Ten fun facts about Willem Dafoe


Fact 1
While playing the Green Goblin in 2002’s “Spider-Man”, Willem Dafoe demanded that he do the majority of his stunt work so that he could fully embrace the character he was portraying.

Fact 2
In 1986, during the production of “Platoon”, he came down with the yellow fever. For nearly 24 he was completely delirious. He quickly recovered and was immediately on set the very next day.

Fact 3
He was nominated for an Academy Award for the Oscar winning film “Platoon”. The second move that won him an Academy Award nomination was “Shadow of the Vampire”.


Fact 4
William Dafoe was the first actor to ever be nominated for playing a vampire in a movie. This was for the Oscar winning film “Shadow of the Vampire”.

Fact 5
Nearly every character that Willem Dafoe has portrayed has died on-screen.

Fact 6
To alleviate stress in his life, Dafoe practices Yoga. He believes that this allows him to also reach a higher plain of consciousness.

Fact 7
He was originally considered for the iconic role of Frank Booth in the cult-favorite “Blue Velvet”. The role was instead given to Dennis Hopper.

Fact 8
For the betterment of his health Willem Dafoe only eats organic food.

Fact 9
Prior to becoming an actor, Willem Dafoe built sets for Theatre X in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Fact 10
Willem Dafoe’s real first name is William. However, his friends in schooled pronounced it Willem and he stuck with it. He is part German, part Irish and part Scottish.


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Is a multi-talented and very versatile American born actor who has acted in a wide range of roles.

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