John Stephen Goodman is an American actor. Early in his career, he was known for playing Dan Conner on the ABC TV series Roseanne, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in 1993, he is a regular collaborator with the Coen brothers on such films as Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Inside Llewyn Davis. Goodman's voice roles in animated films include Pacha in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove and Sulley in Pixar's Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University. His other film performances include lead roles in Always, The Babe, The Flintstones and 10 Cloverfield Lane and supporting roles in Coyote Ugly, The Artist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Flight, The Hangover Part III, Patriots Day, Kong: Skull Island. On television, he has had regular roles on Amazon Studios's Alpha House and on the first season of HBO's Treme and has been a frequent host of Saturday Night Live, as well as playing guest roles on series such as Community. John Heilpern of Vanity Fair has called him "among our finest actors".
Goodman was born in Missouri. His father, Leslie Francis Goodman, was a postal worker who died of a heart attack when John was two years old. Goodman's mother, Virginia Roos, was a waitress at Jack and Phil's Bar-B-Que, a retail store associate, took in laundry to support the family. Goodman has a sister, a brother, Leslie, he is of English and Welsh ancestry. Goodman went to Affton High School, where he dabbled in theater. After graduating in 1970, he took a gap year, he earned a football scholarship to Missouri State University in Missouri. He pledged to Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, he discovered the drama program and studied there with future Hollywood stars Kathleen Turner and Tess Harper. He remains close to his school friends, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975. After an injury ended his college football career, Goodman decided to become a professional actor and left Missouri for New York City in 1975. With a small bankroll from his brother, Goodman found an apartment in Hell’s Kitchen near the Theater District and unsuccessfully tried to make money as a bartender and waiter.
However, he found modest success in voice-overs and plays. He was the person. Goodman performed off-Broadway and in dinner theaters before landing character roles in film during the early 1980s. In 1982, Goodman made his film debut with a small role in Eddie Macon's Run. During this period he continued to work on the stage, starring as Pap Finn in Big River from 1985 to 1987. For his role, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Before landing his big break into movies in 1986 with a significant comedic role in True Stories, he had a brief cameo as Otis in Sweet Dreams. In the former film, his character Louis Fyne says "I'm 6' 3" and maintain a consistent panda bear shape", establishing his trademark size as an important part of many characters he would play on film and stage. Goodman rose to fame in acting by playing the role of Dan Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997. Goodman had a long history of appearances on late night comedy shows and was the first guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, which won him the series' "First Guest Medal".
Goodman has hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live 13 times, while making seven cameo appearances as Linda Tripp during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and cameoing on the season 28 finale hosted by former SNL cast member Dan Aykroyd. With little to no experience in TV comedy, Goodman auditioned to be a cast member for Jean Doumanian's tumultuous 1980–1981 SNL season and was rejected, along with up-and-coming comedians Jim Carrey, Paul Reubens, Robert Townsend. Goodman first worked with the Coen Brothers on Raising Arizona, he would go on to appear in their films Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Inside Llewyn Davis. Only Steve Buscemi has appeared in more Coen works, though Frances McDormand and Jon Polito have appeared in five of their films. Goodman had guest roles on the Aaron Sorkin television dramas The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In the former he appeared in four episodes, playing Speaker of the House and eventual acting president Glen Allen Walken. In the latter, he appeared as Pahrump, Nevada Judge Robert Bebe, earning a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series for his performance.
In addition, Goodman starred as Fred Flintstone in the film adaptation of The Flintstones. He voiced Robot Santa in the character's first appearance on Futurama. Beginning in 2007, Goodman has been the voiceover in Dunkin' Donuts commercials. In 2000, Goodman provided the voice of Pacha in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove and, a year the voice of Sulley in Pixar's Monsters, Inc. In 2009, Goodman voiced "Big Daddy" La Bouff in the Frog. Goodman's voice can be heard on an automated message system at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, he was the original voice of the yellow M&M in 1995 before being replaced by J. K. Simmons the following year. In theater, Goodman played the Ghost of Christmas Present i
Viola Davis is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several awards, is the first black actor to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, a Tony Award in acting, named the Triple Crown of Acting. Born in St. Matthews, South Carolina, Davis began her acting career in Central Falls, Rhode Island, starring in minor theater productions. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 1993, she won an Obie Award in 1999 for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby, she played supporting and minor roles in several films and television series in the late 1990s and early 2000s, before winning the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Tonya in August Wilson's King Hedley II in 2001. Davis's film breakthrough came in 2008, when her supporting role in the drama Doubt earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Greater success came to Davis in the 2010s. For her lead role as 1960s housemaid Aibileen Clark in the comedy-drama The Help, Davis received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a SAG Award.
