Actor Stephen Dorff

Stephen Hartley Dorff Jr. (born July 29, 1973) is an American actor. He is 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, Glen in The Gate, and for his roles in Cecil B. DeMented, The Motel Life, S.F.W., Space Truckers, and in Blade as vampire mastermind Deacon Frost.

Early life

Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Nancy and Steve Dorff, who is a composer and music producer. His father is Jewish, and his mother was Catholic, and Dorff has stated that he was “kinda brought up half-Jewish.” Dorff’s brother Andrew (1976–2016) was a country music songwriter. 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.


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 1990, he landed a leading role opposite Patty Duke in the TV movie Always Remember i Love You. 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. 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 Iain 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.”

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 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.

In 2010, he starred in the drama Somewhere opposite Elle Fanning, directed by Sofia Coppola. He described what landing the role meant to him after the loss of his mother as “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.”

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. Dorff has appeared in television and print advertisements for blu eCigs, an electronic cigarette company. Dorff also starred in The Motel Life opposite Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson and in the crime drama film Officer Down. In 2013, he was a guest of honor on 6th Off Plus Camera In 2017, he played obsessed Texas Ranger Hal Hartman in the Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel Leatherface. Dorff starred as Detective Roland West in Season 3 of HBO’s series True Detective.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Gate Glen
1992 The Power of One Peter Phillip ‘P.K.’ Kenneth-Keith (age 18)
Rescue Me Fraser Sweeney
1993 An Ambush of Ghosts George Betts
Judgment Night John Wyatt
1994 Backbeat Stuart Sutcliffe
S.F.W. Cliff Spab
1995 One Hundred and One Nights Un Acteur Muet à Hollywood Cameo
Innocent Lies Jeremy Graves
Reckless Tom Jr.
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Candy Darling
Space Truckers Mike Pucci
1997 Blood and Wine Jason
City of Industry Skip Kovich
1998 Blade Deacon Frost
1999 Entropy Jake Walsh
2000 Quantum Project Paul Pentcho Short film
Cecil B. Demented Sinclair / Cecil B. Demented
2002 Deuces Wild Leon
Steal ‘Slim’
FeardotCom Detective Mike Reilly
2003 Den of Lions Mike Varga
Cold Creek Manor Dale Massie
2005 Alone in the Dark Commander Richard Burke
Tennis, Anyone…? T.C. Jackson
Shadowboxer Clayton Mayfield
2006 World Trade Center Scott Strauss
.45 Reilly
2007 Botched Ritchie Donovan
The Passage Luke
2008 Felon Wade Porter Also executive producer
2009 Black Water Transit Nicky
Public Enemies Homer Van Meter
2010 Somewhere Johnny Marco
2011 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Dick Shadow
Carjacked Roy
Immortals Stavros
2012 Rites of Passage Professor Nash
The Motel Life Jerry Lee Flannigan
Brake Jeremy Reins Also executive producer
Zaytoun Yoni Also executive producer
Tomorrow You’re Gone Charlie Rankin
2013 Officer Down Detective David ‘Cal’ Callahan
The Iceman Joseph Kuklinski
2014 Heatstroke Paul O’Malley
2015 American Hero Melvin
The Debt Oliver
2016 Albion: The Enchanted Stallion Connor
2017 Leatherface Ranger Hal Hartman
Sex Guaranteed Hank
Wheeler Wheeler Also writer and executive producer
Jackals Jimmy Levine
2018 Life Boat The Counsellor
Don’t Go Ben Slater Also executive producer
2019 Music, War and Love General Huber
2020 Embattled Cash ‘The Slayer’ Boykins
2021 Kid 90 Himself Documentary
Old Henry Ketchum


Year Title Role Notes
1985 The New Leave It to Beaver Tony Episode: “The Gladiators”
Diff’rent Strokes Scott Episode: “Sam Adopts a Grandparent”
1987 In Love and War Stan Stockdale (age 9) Television film
1988 Mutts Eric Gillman Television film
Hiroshima Maiden Johnny Bennett Television film
The Absent-Minded Professor Curtis Television film
Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story Older Kale Wedemeyer Television film
1989 Empty Nest Billy (age 14) Episode: “A Life in the Day”
Married… with Children Boz Episode: “The Dateless Amigo”
I Know My First Name Is Steven Pete Television film
Do You Know the Muffin Man? Sandy Dollison Television film
Roseanne Jimmy Meltrigger 3 episodes
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Mark Oskowski Episode: “The Sanctuary Mystery”
A Son’s Promise Charles O’Kelley Television film
The Outsiders Bobby Dean Episode: “The Stork Club”
Always Remember I Love You Robert Mendham Television film
1990–1991 What a Dummy Tucker Brannigan 24 episodes
1991 Blossom Bobby Episode: “My Sister’s Keeper”
1999 Earthly Possessions Jake Simms Jr. Television film
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Jonathan Smith 2 episodes
2008 Skip Tracer Skip King Pilot
XIII: The Conspiracy Ross Tanner / Steve Rowland 2 episodes
2017 Star Brody Dean 9 episodes
2019 True Detective Roland West 8 episodes
2020 Deputy Sheriff Bill Hollister 13 episodes

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist
1993 “Cryin'” Boyfriend Aerosmith
2000 “Rollin'” Himself Limp Bizkit
2004 “Everytime” Boyfriend Britney Spears

Video game

Year Title Voice role
2005 Far Cry Instincts Jack Carver

External Links

Actor Stephen Dorff – Wikipedia

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