American actor

William JamesWillemDafoe ( born July 22, 1955 ) is an american actor. He is the recipient of respective accolades, including the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, in addition to receiving nominations for four Academy Awards, four screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and a british Academy Film Award. He is besides known for his frequent collaborations with filmmakers Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara, Lars von Trier, Julian Schnabel, and Wes Anderson. Dafoe was an early member of experimental field company The Wooster Group. He made his film debut in Heaven’s Gate ( 1980 ), but was fired during production. He had his first lead function in the lawless biker film The Loveless ( 1982 ) and then played the main antagonist in Streets of Fire ( 1984 ) and To Live and Die in L.A. ( 1985 ). He received his beginning Academy Award nomination ( as Best Supporting Actor ) for his character as Sergeant Elias Gordon in Oliver Stone ‘s war film Platoon ( 1986 ). In 1988, Dafoe played Jesus in Martin Scorsese ‘s The Last Temptation of Christ and costarred in Mississippi Burning, both of which were controversial.

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After receiving his second Academy Award nominating speech ( as Best Supporting Actor ) for portraying Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire ( 2000 ), Dafoe portrayed the supervillain Norman Osborn / Green Goblin in the superhero film Spider-Man ( 2002 ), a function he reprised in its sequels Spider-Man 2 ( 2004 ) and Spider-Man 3 ( 2007 ), and the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home ( 2021 ). He besides portrayed the villains in Once Upon a Time in Mexico ( 2003 ) and XXX: State of the Union ( 2005 ), american samoa well as Carson Clay in the film Mr. Bean’s Holiday ( 2007 ). In 2009, he starred in the experimental film Antichrist, one of his three films with Lars von Trier. Dafoe then appeared in The Fault in Our Stars, John Wick, The Grand Budapest Hotel ( all 2014 ), The Great Wall ( 2016 ), Murder on the Orient Express ( 2017 ), The Florida Project ( 2017 ) ( for which he received his third Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actor class ), and The Lighthouse ( 2019 ), portraying Nuidis Vulko in the DC Extended Universe films Aquaman ( 2018 ) and Zack Snyder’s Justice League ( 2021 ). Dafoe has portrayed respective real-life figures, including T.S. Eliot in Tom & Viv ( 1994 ), Pier Paolo Pasolini in Pasolini ( 2014 ), Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate ( 2018 ) ( for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor nominating speech, his first in that category ), and Leonhard Seppala in Togo ( 2019 ). Dafoe holds dual american and italian citizenship .

early life sentence and education [edit ]

William James Dafoe [ 1 ] was born on July 22, 1955, in Appleton, Wisconsin. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] [ 4 ] One of eight children of Muriel Isabel ( née Sprissler ) ( November 29, 1921 – September 2012 ) and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe ( July 21, 1917 – November 21, 2014 ), [ 5 ] [ 6 ] he recalled in 2009 : “ My five sisters raised me because my forefather was a surgeon, my mother was a nanny and they worked in concert, so I did n’t see either of them much. ” [ 7 ] His brother, Donald Dafoe, is a transfer surgeon and research worker. [ 8 ] He has english, french, german, Irish, and scots ancestry. [ 9 ] His surname, Dafoe, is the Anglicized version of the swiss Thévou. In high educate, he acquired the nickname Willem, [ 10 ] which is the dutch version of the appoint William. [ 11 ] During an interview he explained that about half of the Dafoe family puts the emphasis on the first syllable of their surname, and the other half on the second. lone after becoming an actor, he took the second rendition as his stage diagnose. [ 12 ] After attending Appleton East High School, Dafoe studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, [ 13 ] but left after a year and a half to join the experimental field ship’s company Theatre X in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before moving to New York City in 1976. [ 11 ] There he apprenticed under Richard Schechner, conductor of the avant-garde dramaturgy troupe The Performance Group, where he met and became romantically involved with Elizabeth LeCompte. She, with her former romantic partner Spalding Gray and others, edged out Schechner and created the Wooster Group. [ 11 ] Within a year Dafoe was partially of the company. [ 14 ] Dafoe would continue with the Wooster Group into the 2000s. [ 15 ]

career [edit ]

1980s [edit ]

Dafoe began his film career in 1979, when he was cast in a support role in Michael Cimino ‘s epic Western film Heaven’s Gate. [ 16 ] Dafoe was entirely deliver for the first three months of an eight-month dart. [ 17 ] His character, that of a cockfighter who works for Jeff Bridges ‘ character, was removed from a majority of the film during editing but was visible during a cockfight scene. [ 18 ] Dafoe did not receive a citation for his function on the movie. [ 18 ] In 1982, Dafoe starred as the leader of an lawless motorbike club in the play The Loveless, his first base character as a leading serviceman. The film was co-directed by Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery and paid court to 1953 film The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando in a alike role. [ 19 ] Following a brief appearance in the repugnance film The Hunger ( 1983 ), Dafoe again played the drawing card of a biker gang in Walter Hill ‘s 1984 action film Streets of Fire. His character in the film served as the chief antagonist, who captures the ex-girlfriend of a mercenary, played by Diane Lane and Michael Paré, respectively. Janet Maslin of The New York Times felt there were no great performances in the movie, but praised Dafoe ‘s “ perfectly nefarious ” face. [ 20 ] Dafoe starred aboard Judge Reinhold in Roadhouse 66 ( 1985 ) as a pair of yuppies who become stranded in a town on U.S. Route 66. [ 21 ] late in 1985, Dafoe starred with William Petersen and John Pankow in William Friedkin ‘s thriller To Live and Die in L.A., in which Dafoe portrays a forger named Rick Masters who is being tracked by two Secret Service agents. [ 22 ] Film critic Roger Ebert commended his “ hard ” performance in the film. [ 22 ] Dafoe ‘s lone film let go of of 1986 was Oliver Stone ‘s Vietnam War film Platoon, gaining him his wide exposure up to that point for playing the compassionate Sergeant Elias Grodin. [ 23 ] He enjoyed the opportunity to play a heroic role and said the film gave him a luck to display his versatility, saying “ I think all characters live in you. You good frame them, give them circumstances, and that character will happen. ” [ 24 ] Principal photography for the film took plaza in the Philippines and required Dafoe to undergo boot camp discipline. [ 25 ] Los Angeles Times writer Sheila Benson praised his performance and found it to be “ peculiarly fine ” to see Dafoe play “ something other than a sociopath ”. [ 26 ] At the 59th Academy Awards, Dafoe was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, but the figurine was awarded to Michael Caine ( for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters ). [ 27 ] Dafoe provided his voice to the documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam ( 1987 ) and, in 1988, Dafoe starred in another film set during the Vietnam War, this time as criminal Investigation Command Agent Buck McGriff in the action thriller Off Limits. [ 28 ] [ 29 ] His second release of 1988 was Martin Scorsese ‘s epic poem drama The Last Temptation of Christ, in which Dafoe portrayed Jesus. The film was adapted from the fresh of the same list and depicts his struggle with assorted forms of enticement throughout his life. Like the novel, the film sparked controversy for departing from the biblical depicting of Jesus and was branded as being blasphemous. [ 30 ] Dafoe ‘s performance in the film was widely praised, however, with Janet Maslin opining that Dafoe brought a “ agleam volume ” to the function. [ 31 ] In his concluding liberation of 1988, Dafoe starred opposite Gene Hackman in the crime thriller Mississippi Burning as a copulate of FBI agents investigating the disappearance of three civil rights workers in fictional Jessup County, Mississippi during the civil rights movement. Variety praised Dafoe ‘s operation, writing, “ Dafoe gives a disciplined and noteworthy portrait of Ward ”, although they felt it was Hackman “ who steals the picture ”. [ 32 ] As with The Last Temptation of Christ, the film was the subjugate of controversy, this time among african-american activists who criticized its fabrication of events. [ 33 ] Dafoe was concisely considered for the role of the super-villain the Joker in the Tim Burton -directed superhero film Batman ( 1989 ), as screenwriter Sam Hamm noticed physical similarities, but was never offered the part that finally went to Jack Nicholson. [ 34 ] Dafoe starred in the play Triumph of the Spirit in 1989 as jewish Greek packer Salamo Arouch, an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate who was forced to fight other internees to death for the Nazi officers ‘ entertainment. [ 35 ] It was filmed on location at Auschwitz, the beginning major film to do so. [ 35 ] While the film was negatively received, Dafoe ‘s performance was lauded by some critics ; Peter Travers of Rolling Stone felt he gave a “ discipline operation ” and Janet Maslin thought he was “ harrowingly good ”. [ 35 ] [ 36 ] Dafoe reunited with Platoon director Oliver Stone for a small appearance in the biographic war drama Born on the Fourth of July ( 1989 ). Dafoe played a paraplegic, wheelchair-using Vietnam veteran who befriends the film ‘s submit Ron Kovic ( played by Tom Cruise ), another paraplegic veteran. [ 37 ]

1990s [edit ]

