US-American actor Willem Dafoe receives this year’s B3 BEN Award in the category Most Influential Artist.
Born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1955, actor Willem Dafoe is one of the most versatile and sought-after actors of his generation. His oeuvre comprises over 100 films, which have been honored with a total of four Oscar nominations in addition to many other prizes, most recently in 2019 for his portrayal of the painter Vincent van Gogh in the film biography “Van Gogh – At Eternity’s Gate” (USA/F 2018, directed by Julian Schnabel). Among his most important films are The Last Temptation of Christ, Platoon, Wild at Heart, The English Patient, Shadow of the Vampire, Antichrist, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Siberia, At Eternity’s Gate, The Lighthouse.
Dafoe is known for his versatility, boldness, daring, and great artistic curiosity in the exploration of human existence. He is known for a broad range of character parts that make it difficult to classify him as a specific genre actor.
He is also an original member of The Wooster Group, a New York based experimental theater collective. He has worked with Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović and in 2013, he took on a leading role in the video game Beyond: Two Souls by the French development studio Quantic Dream. He is currently starring in the Viking epic “The Northman” by Robert Eggers and Guillermo Del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley”.