How Willem Dafoe became the internet's favorite cult actor

The face everyone knows, but the story most people don't

Stars Insider

09/08/19 | StarsInsider

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Willem Dafoe is arguably one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, with that sharp nose and defiantly crooked smile, but he somehow manages to completely disappear into his characters every time he's on-screen, and he's been on-screen a lot. Over the course of his nearly four-decade career, Dafoe has taken on over 100 roles.

The 64-year-old has embodied an incredible range of personalities, from Jesus in Martin Scorsese's ‘The Last Temptation of Christ,’ to the Green Goblin in ‘Spider-Man,’ to predator Bobby Peru in David Lynch’s 'Wild at Heart.' He's conquered a range of cinema, from experimental art house films to superhero franchises, and acted alongside Hollywood's elite, not to mention the likes of David Bowie and Madonna. 

More recently, the trailer for 'The Lighthouse' (2019), co-starring Robert Pattinson, has stirred up a fresh wave of fan love for the actor, who has built up a cult following over the years. 

Click through to get reacquainted with one of Hollywood's most talented stars, and find out how the combination of his trademark look, surprisingly twisted past, and genuine passion for his craft have elevated him to a cult classic.

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