Dafoe made a cameo appearance in John Waters ‘ melodious drollery Cry-Baby ( 1990 ) as a prison guard who gives a brief lecture on values to the style character, who is played by Johnny Depp. Rita Kempley of The Washington Post found the view to be one of the film ‘s highlights. [ 38 ] In the same class, Dafoe co-starred in David Lynch ‘s crime film Wild at Heart with Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern. Dafoe played a criminal who engages in a robbery with Cage ‘s character before demonstrating his dark side. [ 39 ] He wore imposter, corroded tooth and grew a pencil mustache that bore resemblance to his previous confederate, John Waters. [ 39 ] Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman felt the role proved Dafoe as a “ chief of leer, fish-faced villainy ”. [ 39 ] In 1991, Dafoe starred with Danny Glover and Brad Johnson in the action film Flight of the Intruder. The film follows a pair of United States Navy pilots, played by Dafoe and Johnson, who scheme and participate in an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi. Directed by John Millius, the film received negative reviews. [ 40 ] He was due to star opposite Joan Cusack in the comedy Arrive Alive in 1991, but the film was cancelled during production. [ 41 ] Dafoe had two contribute roles in 1992. The first to be released, White Sands, saw Dafoe a play small-town sheriff who impersonates a dead man after finding his all in body and a bag containing $ 500,000 to solve the shell, resulting in an FBI probe. [ 42 ] In his adjacent star role, Paul Schrader ‘s play Light Sleeper, Dafoe played John LeTour, a lone, insomniac, New Yorker working as a delivery man for a drug supplier, who is played by Susan Sarandon. Roger Ebert praised Dafoe ‘s “ gifted ” depiction of LeTour and Owen Gleiberman opined that “ even when the film does n’t gel, one is held by Willem Dafoe ‘s grimly compel operation. ” [ 43 ] [ 44 ] Dafoe following starred in the erotic thriller Body of Evidence ( 1993 ) with Madonna. The report concerns a lawyer, played by Dafoe, who engages in a sadomasochistic sexual relationship with the womanhood he is representing in a mangle case. The film was panned by critics and performed ill at the box office, with some hearing members laughing during the sex scenes. [ 45 ] In his inspection of the film, Vincent Canby felt that Dafoe lacked sensuality in the function. [ 46 ] belated in 1993, Dafoe appeared in a encouraging role as Emit Flesti ( an anagram of Time Itself ) in the german fantasy film Faraway, So Close!, directed by Wim Wenders. [ 47 ] Dafoe then co-starred in the spy thriller Clear and Present Danger ( 1994 ), an adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel of the mention starring Harrison Ford as CIA operative Jack Ryan. Dafoe played John Clark, a CIA agent conducting a covert operation against a drug trust in Colombia with Jack Ryan. [ 48 ] Dafoe portrayed the poet T. S. Eliot in the drama Tom & Viv ( besides in 1994 ), which tells the history of Eliot and his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot, who was played by Miranda Richardson. The film was met with a mix reception from critics, although Caryn James of The New York Times felt that Dafoe ‘s “ spectacularly shrill, charitable portrait raises the film above a handwriting that is full of good holes and stilted dialogue ”. [ 49 ] In 1995, he played an 18th-century writer in the period drama The Night and the Moment. [ 50 ]

“ I actually made a conscious campaign to mix it up, not because in itself it ‘s not the job of an actor to do all different things, but for me that ‘s what I ‘m concern in. You ‘ve got to be careful because you ‘ve got to work with what you have, not good for conceit ‘s sake, but I think the best part of being an actor sometimes is the opportunity to transform yourself superficially, and deeply. ”

—Dafoe on his avoidance of being typecast as a villain, 1998 [ 51 ]
In his first of three film appearances in 1996, Dafoe made a cameo appearance as an electrician in the biographic drama Basquiat. [ 52 ] Next, he played a canadian Intelligence Corps secret agent in the amatory war play The English Patient, which starred Ralph Fiennes as desert explorer Count László Almásy. The English Patient was filmed in Tuscany, where Dafoe said he particularly enjoyed the “ lull moments in the monastery between shoots ”. [ 53 ] In the time period play Victory —which was filmed in 1994 and premiered in Europe in 1996, but was not released until 1998—Dafoe played a european living on an island in the Southeast Asia who becomes the aim of redemption after preventing a womanhood, played by Irène Jacob, from being raped. [ 54 ] In 1997, Dafoe returned to playing a nefarious function in the action thriller Speed 2: Cruise Control, expressing the necessity of appearing in both mugwump and blockbuster films. [ 55 ] The movie starred Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric as a couple vacationing on a luxury cruise that has been hijacked by Dafoe ‘s character, Geiger, a hacker that has programmed the ship to crash into an vegetable oil tanker. Speed 2 was met with overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, [ 56 ] with Dafoe himself receiving a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actor. [ 57 ] For his next film, Affliction ( 1997 ), Dafoe worked with Paul Schrader for a moment time, playing the brother of Nick Nolte ‘s quality and served as the film ‘s narrator. [ 58 ] besides in 1997, Dafoe took on a articulation acting function in an sequence of the animize situation comedy The Simpsons titled “ The Secret War of Lisa Simpson “, voicing the commanding officer of a military academy that Bart and Lisa Simpson are attending. [ 59 ] Following a nefarious supporting character in the amatory mystery drama Lulu on the Bridge, [ 60 ] Dafoe starred aboard Christopher Walken and Asia Argento in Abel Ferrara ‘s hacker drama New Rose Hotel in 1998. It follows X ( Dafoe ) and Fox ( Walken ), a copulate of corporate raiders attempting to lure a japanese scientist from one megacorporation to another. Although the film was largely dismissed by critics, [ 61 ] critic David Stratton found there to be “ compensation ” in the performances. [ 62 ] In 1999, Dafoe gave a back performance in David Cronenberg ‘s Existenz, a skill fabrication thriller in which he played a gasoline station owner named Gas. [ 63 ] Later in the year, Dafoe starred in the action film The Boondock Saints. He played an eccentric, homosexual FBI agent assigned with investigating a series of murders committed by the MacManus twins ( played by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus ) who are acting as vigilantes in Boston, Massachusetts after an act of self-defense. The Boondock Saints was negatively received by film critics, largely for its extreme violence and miss of aroused depth, though some critics praised Dafoe ‘s character in the movie. [ 64 ] [ 65 ] The film performed ailing at the box position, but has since been branded as being a cult film. [ 66 ]

