Willem Dafoe – biographyWillem Dafoe is an American theater and film actor, twice nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (in the films Platoon and Shadow of the Vampire). Some of the other prominent films with his participation are To Live and Die in L.A., The Last Temptation of Christ, The English Patient, The American Psycho, and Spider-Man (2002).
Childhood and young yearsWilliam (the real name of the actor) was the seventh, last-but-one child in the large family of the doctor William Alfred Dafoe and nurse Muriel Isabel. He hated being called Billy (an abbreviated version of his name), so he changed his name to Willem as soon as possible.
After graduating from school, the young man entered Milwaukee University, department of drama, but in a year and a half, he quit his studies and began touring with the youth experimental theater called Theater X, essentially becoming a wandering artist. Four years later, Willem decided to settle down in New York and joined the Performance Group Theater.