Despite the fact that his first part was in 1979’s Heaven’s Gate, according to his IMDb profile, Dafoe told Vanity Fair that he “[doesn’t] really regard it as [his] first movie” since he was sacked from the film. That didn’t stop the actor from following his dream, and he went on to have a spectacular career as a result.
Dafoe’s acting skills are diverse, as seen by his portrayals of Jesus in 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ and a fish called Gill in 2003’s Finding Nemo. He’s portrayed villains and heroes and collaborated with some of Hollywood‘s best filmmakers and performers, like Martin Scorsese, Robert Pattinson, and Zack Snyder, to become one of the most well-known actors in the business.
Despite never winning an Academy Award, despite being nominated four times, Dafoe has received a slew of awards for his work, including four Screen Actors Guild nominations and three Golden Globe nominations.
Keep scrolling for some of his most memorable parts, ranging from Sergeant Elias Grodin in 1986’s Platoon to J.G. Jopling in 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Dafoe stars as Sergeant Elias Grodin in Oliver Stone’s Platoon, widely regarded as one of the finest combat films of all time. In this film about the difficulties and accomplishments of infantrymen in the US Army’s 25th Division during the Vietnam War, Dafoe’s idealistic but disillusioned Elias battles with a star-studded ensemble of characters, including Charlie Sheen, Johnny Depp, and Tom Berenger, in this film about the Vietnam War.
Platoon won Best Director and Best Picture at the Academy Awards, while Dafoe was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. It premiered alongside other significant war films such as Full Metal Jacket and Hamburger Hill.
In the Spider-Man franchise and Spider-Man: No Way Home, the Green Goblin is a villain.
One of Dafoe’s most memorable movie performances to date is his depiction of the fabled Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Dafoe reprised his character in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home, in addition to sequels to the original film.
Along with original Spider-Man co-star Tobey Maguire, he just set a Guinness World Record for having the longest career as a live-action Marvel character, spanning 19 years and 225 days.
Derek Kolstad devised the John Wick series in 2014, and Dafoe portrays Marcus in it. His character is a high-ranking assassin who acts as a mentor and friend to John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves.
Action scenes are something I like doing. It’s enjoyable because it’s athletic and requires precise timing, dexterity, and dexterity. ” Metro spoke with Dafoe about the action-packed flick. I’m always interested in action scenes because they’re so unique. It’s one of the things I like about performing: you have a powerful movement. “
In The Grand Budapest Hotel, J.G. Jopling
In Wes Anderson’s offbeat comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was released in 2014, Dafoe portrays assassin J.G. Jopling. The storey follows a concierge and a lobby boy as they work together to establish the concierge’s innocence when he is falsely accused of murdering a hotel visitor.
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and five British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). In 2021, Dafoe worked with Anderson again on his film, The French Dispatch.
The Florida Project’s Bobby Hicks
Dafoe’s involvement in The Florida Project, which premiered in 2017, was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the veteran actor, since he was placed among performers who were making their film debuts. The coming-of-age picture, directed by Sean Baker, follows Dafoe’s Bobby Hicks, who operates the Florida motel where Moonee and her mother live as they fight to make ends meet.
His performance garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as well as a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor for his work.