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Jesus In The Last Temptation Of The Christ (1988).
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William "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American film and stage actor, and a founding member of the experimental theatre company The Wooster Group. He has had an illustrious career including roles in To Live and Die in L.A., Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, The Last Temptation of Christ, Shadow of the Vampire, Finding Nemo, Mississippi Burning, Clear and Present Danger, The Boondock Saints, American Psycho, Speed 2: Cruise Control, the Spider-Man films, Antichrist and Daybreakers.
Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, the sixth of eight children of Muriel Isabel (née Sprissler), a nurse and Boston native, and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, a surgeon. His birth name is William Dafoe; he changed it to "Willem" (Dutch for "William") so people would not call him "Billy". He studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, but left before graduation in order to join the newly formed avant-garde group Theatre X.
Dafoe met director Elizabeth LeCompte at the Performance Group. LeCompte and Dafoe were part of the restructuring of The Performance Group and became professional collaborators and founding members of The Wooster Group, and began a relationship. Their son, Jack, was born in 1982. The pair eventually split in 2004. Dafoe married Italian director and actress Giada Colagrande on March 25, 2005. Dafoe`s brother, Donald, is a transplant surgeon and researcher.
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Appleton East High School, Appleton, Wisconsin, United States (Expelled)
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William James Dafoe
William James "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American actor. A highly prolific character actor, Dafoe has received multiple awards and nominations, including three Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nominations. Dafoe has frequently collaborated with filmmakers Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara, Lars von Trier, and Wes Anderson.
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Circle of Confusion, Llc. (Talent Management Company)
(1998) TV commercial (voice-over): Buick Century., (1999) TV commercial (voice-over): Qwest internet service provider., (1999) TV commercial (voiceover): Salomon Smith Barney stockbrokers., (2006) TV commercial (voice-over): Jaguar cars, (2006) TV commercial (UK): Filmfour television channel., 2005) TV commercial (voice-over) (UK): Domestos bleach., TV commercial (voice-over): Merrill Lynch stockbrokers., (2010) TV commercial (voice of polar bear) (UK): Birdseye., (2013) TV commercial: Appears (as "Mephisttopheles") in commercial for the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA., (2012-13) TV commercials (voice-over): Fage Greek yogurt.
Film, Stage, And Voice Actor.
Drama, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States (Dropped Out)
Dr. William Alfred Dafoe
Muriel Isabel (née Sprissler)
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