Stephen Dorff

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Stephen Dorff
Stephen Dorff (8084618366).jpg
Born (1973-07-29) July 29, 1973 (age 46)[1]
Other namesBrad Matlock
Years active1985–present
Height5' 4"

Stephen Hartley Dorff Jr. [2] (born July 29, 1973) is an American actor, known for portraying Roland West in the third season of HBO's crime drama anthology series True Detective, PK in The Power of One, Stuart Sutcliffe in Backbeat, Johnny Marco in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, and for his roles in Cecil B. DeMented, The Motel Life, S.F.W., Space Truckers, and Blade as vampire-overlord Deacon Frost.

Early life[edit]

Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Nancy and Steve Dorff, who is a composer and music producer.[1][3] His father is Jewish, and his mother was Catholic,[4] and Dorff has stated that he was "kinda brought up half-Jewish."[5][6][7] Dorff's brother Andrew (1976–2016) was a country music songwriter.[8] He was raised in Los Angeles, where his father worked, and began acting as a child, appearing in commercials for Kraft and Mattel. Dorff attended several private schools, and was expelled from five of them.[9]


Dorff started acting in the late 1980s, landing only minor roles at first. He made guest appearances in television programs such as Diff'rent Strokes, Blossom, Roseanne, Married... with Children. He appeared in the television movies In Love and War, I Know My First Name is Steven and What a Dummy. Dorff's first major film role was in The Gate (1987), a horror film about a boy who, along with a friend, discovers a hole in his back yard that is a gateway to Hell. In 1992, he starred in The Power of One opposite Sir John Gielgud, Morgan Freeman, and Daniel Craig. In 1993, director Marty Callner hired him to star alongside teen idol Alicia Silverstone in the music video Cryin' by American rock band Aerosmith.[10] He had a leading role as the love interest of Reese Witherspoon's character in S.F.W. (1994). In 1994 Dorff starred in the Ian Softley film Backbeat as the "fifth Beatle" Stuart Sutcliffe during the early days of the Beatles' existence as a group. Dorff's performance was critically acclaimed, with Paul McCartney remarking that while he was disappointed with some aspects of the film, "I was quite taken, however, with Stephen Dorff's astonishing performance as Stu."[11]

In 1996, he starred in the movie Space Truckers and as Candy Darling in I Shot Andy Warhol, a film about Valerie Solanas, the woman infamous for shooting pop-art icon Andy Warhol. He was one of the first actors to act in the first digitally downloadable movie,'s Quantum Project, also starring John Cleese. He played the protagonist, XIII, of a live action TV series of the comic/video game of XIII. He is known for his part as the evil vampire Deacon Frost in the Marvel Comics superhero horror film, Blade (1998). In 1999 he starred opposite Susan Sarandon in Earthly Possessions.

He played Dale Massie in the 2003 thriller Cold Creek Manor, alongside Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone. In 2010, he starred in the drama Somewhere opposite Elle Fanning, directed by Sofia Coppola. In an interview with The Chic Spy, he described what landing the role meant to him after the loss of his mother, "It almost felt like a savior, this movie, because I felt like it helped me ... I was real empty inside so this was an incredible thing that made me smile."[12] In 2004, Dorff starred in the music video for "Everytime" by Britney Spears, playing Spears' boyfriend. He appeared in the 2009 films Public Enemies and Black Water Transit.[13] Dorff appeared as porn star Dick Shadow in the sex industry comedy Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, a film produced by Adam Sandler, who also co-wrote the screenplay.[14]

Recently, Dorff has appeared in television and print advertisements for blu eCigs, an electronic cigarette company.[15]

In 2013, he was a guest of honor on 6th Off Plus Camera[16] Dorff also starred in The Motel Life opposite Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson and in the crime drama film Officer Down.[17] In 2017, he played obsessed Texas Ranger Hal Hartman in the Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel Leatherface.[18]

