Willem Dafoe

  • Birth Name: Willem Dafoe
  • Birth Place: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Born William, and known as Bill in his youth, but began going by Willem in high school.
  • Left college to join Milwaukee-based Theatre X, which was one of the longest-running experimental theater groups in the country when it disbanded in 2004.
  • In the late 1970s, joined the Wooster Group, an experimental theater group in New York City; its founding members included Spalding Gray and Elizabeth LeCompte, with whom Dafoe had a 27-year relationship (and one son).
  • Was briefly considered for the role of the Joker in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film.
  • Provided the voice for James Bond's nemesis Nikolai Diavolo in the video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.

Awards

  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2017, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2018, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2018, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2011, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actor: Nominee
  • 1991, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2010, Robert Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2017, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2018, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Bodil Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2018, Berlin Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement (Honorary Golden Bear): Winner
  • 2019, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2001, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Winner
  • 2018, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2018, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Muriel Dafoe — Mother
  • Giada Colagrande — Wife
  • Dr. William Alfred Dafoe — Father
  • Donald Dafoe — Brother
  • Jack Dafoe — Son
  • Jack — Son
  • William Dafoe — Father
  • Elizabeth LeCompte — Ex-significant Other
  • Muriel Isabel Sprissler — Mother
  • Elizabeth LeCompte — Ex-wife

College

  • Attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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