Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe portrayed Nuidis Vulko in Aquaman.

Significant roles

  • Eric "Rick" Masters in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • Sgt. Elias in Platoon (1986)
  • Jesus in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
  • Salamo Arouch in Mississipi Burning (1989)
  • Frank Dulaney in Body of Evidence (1993)
  • Tom Eliot in Tom & Viv (1994)
  • David Caravaggio in The English Patient (1995)
  • John Geiger in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
  • X in New Rose Hotel (1998)
  • Gas in eXistenZ (1999)
  • Det. Donald Kimball in American Psycho (2000)
  • Max Schreck in Shadow of a Vampire (2000)
  • Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in Spider-Man (2002)
  • Gill in Finding Nemo (2003)
  • Barillo in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
  • Roland Sweet in The Aviator (2004)
  • Norman Osborn in Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • Capt. John Darius in Inside Man (2006)
  • Carson Clay in Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
  • Ray Ruby in Go Go Tales (2007)
  • Norman Osborn in Spider-Man 3 (2007)
  • He in Antichrist (2009)
  • Rat in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • Gavner Purl in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)
  • Eddie in Miral (2010)
  • Cisco in 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011)
  • Tars Tarkas in John Carter (2012)
  • The Buddha in Tomorrow You're Gone (2012)
  • L in Nymphomaniac (2013)
  • Tommy Brue in A Most Wanted Man (2014)
  • Jopling in Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini in Pasolini (2014)
  • Gill in Finding Dory (2016)


  • "She looks good. (Laughs) I don’t want to talk about that. I’ve got so many movies to talk about. I’ll let them orchestrate the publicity on that movie. I’m happy to be a part of it and when it comes out I’ll be talking about it ad nausea. I shot part of it and I’ll go back and shoot some more. This is a DC Comics Justice League movie. Which is shooting now. Too soon to talk about."
  • "It’s more possible to make a personal, integrated film at a lower budget because you are responsible to less people to explain to them what it is. You don’t have to be so careful and so calculating. For a bigger budget you can make a more personal film, but it’s more difficult because you have to pay off the investment so you have to have it appeal to a lot of people. So, generally, I think I’m less involved in that because I think movies as their best really challenge how we think."
  • "Well, Justice League is very particular because it’s an ensemble movie and my character is being introduced here in order to be a principal role in Aquaman."
  • "These films are a different experience. They have different responsibilities, different resources and different intentions. It’s nice to go between those worlds if you can. They serve different impulses."
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