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Bio For: Willem Dafoe
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In 1979, WILLEM DAFOE 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. He has gone 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 both in the U.S. (The Clearing, Animal Factory, The Boondock Saints, American Psycho) and internationally (Theo Angelopoulos's The Dust Of Time, Yim Ho's Pavilion 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, Steve Bendelack's Mr. Bean's Holiday, the Spierig Brothers' Daybreakers and 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, The Fantastic Mr. Fox), Martin Scorsese (The Aviator, The Last Temptation Of Christ), Spike Lee (Inside Man), Julian Schnabel (Miral, Basquiat), Paul Schrader (Auto Focus, Affliction, 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 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 and Manderlay).

He has been nominated twice for an Academy Award (Platoon and Shadow of the Vampire) and once for a Golden Globe. Among other nominations and awards, he received an LA Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award.

Upcoming films include Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac, Josh Boone's The Fault In Our Stars, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski's John Wick, 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 the international productions of Robert Wilson's The Life & Death of Marina Abramovic and Robert Wilson's The Old Woman.

Movies For: Willem Dafoe
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OUT OF THE FURNACE (R) On Video: 3/11/2014 At Theaters: 12/6/2013
JOHN CARTER (PG-13) On Video: 6/5/2012 At Theaters: 3/9/2012
DAYBREAKERS (R) On Video: 5/11/2010 At Theaters: 1/8/2010
MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY (G) On Video: 11/27/2007 At Theaters: 8/24/2007
INSIDE MAN (R) On Video: 8/8/2006 At Theaters: 3/24/2006
XXX: STATE OF THE UNION (PG-13) On Video: 7/26/2005 At Theaters: 4/29/2005
THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU (R) On Video: 5/10/2005 At Theaters: 12/25/2004
THE CLEARING (R) On Video: 11/9/2004 At Theaters: 7/2/2004
FINDING NEMO (G) On Video: 11/4/2003 At Theaters: 5/30/2003
AUTO FOCUS (R) On Video: 3/18/2003 At Theaters: 11/1/2002
SPIDER-MAN (PG-13) On Video: 11/1/2002 At Theaters: 5/3/2002
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (PG-13) At Theaters: 6/6/2014
A MOST WANTED MAN (R) At Theaters: 7/25/2014
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