In 2014, Davis began playing lawyer Annalise Keating in the ABC television drama series How to Get Away with Murder, in 2015, she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. In 2016, Davis played Amanda Waller in the superhero film Suicide Squad and reprised the role of Rose Maxson in the film adaptation of Fences, the latter of which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2018, Davis starred as Veronica Rawlings in Steve McQueen's heist film Widows, for which she was BAFTA nominated. Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, are founders of JuVee Productions. Davis is widely recognized for her advocacy and support of human rights and equal rights for women and women of color, she identifies as a feminist. In 2012 and 2017, she was listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Davis was born on August 11, 1965, in St. Matthews, South Carolina, the daughter of Mary Alice and Dan Davis.
She was born on her grandmother's farm in the Singleton Plantation. Her father was a horse trainer, her mother was a maid, factory worker and homemaker, she is the second youngest of six children, having a brother. Two months after she was born, her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, with Davis and two of her sisters, leaving her older sister and brother with her grandparents, her mother was an activist during the civil rights movement. At the age of two, Davis was taken to jail with her mother after she was arrested during a civil rights protest, she has described herself as having "lived in abject poverty and dysfunction" during her childhood, recalling living in "rat-infested and condemned" apartments. Davis is a cousin of actor Mike Colter, known for portraying the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage. Davis attended Central Falls High School, the alma mater to which she credits her love of stage acting with her involvement in the arts; as a teen, she was involved in the federal TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO Student Support Services programs.
While enrolled at the Young People's School for the Performing Arts in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Davis's talent was recognized by a director at the program, Bernard Masterson. Following graduation from high school, Davis studied at Rhode Island College, majoring in theater and graduating in 1988. Next, she attended the Juilliard School for four years, was a member of the school's Drama Division "Group 22". Davis received her Screen Actors Guild card in 1996 for doing one day of work, playing a nurse who passes a vial of blood to Timothy Hutton in the film The Substance of Fire, she was paid $528. In 2001, she won the Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Tonya in King Hedley II, a "35-year-old mother fighting eloquently for the right to abort a pregnancy." She won another Drama Desk Award for her work in a 2004 off-Broadway production of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage. Davis appeared in numerous films, including three films directed by Steven Soderbergh, Out of Sight and Traffic, as well as Syriana, which Soderbergh produced.
Hers was the uncredited voice of the parole board interrogator who questions Danny Ocean in the first scene in Ocean's Eleven. She gave brief performances in the films Kate & Leopold and Antwone Fisher, she played a secondary role in Far From Heaven, a 2002 film directed by Todd Haynes. Her television work includes a recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, starring roles in two short-lived series and Century City, a special guest appearance in a Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode entitled "Badge". In 2008, Davis played Mrs. Mueller in the film adaptation to the Broadway play Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Though Davis had only one scene in the film, she was nominated for several awards for her performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. On June 30, 2009, Davis was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On June 13, 2010, Davis won her second Tony Award for her role as Rose Maxson in a revival of August Wilson's Fences.
She was the second African-American woman to win the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, after Phylicia Rashad. Davis played the role of Dr. Minerva in It's Kind of a Funny Story, a coming-of-age film written and directed by Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck, adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini. In August 2011, Davis
Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. A sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner, the film stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, with Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Jared Leto in supporting roles. Ford and Edward James Olmos reprise their roles from the original film. Set thirty years after the first film, Gosling plays K, a Nexus-9 replicant "blade runner" who uncovers a secret that threatens to destabilize society and the course of civilization. Principal photography took place between July and November 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. Blade Runner 2049 premiered in Los Angeles on October 3, 2017 and was released in the United States in 2D, 3D and IMAX on October 6, 2017; the film was praised by critics for its performances, cinematography, musical score, production design, visual effects, faithfulness to the original film. It is considered by many critics and audiences to be one of the best films of 2017.
