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In 1979, WILLEM DAFOE (Lionel ‘Elvis' Cormac) 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 over 60 films - in Hollywood (SPIDERMAN, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, FINDING NEMO, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, WHITE SANDS, MISSISSIPPI BURNING, STREETS OF FIRE) and 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 PAVILLION OF WOMEN, Yurek Bogayevicz's EDGES OF THE LORD, Wenders' FAR AWAY 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, THE WALKER), David Cronenberg (EXISTENZ), Abel Ferrara (NEW ROSE HOTEL), David Lynch (WILD AT HEART), William Friedkin (TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA), and Oliver Stone (BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, PLATOON). He was nominated twice for an Academy Award® (PLATOON and SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE) and once for a Golden Globe (SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE.) Among other nominations and awards, he has received an LA Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award.

Recent projects include ANAMORPH, MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY, Paul Schrader's ADAM RESURRECTED, Spike Lee's INSIDE MAN, Paul Weitz's AMERICAN DREAMZ, the Nobuhiro Suwa segment of PARIS, JE T'AIME and Giada Colagrande's BEFORE IT HAD A NAME (which was co written by Mr. Dafoe).

Upcoming films include Von Trier's ANTICHRIST, FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN opposite Julia Roberts, Julian Schnabel's MIRAL, Werner Herzog's MY SON MY SON, Christian Carion's FAREWELL, Wes Anderson's THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX, Giada Colagrande's A WOMAN, Theo Angelopoulos' THE DUST OF TIME, Abel Ferrara's GO GO TALES, and Paul Weitz's THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT.

Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based experimental theatre collective. He has created and performed in the group's work from 1977 thru 2005, both in the U.S. and internationally.


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