Person of the Month – April 2014

Dafoe found his breakout roles in villainous characters early on in Streets of Fire, The Loveless and To Live And Die in L.A. in the mid eighties and has continued to bring great mischievous character to life throughout his career; his highlights include the Green Goblin in Spiderman, and John Geiger in Speed 2.

But he hasn’t been relegated to becoming a typecast baddie, particularly as some of his best characters and most memorable performances have come from his portrayal of noble characters, such as playing Detective Donald Kimball in American Psycho or as Paul Smecker, an FBI agent, in Boondock Saints.

Throughout his thirty years in the film industry he’s been nominated for two Best Supporting Actor Oscars: one in 1986 for Platoon and one in 2000 for Shadow of a Vampire. With such a diverse back catalogue of roles, as both a lead and in supporting roles he’s one of the most interesting actors working today.


1955

Born July 22nd, 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin

1955

1975

Became a founding member of the Wooster Group, an experimental theatre group in New York

1975

1980

Makes his feature length debut in Heaven’s Gate as uncredited character, Willy.

1980

1986

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Platoon

1986

1998

Co-produced his first feature length, New Rose Hotel, in which he also starred

1998

1999

Starred as Paul Smecker in The Boondock Saints

1999

2000

Nominated for another Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Shadow of the Vampire

2000

2002

Appears jn the first of the Spider-Man franchise as Norman Osbourne/Green Goblin

2002

2004

Plays a prominent role in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which went on to gain nine major nominations and four wins

2004

2005

Co-writes and co-stars his first film, Before It Had a Name, alongside his wife, Giada Colangrande

2005

2009

Voices Rat - the villain of Fantastic Mr Fox

2009

2014

Stars in The Grand Budapest Hotel as Jopling

2014

2016

Willem is currently filming Finding Dory, the sequel to the highly successful Finding Nemo which is due out in 2016

2016