Despite positive reviews, the film was a box office disappointment. Blade Runner 2049 received five nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, winning Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects, it received eight nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, including Best Director, winning Best Cinematography and Best Special Visual Effects. In 2049, replicants are slaves. K, a replicant, works for the Los Angeles Police Department as a "blade runner", an officer who hunts and "retires" rogue replicants. At a protein farm, he finds a box buried under a tree; the box contains the remains of a female replicant who died during a caesarean section, demonstrating that replicants can reproduce sexually thought impossible. K's superior, Lt. Joshi, is fearful that this could lead to a war between replicants, she orders K to retire the replicant child to hide the truth. K visits the headquarters of the Wallace Corporation, the successor-in-interest in the manufacturing of replicants to the defunct Tyrell Corporation.
Wallace staff identify the deceased female from DNA archives as Rachael, an experimental replicant designed by Dr. Eldon Tyrell. K learns of Rachael's romantic ties with former blade runner Rick Deckard. Wallace Corporation CEO Niander Wallace wants to discover the secret to replicant reproduction to expand interstellar colonization, he sends his replicant enforcer Luv to steal Rachael's remains from LAPD headquarters and follow K to Rachael's child. At Morton's farm, K sees the date 6-10-21 carved into the tree trunk and recognizes it from a childhood memory of a wooden toy horse; because replicants' memories are artificial, K's holographic AI girlfriend Joi believes this is evidence that K was born, not created. He searches the LAPD records and discovers twins born on that date with identical DNA aside from the sex chromosome, but only the boy is listed as alive. K tracks the child to an orphanage in ruined San Diego, but discovers the records from that year to be missing. K finds the toy horse where he remembers hiding it.
Dr. Ana Stelline, a designer of replicant memories, confirms that the memory of the orphanage is real, leading K to conclude that he is Rachael's son. At LAPD headquarters, K fails a post-traumatic baseline test. Joshi gives K 48 hours to disappear. At Joi's request, K reluctantly transfers her to a mobile emitter, an emanator, so he cannot be traced through her console memory-files, he has the toy horse analyzed, revealing traces of radiation that lead him to the ruins of Las Vegas. He finds Deckard, who reveals that he is the father of Rachael's child and that he scrambled the birth records to protect the child's identity. After killing Joshi, Luv tracks K's LAPD vehicle to Deckard's hiding place in Las Vegas, she destroys Joi and leaves K to die. The replicant freedom movement rescues K; when their leader, informs him that she helped deliver Rachael's daughter, K understands he is not Rachael's child and deduces Stelline is her daughter and that the memory of the toy horse is hers, her having implanted the memory amongst those of every replicant's memories whom she had designed.
To prevent Deckard from leading Wallace to Stelline or the freedom movement, Freysa asks K to kill Deckard for the greater good of all replicants. Luv brings Deckard to Wallace Co. headquarters to meet Niander Wallace. He offers Deckard a clone of Rachael for revealing. Deckard Luv kills the clone; as Luv is transporting Deckard to a ship to take him off-world to be interrogated, K intercepts and kills Luv but is wounded in the fight. He stages Deckard's death to protect him from Wallace and the replicant freedom movement before taking Deckard to Stelline's office and handing him her toy horse; as K lies down motionless on the steps, looking up at the snowing sky, an emotional Deckard enters the building and meets his daughter for the first time. Archival footage and stills of Sean Young from the original film are used to represent both her original character of Rachael and a clone of the character created by Niander Wallace. Young's likeness was digitally superimposed onto Loren Peta, coached by Young on how to recreate her performance from the first film.
