Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

  • Highest Rated: 100% Do Donkeys Act? (2017)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
  • Birthday: Jul 22, 1955
  • Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
  • Known for the darkly eccentric characters he often plays, Willem Dafoe is one of the screen's more provocative and engaging actors. Strong-jawed and wiry, he has commented that his looks make him ideal for playing the boy next door -- if you happen to live next door to a mausoleum.Although his screen persona may suggest otherwise, Dafoe is the product of a fairly conventional Midwestern upbringing. The son of a surgeon and one of seven siblings, he was born on July 22, 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dafoe began acting as a teenager, and at the age of seventeen he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Growing weary of the university's theatre department, where he found that temperament was all too often a substitute for talent, he joined Milwaukee's experimental Theatre X troupe. After touring stateside and throughout Europe with the group, Dafoe moved to New York in 1977, where he joined the avant-garde Wooster Group. Dafoe's 1981 film debut was a decidedly mixed blessing, as it consisted of a minor role in Michael Cimino's disastrous Heaven's Gate . Ultimately, Dafoe's screen time was cut from the film's final release print, saving him the embarrassment of being associated with the film but also making him something of a nonentity. He went on to appear in such films as The Hunger (1983) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) before making his breakthrough in Platoon (1986). His portrayal of the insouciant, pot-smoking Sgt. Elias earned him Hollywood recognition and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.Choosing his projects based on artistic merit rather than box office potential, Dafoe subsequently appeared in a number of widely divergent films, often taking roles that enhanced his reputation as one of the American cinema's most predictably unpredictable actors. After starring as an idealistic FBI agent in Mississippi Burning (1988), he took on one of his most memorable and controversial roles as Jesus in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). Dafoe then portrayed a paralyzed, tormented Vietnam vet in Born on the Fourth of July (1989), his second collaboration with Oliver Stone. Homicidal tendencies and a mouthful of rotting teeth followed when he played an ex-marine in David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990), before he got really weird and allowed Madonna to drip hot wax on his naked body in Body of Evidence (1992). Following a turn in Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close in 1993, Dafoe entered the realm of the blockbuster with his role as a mercenary in Clear and Present Danger (1994). That same year, he earned acclaim for his portrayal of T.S. Eliot in Tom and Viv, one of the few roles that didn't paint the actor as a contemporary head case. His appearance as a mysterious, thumbless World War II intelligence agent in The English Patient (1996) followed in a similar vein. In 1998, Dafoe returned to the contemporary milieu, playing an anthropologist in Paul Auster's Lulu on the Bridge and a member of a ragingly dysfunctional family in Paul Schrader's powerful, highly acclaimed Affliction. He then extended his study of dysfunction as a creepy gas station attendant in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ (1999). After chasing a pair of killers claiming to be on a mission from God in The Boondock Saints, Dafoe astounded audiences as he transformed himself into a mirror image of one of the screens most terrfiying vampires in Shadow of the Vampire (2000). A fictional recount of the mystery surrounding F.W. Murnau's 1922 classic Nosferatu, Dafoe's remarkable transformation into the fearsome bloodsucker had filmgoers blood running cold with it's overwhelming creepiness and tortured-soul humor. After turning up as a cop on the heels of a potentially homicidal yuppie in American Psycho that same year, the talented actor would appear in such low-profile releases as The Reconing and Bullfighter (both 2001), before once again thrilling audiences in a major release. As the fearsome Green Goblin in director Sam Raimi's long-ant

