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WILLEM DAFOE (John Darius) was nominated for a 2000 Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, and received the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his transformational performance as Max Schreck 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 starred in two of the number-one box office films of recent years: Sam Raimi's 2002 summer box-office hit, Spider-Man, as Norman Osborn/the Green Goblin, the rival of the iconic, web-spinning hero; and in Finding Nemo as Gill, the Moorish Idol who constantly plots to escape his captivity.

Dafoe was most recently seen in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic, opposite Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Cate Blanchett; Lars Von Trier's Manderlay; The Aviator, in which he reunited with Martin Scorsese; and XXX: State of the Union. His upcoming releases include Paul Weitz's political comedy American Dreamz, co-starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore; Giada Colagrande's Before It Had a Name (cowritten by Dafoe); and Henry Miller's Anamorph, in which he stars as a detective on the trail of a copycat serial killer.

Dafoe has made a name for himself working with some of the most critically acclaimed directors in the world: with his turn as David Caravaggio the thumbless thief in Anthony Minghella's Academy Award®-winning drama, The English Patient; his Academy Award®-nominated performance as Sergeant Elias Grodin in Oliver Stone's Platoon; his starring role in The Last Temptation of Christ for director Martin Scorsese; his memorable turn as lowlife Bobby Peru for David Lynch in Wild at Heart; 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); The Clearing; Ripley Underground; The Reckoning; Animal Factory; American Psycho; The Boondock Saints; David Cronenberg's eXistenZ; Lulu on the Bridge; New Rose Hotel; Pavilion of Women; Faraway, So Close!; Speed 2: Cruise Control; Tom & Viv; Clear and Present Danger; Born on the Fourth of July; Triumph of the Spirit; White Sands; To Live and Die in L.A.; Streets of Fire; and The Loveless. Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New Yorkbased experimental theatre collective. He has created and performed in the group's work since 1977, both in the U.S. and internationally.

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