2000s [edit ]

In his first film of the 2000s, Dafoe was featured in a support role in American Psycho ( 2000 ) as a private investigator investigating the disappearance of a colleague of Patrick Bateman ( played by Christian Bale ), an investing banker who leads a double liveliness as a serial killer. [ 67 ] His next film of 2000, Steve Buscemi ‘s crime drama Animal Factory, starred as Dafoe an imprison veteran con-man who takes a young convict ( played by Edward Furlong ) under his flank and introduces to him to his gang. The film was positively received by critics and Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times wrote that “ Dafoe steals the movie with his amusing time ”. [ 68 ] Shadow of the Vampire, his final film of the year, saw him portray a fictionalize version of the german actor Max Schreck during the production of the 1922 repugnance movie Nosferatu, in which Schreck starred as the vampire Count Orlok. Dafoe ‘s co-star John Malkovich portrayed the film ‘s director, F. W. Murnau. The movie delves into fiction when, over the course of Nosferatu ‘s production, the hurl and crew come to discover that Schreck is actually a vampire himself. much of the film ‘s critical praise went to Dafoe ; Roger Ebert wrote that Dafoe “ embodies the Schreck of Nosferatu so uncannily that when real scenes from the silent classical are slipped into the frame, we do n’t notice a dispute ”. [ 69 ] The Chicago Reader critic Jonathan Rosenbaum opined felt the film ‘s “ entirely redeeming quality ” was Dafoe ‘s “ pleasantly extraordinary, eye-rolling operation ”. [ 70 ] Dafoe received numerous awards and nominations for his performance, including his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nominating speech. [ 71 ] Dafoe took on two leading roles in 2001, both of which were as priests. In the drama Pavilion of Women, he played an american priest exist in China who falls in love with a local anesthetic married woman ( played by the film ‘s screenwriter Luo Yan ) while giving her son a westerly education. [ 72 ] He then starred reverse Haley Joel Osment in Edges of the Lord, playing a compassionate priest helping a young jewish male child airs as a Catholic to protect him during Nazi Germany ‘s occupation of Poland. [ 73 ] Dafoe played the supervillain the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi ‘s 2002 superhero film Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire as the titular Marvel Comics superhero. Dafoe played the Norman Osborn personification of the Green Goblin, the billionaire founder and owner of the corporation Oscorp, becoming the Green Goblin after testing an precarious lastingness foil on himself, turning him insane and making him extremely mighty. Osborn is a family friend of Spider-Man ‘s secret identity Peter Parker as Osborn ‘s son, Harry Osborn ( played by James Franco ), is a close ally of Parker. The function required Dafoe to wear an uncomfortable costume and mask that made it impossible to emote using his confront, confining Dafoe to convey emotion through his voice and head movements. Dafoe besides had to wear a prosthetic tooth for his part as Norman whereas the hallucinations of the character had Dafoe in his natural teeth. [ 74 ] Dafoe ‘s function in the film was generally well-received, including a New York Daily News commentator who felt he put “ the daunt in archvillain ” and Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian who deemed him “ solid support ”. [ 75 ] [ 76 ] Conversely, critic A. O. Scott wrote that his performance was “ uninspired and secondhand ”. [ 77 ]
late in 2002, Dafoe starred with Greg Kinnear in Paul Schrader ‘s biographic movie Auto Focus, Dafoe ‘s third collaboration with Schrader. Dafoe portrayed John Henry Carpenter, an electronics technical who develops a foreign friendship with the actor Bob Crane, leading Crane into a down spiral. [ 78 ] Dafoe provided his voice to the computer-animated Pixar movie Finding Nemo in 2003. Dafoe voiced Gill, a moorish idol fish who helps Nemo, a clownfish, in his conflict to find his parents. [ 79 ] In the lapp year, Dafoe appeared in a small but pivotal function as a drug trust kingpin planning a coup d’etat d’état against the President of Mexico in Robert Rodriguez ‘s action film Once Upon a Time in Mexico. [ 80 ] The mangle mystery The Reckoning was Dafoe ‘s final film of 2003, in which he starred with Paul Bettany. The movie takes place during the Middle Ages and saw Dafoe play the drawing card of acting company that recreate the events surrounding a woman accused of witchcraft and mangle, who they believe is impeccant. [ 81 ] Dafoe lent his voice and compare to the James Bond video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing ( 2004 ) as the villain Nikolai Diavolo. [ 82 ] The follow year, Dafoe took on another nefarious character in The Clearing, albeit with a more sympathetic approach. Dafoe co-star as a man who kidnaps his former party boss ( played by Robert Redford ) in rally for a ransom. The film received mix reviews, although Peter Travers felt that he added a note of “ vulnerability to the menace he has made his lineage in barter ”. [ 83 ] Dafoe reprised his function as Norman Osborn in Spider-Man 2 ( 2004 ), appearing to his son Harry in an hallucination. The cameo was suggested by Dafoe, comparing it to the ghost of Hamlet ‘s founder visiting his son to ask him to avenge his death. [ 84 ] Dafoe was next seen in the comedy-drama The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ( 2004 ), his inaugural of three films with director Wes Anderson. He played the “ hilariously cloddish ” german first copulate of a inquiry vessel owned by the eponymous jumper cable quality, who is played by Bill Murray. [ 85 ] [ 86 ] Dafoe then had a small function as a yellow journalism magazine editor program in Martin Scorsese ‘s The Aviator ( 2004 ), a biographic film about Howard Hughes starring Leonardo DiCaprio. [ 87 ] besides in 2004, Dafoe narrated the objective Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven’s Gate, chronicling the production of Heaven’s Gate and co-star as a neuropharmacologist in the direct-to-video thriller Control ( 2004 ) alongside Ray Liotta and Michelle Rodriguez. [ 88 ] [ 89 ] Dafoe co-star in XXX: State of the Union ( 2005 ), an action film sequel starring Ice Cube in which Dafoe played a US Secretary of Defense attempting a coup d’état against the President of the United States. [ 90 ] It was largely panned by critics, although Dafoe stated he did not regret appearing in the film. [ 91 ] With the avant-garde drama Manderlay in 2005, Dafoe began another actor-director collaboration, this fourth dimension with danish film maker Lars von Trier. Dafoe co-star in the film as the father of Bryce Dallas Howard ‘s fictional character, a woman who discovers a grove calm thriving as if bondage had never been abolished. [ 92 ] Along with his wife Giada Colagrande, Dafoe co-wrote and starred in Before It Had a Name ( 2005 ), which Colagrande directed. Dafoe played the caretaker of a house that is inherited by the lover of its die owner, engaging in a sexual relationship with her. The film was excoriated by a Variety commentator as a “ aspirant haunted house narrative laced with pathetic arouse scenes ” and an “ embarrassment ”. [ 93 ] His fourth and final film appearance of 2005 was the crime thriller Ripley Under Ground, in which he played a museum curator. [ 94 ] Dafoe had a digest role in Spike Lee ‘s 2006 crime thriller Inside Man, playing a seasoned captain of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit helping with a hostage negotiation during a bank burglarize on Wall Street. [ 95 ] Dafoe co-star as the White House Chief of Staff in American Dreamz, a drollery satirizing both popular entertainment and american english politics. His character was described as a “ bantam version of Dick Cheney, with wire-rimmed glasses and a outskirt of whiten hair ” by The Times writer Caryn James. [ 96 ] He starred with Juliette Binoche in a short film directed by Nobuhiro Suwa as partially of the 2006 anthology film Paris, je t’aime. [ 97 ]
In 2007, Dafoe played a ostentatious film director in the british drollery film Mr. Bean’s Holiday, starring Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean. The Hollywood Reporter thought that Dafoe appeared to think he was “ in a mime “, [ 98 ] while a New York Times reviewer felt he was “ amusing ” in the function. [ 99 ] Dafoe starred as the owner of a plunder club in Abel Ferrara ‘s Go Go Tales ( 2007 ) ; Manohla Dargis praised his “ twitchy, sympathetic performance ” in the film. [ 100 ] In the lapp year, Dafoe voiced the main villain, an malefic charming, in the English dub of the japanese animate fantasy film Tales from Earthsea, [ 101 ] had a support character as a US Senator in the play The Walker, his fourth collaboration with Paul Schrader, [ 102 ] and took on the run function in the psychological thriller Anamorph, in which Dafoe played a detective who notices the character he is investigating bears similarities to a former case of his. [ 103 ] Dafoe starred with Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, and Emily Watson in the play Fireflies in the Garden, which premiered at Berlinale in 2008 but was not released stagily until 2011. Dafoe played a coldness, domineering english professor who has a strained kinship with his family. The film received by and large negative reviews, although the performances were generally praised. [ 104 ] Roger Ebert thought that Dafoe was “ awful ” in the function, [ 105 ] while Manohla Dargis felt he and Roberts were “ awkwardly pit ” as a marry couple. [ 106 ] Dafoe co-star as SS Nazi military officer in Paul Schrader ‘s Adam Resurrected ( 2008 ), which starred Jeff Goldblum as a concentration camp internee. [ 107 ] In his concluding free of 2008, Dafoe starred in the greek drama The Dust of Time as an american movie film director of greek lineage making a film his mother ‘s ( played by Irène Jacob ) life sentence. The critic Peter Brunette felt the cast ‘s performances, specially Dafoe ‘s, were unconvincing. [ 108 ] Dafoe appeared in seven films in 2009, the first of which was in Lars von Trier ‘s experimental film Antichrist. Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg played a couple whose relationship becomes increasingly sexually violent and sadomasochistic after retreating to a cabin in the woods following the death of their child. The film received a polarize reply from critics and audiences, [ 109 ] receiving both applause and boo at the Cannes Film Festival and was called the “ most lurid movie ” to be shown at the festival because of its graphic arouse scenes. [ 110 ] [ 111 ] Roger Ebert commended Dafoe ‘s and Gainsbourg ‘s performances as being “ heroic and audacious ”. [ 112 ] During an interview with L Magazine, it was revealed Dafoe had a rack in for scenes where his character ‘s penis was on screen as his own was besides big. [ 113 ] Dafoe next had a small function in the french thriller Farewell as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and co-star opposite Michael Shannon in Werner Herzog ‘s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, in which he played a detective undertake to figure out why a trouble oneself man killed his own mother. [ 114 ] [ 115 ] Dafoe played a former vampire who has a cure that can save the homo species in the skill fabrication horror film Daybreakers, which starred Ethan Hawke as a vampire hematologist. Richard Corliss of Time magazine wrote that Dafoe “ prevail over some terribly negotiation by giving the role his nutsy-greatsy outlandishness ”. [ 116 ] Dafoe had a voice character in Wes Anderson ‘s stop-motion animated movie Fantastic Mr. Fox starring George Clooney as the titular Roald Dahl character. Fresh Air critic David Edelstein felt Dafoe was one of the film ‘s highlights as a “ hep-cat, knife-wielding rat security system precaution ”. [ 117 ] Dafoe reprised his character from The Boondock Saints in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, making a brief cameo appearance. [ 118 ] His final examination appearance of the year was in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, another film centring around vampires in which Dafoe played the dandified vampire Gavner Purl. [ 119 ] Between October and December 2009, Dafoe appeared in Richard Foreman ‘s surrealist play Idiot Savant at The Public Theater. [ 120 ]

