Jack Dafoe is the son of renowned actor Willem Dafoe who is the recipient of various awards, including the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. Being the child of Hollywood royalty, he has remained away from media and pursuing his own dreams. His father, Willem was a founding member of experimental theater company The Wooster Group.
|Jack Dafoe||Quick Profile|
|Age||41 yrs (In 2023)|
|Famous As||Willem Dafoe’s Son|
|Birthplace||Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Grandparents||Muriel Isabel (née Sprissler; 1922–2012) and|
Dr. William Alfred Dafoe (1917–2014)
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Jack Dafoe Age
As of 2023, Jack Dafoe’s age is 41 years. His grandparents are Muriel Isabel (née Sprissler; 1922–2012) and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe (1917–2014). He has five aunts and two uncles and is of English, French, German, Irish, and Scottish descent.
His uncle, Donald, is a surgeon and research scientist. His surname, Dafoe, is the English version of the Swiss surname Thévou. During an interview, his father, Willem said that half of his family puts the emphasis on the first syllable of the surname while the other half emphasizes the second syllable.
In high school, he acquired the nickname Willem, the Dutch version of the name William. He later took the new interpretation as part of his stage name because he had become more used to it than his birth name.
Jack Dafoe’s Parents
Jack Dafoe’s father, Willem Dafoe started dating director Elizabeth LeCompte in 1977. In 1982, their son Jack entered the world. They broke up in 2004, and Dafoe later explained that “marriage represented ownership” to her, which is why they never got married.
Lesser Known Facts About Jack Dafoe
- Jack Dafoe’s father, Willem Dafoe met Italian actress Giada Colagrande in Rome at the premiere of one of her films, in March 2004.
- The New York Times ranked him No. 18 in its list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century, in 2020.
- He co-starred in Sean Baker’s drama The Florida Project as the manager of a motel in Kissimmee, Florida, in 2017.
- He served as member of the main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.