The voice of the replicant was created with the use of a sound-alike actress to Young. Young was credited for her work. On March 3, 2011, it was reported that Alcon Entertainment, a production company financed by Warner Bros. was "in final discussions to secure fi
Moonlight (2016 film)
Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali; the film presents three stages in the life of the main character. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up. Filmed in Miami, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. Distributed by A24, the film was released in the United States on October 21, 2016, grossed over $65 million worldwide. At the 74th Golden Globe Awards Moonlight won Best Motion Picture – Drama and was nominated in five other categories; the film subsequently won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 89th annual Academy Awards, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney, from a total of eight nominations.
In 2017, The New York Times considered it the "twentieth-best film of the 21st century so far". Moonlight became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBTQ film, the second-lowest-grossing film domestically to win the Oscar for Best Picture; the film's editor, Joi McMillon, became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar, Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. In Liberty City, Cuban drug dealer Juan finds Chiron, a withdrawn child who goes by the nickname "Little," hiding from a pack of bullies in a crackhouse. Juan lets Chiron spend the night with him and his younger girlfriend Teresa before returning Chiron to his mother Paula, who subsequently grounds him from watching TV for worrying her. Chiron continues to spend time with Juan, who teaches him how to swim and advises him to make his own path in life. One night, Juan encounters Paula smoking crack with one of his customers. Juan berates her for her addiction and neglect of her son, but she rebukes him for selling crack to her in the first place.
She implies that she knows why Chiron gets beaten up by his peers, alluding to "the way he walks," before going home and taking out frustrations on Chiron. The next day, Chiron admits to Juan and Teresa that he hates his mother and asks what a "faggot" means. Juan describes it as "a word used to make gay people feel bad." He tells Chiron that he should not allow others to mock him. After asking Juan whether he sold drugs to Paula, Chiron leaves. Now a teenager, Chiron juggles avoiding school bully Terrel and spending time with Teresa, who has lived alone since Juan's death. Paula supports her crack addiction with prostitution and coerces Chiron into giving her money Teresa loans him. One night, Chiron has a dream. On another night, Kevin visits Chiron at the beach near his house. While smoking a blunt, the two discuss their ambitions and the nickname Kevin gave Chiron when they were children, they kiss, Kevin masturbates Chiron. The next morning, Terrel manipulates Kevin into participating in a hazing ritual.
Kevin reluctantly punches Chiron until he is unable to stand before watching as Terrel and his goons beat him up. When a social worker urges him to reveal his attackers' identities, not wanting to turn him in refuses, stating that reporting them will not solve anything; the next day, an enraged Chiron walks into class with a sense of purpose and puts Terrel in his place by smashing him over the head with a chair. The police arrive, arrest Chiron for assault, send him to juvenile hall. Now going by the nickname "Black," an adult Chiron, is released from prison and deals drugs in Atlanta, he receives frequent calls from Paula, who asks him to visit her at the drug treatment center where she now lives. One day, he receives a call from Kevin, who invites him to visit him should he decide to come to Miami; the next day, he realizes he has had a wet dream. While visiting Paula, Chiron stands up to her, she proceeds to apologize for not loving him when he needed it most and tells him she loves him if he does not love her back.
The two of them reconcile before Paula lets her son go. Chiron travels to reunites with Kevin, who now works at a diner; when his attempts to probe Chiron about his life result in silence, Kevin tells him he's had a child with an ex-girlfriend and, although the relationship ended, he is fulfilled by his role as a father. Chiron proceeds to ask Kevin why he called, to which Kevin plays a song on the jukebox that made him think of Chiron. After Kevin serves Chiron dinner, the two of them go to his apartment. Kevin tells Chiron that he is happy despite the fact that his life didn't turn out as he had hoped, resulting in Chiron breaking down and admitting that he has not been intimate with anybody since their encounter years ago and since his arrest. Kevin comforts they embrace. In a flashback, Little stands on a beach in the moonlight. Chiron Harris, the film's protagonist Trevante Rhodes as Adult Chiron / "Black" Ashton Sanders as Teen Chiron / "Black" Alex Hibbert as Child Chiron / "Little" Kevin Jones, Chiron's closest friend André Holland as Adult Kevin Jharrel Jerome as Teen Kevin Jaden Piner as Child Kevin Naomie Harris as Paula, Chiron's mother Janelle Monáe as Teresa, Juan's girlfriend Mahershala Al
Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, known professionally as Mahershala Ali, is an American actor, a recipient of several awards, including two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. After pursuing a MFA degree from New York University, Ali began his career as a regular on television series, such as Crossing Jordan and Threat Matrix, before his breakthrough role as Richard Tyler in the science fiction series The 4400, his first major film release was in the David Fincher-directed fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He gained wider attention for his supporting role in the Netflix political thriller series House of Cards, he featured as Boggs in the final two films of The Hunger Games film series and as Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes in the Netflix superhero series Marvel's Luke Cage. For playing a drug dealer in the drama film Moonlight, Ali won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar for acting, he won a second Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for portraying Don Shirley in the comedy-drama Green Book.