2010s [edit ]

Dafoe appeared in two films that premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2010, [ 121 ] making a brief appearance in Julian Schnabel ‘s political thriller Miral, which some reviewers found to be distracting. [ 122 ] [ 123 ] and starred in his wife Giada Colagrande ‘s movie A Woman. [ 121 ] besides in 2010, Dafoe began voicing Clarence, the Birds Eye arctic have a bun in the oven mascot in the company ‘s television commercials in the United Kingdom, [ 124 ] and tell Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World, a Ric Burns documentary about the history of the whale industry in the United States. [ 125 ]

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The Hunter in 2011 Dafoe at the premier ofin 2011 Dafoe ‘s first base of two leading roles in 2011 was in Abel Ferrara ‘s apocalyptic drama 4:44 Last Day on Earth, his third film with Ferrara. He played an actor spending his last hours on earth before the end of the earth with his much-younger lover ( played by Shanyn Leigh ). The film garnered a poor chemical reaction critics, with a commentator for Paste stating “ there ‘s only so much depth [ Dafoe ] can bring to such a shallow character ”. [ 126 ] Dafoe then starred in the australian play The Hunter, playing a professional hunter who travels to Tasmania to hunt down the world ‘s only remaining thylacine. critic Stephen Holden wrote in his follow-up of the film, “ even in the “ toughest, most macho roles … [ Dafoe ] retains a tinge of Christ-like sweetness and vulnerability ”. [ 127 ] In 2011, Dafoe began narrating a series of television commercials for the greek yogurt company Fage and starred in a Jim Beam commercial titled “ bluff Choices ”. [ 128 ] [ 129 ] [ 130 ] Dafoe starred aboard Marina Abramović and Gretchen Mol in the act The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, which premiered at The Lowry in 2011. [ 131 ] [ 132 ] Dafoe played Martian captain Tars Tarkas in the Disney film John Carter ( 2012 ), using motion get to portray the multi-limbed quality. [ 133 ] The film was a box position failure and ranks among the biggest box-office bombs of all time. [ 134 ] subsequently in 2012, Dafoe co-starred in the low-budget crime thriller Tomorrow You’re Gone with Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monaghan. [ 135 ] In 2013, Dafoe played a police officeholder in the supernatural thriller Odd Thomas, starring Anton Yelchin as the titular character that possesses supernatural powers to see the dead. [ 136 ] Using motion-capture acting technology, Dafoe co-star aboard Elliot Page in David Cage ‘s video game Beyond: Two Souls ( 2013 ) as a paranormal bodily process research worker who acts as the surrogate-father-figure to a girl who possesses supernatural powers. [ 137 ] The game polarized reviewers, although Dafoe and Page ‘s performance were widely praised. [ 138 ] In Scott Cooper ‘s Out of the Furnace ( 2013 ), starring christian Bale, Dafoe played the supporting function of a bookmaker running an illegal gamble operation. [ 139 ] Dafoe adjacent appeared in Lars von Trier ‘s bipartite erotic art film Nymphomaniac, his third and final examination film secrete of 2013. In the film, Dafoe played a depraved businessman who hires Charlotte Gainsbourg ‘s fictional character to work as a debt collector using arouse and sadomasochism. [ 140 ] besides in 2013, Dafoe played the satan in a Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl commercial [ 141 ] and starred in three curtly student films as share of a rival sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey. [ 142 ] In 2014, Dafoe portrayed a affluent private banker with connections to the Russia mafia opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in Anton Corbijn ‘s espionage thriller A Most Wanted Man. [ 143 ] Dafoe worked with Wes Anderson for a third time with the drollery The Grand Budapest Hotel ( besides 2014 ), featuring as the confederate of Adrien Brody ‘s fictional character alongside an corps de ballet cast led by Ralph Fiennes. [ 144 ] Dafoe future starred aboard Matt Dillon as a detective in the crime thriller Bad Country, which critic Justin Chang dismissed as being “ blandly constructed ”. [ 145 ]
