William J. Dafoe (born July 22, 1955), known professionally as Willem Dafoe, is an Academy Award
-nominated American film, stage, and voice actor, and a member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group. He's played a wide range of roles, from the Green Goblin
to Jesus Christ
. After watching Dafoe's performance in The Last Temptation of Christ
, Sergio Leone
was heard to remark "That's not the face of our Lord. It's the face of a psychopath."
In 2013, he provided the voice and motion capture for Nathan Dawkins in the video game Beyond: Two Souls
with Ellen Page
, and later starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel
along with many well-known actors/actresses
He has been nominated for the Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor twice—for Platoon
in 1986 and for Shadow of the Vampire
- But Not Too Foreign: He has English, Irish, Scottish, German, Swiss, and French ancestry.
- Chewing the Scenery: Has a tendency to be over the top and hammy, specially for villainous parts.
- Chronically Killed Actor: Quite possibly has the most on-screen deaths of any mainstream actor. His death scenes include Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Speed 2: Cruise Control, eXistenZ, Shadow of the Vampire, Spider-Man, and Once upon a Time in Mexico, among others. He also plays real-life film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini in a 2014 biopic, a man famous for being brutally murdered.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Is known for playing Ax-Crazy characters, but he is actually very funny and thoughtful in interviews.
- Slasher Smile: To the point "Weird Al" Yankovic made sure to point out the Green Goblin looked scarier without his mask.
- Stage Name: He picked the Dutch spelling of his birth name to stand out.
- Type Casting: Either as a villain or a Reasonable Authority Figure.
- What Could Have Been: