Stephen Hartley Dorff Jr. is an American actor who has worked in more than 50 films. He is best known for portraying P.K. in the film 'The Power of One', Johnny Marco in 'Somewhere', Stuart Sutcliffe in 'Backbeat' and vampire-overlord Deacon Frost in 'Blade'. Being the son of renowned composer Steve Dorff, Stephen received special attention right from his childhood and began starring in commercials. Playing various roles in TV series and movies throughout his teens, Stephen established his acting career at a very young age. In personal life, he is very attached to his family and went through tough times when he lost his mother and younger brother. He is claustrophobic and smokes regularly – a habit he is trying to break after being diagnosed with emphysema. He has been a party animal ever since he was quite young and continues to holiday at glamorous locations around the world. He also has a fascination with tattoos and vintage cameras.
Raised in Los Angeles, Stephen Dorff first appeared in commercials for Kraft Foods Group and toy company Mattel as a child artist. At the age of nine, he acted in the series 'Family Ties'. In his teens, he landed minor roles in television series like 'Diff'rent Strokes', 'Married... with Children', 'Blossom' and 'Roseanne'. He also appeared in movies, such as 'I Know My First Name is Steven', 'In Love and War' and 'What a Dummy'. His first breakthrough came at the age of 13 in form of a horror movie 'The Gate'. He then acted in the commercially successful film 'The Power of One' (1992). He was chosen among over 2000 young artists from around the world for the role of P.K. in 'The Power of One'. His role in the movie earned him the 'Male Star of Tomorrow Award' by the National Association of Theater Owners.
In the 1990s, he worked in the movies, 'S.F.W', 'Backbeat' (1994), 'Space Truckers', 'I Shot Andy Warhol' (1996), 'Blade' (1998) and 'Earthly Possessions' (1999). Dorff's performance as the fifth Beatle member Stuart Stutcliffe in 'Backbeat' was critically acclaimed. In 1993, he starred in American rock band Aerosmith's music video 'Cryin'' opposite Alicia Silverstone. He was one of the actors to work in the first digitally downloadable movie, 'Quantum Project' by SightSound.com. He portrayed XIII in the live television series, 'XIII: The Conspiracy' (1998).
His most notable projects during the next decade include: the 2004 music video for Britney Spears's 'Everytime', the 2003 thriller film 'Cold Creek Manor', the 2009 movies 'Public Enemies' and 'Black Water Transit' and the 2010 superhit drama movie 'Somewhere'. He worked in the 2011 comedy film based on the porn industry, 'Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star,' (also co-wrote the screenplay), the 2013 crime drama 'Officer Down', the 2014 drama film 'The Motel Life', the 2017 horror movie 'Leatherface' and David Gleeson's supernatural thriller 'Don't go' (2018). He currently stars in HBO's series 'True Detective' as Detective Roland West. He has also done advertisements, both print and television, for the electronic cigarette company, blu e-Cigs.
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Family & Personal Life
Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 29, 1973 to the composer and music producer, Steve Dorff, and his wife Nancy. He is half-Jewish from his father’s side and half-Catholic from his mother’s. As a student, he was expelled from five private schools. But he credits his parents for guarding him and keeping his rebellious attitude in control. His outlook towards life changed completely after he lost his mother due to brain cancer in February 2008. His mother always wanted him to play a character with some heart and vulnerability. She was his strength and had always inspired him to be a better person. He faced tough times during his parents' divorce and his younger brother Andrew’s death, who was a country music songwriter.
From the time he started watching movies and thought of becoming an actor, he wished to work with Jack Nicholson. His dream came true when both starred together in the movie 'Blood and Wine' in 1996. On the relationship front, he has been linked to many Hollywood beauties since his youth. The charming actor is still unmarried.
Dorff has plenty of tattoos on his body, including his mother's name 'Nancy', his birth year '1973', a tiny heart, Charlie Brown smoking a doobie, a lion (his sun sign Leo) and two quotes - ‘Find what you love and let it kill you’ and 'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift that is why it is called the present'. He is planning to get a tattoo of Roland West, his character, in 'True Detective'.