Willem Dafoe | Biography

Posted On: 08 Jul, 2014


Willem Dafoe | Biography

Quick Facts

Date of Birth July 22, 1955
Age 61 Years 10 Month(s)
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Wife/Spouse Giada Colagrande
Girlfriend No
Ethnicity White
Is Gay/Lesbian No
Divorced? Not Yet
Married Yes
Net Worth $25 Million Dollars
Height 5 feet 10 inches
Weight 158 lbs
Children/Kids Jack Dafoe

An American film, stage and voice actor, William J. Dafoe is popularly known as Willem Dafoe. He was born on July 22, 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S. He has already appeared in many movies like Affliction, Off Limits, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, The English Patient, Mississippi Burning, Spider-Man, Mr. Bean's Holiday and The Fault in our stars. Dafoe is also a member of the experimental theater company named The Wooster Group.

Dafoe is one of the youngest sons of Muriel Isabel and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe. Willem studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and later joined experimental theater company Theatre X in Milwaukee in Wisconsin. He also created the Wooster Group there. He stared learning acting at the young age. Dafoe began his film career in year 1981 after appearing in the Heaven's Gate, where he played a Cockfighter.

In 1982, Dafoe starred in the The Loveless as a Vance. In the following year, he appeared in The Hunger as a 2nd Phone Booth Youth. In 1994, Dafoe appeared in three movies like Roadhouse 66, New York Nights, and Streets of Fire. Later in 1986, Dafoe appeared as Sergeant Elias in the movie Platoon, for which Dafoe was a nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1988 movie The Last Temptation of the Christ, Dafoe appeared as a jesus.  In year 1990, Dafoe was also nominated for Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his role in Wild at Heart where he portrayed the role of Bobby Peru.

Again in 1993, Willem was nominated for Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for movie Body of Evidence. In 1996, he appeared as David Caravaggio, for which he was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a cast in a Motion Picture. In 1997, he was nominated for Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for movie Speed 2: Cruise Control. Likewise later in 2000, this talented actor has been nominated for several awards for his role as Max Schreck in the movie Shadow of the vampire.

In 2002, Dafoe appeared as a Green Goblin in Spider-Man, for which he was nominated for MTV Movie Award for Best Villian. His voice was also featured in many films like Journey On Rio, Finding Nemo, and Camel Cricket City. In 2009, Dafoe appeared in antichrist. Apart from movie, Dafoe has also appeared in several Television series and like Murder, She Wrote, The HitchHiker, Fishing With John, The Simpsons and American Experience. Likewise, Willem has also been featured in many videogames like Spider-Man, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing and Beyond: Two Souls.

Regarding his personal life, he was dating his director girlfriend Elizabeth LaCompte, but she was not his wife. They also had a son named Jack. Later he married Italian actress Giada Colagrande. There are no any speculations about their divorce. This also proves that he is not a gay.

Standing at the normal height of 5 feet 9 inches tall, Dafoe has the charm to attract the attention of many viewers. His shirtless pictures can also be found in internet sites. His brief biography can also be found in wiki and IMDb. Besides, he also enjoys playing basketball and practicing yoga. Dafoe is also one of the highest paid actors of Hollywood with a handsome salary. Other information about him can also be accessed via his personal as well as personal sites. His fans can also follow him in twitter and Instagram as well as like his page in Facebook.