|Real Name/Full Name||William James “Willem” Dafoe|
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:||Willem Dafoe|
|Birth Place:||Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:||22 July 1955|
|Age/How Old:||67 years old|
|Height/How Tall:||In Centimetres – 170.5 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
|Weight:||In Kilograms – 70 Kg
In Pounds – 140 lbs
|Hair Color:||Light Brown|
|Parents Name:||Father – Dr. William Alfred Dafoe
Mother – Muriel Isabel
|Siblings:||Donald Dafoe and Five Sisters|
|School:||Appleton East High School, Einstein Middle School|
|College:||University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Lawrence University|
|Nationality:||American – Italian|
|Girlfriend:||Ex- Elizabeth Lecompte (1977 – 2004)|
|Wife/Spouse Name:||Glada Colagrande (m. 2005)|
|Kids/Children Name:||Jack Dafoe|
|Net Worth:||$50 million|
|Last Updated:||May 2023|
Willem Dafoe is a well-renowned and an incredible actor from America. He is now famous for holding citizenship of two countries and recognizes himself as Italian – American. Dafoe is very well-known for his unique voice and remarkable screen presence, and acting skills across numerous films and shows. He played several kinds of roles, starting from being the protagonist to perform an antagonist’s role across many movies, and became very famous.
Well, how well do you know about Willem Dafoe? If not much, here is what we know about Willem Dafoe to date.
Biography and Early Life
Willem Dafoe took birth on 22 July 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was born to his parents, Muriel Isabel, his mother, and his father, Dr. William Alfred Dafoe. Willem was among the eight siblings in his family. His parents worked together at the hospital, where his father was a renowned surgeon, and his mother was a nurse. His parents were very dedicated to their work and stayed busy; Willem was raised with his five sisters in his family. His parents had a widespread ancestry starting from English, German, French, Irish and ending at Scottish ancestry.
Dafoe was inclined to theatre and acting from his childhood, and this interest led him towards becoming one of the finest actors in Hollywood. Dafoe followed his part when he dropped out of University to join an experimental theatre group in Wisconsin, Milwaukee and after spending sometime shifted to New York in 1976. He went on to become a part of a company/group named The Wooster Group and continued to work until the 2000s.
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
So, how old is Willem Dafoe in 2023 and what is his height and weight? Well, Willem Dafoe’s age is 67 years old as of today’s date 29th May 2023 having been born on 22 July 1955. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 170.5 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 140 lbs in Pound and 70 kg in Kilograms.
Dafoe was born in Appleton, Wisconsin. He completed his middle school from Einstein Middle School and completed his graduation from Appleton East High School. After completing high school, he went on to continue his university education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He studied drama at this University, but after around a year and a half, he left college and went on to join an experimental theatre troupe, Theatre X, in Wisconsin.
Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids
Willem Dafoe was born in a family of eight siblings and was raised by his sisters as he did not see much of his parents. He went to study drama before shifting to New York to pursue his dream. In New York, he had his first relationship with Elizabeth LeCompte and worked with her in a drama company named the Wooster Group. Dafoe broke up with LeCompte in 2004.
Dafoe had a son with LeCompte, who was born in 1982 but both did not ever get married and finally part ways in 2004. Dafoe got married to Giada Colagrande on 25 March 2005, within a year of their meeting. Giada is an actress, director, and screenwriter from Italy. The couple had even worked together in movies like Before It Had a Name and A Women.
Is Willem Dafoe Gay?
Willem Dafoe is not gay, he is straight, and this can be known from the fact that he is married and even has a son named Jack from his previous relationship.
Willem Dafoe shifted to New York in the year 1976 to pursue his dream of working in theatre and become an actor. He started doing his theatre for a company named The Wooster Group and started his theatre. He began his professional career in acting when he bagged the role of a supporting actor in 1979 in the movie Heaven’s Gate.
He got the lead role in a drama movie, The Loveless (1982). He went to play many antagonist roles in films like Streets of Fire (1984), To Live And Die in L.A. (1985), which also suited his character. He bagged his first role as protagonist in the movie, Platoon (1986), which was a Vietnamese War film directed by Oliver Stone.
He went to become a part of many movies in the 2000s, such as American Psycho (2000), Shadow Of The Vampire (2000), Pavilion of Women (2001), and many more. His very famous Super-villain role as Green Goblin came in Marvel’s superhero movie Spider-Man (2005). He continued his role of Norman Osbourn in the Spider-Man film series.
His incredible performance as the super-villain and a rogue billionaire in the movie received widespread applauds. Dafoe worked across several genres of movies, starting from Horror, Drama, Action, Fiction, and Humorous movies. He was also a part of the Humor movie co-starring with the famous Rowan Atkinson, Mr. Beans Holiday (2007).
He has been a part of the film industry for almost 38 years now and has worked in numerous movies across different genres. His most recent works include Aquaman (2018), Motherless Brooklyn (2019), The Lighthouse (2019). Dafoe stars are yet to be released movies like The French Dispatch (2021) & Nightmare Alley (2021).
- Camerimage Special Award won in 2002 for the immense contribution to the art of film.
- Won Donostia Award in 2005 at San Sebastián International Film Festival.
- Won Stockholm Achievement Award in 2012 at Stockholm International Film Festival.
- Won Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema in 2016 at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
- Won Honorary Golden Bear of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, recognizing his life’s work in 2018 at the Berlin International Film Festival.
- Won Volpi Cup for Best Actor in 2018 at Venice Film Festival.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Willem Dafoe in 2023
As of 2023, Willem Dafoe has a net worth of $50 million, which he has accumulated in his around 38 years of experience in the film industry. His salary is not accurate, but his primary source of income is from his acting, theatre, and brand endorsements.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- Willem Dafoe started working in an experimental theatre group – The Wooster Group in New York before becoming a founding member of the group.
- Apart from acting and theatre, he has also lent his voice in the animated movie Finding Nemo (2003).
- He has won many awards and accolades in life. He has received nominations for Oscars, four Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and four SAG Awards but sadly did not grab any of these prestigious awards.
Willem Dafoe is known for his versatility across different genres of movies. He has successfully performed various kinds of roles in around a 38-year-long professional film career. He is one of the strongest characters in Hollywood who has worked with many famous directors and producers and still is active in the Film Industry.