1955 - Born in Appleton, Wisconsin on the 22nd of July.
1981 - Dafoe's film career began when he was cast in Heaven's Gate, but his role was removed from the film during editing.
1989 - He was briefly considered for the role of The Joker by Tim Burton and Sam Hamm for the Batman.
1990 - Worked briefly as a model in a Prada campaign.
1992 - He disappointed some fans when he starred in the erotic drama Body of Evidence with Madonna. In this film, he appeared totally nude, as well as giving Madonna cunnilingus in a famous scene in a carpark.
2000 - Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Platoon and for Shadow of the Vampire.
2004 - Dafoe lent his likeness and voices for the highly successful James Bond video game Everything or Nothing as villain Nikolai Diavolo.
2006 - Played NYPD detective Stan Aubray on the hunt for a serial killer, the lead in New York-set thriller Anamorph, opposite Scott Speedman and Peter Stormare.
2007 - His most recent film he stars alongside Rowan Atkinson in the sequel to 1997's Bean, Mr. Bean's Holiday which was released worldwide 30th March.
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