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.
Born July 22nd, 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin
Became a founding member of the Wooster Group, an experimental theatre group in New York
Makes his feature length debut in Heaven’s Gate as uncredited character, Willy.
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Platoon
Co-produced his first feature length, New Rose Hotel, in which he also starred
Starred as Paul Smecker in The Boondock Saints
Nominated for another Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Shadow of the Vampire
Appears jn the first of the Spider-Man franchise as Norman Osbourne/Green Goblin
Plays a prominent role in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which went on to gain nine major nominations and four wins
Co-writes and co-stars his first film, Before It Had a Name, alongside his wife, Giada Colangrande
Voices Rat - the villain of Fantastic Mr Fox
Stars in The Grand Budapest Hotel as Jopling
Willem is currently filming Finding Dory, the sequel to the highly successful Finding Nemo which is due out in 2016
22nd July 1955