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). 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.
To this day, he is also a member of the New York theater group Wooster Group. He has collaborated with Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović and in 2013, he took on a leading role in the video game Beyond: Two Souls by French development studio Quantic Dream. He is currently starring in the Viking epic The Northmen by Robert Eggers.