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Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
Appleton, Wisconsin
Birth date
July 22, 1955 (1955-07-22) (age 66)

Significant roles

  • Eric "Rick" Masters in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • Sgt. Elias in Platoon (1986)
  • Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
  • Salamo Arouch in Mississipi Burning (1989)
  • Frank Dulaney in Body of Evidence (1993)
  • Tom Eliot in Tom & Viv (1994)
  • David Caravaggio in The English Patient (1995)
  • John Geiger in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
  • X in New Rose Hotel (1998)
  • Gas in eXistenZ (1999)
  • Det. Donald Kimball in American Psycho (2000)
  • Max Schreck in Shadow of a Vampire (2000)
  • The Green Goblin in Spider-Man (2002)
  • Gill in Finding Nemo (2003)
  • Barillo in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  • Roland Sweet in The Aviator (2004)
  • Capt. John Darius in Inside Man (2006)
  • Carson Clay in Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
  • Megatron in Transformers (2007)
  • Ray Ruby in Go Go Tales (2007)
  • He in Antichrist (2009)
  • Rat in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • Megatron in Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
  • Gavner Purl in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)
  • Old in The Lighthouse (2019)


  • "Basically, the Goblin is not a reflective character; he's all action and he pushes the action along. And any time he sits out of it too much and comments on it too much, he becomes a little flabby and a little jokey. Sometimes when we were filming, Sam would cut me loose and I'd fool around. But that kind of stuff never made it to the film."
  • "Initially the green plating could become transparent -- there was all this circuitry under it and all these lights and things. But once we started playing around with it, it just looked too busy. Also, there was a jetpack sort of thing on my back -- this big sort of hard backpack so I could be under my own power. But it just seemed too bulky and we really lost the line of the design of the character. So that went bye-bye as well. The mask is very much designed for my face. If you really look at it, it's an extreme cartoon version of my face. The nose and the cheekbones and the shape of it are like very extreme versions of my face."
  • "It's fun to do that Dr. Jekyll-and-Mr. Hyde kind of playing because we all recognize it. We recognize it from, you know, the battle of the little angel and the little devil on our shoulders in the cartoons. It's pretty much that."
  • "It's funny, I really enjoyed working on Spider-Man, but when I was finished with it, it really kind of completed something for me. Maybe. I don't really have an opinion one way or another to tell you the truth."
  • "I think Spider-Man is probably the most widely seen movie I've ever done. But then there's other movies - It really depends on their age. It's interesting, you can tell from someone's background usually. What is the period they go to see movies and what kind of movies they see. How they see you is clearly a reflection of the kind of movies they see!"