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Filmography

Movies

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Office

Year

61% Motherless Brooklyn Actor 2019
92% The Lighthouse Actor 2019
85% Friedkin Uncut Actor 2019
96% Love, Antosha Actor 2019
79% Pasolini Pier Paolo Pasolini 2019
No Score Yet Birds of a Feather (Manou the Swift) Yves 2019
83% Tommaso Actor 2019
No Score Yet Der Leuchtturm Thomas Wake 2019
65% Aquaman Vulko 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate Vincent Van Gogh 2018
No Score Yet Van Gogh - Ved evighedens port Vincent van Gogh 2018
87% Mountain Narrator 2018
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Actor 2018
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Actor 2018
60% Murder On The Orient Express Gerhard Hardman $101.6M 2017
96% The Florida Project Bobby $5.5M 2017
13% A Family Man Ed Blackridge 2017
50% Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait Actor $9.2K 2017
36% The Great Wall Ballard $45.2M 2017
39% Death Note Ryuk 2017
57% What Happened to Monday Terrence Settman 2017
100% Do Donkeys Act? Actor 2017
42% Opus Zero Actor 2017
51% Dog Eat Dog Mad Dog 2016
94% Finding Dory Gill $486.3M 2016
No Score Yet Padre James Verdun 2016
No Score Yet My Hindu Friend Actor 2015
87% John Wick Marcus 2014
87% A Most Wanted Man Tommy Brue $14.1M 2014
81% The Fault In Our Stars Van Houten 2014
No Score Yet Bad Country Bud Carter 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II L $0.3M 2014
76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I L $0.7M 2014
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel Jopling $57M 2014
38% Odd Thomas Sheriff Wyatt Porter 2014
53% Out of the Furnace John Petty $8.4M 2013
7% Tomorrow You're Gone The Buddha 2013
72% The Hunter Martin $0.2M 2012
47% 4:44 Last Day on Earth Cisco $16.2K 2012
52% John Carter Tars Tarkas $73.1M 2012
No Score Yet North On Evers Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Jesuit Actor 2012
22% Fireflies in the Garden Charles Taylor $37.4K 2011
17% Miral Eddie $0.4M 2011
No Score Yet Gauguin: Maker of Myth Narrator 2011
43% Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) Cob $48.5K 2010
86% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) Feeney $0.4M 2010
68% Daybreakers Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac $30.1M 2010
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Detective Hank Havenhurst 2010
No Score Yet A Woman Max Oliver 2010
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox Rat $21.1M 2009
53% Antichrist He $0.3M 2009
38% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Gavner Purl $13.9M 2009
35% Adam Resurrected Commandant Klein 2008
27% Anamorph Stan 2008
52% The Walker Larry Lockner $43.7K 2007
52% Mr. Bean's Holiday Carson Clay $32.6M 2007
87% Paris Je T'aime The Cowboy $4.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Procedure Actor 2007
68% Go Go Tales Ray Ruby 2007
38% American Dreamz Chief of Staff $7.2M 2006
86% Inside Man Capt. John Darius $88.5M 2006
50% Manderlay Grace's Father 2006
No Score Yet Ripley Under Ground Neil Murchison 2005
No Score Yet Movies 101 Actor 2005
No Score Yet Before It Had a Name Screenwriter Leslie 2005
17% xXx: State of the Union Gen. George Octavius Deckert $26.1M 2005
No Score Yet Control Copeland 2005
86% The Aviator Roland Sweet $102.6M 2004
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Klaus Daimler $24M 2004
78% Overnight Actor 2004
33% Rockets Redglare! Actor 2004
43% The Clearing Arnold Mack $5.6M 2004
93% Spider-Man 2 Norman Osborn $373.4M 2004
39% The Reckoning Martin 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut) Actor 2004
No Score Yet Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate Narrator 2004
67% Once upon a Time in Mexico Barillo $56M 2003
99% Finding Nemo Gill $380.6M 2003
No Score Yet Bullfighter Father Ramirez 2003
No Score Yet Festival Pass with Chris Gore Actor 2002
72% Auto Focus John Carpenter $1.9M 2002
90% Spider-Man Green Goblin/Norman Osborn $403.8M 2002
No Score Yet Al Borde de la Muerte Priest 2001
6% Pavilion of Women Father Andre 2001
No Score Yet A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Actor 2001
82% Shadow of the Vampire Max Schreck $7.6M 2000
82% Animal Factory Earl Copen 2000
68% American Psycho Det. Donald Kimball 2000
50% Triumph of the Spirit Salamo Arouch 2000
22% The Boondock Saints Paul Smecker 1999
19% New Rose Hotel X 1999
74% Existenz Gas 1999
0% Lulu on the Bridge Dr. Van Horn 1998
4% Speed 2 - Cruise Control John Geiger 1997
88% Affliction Rolfe Whitehouse 1997
85% The English Patient David Caravaggio 1996
68% Basquiat The Electrician 1996
No Score Yet The Night and the Moment The Writer 1995
No Score Yet Victory Axel Heyst 1995
31% Tom & Viv Tom Eliot 1994
80% Clear and Present Danger Clark 1994
58% Faraway, So Close! (In weiter Ferne, so nah!) Emit Flesti 1993
No Score Yet Fishing With John Actor 1992
8% Body of Evidence Frank Dulaney 1992
44% White Sands Ray Dolezal 1992
87% Light Sleeper John LeTour 1992
25% The Flight of the Intruder Lt. Cdr. Virgil Cole $14.6M 1991
65% Wild At Heart Bobby Peru 1990
72% Cry-Baby Hateful Guard 1990
87% Born on the Fourth of July Charlie 1989
87% Mississippi Burning Ward 1988
80% The Last Temptation of Christ Jesus 1988
50% Off Limits Buck McGriff 1988
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Narrator 1987
88% Platoon Sgt. Elias 1986
91% To Live and Die in L.A. Eric Masters 1985
67% Streets of Fire Raven 1984
No Score Yet Roadhouse 66 Johnny Harte 1984
No Score Yet New York Nights Punk Boy Friend 1984
52% The Hunger Phone Booth Youths 1983
80% Vida Sin Rumbo Vance 1983
57% Heaven's Gate Actor 1980

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No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994
Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2014
  • 1997
  • 1995
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Hitchhiker
1983-1991

QUOTES FROM Willem Dafoe CHARACTERS

Dr. Mendel Stromm
We need to take the whole line back to formula.
Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
Back to formula?
Van Houten
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you care so much about your silly questions?
Hazel
Oh, go fuck yourself.
Bud Carter
Your looking at life to 200 years.
Jesse Weiland
200 years? I can do that standing on my head.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
I've been like a father to you. Be a son to me.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
I have a father. His name was Ben Parker.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
God's speed, Spiderman.
Van Houten
The important thing is not what nonsense the voices are saying... but what the voices are feeling.
Van Houten
You are a side effect of an evolutionary process that cares little for individual lives. You are a failed experiment in mutation.
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
We're the folks with the crossbows
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
We're the folks with the crossbows.
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
Day time driving man nothing beats it no traffic no cops trouble is if you ain't carefully you can get yourself one hell of a sunburn
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
Day time driving man nothing beats it no traffic no cops trouble is if you ain't carefully you can get yourself one hell of a sunburn.
Bobby Peru
Bobby Peru, just like the country.
Cisco
The World's going to end
Cisco
The world's going to end.
Tina
Let's get some Vietnamese food. So yummy!
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
Being human in a world full of vampires is about as safe as barebacking a five dollar whore.
Dr. Miles Copeland
Your only alive because of me, so why don't you answer the question.
Lee Ray Oliver
I'm everything you hate in the world, huh Doc?
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout, down came the goblin, and took the spider out.
Tars Tarkas
Did I not tell you he could jump!
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
We're the guys with the crossbows
Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
We're the guys with the crossbows.
Bobby Peru
It`s full of dummies...dummy!
Bobby Peru
It`s full of dummies, dummy!
Tars Tarkas
Mars. So you name it and think that you know it. The red planet, no air, no life. But you do not know Mars, for its true name is Barsoom. And it is not airless, nor is it dead, but it is dying. The city of Zodanga saw to that.
Martin
I wish I was half the man my father was and half the father you deserve.
Martin
For heaven's sake, we're actors, not judges.
Nicholas
That's exactly what we have become.
Jack Flint
Who dares play things that happen in this world?
Tobias
It was just a question o time.
Tobias
It was just a question of time.
Martin
But this is the way plays will be made in times to come.
Grace's Father
When push comes to shove, you've made everything worse, like you did with Tweety.
Donald Kimball
Do you remember where you were the night of Paul's disappearance, which was on the 20th of December?
Patrick Bateman
God....I guess I was probably returning videotapes.
Patrick Bateman
God... I guess I was probably returning videotapes.
Rat
That's my job!
He
Exposure. That's the only thing that works. Everything else is just talk. You have to have to courage to stay in the situation that frightens. And then you'll learn that fear isn't dangerous.
He
Acorns don't cry, you know that as well as I do. That's what fear is, thoughts distort reality. Not the other way around.
Patrick Bateman
Am I being cross examined?
Donald Kimball
Do you feel like you are?
Patrick Bateman
No I Dont.
Patrick Bateman
No I dont.
Patrick Bateman
No I don't.
Norman Osborne/Green Goblin
(throws new spinning pumpkin blades)
Norman Osborne/Green Goblin
[throws new spinning pumpkin blades]
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
God, I hate those things!!!
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
God, I hate those things!
Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
[To Harry Osbourn] Now you know the truth about Peter, Avenge me... AVENGE ME!
Harry Osborn
Out, am I?
Green Goblin/Norman Osborn
Out, am I?
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
No one says no to me!
Martin
What you want you will never get. It is gone forever now.
Chris Taylor
''Hey I will go with you''
Chris Taylor
Hey I will go with you.
Sgt. Elias Grodin
''no I move faster when i'm alone
Sgt. Elias Grodin
No I move faster when I'm alone.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
The little spider went up the water spout then came the Goblin to take the spider out!
Lucy
Jarrah thought that someone was following him
Lucy
Jarrah thought that someone was following him.
Martin
Who?
Sass
Are you looking for my dad?
Martin
No.
Sass
But if you see him, you'll tell him to come home?
Martin
Where is your father?
Sass
Up there.
Tars Tarkas
Sola, are you mad?
Sola
No. The blood of my father drives me.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Despite of everything you've done for them, eventuelly they will hate you.
Lucy
You washed me.
Martin
The children helped.
FW. Murnau
Why him, you monster? Why not the... script girl?
Max Schreck
Oh. The script girl. I'll eat her later.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
We are who we choose to be... Now choose!
Martin
