Willem Dafoe will receive an honorary UW-Milwaukee doctorate

MILWAUKEE — Actor Willem Dafoe is set to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee next month.

University officials announced Friday that Dafoe would receive the Doctor of Arts degree on May 22. He is scheduled to speak at the school’s two graduation ceremonies that day. He will receive the diploma during the second ceremony of the day.

Dafoe attended UW-Milwaukee in 1973 and 1974 before leaving to join Theater X, an independent experimental theater company. He appeared onstage at UW-Milwaukee in “Phaedra” and “A Moon for the Misbegotten.”

Dafoe said in a statement by UW-Milwaukee that his time at college was “a very formative and positive experience.”

“I was young and very unsophisticated, but eager to train and perform,” he said. “I was totally involved and spent most nights on a couch in the theater because I was still working and studying and didn’t want to come home.”

Dafoe has appeared in over 100 films, including “Platoon” and the Spider-Man franchise. He has been nominated four times for an Oscar for his work in ‘Platoon’, ‘Shadow of the Vampire’, ‘The Florida Project’ and ‘At Eternity’s Gate’. He currently appears in “The Northman”.


This story has been edited to correct a typographical error in Dafoe’s name.

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