Farm in Italy
Willem Dafoe and his wife live on a farm near Rome in Italy. Dafoe shared in a 2023 interview with The New York Times, he mentions that his farm has alpacas, goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens, and a “renegade” ram. Dafoe is a vegetarian and just keeps the animals for their company, eggs, and their wool. Dafoe hasn’t shared any photos of his farm, so the only glimpse we have of it is via Mark Ruffalo’s Instagram post.
July 22, 1955 (68)
Willem Dafoe, an American actor with a distinctive presence in the film industry, has become a familiar face in both mainstream and independent cinema. One of his most significant career highlights includes his portrayal of Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the “Spider-Man” series, a role that not only showcased his ability to oscillate between charming and menacing but also brought him into the limelight of popular culture.
Dafoe’s filmography is a testament to his wide-ranging talent, featuring a mix of blockbuster hits and critically acclaimed independent films. He gained widespread recognition for his role in Platoon, where his performance as Sergeant Elias earned him critical acclaim. His versatility is further highlighted in films like The Last Temptation of Christ, where he played Jesus, and Shadow of the Vampire, where he portrayed Max Schreck, earning him an Academy Award nomination. Dafoe’s ability to seamlessly transition between genres is evident in his work in The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Florida Project, and the voice of Gill in Finding Nemo.
Collaboration has been a hallmark of Dafoe’s career. He has worked with notable directors such as Wes Anderson, in films like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The French Dispatch. His collaboration with Lars von Trier in movies like Antichrist and Nymphomaniac pushed cinematic boundaries. Dafoe’s repeated partnerships with director Abel Ferrara, including in Pasolini and Tommaso, showcase a deep, creative synergy. He also shared the screen with notable actors like Gene Hackman in Mississippi Burning, Madonna in Body of Evidence, and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse, demonstrating his adaptability and range.
His performances have earned him multiple Academy Award nominations, including for his roles in Platoon, Shadow of the Vampire, The Florida Project, and At Eternity’s Gate. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in Shadow of the Vampire and won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for Pasolini.