She eats the heart first.
Martin
I'd like to go on alone.
Tars Tarkas
You are ugly, but you are beautiful.
Tars Tarkas
VIRGINIA!!
Jesus Christ
I want God to hate me.
Paul Smecker
Now, you Irish cops are perking up. That's two sound theories in one day, neither of which deal with abnormally sized men. Kind of makes me feel like Riverdancing.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
You're pathetically predictable, like a moth to the flame. What about my generous proposal? Are you in or are you out?
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
It's you who's out, Gobbie. Out of your mind.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Wrong answer.
Gill
I'll tell you what we're going to do. We're going get him out of here. We're going to help him escape!
Nemo the Clownfish
Escape! Really?
Gill
Yeah we're all going to escape!
Gurgle
Gill, please! Not another one of your escape plans.
Deb and Flo
Sorry, but they just don't work.
Bloat
Yeah what makes this any difference?
Tars Tarkas
You are Ugly but you are beautiful!
Tars Tarkas
VIRGINA!
Tars Tarkas
VIRGINIA!
John Carter
NO!...John Carter from Virgina!
John Carter
NO!...John Carter from Virginia!
Tars Tarkas
Did I not tell you he can jump?
Tars Tarkas
You are ugly, but you are beautiful. HE WILL FIGHT FOR US!
Tars Tarkas
When I saw you, I believed it was a sign--that something new could come into this world
Tars Tarkas
When I saw you, I believed it was a sign--that something new could come into this world.
Tars Tarkas
Did I not tell you he could jump!
Tars Tarkas
You are ugly, but you are beautiful. HE WILL FIGHT FOR US!
Klaus Daimler
Who the shit is Kingsley Zissou?
He
The thoughts distort reality, not the other way around.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
You are incredibly predictable like a moth to a flame. What about my generous preposal are you in or are you out?
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Its you who's out gobby out of mind.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Wrong answer.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Oh, great.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
"God's speed Spider-man!"
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
God's speed Spider-man!
Tars Tarkas
When I saw you, I believed that something new, could come into this world.
Mr. Fox
You've aged badly, Rat.
Rat
You gettin' a little long-in-the-tooth yourself, partner.
Paul Smecker
AAARGH! THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT!
Paul Smecker
There was a firefight!
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Peter, don't tell Harry.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Peter, don't tell Harry
Sgt. Elias Grodin
I love this place at night. The stars... there's no right or wrong in them. They're just there.
Sgt. Elias Grodin
I love this place at night. The stars ...there's no right or wrong in them, they're just there.
Young Michael Taylor
Get away from her.
Charles Taylor
Who are you, Mommy's little protector? [grabs the baseball bat from Michael's grasp]
Eric Masters
You're beautiful.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
So am I out?
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
(To Mary Jane) Hello beauty.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
[to Mary Jane) Hello beauty.
He
Is there any woods in particular?*pause*
He
Is there any woods in particular? [pause]
She
*pause*Eden.
She
Eden.
He
Grief is not a disease. It's a natural healthy reaction.
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
now that youve just really pisted me off im gonna finsh her nice and slow
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
If you had not been so selfish, your little girlfriend's death would have been quick and painless, but now that you've really pissed me off, I'm gonna finish her nice and slow.
Aunt May
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us....
Aunt May
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us... [the Green Goblin bursts through the window]
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Hahaha!
Aunt May
[screams] DELIVER US!
Aunt May
DELIVER US!
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
[laughing maniacally] Finish it. FINISH IT!
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Finish it. FINISH IT!
Aunt May
FROM EVIL!
Aunt May
FROM EVIL!
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
A word to the "not-so-wise" about your little girlfriend. Do what you need to with her, then broom her fast!
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
A word to the 'not-so-wise' about your little girlfriend. Do what you need to with her, then broom her fast!
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Do you know how much I sacrificed!?!?
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Do you know how much I sacrificed!?
Paul Smecker
I'm an expert in nameology.
Paul Smecker
Yeah, well, I'm an expert in... nameology!
Sgt. Elias Grodin
Barnes believes in what he's doing.
Chris Taylor
And you?
Sgt. Elias Grodin
Back in '65? Yeah. Now, no. What happened today is just the beginning. We're gonna lose this war.
Chris Taylor
Come on! You really think so? Us?
Sgt. Elias Grodin
We've been kicking other peoples asses for so long I figured it's time we got ours kicked
Sgt. Elias Grodin
We've been kicking other peoples asses for so long I figured it's time we got ours kicked.
Rat
Y'all are trespassing now...illegally.
Rat
Y'all are trespassing now, illegally.
Klaus Daimler
Who the shit is Kingsley Zissou?
Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
Sorry I'm late. Work was murder.
He
What do you think is supposed to happen in the woods?
Eric Masters
You're beautiful.