Wealthy American actor who reportedly has a net worth of $40 million. Because of his distinctive appearance, Willem Dafoe is often cast in parts playing villains. He’s been working in the industry for almost 40 years, and in that time he’s forged relationships with some of the most renowned and critically acclaimed directors in cinema history.
Dafoe has had huge success at the box office with films like Spider-Man, John Wick, and more. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards and manages to strike a balance between major studio pictures and smaller indie efforts better than any other actor in the business.
Willem Dafoe was born to Muriel and William Dafoe in Appleton, Wisconsin on July 22, 1955. He is the eighth of their eight children. His family tree includes the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, and Germany. Dafoe attended Appleton East High School throughout his teenage years. Following that, he attended UWM to concentrate on the dramatic arts.
After only 1.5 years, Dafoe dropped out of university to join the Milwaukee-based experimental theatre company, Theatre X. The following year, in 1976, he relocated to New York City to train under avant-garde theatrical pioneer Richard Schechner, who had just founded The Performance Group. Dafoe, together with Elizabeth LeCompte and Jim Clayburgh, among others, left The Performance Group to join The Wooster Group.
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William James and his wife Giada Colagrande tried to welcome in the New Year on Rio’s Copacabana Beach, but they had to run away from the screaming audience when they realized that James had played the Green Goblin in three “Spider-Man” films and Vulko in “Aquaman.”
Former Brazilian culture minister and guitarist/singer Gilberto Gil and his wife Flora played host to the couple.
They watched Gil’s show in front of the luxurious Beachfront Palace hotel on New Year’s Eve when they were among the 2.5 million tourists in Rio for the celebrations before moviegoers caught wind of Dafoe.
About Giada Colagrande
Her second full-length film, which she co-wrote and in which she also featured alongside Willem Dafoe, came out in 2005. The two first met while working on Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
Both the feature-length film Life & Death of Marina Abramovic, directed by Bob Wilson, and her own The Woman Dress were released that year.
Colagrande wrote, directed, and starred in the 2016 film PADRE alongside Franco Battiato, Willem Dafoe, and Marina Abramovic.
In 2014, Colagrande starred as an actor in Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini.
Colagrande has been married to Willem Dafoe since 2005. She raised Dafoe’s son from his first marriage.
Starting in 1977, Dafoe dated Elizabeth LeCompte, a filmmaker. A son, Jack, was born to them in 1982. Since “marriage signified ownership to her,” they never tied the knot and split up in 2004.
After meeting at the premiere of one of her films in Rome the previous year, Dafoe wed Italian actress, director, and playwright Giada Colagrande on March 25, 2005. At lunch I asked, “Do you want to get married tomorrow?” and the rest is history. Dafoe remarked on this in 2010.
The following day, in the afternoon, they had a little ceremony with only two close friends in attendance. Her films Before It Had a Name and A Woman both featured their collaboration. Apparently, he currently divides his time between Rome, New York, and Los Angeles, as he holds dual citizenship.
California is home to a city named Los Angeles. He was just awarded dual citizenship by the United States and Italy.
Dafoe practices ashtanga yoga every day and is a strict pescetarian since, in his words, “animal farms are one of the main causes of the planet’s devastation.”