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Willem Dafoe is an actor who is popularly known for his action thrilled roles in most America movies. He has spent over three decades and counting in the movie industry and in all of his movies has not stopped putting in his very best. Although he is a college drop-out, his net worth has proven that education is only necessary for exposure and experience. He is a family man who has been married twice and a father to a son. Read on for all the necessary information about him.

Willem Dafoe’s Biography (Age)

At birth, he was named Willem James Dafoe on a Friday, July 22nd, 1955 in Wisconsin and where he also had his formative years with his seven siblings and parents; Dr. William Alfred Dafoe (father) and Muriel Isabel Sprissler (mother). His deceased parents were medical practitioners; his dad was a doctor while his mom, was a nurse. As a result of his parent’s busy schedules, he was groomed by his siblings. He is an American with a Scottish, English, Northern Irish, German and French heritage.

Willem Dafoe is an alumnus of Appleton East High School and there, he had a very influential stratum which birthed his nickname; William. He was quite a lot of work while at the school and later got expelled after making a pornographic video. So, he moved over to another school and later completed his education at Lawrence University. He then went ahead to study drama at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee but never got to complete his studies. He left the school and joined a theater group known as Theater X. James worked briefly with the group before eventually relocating to New York to chase his big dreams. On getting there, he joined the theatre troupe, The Performance Group; gathered a few experiences from there before co-founding his own group, The Wooster Group.

Rise To Fame

It was with the movie, Heaven’s Gate (1981) that Willem took his first steps onto the big screen. Although it was a minor role which later got removed, that role became the landscape to his many successes in the movie industry. In the following year, he starred in the movie, Loveless and subsequently featured in the movies, The Hunger and Streets of Fire in 1983 and 1984 respectively.

His sole release of the movie Platoon landed him a spot at the (59th Academy Awards) nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, however, he lost to Michael Caine. Having been exposed in a good way like that,v he soon became one of the finest actors that period. Willem Dafoe is mostly known for his action package characters in most movies. He has sporadically appeared as a voice actor, as a gentleman in a few other movies and as many other things.

Willem Dafoe played Jesus in the epic drama film; The Last Temptation of Christ and the movie received a lot of controversy as most religious fanatics of the Christian religion believed that the movie was a blasphemy. Despite the controversy, the actor’s acting performance in the movie was widely praised.

The Wisconsin born actor has gone ahead to bag a lot of roles throughout his career course. He has spent over three decades in the movie industry, featuring in over 35 movies, 4 television drama series as well as in three video games. As it is impossible to avoid a price for good works, Willem Dafoe has proven that he is just perfect with his job as an actor and has received lots of awards and public recognition for his acting stints.

Dafoe’s Net Worth

Having spent over three decades as an actor, nothing less is expected from this legendary actor especially pertaining to the affairs of his financial value. Most recently, he is estimated to be worth $30 million

Family – Wife and Son

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Willem Dafoe and Giada Colagrande

Willem Dafoe is a family man, he has been married twice; first to Elizabeth LeCompte. The then-couple took their vows sometime in 1977 and together they share a son named Jack Dafoe. Sadly, they parted ways in 2004.

Just a year after his divorce from his ex-wife, he met Giada Colagrande on set and married her on the 5th of March 2005. Ever since their union, their love bond seems to get stronger by the unfolding of each day. Also, they are yet to have kids of their own.

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Is He Gay?

With the ongoing controversy about the actor’s sexual orientation, AnswersAfrica can neither outrightly say that Willem is gay nor straight. However, going by the looks of things and the history of his love life, it won’t be totally wrong to say that the Wisconsin born actor is nothing close to being gay. Plus, having been very active with the opposite sex with a son to show, the controversy about his sexuality could just be a rumor. Regardless of this, only Willem Dafoe can ascertain these facts.


Willem Dafoe stands at 5 feet 7 inches and weighs 78 kg. He has a bob brown curly hair and a set of blue eyes. He is very active on most of his social media handle.

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