Dorff starred as Detective Roland West in Season 3 of HBO's series True Detective.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Gate Glen
1992 The Power of One Peter Phillip "P.K." Kenneth-Keith (age 18)
1992 Rescue Me Fraser Sweeney
1993 An Ambush of Ghosts George Betts
1993 Judgment Night John Wyatt
1994 Backbeat Stuart Sutcliffe
1994 S.F.W. Cliff Spab
1995 One Hundred and One Nights Un acteur muet à Hollywood a.k.a. Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma
1995 Innocent Lies Jeremy Graves
1995 Reckless Tom Jr.
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Candy Darling
1996 Space Truckers Mike Pucci
1997 Blood and Wine Jason
1997 City of Industry Skip Kovich
1998 Blade Deacon Frost
1999 Entropy Jake Walsh
2000 Quantum Project Paul Pentcho Short film
2000 Cecil B. Demented Sinclair/Cecil B. Demented
2002 Deuces Wild Leon
2002 Steal Slim
2002 FeardotCom Det. Mike Reilly
2003 Den of Lions Mike Varga
2003 Cold Creek Manor Dale Massie
2005 Alone in the Dark Cmdr. Richard Burke
2005 Tennis, Anyone...? T.C. Jackson
2005 Shadowboxer Clayton Mayfield
2006 World Trade Center Scott Strauss
2006 .45 Reilly
2007 Botched Ritchie Donovan
2007 The Passage Luke
2008 Felon Wade Porter
2009 Black Water Transit Nicky
2009 Public Enemies Homer Van Meter
2010 Somewhere Johnny Marco
2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Dick Shadow a.k.a. Born to Be a Star
2011 Carjacked Roy
2011 Immortals Stavros
2012 Rites of Passage Professor Nash
2012 The Motel Life Jerry Lee Flannigan
2012 Brake Jeremy Reins
2012 Zaytoun Yoni
2012 Tomorrow You're Gone Charlie Rankin
2013 Officer Down Det. David 'Cal' Callahan
2013 The Iceman Joseph Kuklinski
2014 Heatstroke Paul O'Malley
2015 American Hero Melvin
2015 The Debt Oliver
2016 Albion: The Enchanted Stallion Connor
2017 Leatherface Texas Ranger Hal Hartman
2017 Wheeler Wheeler
2017 Jackals Jimmy Levine
2018 Life Boat The Counsellor
2018 Don't Go Ben Slater
2019 Music, War and Love General Huber


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The New Leave It to Beaver Tony 1 episode
1985 Diff'rent Strokes Scott 1 episode
1987 In Love and War Stan Stockdale (age 9) Television film
1988 Mutts Eric Gillman Television film
1988 Hiroshima Maiden Johnny Bennett Television film
1988 The Absent-Minded Professor Curtis Television film
1988 Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story Older Kale Wedemeyer Television film
1989 Empty Nest Billy at 14 1 episode
1989 Married... with Children Boz 1 episode
1989 I Know My First Name Is Steven Pete Television film
1989 Do You Know the Muffin Man? Sandy Dollison Television film
1989 Roseanne Jimmy Meltrigger 3 episodes
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Mark Oskowski 1 episode
1990 A Son's Promise Charles O'Kelley Television film
1990 The Outsiders Bobby Dean 1 episode
1990 Always Remember I Love You Robert Mendham Television film
1990 What a Dummy Tucker Brannigan 24 episodes
1991 Blossom Bobby 1 episode
1999 Earthly Possessions Jake Simms, Jr. Television film
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Jonathan Smith Miniseries
2008 Skip Tracer Skip King Television film
2008 XIII: The Conspiracy Ross Tanner/Steve Rowland Miniseries
2017 Star Brody Dean Main (Season 2)
2019 True Detective Roland West Main (Season 3)
2020 Deputy Deputy Bill Hollister Main

Music videos[edit]

Music videos
Year Title Role Artist
1993 "Cryin'" Boyfriend Aerosmith
2000 "Rollin'" Himself Limp Bizkit
2004 "Everytime" Boyfriend Britney Spears

Video game[edit]

Video game
Year Title Role
2005 Far Cry Instincts Jack Carver


  1. ^ a b "Stephen Dorff Biography (1973-)". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Dorff, Steve; Freedman, Colette (2017). I Wrote That One, Too...: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney. Montclair, NJ: Backbeat Books. ISBN 9781495077296.
  3. ^ "Successful Steve Dorff Also Has a Son With Many Talents". Los Angeles Times. August 5, 1987. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  4. ^ Sert, Aysegul (September 13, 2013). "Stephen Dorff: "I never went away"". Salon. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Rothe, E. Nina (November 14, 2012). "Stephen Dorff: 'Today Is a Gift'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Unknown". Politically Incorrect. August 2000.
  7. ^ "Stephen Dorff Learns Hebrew For New Film". February 18, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  8. ^ Edward Morris (December 20, 2016). "Songwriter Andrew Dorff Dead at 40". CMT. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Green, Tom (February 19, 1992). "Stephen Dorff, a star in the making". USA Today. p. 1D. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Aerosmith: Cryin' (1993)". IMDb. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  11. ^ Sherry, Phil (2006), "The "Web Log"", Blog Design Solutions, Apress, pp. 1–16, doi:10.1007/978-1-4302-0127-4_1, ISBN 9781590595817
  12. ^ "Interview: Sofia Coppola and Stephen Dorff For 'Somewhere'". The Chic Spy. December 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "Stephen Dorff". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  14. ^ Shine, Matt (April 26, 2009). "Dorff Goes for Laughs As Porn Star for Next Film". Female First. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  15. ^ "Stephen Dorff Behind the Scenes with blu eCigs". Blu-Cigs. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  16. ^ Łukaszewicz, Barbara (April 10, 2013). "Roland Joffe and Volker Schlondorff Lead Panels at Off Plus Camera 2013". Film New Europe. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  17. ^ "Stephen Dorff Gets Range on Leatherface". Dread Central. March 27, 2015.
  18. ^ "Stephen Dorff Joins 'Leatherface' Cast!". Bloody Disgusting!.
  19. ^ "True Detective - Stephen Dorff Explores Uncharted Territory in True Detective". HBO. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

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