HOLLYWOOOD — Actor Willem Dafoe, an Appleton native, will be honored Monday with the 2,768th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Appleton time on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.
Dafoe, who famously has had fun with his Wisconsin accent, is perhaps most well-known for his role as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
He also has appeared in, The Lighthouse, John Wick, Finding Nemo, The Boondock Saints, Togo, Poor Things, The Legend of Ochi, Pet Shop Days, Gonzo Girl, Nosferatu, and coming soon Beetlejuice 2.
Most recently, he was seen in Vasilis Katsoupis’ Inside and Asteroid City, his fifth collaboration with Wes Anderson. Dafoe can be currently seen in Poor Things, in theatres now.
Born in 1955, Defoe attended Appleton East High School, then studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He left after 18 months to join the experimental theater company Theatre X in Milwaukee, before moving to New York City in 1976, according to his Wikipedia biography.
He has been recognized with four Academy Award nominations: three for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Oliver Stone’s Platoon, E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow Of The Vampire (for which he also received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations), and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project (also Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations), as well as Best Leading Actor for Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate (also a Golden Globe nomination), according to a news release.
He has been awarded by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, as well as twice by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Additionally, he is the recipient of two Independent Spirit Awards, the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup, and a Berlinale Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement.