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In 1979, WILLEM DAFOE (Tars Tarkas) 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 Biglow's "The Loveless." From there, he went on to perform in over 60 movies: in Hollywood ("Spiderman," "The English Patient," "Finding Nemo," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "Clear and Present Danger," "White Sands," "Mississippi Burning," "Streets On Fire") and in independent cinema in the U.S. ("The Clearing," "Animal Factory," "Basquiat," "The Boondock Saints," "American Psycho") and abroad (Von Trier's "Manderlay," Yim Ho's "Pavilion of Women," Yurek Bogayevicz's "Edges of the Lord," Wenders' "Far Away So Close," and Brian Gilbert's "Tom & Viv").

Dafoe has chosen projects for diversity of roles and opportunities to work with strong directors. He has worked in the film of West 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 the Academy Award® ("Platoon" and "Shadow of the Vampire") and once for the Golden Globe®. Among other nominations and awards, he received an LA Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award.

Recent projects include; Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist," Wes Anderson's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," Werner Herzog's "My Son My Son," Paul Weitz's "The Vampire's Assistant," "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 Dafoe).

Upcoming films include "Fireflies in the Garden," opposite Julia Roberts, Julian Schnabel's "Miral," Christian Carion's "Farewell," Giada Colagrande's "A Woman," Theo Angelopoulos' "The Dust of Time" and Abel Ferrara's "Go Go Tales."

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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