This made him the first black actor to win two Academy Awards in the same category. In 2019, he played the lead role of a troubled police officer in the third season of the HBO anthology crime series True Detective. Ali was born Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore in 1974, in Oakland, the son of Willicia and Phillip Gilmore, he was raised in California. His father was an actor, he attended St. Mary's College of California in Moraga, where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in mass communication. Though Ali entered SMC with a basketball scholarship, he became disenchanted with the idea of a sports career because of the treatment given to the team's athletes. Ali developed an interest in acting after taking part in a staging of Spunk; this landed him an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theater following graduation. Following a sabbatical year where Ali worked for Gavin Report, he enrolled in New York University's graduate acting program at Tisch School of the Arts, earning his master's degree in 2000.
He was named after Maher-shalal-hash-baz, a biblical prophetic-name child and raised a Christian by his mother, an ordained minister. During his college basketball career, he went under the first name of Hershal. In 2000, he converted to Islam, changing his surname from Gilmore to Ali and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – a revivalist movement within Islam. In interviews, he has recounted numerous problems he has encountered at airports, with banks and otherwise in everyday life as an American Muslim since the September 11 attacks. Ali was known professionally by his full name, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, from 2001 until 2010, when he began to be credited as Mahershala Ali. Ali had considered shortening his name for a while, saying that using his full first name was "a crazy thing to do considering that we're in Hollywood", although he had never been pressured by managers or agents to change it, he decided to use a shorter version of his first name after being told that his full name was too long to fit on the poster for the film The Place Beyond the Pines.
He did not want the alternative of "M. Ali" to represent himself on the poster, so he chose to adopt the shorter version of his name, he elaborated in an interview to Vanity Fair in October 2016: He is known for his portrayal of Remy Danton in the Netflix series House of Cards, Cornell Stokes in Marvel's Luke Cage, Colonel Boggs in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Tizzy in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. His first major film role was that of Tizzy Weathers in the 2008 David Fincher-directed romantic fantasy drama film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Other notable films include Predators, The Place Beyond the Pines, Free State of Jones, Hidden Figures, as Boggs in The Hunger Games series. For his performance as mentor and drug dealer Juan in the drama film Moonlight, Ali received universal acclaim from critics and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the SAG Award and the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, received a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award nomination.
His win at the 89th Academy Awards made him the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. In 2017 Ali joined the video game Madden NFL 18's story mode Longshot, in which he played Cutter Wade, the father of protagonist Devin, he played Don Shirley in the 2018 film Green Book, receiving his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He won a 2019 Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role, as well as a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Ali starred as Arkansas State Police detective Wayne Hays in the third season of the HBO series True Detective, which premiered on January 13, 2019, in the United States. On Rotten Tomatoes, the site's critical consensus reads, "Driven by Mahershala Ali's mesmerizing performance, True Detective's third season finds fresh perspective by exploring real world events – though it loses some of the series' intriguing strangeness along the way." Ali was signed to Bay Area recording label Hieroglyphics Imperium during the late 2000s and recorded rap music as Prince Ali.
