Willem Dafoe

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William James "Willem" Dafoe (; born July 22, 1955) is an American actor. Known for his prolific career portraying diverse roles in both mainstream and arthouse films, he is the recipient of various accolades, including the Volpi Cup for Best Actor as well as nominations for four Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and four Golden Globe Awards. He has frequently collaborated with filmmakers Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara, Lars von Trier, Julian Schnabel, Wes Anderson, and Robert Eggers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willem Dafoe has received more than 21,598,851 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Willem Dafoe is the 188th most popular actor (up from 233rd in 2019), the 359th most popular biography from United States (up from 429th in 2019) and the 91st most popular American Actor.

Willem Dafoe is most famous for his work in films such as Platoon, Spider-Man, and The Great White Hope.

Memorability Metrics

  • 22M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 68.62

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 69

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.85

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.67

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among actors, Willem Dafoe ranks 188 out of 13,578Before him are Spencer Tracy, Alec Guinness, Graham Chapman, Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, and Anita Ekberg. After him are Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lloyd, Romina Power, Monica Vitti, and Jerry Lewis.

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Among people born in 1955, Willem Dafoe ranks 15Before him are Koji Tanaka, Kevin Costner, Alain Prost, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Ornella Muti, and Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. After him are Isabelle Adjani, Guillermo Lasso, Sergey Shoygu, Li Keqiang, Akira Toriyama, and Angus Young.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Willem Dafoe ranks 359 out of 20,380Before him are Spencer Tracy (1900), Oliver Stone (1946), Cliff Burton (1962), Nicole Kidman (1967), Duke Ellington (1899), and Ella Fitzgerald (1917). After him are Christopher Lloyd (1938), Anna Nicole Smith (1967), Mike Tyson (1966), Romina Power (1951), Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (1959), and Jennifer Lopez (1969).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Willem Dafoe ranks 91Before him are Sharon Stone (1958), Julia Roberts (1967), Fred Astaire (1899), Jack Lemmon (1925), Spencer Tracy (1900), and Nicole Kidman (1967). After him are Christopher Lloyd (1938), Romina Power (1951), Jerry Lewis (1926), Harvey Keitel (1939), Paulette Goddard (1910), and Michael Clarke Duncan (1957).

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