Willem Dafoe is an American film and stage actor. He has been starring in over 70 films and his first breakthrough film role was as Sergeant Elias in the movie Platoon for which he was nominated for the Academy awards. Dafoe is also the first actor ever to be nominated for the Academy awards for playing a vampire, this was as the character Max Schreck in the movie Shadow of the Vampire. Willems real name is William but his nickname since High school Willem is the name he is known under. He has a son called Jack together with Elisabeth LeCompte.