He released his album, Curb Side Service, in 2007, but did not tour to promote the album, choosing instead to focus on his acting career. Ali is an Ahmadi Muslim, he named his cat Nas, after the rapper. He is married to an actress and musician; the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, a few days before his Oscar win in 2017. Curb Side Service List of awards and nominations received by Mahershala Ali List of actors with Academy Award nomi
William James "Willem" Dafoe is an American actor. A prolific character actor, Dafoe has received multiple awards and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations. Dafoe has collaborated with filmmakers Paul Schrader, Abel Ferrara, Lars von Trier, Wes Anderson. Dafoe is a founding member of experimental theater company The Wooster Group, where he acted in several productions. Dafoe was fired during production. Dafoe had his first leading role in the outlaw biker film The Loveless and played the main antagonist in Streets of Fire and To Live and Die in L. A.. Dafoe received his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Sergeant Elias in Oliver Stone's war film Platoon. In 1988, Dafoe played Jesus in Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ and starred with Gene Hackman in Mississippi Burning, both of which were controversial. Following small roles in Born on the Fourth of July and Wild at Heart, Dafoe began a six-film collaboration with director Paul Schrader with the drama Light Sleeper.
Dafoe starred with Madonna in the critically reviled erotic thriller Body of Evidence in 1993 and co-starred in Clear and Present Danger, The English Patient, Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Boondock Saints. After receiving his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for portraying Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire, Dafoe played Norman Osborn in the superhero film Spider-Man and played the villains in both Once Upon a Time in Mexico and XXX: State of the Union. In 2009, he starred in one of his three films with Lars von Trier. Dafoe appeared in The Fault in Our Stars, John Wick, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Great Wall, Murder on the Orient Express, The Florida Project, for which he received his third Best Supporting Actor nomination. Dafoe has had voice-over roles in Finding Nemo and its sequel Finding Dory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, John Carter, Death Note, as well as the video games Spider-Man, Finding Nemo, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, Beyond: Two Souls. Dafoe has portrayed several real life figures including T.
S. Eliot in Tom & Viv, Pier Paolo Pasolini in Pasolini and most Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity's Gate, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination, his first in that category. Dafoe was born in Wisconsin. One of eight children of Muriel Isabel and Dr. William Alfred Dafoe, he recalled in 2009: "My five sisters raised me because my father was a surgeon, my mother was a nurse and they worked together, so I didn't see either of them much." His brother, Donald Dafoe, is researcher. He has German, Irish and French ancestry. In high school, he acquired the nickname Willem, the Dutch version of the name William. Dafoe studied drama at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, but left after a year and a half to join the experimental theater company Theatre X in Milwaukee, before moving to New York in 1976. There he apprenticed under Richard Schechner, director of the avant-garde theater troupe The Performance Group, where he met and became romantically involved with Elizabeth LeCompte.
She, with her former romantic partner Spalding Gray and others, edged out Schechner and created the Wooster Group. Within a year Dafoe was part of the company. Dafoe would continue with the Wooster Group into the 2000s. Dafoe began his film career in 1979, when he was cast in a supporting role in Michael Cimino's epic Western film Heaven's Gate. Dafoe was only present for the first three months of an eight-month shoot, his role, that of a cockfighter who works for Jeff Bridges' character, was removed from a majority of the film during editing but was visible during a cockfight scene. Dafoe did not receive a credit for his work on the film. In 1982, Dafoe starred as the leader of an outlaw motorcycle club in the drama The Loveless, his first role as a leading man; the film was co-directed by Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery and paid homage to 1953 film The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando in a similar role. Following a brief appearance in the horror film The Hunger, Dafoe again played the leader of a biker gang in Walter Hill's 1984 action film Streets of Fire.
His character in the film served as the main antagonist, who captures the ex-girlfriend of a mercenary, played by Diane Lane and Michael Paré, respectively. Janet Maslin of The New York Times felt there were no great performances in the film, but praised Dafoe's "perfectly villainous" face. Dafoe starred alongside Judge Reinhold in Roadhouse 66 as a pair of yuppies who become stranded in a town on U. S. Route 66. In 1985, Dafoe starred with William Petersen and John Pankow in William Friedkin's thriller To Live and Die in L. A. in which Dafoe portrays a counterfeiter named Rick Masters, being tracked by two Secret Service agents. Film critic Roger Ebert commended his "strong" performance in the film. Dafoe's sole film release of 1986 was Oliver Stone's Vietnam War film Platoon, gaining him his widest exposure up to that point for playing the compassionate Sergeant Elias, he enjoyed the opportunity to play a heroic role and said the film gave him a chance to display his versatility, saying "I think all characters live in you.
