Stephen Hartley Dorff Jr. (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, Glen in The Gate, and for his roles in Cecil B. DeMented, The Motel Life, S.F.W., Space Truckers, and Blade as vampire-overlord Deacon Frost.
Dorff at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
Stephen Hartley Dorff Jr.
July 29, 1973
|Other names||Brad Matlock|
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, and was expelled from five of them.
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. 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, SightSound.com'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." 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. 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.
In 2013, he was a guest of honor on 6th Off Plus Camera Dorff also starred in The Motel Life opposite Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson and in the crime drama film Officer Down. In 2017, he played obsessed Texas Ranger Hal Hartman in the Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel Leatherface.
|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|
|1995||One Hundred and One Nights||Un acteur muet à Hollywood||Cameo|
|Innocent Lies||Jeremy Graves|
|1996||I Shot Andy Warhol||Candy Darling|
|Space Truckers||Mike Pucci|
|1997||Blood and Wine||Jason|
|City of Industry||Skip Kovich|
|2000||Quantum Project||Paul Pentcho||Short film|
|Cecil B. Demented||Sinclair/Cecil B. Demented|
|FeardotCom||Det. Mike Reilly|
|2003||Den of Lions||Mike Varga|
|Cold Creek Manor||Dale Massie|
|2005||Alone in the Dark||Cmdr. Richard Burke|
|Tennis, Anyone...?||T.C. Jackson|
|2006||World Trade Center||Scott Strauss|
|2008||Felon||Wade Porter||Also executive producer|
|2009||Black Water Transit||Nicky|
|Public Enemies||Homer Van Meter|
|2011||Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star||Dick Shadow|
|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||Det. David 'Cal' Callahan|
|The Iceman||Joseph Kuklinski|
|2016||Albion: The Enchanted Stallion||Connor|
|2017||Leatherface||Texas Ranger Hal Hartman|
|Wheeler||Wheeler||Also writer and executive producer|
|2018||Life Boat||The Counsellor|
|Don't Go||Ben Slater||Also executive producer|
|2019||Music, War and Love||General Huber|
|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 at 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|
|2005||Far Cry Instincts||Jack Carver|
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