Birth Date: July 22 1955
Birth Place: N/A
Willem Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based experimental theatre collective. He has created and performed in the group's work since 1977, both in the U.S. and internationally.
In 1979 after being seen in the theatre, he 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, while continuing his work with the Wooster Group, he went on to perform in over 50 films - in Hollywood ("Spiderman", "The English Patient", "Clear And Present Danger", "White Sands", "Mississippi Burning", "Streets Of Fire") and in independent cinema in the U.S. ("The Clearing", "Animal Factory", "Basquiat", "The Boondock Saints", "American Psycho") and abroad (von Trier's "Manderlay", Yim Ho's "Pavillion Of Women", Yurek Bogayevicz's "Edges Of The Lord", "Wender's Far Away So Close", and Brian Gilbert's "Tom & Viv").
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", Martin Scorsese "The Aviator", "The Last Temptation Of Christ", Paul Schrader "Auto Focus", "Affliction", "Light Sleeper", David Cronenberg "Existenz", Abel Ferrara "New Rose Hotel", David Lynch "Wild At Heart", William Friedkin "To Live And Die In LA", and Oliver Stone "Born On The Fourth Of July", "Platoon".
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.
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