You just frame them, give them circumstances, that character will happen." Principal photography for the film took place in the Philippines and required Dafoe to undergo boot camp training. Los Angeles Times writer Sheila Benson praised his performance and foun
Rich Moore is an American film and television animation director and voice actor. In addition to directing the films Wreck-It Ralph and co-directing Zootopia and Ralph Breaks the Internet for Walt Disney Animation Studios, he has worked on the animated television series The Simpsons, The Critic and Futurama, he is a three-time Annie Award winner and an Academy Award winner. Moore was raised in Oxnard, California, he studied film and video at the California Institute of the Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1987. While there, he narrated Jim Reardon's 1986 student film Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown. Included in his CalArts class were famous filmmakers such as Andrew Stanton, Brenda Chapman, Jim Reardon. After graduating from CalArts, Moore worked for Ralph Bakshi on CBS's Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, co-writing all 13 season 1 episodes in 1987. Moore was one of the original three directors of The Simpsons, directing 17 episodes in the first 5 seasons from 1990 to 1993, including some of the show's most famous episodes: "Flaming Moe's", "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie", "Marge vs. the Monorail".
He won a 1991 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for The Simpsons, was the sequence director on The Simpsons Movie in 2007. In 1994, Moore became a supervising director for the animated series The Critic, he oversaw the creative development and production of Futurama as the show's supervising director. He directed several episodes of the animated series from 1999 to 2001, including the classic "Roswell That Ends Well", for which he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program. Moore's other television animation directing credits include Comedy Central's Drawn Together and "Spy vs. Spy" for MADtv, he served as supervising director on the 2009 animated Fox television series Shut Up. In 2004, Moore directed the Warner Bros. animated short film Duck Dodgers in Attack of the Drones. In 2008, he was invited by John Lasseter to join Walt Disney Animation Studios as a director, with the suggestion that he develop a story set in the world of video games; this would become the 2012 animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, Moore's feature directing debut, a box office and critical success.
Moore supplied the voices for the film's characters Sour Bill and Zangief. Wreck-It Ralph won five Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature and a Best Director award for Moore, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Moore's next animated feature film, Disney's Zootopia, which he co-directed with Byron Howard and Jared Bush, was released in March 2016, having the biggest worldwide opening for an animated film and the second highest-grossing animated feature film of 2016 to Finding Dory. On April 8, 2019, Moore revealed that he had left Disney to join Sony Pictures Animation, where he would direct and produce original animated films for the studio. Emmy Awards1991 – Outstanding Animated Program for The Simpsons 2002 – Outstanding Animated Program for Futurama Annie Awards2002 – Directing in an Animated Television Production for Futurama 2012 – Directing in an Animated Feature Production for Wreck-It Ralph 2016 – Directing in an Animated Feature Production for Zootopia Academy Awards2012 – Nominated: Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Wreck-It Ralph 2016 – Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Zootopia 2018 – Nominated: Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Ralph Breaks the Internet "The Telltale Head" "Homer's Night Out" "Simpson and Delilah" "Treehouse of Horror" "Dead Putting Society" "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment" "Lisa's Substitute" "Stark Raving Dad" "Bart the Murderer" "Flaming Moe's" "Lisa the Greek" "Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?"
"A Streetcar Named Marge" "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie" "Marge vs. the Monorail" "The Front" "Cape Feare" "Pilot" "Lady Hawke" "I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show" "Space Pilot 3000" "Hell Is Other Robots" "A Clone of My Own" "Anthology of Interest I" "Roswell That Ends Well" "Bizzy Moves In" "Clum Babies" "Alzheimer's That Ends Well" Rich Moore on IMDb