William J. "Willem" Dafoe, born on 22 July 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. He is one of seven children of Muriel Isabel (a nurse) and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe (a surgeon). Dafoe studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, but left after a year and a half to join...Read more the experimental theater company Theatre X in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before moving to New York City in 1976. There he apprenticed under Richard Schechner, director of the avant-garde theater troupe, The Performance Group. A year later, he joined his romantic partner (Elizabeth LeCompte), Spalding Gray and others in the experimental theater company, Wooster Group. He featured in many successful roles.