THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
WILLEM DAFOE (Peter Van Houten), in 1979, 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 80 films - in Hollywood (John Carter, Spider-Man, The English
Patient, Finding Nemo, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Clear and Present Danger,
White Sands, Mississippi Burning, Streets of Fire, American Dreamz) and
in independent cinema in the U.S. (The Clearing, Animal Factory, The Boondock
Saints, American Psycho) and abroad (Theo Angelopoulos' The Dust of Time, Yim
Ho's Pavillion of Women Yurek Bogayevicz's Edges of the Lord, Wim Wenders'
Faraway, So Close, Nobuhiro Suwa's segment of Paris Je T'Aime, Brian Gilbert's
Tom & Viv, Christian Carion's Farewell, Mr. Bean's Holiday, The Spierig
Brothers' Daybreakers, Daniel Nettheim's ;The Hunter).
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
with Steve Zissou, The Fantastic Mr. Fox), Martin Scorsese (The Aviator, The
Last Temptation of Chris), Spike Lee (Insid e Man), Julian Schnabel (Miral,
Basquiat), Paul Schrader (Auto Focus, Light Sleeper, The Walker, Adam
Resurrected), David Cronenberg (Existenz), Abel Ferrara (444: The Last Day on
Earth, Go Go Tales, New Rose Hotel), David Lynch (Wild at Heart), William
Friedkin (To Live and Die in LA), Werner Herzog (My Son What Have Ye Done),
Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon), Giada Colagrande (A Woman
and Before It Had a Name) and Lars von Trier (Antichrist, Manderlay).
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 and upcoming films include David Leitch and Chad Stahelski's John
Wick, Anton Corbjin's A Most Wanted Man, Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, Scott
Cooper's Out of the Furnace and Chris Brinker's Bad Country.
Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based
experimental theatre collective. He created and performed in all of the group's
work from 1977 thru 2005, both in the U.S. and internationally. Since then, he
worked with Richard Foreman in Idiot Savant at The Public Theatre (NYC) and
most recently two international productions with Robert Wilson: The Life & Death
of Marina Abramovic and The Old Woman opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov.
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