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WILLEM DAFOE was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award™, and received the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for his transformational performance as Max Shreck in SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE. He was also named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics and runner-up by the New York Film Critics. He also starred in the number one box office films of the last two years: in Sam Raimi's 2002 summer box-office hit, SPIDER-MAN, as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, the rival of the iconic, web-spinning hero (Tobey Maguire); and as "Gil” the Moorish Idol who constantly plots to escape his captivity in FINDING NEMO.

Dafoe's upcoming releases include Wes Anderson's THE LIFE AQUATIC, opposite Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett & Anjelica Huston; a reunion with Martin Scorsese for THE AVIATOR; CONTROL, co-starring Ray Liotta; Roger Spottiswoode's MR. RIPLEY'S RETURN; and Lars Von Trier's MANDERLAY.

Dafoe has made a name for himself working with some of the most critically acclaimed directors in the world: with his turn as Caravaggio the thumb-less thief in Anthony Minghella's Academy Award-winning drama, THE ENGLISH PATIENT; his Academy Award-nominated performance as Sergeant Elias in Oliver Stone's PLATOON; his starring role in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST for director Martin Scorsese; his memorable turn as low life Bobby Peru for David Lynch in WILD AT HEART; his performance in Wim Wenders' multicultural FAR AWAY, SO CLOSE and his role as a civil rights activist in Alan Parker's MISSISSIPPI BURNING.

Dafoe's credits also include three films with Paul Schrader AUTO FOCUS, AFFLICTION and LIGHT SLEEPER, Paul McGuigan's THE RECKONING, ANIMAL FACTORY, AMERICAN PSYCHO, BOONDOCK SAINTS, David Cronenberg's EXISTENZ, LULU ON THE BRIDGE, NEW ROSE HOTEL, SPEED 2, TOM & VIV, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT and TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.

On stage, Dafoe starred Off-Broadway and throughout Europe with Frances McDormand in "To You, The Birdie” and with Steve Buscemi in the October 2001 premiere of "North Atlantic” for the Wooster Group. He has been a member of this groundbreaking theater company for more than twenty years.

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