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Willem Dafoe to receive honorary doctorate in Milwaukee

Willem Dafoe arrives at the premiere of "Spider-Man: No Way Home" on December 13, 2021 in Los Angeles. Dafoe will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May, the university announced Friday, April 29, 2022.

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MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin—

Willem Dafoe will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee next month.

The university announced Friday that Dafoe will receive his doctorate of arts on May 22. The actor is expected to speak at both graduation ceremonies that day. He will receive the title during the second ceremony.

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

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

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

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

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