In May 2014, Dafoe served as extremity of the main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. [ 146 ] He was next featured in a defend role as a mean-spirited, alcoholic generator who is visited by a pair of cancer patients, who are played by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, in the amatory drama The Fault in Our Stars. [ 147 ] Dafoe once again collaborated with Ferrara on the drama Pasolini, in which he played italian film maker Pier Paolo Pasolini during his concluding days before his mangle in 1975. Film critic Peter Bradshaw noted the physical similarities between Dafoe and Pasolini, although felt Dafoe had besides short screen fourth dimension in the film. [ 148 ] His final film of 2014 was the natural process thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, in which Dafoe appeared as the mentor to the nominal character, a erstwhile gunman who is forced out of retirement to seek vengeance for the kill of his puppy. [ 149 ] Dafoe stated he found the practice of gun fu combat created an matter to mix of military action, stating “ you have the seemliness of warlike arts, but then the bang of the gun ”. [ 150 ] His operation in the film was generally well received by critics, including Peter Travers who felt he provided “ ample recompense ”. [ 151 ] Dafoe made his moment guest appearance in the animated situation comedy The Simpsons in November 2014, voicing a new school teacher who bullies Bart Simpson abundantly. [ 152 ] Dafoe starred in the late Brazilian conductor ‘s Héctor Babenco ‘s concluding movie My Hindu Friend ( 2015 ) as a film director close to death who befriends a Hindu 8-year-old male child while hospitalized. [ 153 ] The black drollery Dog Eat Dog ( 2016 ), Dafoe ‘s sixth film with Paul Schrader, starred Dafoe and Nicolas Cage as a pair of ex-convicts hired to kidnap a baby. [ 154 ] In the same year, Dafoe reprised his voice function as Gill, a moorish paragon fish, from Finding Nemo in its sequel Finding Dory. [ 155 ] He next played the foreman of Gerard Butler ‘s character in the drama A Family Man and starred in Loris Gréaud ‘s arthouse skill fabrication film Sculpt, which was only screened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for one person at a time. [ 156 ] [ 157 ] His final film of the year was the monster film The Great Wall, a Chinese-American co-production directed by Zhang Yimou starring Matt Damon as a european materialistic in China defending the Great Wall of China from a horde of monsters, in which Dafoe played a early adventurer working as a teacher in China. [ 158 ] besides in 2016, Dafoe appeared in another Super Bowl commercial, this clock time for Snickers, recreating Marilyn Monroe ‘s iconic blank dress scene from the film The Seven Year Itch. [ 159 ]
In 2017, Dafoe co-starred in Sean Baker ‘s play The Florida Project as the director of a motel in Kissimmee, Florida who houses a toxic beget and her six-year-old daughter. The film and his performance received enormous critical acclaim, with The Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday writing that “ Dafoe delivers his finest performance in recent memory, bringing to levelheaded, unsanctimonious life a character who offers a inkling of hope and caring within a global markedly short on both ”. [ 160 ] Dafoe earned his third base Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination, equally well as nominations at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTA Awards. [ 161 ] [ 162 ] In 2017, Dafoe besides played and voiced the character of Ryuk, a demonic death idol from japanese mythology, in Netflix ‘s Death Note, and adaptation of the japanese supernatural-thriller manga of the lapp name. He then narrated australian documentarian Jennifer Peedom ‘s documentary Mountain. [ 163 ] besides that year, he co-starred as Gerhard Hardman in a film adaptation of Agatha Christie ‘s detective fresh Murder on the Orient Express, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh ; [ 164 ] and played Atlantean scientist Nuidis Vulko in a erase role in Zack Snyder ‘s Justice League. [ 165 ] [ 166 ] He later played Nuidis Vulko in a conduct character in James Wan ‘s 2018 film Aquaman. The same class, Dafoe played Vincent van Gogh in the film At Eternity’s Gate, for which he received the Volpi Cup for Best Actor and an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination among early awards and accolades. His operation drew raves from movie critics. Peter Keough of Boston Globe said Dafoe “ may be the best actor around for expressing an inner life in extremis. ” [ 167 ] In 2019, he had a defend function in Edward Norton ‘s Motherless Brooklyn where he played knock-down developer Moses Randolph ‘s “ beaten and pause ” brother. [ 168 ] In the same year, he played a beacon keeper on a storm-swept island in Robert Eggers ‘ psychological horror The Lighthouse diametric Robert Pattinson. It had its world premier at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film and Dafoe ‘s performance received high praise. [ 169 ] Owen Gleiberman of Variety said “ Both actors are sensational ( and they work in concert like one ), but in terms of absolute showboating baron it ’ randomness Dafoe ’ south movie. ” [ 170 ] Dafoe portrayed sled andiron breeder, trainer, and musher Leonhard Seppala in Togo .

2020s [edit ]

Dafoe appears in Wes Anderson ‘s ensemble period comedy The French Dispatch, Guillermo del Toro ‘s psychological thriller Nightmare Alley, and Robert Eggers diachronic thriller The Northman, set for a 2021 release date. All projects pushed their release dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [ 171 ] [ 172 ] In 2020, The New York Times ranked him No. 18 in its list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the twenty-first Century. [ 173 ] As confirmed in the official trailer, Dafoe will reprise his function as green Goblin from Sam Raimi ‘s Spider-Man trilogy in the approaching Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home, set to premiere on 17 December 2021. In order to avoid having his function in the film prematurely revealed, Dafoe wore a cloak on-set to conceal his appearance from being outed publicly. The asterisk of the movie, Tom Holland, said that he got scared after bumping into Dafoe by accident one day on sic and entirely then found out about his role in the film. [ 174 ] [ 175 ]

personal life [edit ]

In 1977, Dafoe began a relationship with director Elizabeth LeCompte. Their son, Jack, was born in 1982. [ 176 ] [ 177 ] [ 178 ] They separated in 2004 and were never married because “ to her, marriage represented possession ”. [ 179 ] Dafoe married italian actress, director, and screenwriter Giada Colagrande on March 25, 2005, a class after the two had met in Rome at the premier of one of her films. Dafoe said in 2010, “ We were having lunch and I said : ‘Do you want to get married tomorrow ? ‘ ” They did so the following afternoon at a humble ceremony with two friends as witnesses. [ 176 ] The couple worked together on her films Before It Had a Name and A Woman. [ 176 ] They divide their time between Rome, [ 180 ] New York City, and Los Angeles. [ 176 ] He now holds double american english and italian citizenship. [ 180 ] Dafoe is a pescetarian and avoids eating meat, believing “ animal farms are one of the chief causes of the end of the planet ”. [ 181 ] He practices ashtanga yoga every day. [ 182 ]

Filmography [edit ]

Awards and honors [edit ]


  • 2002: Won, Special Award ( For huge contribution to the artwork of film. )

San Sebastián International Film Festival

  • 2005: Won, Donostia Award

Stockholm International Film Festival

  • 2012: Won, Stockholm Achievement Award

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

  • 2016: Won, Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema

Berlin International Film Festival
Venice Film Festival

  • 2018: Won, Volpi Cup for Best Actor

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