No matter how less interested we are in films and TV series, we have all come across this famous and well-known film ‘Spider-man’. This film is not only famous for adults, but it is actually more popular among children as young as four years old. Willem Dafoe is the man behind Spider-man. Let’s keep reading to learn more about the net worth of Willem Dafoe in 2019.
Early Life and Biography
The official name of Willem Dafoe is William James Dafoe. He was born on 22nd July 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dafoe is the youngest of William Alfred Dafoe and Muriel Isabel Sprissler’s seven children. Willem’s father was a surgeon, and his mum was a nurse. Willem is a coinage of Dafoe’s birth name William, and he was given this name in high school.
Due to the sensitivity of his parent’s career, he barely had time with them. The two were too engrossed at their work, and they left Dafoe in his elder sister’s care. Willem attended Appleton East High School and has a mixed ancestry of English, part Scottish, German, Northern Irish and French. However, the nationality of Willem is Italian and American.
Willem Dafoe was creative since his childhood, but his creativity once landed him in trouble when he was expelled from Appleton East High School. He was expelled for making a pornographic video and was therefore forced to round off his studies at a different school. He joined Lawrence University where he got his diploma.
Although there is a lot of confusion surrounding Willem Dafoe’s sexuality many claiming he is either a bisexual or gay, there is some evidence that proves he is sexually clean. This is because Willem dated Elizabeth LeCompte for 27 years and was together blessed with a son in 1982. The two, however, broke up as Elizabeth never wanted to commit herself to marriage.
After breaking up with Elizabeth, Dafoe married his current wife Giada Colagrande who is an actress and a filmmaker as well as a screenwriter. The two have been married since 2005 to date.
Career, Awards, and Nominations
Willem started off as a professional actor in 1981 when he played a minor role in the 1981 film titled ‘Heavens’ Gate’. Hos part was however removed during editing, but it played a major role in giving him a platform in the film industry.
In 2982, he starred in Loveless and two years later he featured in a film titled ‘Streets of Fire’. Since 1982, he has played various roles in different films some of which include; ‘Oliver’s Stones’ (1986), which earned him his first nomination in the Oscar Awards. This became the beginning of his success in the film industry.
Other films Willem has featured in include; Letters Home Vietnam (1987), ‘The Temptation of Christ’ (1988), ‘The English Patient’ (1996), ‘Auto Focus’ (2002) and many more. He latest featured in “The Florida Project” (2017). Willem has as well received different awards and nominations such as’ Best Supporting Actor (Oscar and Chicago Film Critics Association Awards), Best Villain (MTV Movie Awards) and many more.
Net Worth and Earnings
Willem Dafoe has an estimated net worth of $40 million. Willem is totally devoted to film and TV series and nothing else. He loves what he does, and much of his wealth has come as a result of the roles he has played in various films since 1982.
Regardless of the rumours going on about his sexuality, Willem is committed to his career as well as giving his family the best. He can proudly stand out as one of the successful actors who has never wavered from their career despite being in it for more than three decades now.