christopher Crowe. ... Arrive Alive is the title of an unfinished comedy film starring Willem Dafoe and Joan Cusack, directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and produced by Art Linson. ... The Last Temptation of Christ is a film adaptation of the controversial 1951 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... Mississippi Burning is a 1988 film based on the investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964. ... Categories: | ... Born on the Fourth of July (ISBN 1888451785) is the best selling autobiography of Ron Kovic, a paralyzed Vietnam War veteran who became an anti-war activist. ... Cry-Baby is a musical from 1990 directed by John Waters. ... Wild at Heart is a 1990 American film written and directed by David Lynch and based on Barry Giffords novel Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula about a couple on the run from the mob. ... Flight of the Intruder is a 1991 film directed by John Milius, which is based on the novel by real-life A-6 Intruder pilot Stephen Coonts. ... White Sands is a 1992 movie directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Daniel Pyne for Warner Bros. ... Light Sleeper is a 1992 film written and directed by Paul Schrader. ... Body of Evidence is a 1993 American erotic film directed by Uli Edel and written by Brad Mirman. ... In weiter Ferne, so nah! is a 1993 film by German director Wim Wenders, written by he, Richard Reitinger and Ulrich Zieger. ... Clear and Present Danger is a 1994 film directed by Phillip Noyce, based on the book of the same name by Tom Clancy. ... Tom & Viv is a 1994 film which tells the story of the true-life relationship between T. S. Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood. ... Thomas Stearns Eliot (September 26, 1888 - January 4, 1965), was a major Modernist Anglo-American poet, dramatist, and literary critic. ... The Night and the Moment is 1995 erotic drama, unreleased until 1998, and featuring Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson and Lena Olin. ... Basquiat (pronounced ) is a 1996 film directed by Julian Schnabel which is loosely based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. ... The English Patient is a 1996 film adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje. ... Speed 2: Cruise Control is an 1997 action movie produced by Twentieth Century Fox, directed by Jan de Bont. ... Affliction is a 1997 film written and directed by Paul Schrader from the novel by Russell Banks. ... Lulu on the Bridge (1998) is the directorial debut of acclaimed author Paul Auster. ... New Rose Hotel is a 1998 film by director Abel Ferrara, based on a William Gibson story of the same name, starring Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe and Asia Argento (Darios daughter). ... eXistenZ is a 1999 psychological thriller/science fiction film by Canadian director David Cronenberg. ... The Boondock Saints is a 1999 action crime drama film written and directed by Troy Duffy. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Paul Smecker is a fictional FBI agent who appears in the movie the Boondock Saints, portrayed by Willem Dafoe. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Animal Factory is a film about prison life directed by actor Steve Buscemi. ... Shadow of the Vampire is a movie that opened in America on December 29, 2000. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A Movei set in poland in the 1940s depicting a jewish boy (Haley Joel Osment)being hidden from Nazis by posing as the catholic nephew of a local farmer. ... Spider-Man is a 2002 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. ... The Green Goblin is a Marvel Comics supervillain , and the archenemy of Spider-Man. ... A device connected to an optical system. ... John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, film score composer and occasional actor. ... Finding Nemo is an Academy Award-winning computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released to theaters by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... The Reckoning is a murder-mystery set during the medieval period. ... Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) is an action film by Robert Rodriguez and the final film in the Mariachi Trilogy, which includes El Mariachi and Desperado. ... Promotional poster for The Clearing The Clearing is a 2004 drama / thriller film, and is a directorial debut by Pieter Jan Brugge, an Academy Award nominated producer. ... The Aviator is an Academy Award-winning 2004 biographical drama film, directed by Martin Scorsese. ... Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 superhero film developed by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Michael Chabon, written by Alvin Sargent, and directed by Sam Raimi. ... The Green Goblin is a Marvel Comics supervillain , and the archenemy of Spider-Man. ... The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is Wes Andersons fourth feature length film and was released in the U.S. on December 25, 2004. ... For the fictional estate, see Manderley; for the Burmese city, see Mandalay. ... American Dreamz is a 2006 comedy film that satirizes both American politics and popular entertainment. ... Inside Man is a 2006 crime-drama film starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster, and directed by Spike Lee. ... Mr. ... For the video game based on the film, see Spider-Man 3 (video game). ... The Green Goblin is a Marvel Comics supervillain , and the archenemy of Spider-Man. ... Anamorph is an independent film scheduled to be released in 2007, directed by H.S. Miller and starring Willem Dafoe. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/biographies/willem_dafoe_biog.html
  2. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/celeb/dafoe.htm
  3. ^ http://www.batmanmovieonline.com/behindthescenes/articles/samhamm.htm

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Willem Dafoe (373 words)
But the similarities end there: Willem was the only Dafoe to follow an artistic bent, while the rest of the brood took the well-trod professional route, becoming lawyers, nurses, and doctors.
At 17, Dafoe enrolled at the University of Wisconsin.
Dafoe's next stopover was Manhattan, where, in 1977, he landed a promising role in a production with the Performance Group.
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