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In 1979, WILLEM DAFOE (Carson Clay) was given a small role in Michael
Cimino's Heaven's Gate, from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly
after in Kathryn Bigelow's The Loveless. From there, he went on to perform in more
than 50 films—in Hollywood (Spider-Man trilogy, The English Patient, Finding Nemo,
Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Clear and Present Danger, White Sands, Mississippi
Burning, Streets of Fire); in independent cinema in the U.S. (The Clearing, Animal
Factory, Basquiat, The Boondock Saints, American Psycho); and abroad (Lars von
Trier's Manderlay, Yim Ho's Pavilion of Women, Yurek Bogayevicz's Edges of the
Lord, Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close! and Brian Gilbert's Tom & Viv).
He has chosen projects for diversity of roles and opportunities to work with strong
directors. He has worked in the films of Wes Anderson (The Life Aquatic), Martin
Scorsese (The Aviator, The Last Temptation of Christ), Paul Schrader (Auto Focus,
Affliction, Light Sleeper), David Cronenberg (eXistenZ), Abel Ferrara (New Rose Hotel),
David Lynch (Wild at Heart), William Friedkin (To Live and Die in L.A.), and Oliver
Stone (Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon).
He was nominated twice for an Academy AwardÂ® (Platoon, Shadow of the
Vampire) and once for a Golden Globe. Among other nominations and awards, he
received a Los Angeles Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award.
Recent projects include Spike Lee's Inside Man, Paul Weitz's American Dreamz,
Giada Colagrande's Before It Had a Name (co-written by Dafoe) and the Nobuhiro Suwa
segment of Paris je t'aime.
Other upcoming films include Fireflies in the Garden, starring opposite Julia
Roberts; Henry Miller's Anamorph; Paul Schrader's The Walker and Adam Resurrected;
and Abel Ferrara's Go Go Tales and the Lionsgate release Daybreakers.
Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New Yorkbased
experimental theater collective. He has created and performed in the group's work
since 1977, both in the U.S. and internationally.
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