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 L.A.), and Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon).
He was nominated twice for an Academy Award (Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire) and once for a Golden Globe. Among other nominations and awards, he received a Los Angeles Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award.
Other upcoming films include Fireflies in the Garden, starring opposite Julia Roberts; Henry Miller's Anamorph; Paul Schrader's The Walker and Adam Resurrected; and Abel Ferrara's Go Go Tales and the Lionsgate release Daybreakers.
Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York-based experimental theater collective. He has created and performed in the group's work since 1977, both in the U.S. and internationally.
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Willem Dafoe Facts
|Birth Name||William Dafoe Jr.|
|Birthday||July 22, 1955 (62)|
|Birthplace||Appleton, Wisconsin, USA|
|Height||5' 9½" (1m77) How tall is Willem Dafoe compared to you?|
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|Tales From Earthsea|