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Name : Willem Dafoe
Birth Name : William J. Dafoe
Sex : Male
Nationality : American
Birth Date : 1955-07-22
Birth Place : Appleton Wlsconsin, United States
Profession : Actor, Voice Actor
Zodiac : Cancer
Height : 170 cms

Personal Information:

William Dafoe is the most popular American celebrities who got huge recognition as film, stage, and voice actor. He was born July 22, 1955 in Appleton Wlsconsin, United States. He is the son of Dr William Dafoe, a surgeon, and Muriel Isabel, employed as a nurse. He has seven siblings. His childhood name was William Dafoe later known as Willem Dafoe. Dafoe then met Elizabeth LeCompte, a renowned film director, and soon they both fell into a relationship and eventually tie the knot. The produced a child named Jack in 1982.


William Dafoe attended University of Wiscosin-Milwaukee to learn the technique of drama and then completed his graduation.


William Dafoe moved to New York to try his luck in film industry and joined the Performance Group, eventually launched his filmy career in 1981 when he got an excellent opportunity to appear in Heavenís Gate, however it was not the perfect time as his role was edited from the movie.

He then got another chancre in the form of To Live and Die in LA. After that he made an appearance as leader of motorcycle gang in film The Loveless. However he got major breakthrough in the form of Platoon in 1986. It was a significant film for him as he grabbed the opportunity to show his versatile talent. In 1988 he was cast in the film Off Limits as CID agent Buck McGriff. It was the film that was produced during Vietnam war and made him a popular overnight. After that he took challenges in the form of villainous role and played it beautifully in many films such as Once Upon Time in Mexico, Spider-Man film series, and more.  

William Dafoe also got popularity as a stage actor and performed a drama Body of Evidence alongwith Madonna in 1991 and then appeared as drug dealer in film Light Steeper. Besides that he worked as model as well and modeled for several brands. Apart from that he provided his voice for many movies.William Dafoe recently appeared in many films like The Wild Bunch, Miral, and The Hunter.

Film & television:

Heaven's Gate, New York Nights, Mississippi Burning, Flight of the Intruder, Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Aviator, Spider-Man 3, The Simpsons  


William Dafoe received his first award, Best Supporting Actor for Shadow of the Vampire in 2001. He received Special Award for Immense contribution to the art of film. Besides that he won several other awards for different movies.  

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