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Stephen Dorff (born April 21, 1949) is an American songwriter and composer whose work is mainly in the field of country music.

Steve Dorff
Birth nameStephen Dorff
Born (1949-04-21) April 21, 1949 (age 70)[1]
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1980s—present
Associated actsGeorge Strait, Clay Walker

Dorff has written several songs for other artists, including "Hypnotize the Moon" and "My Heart Will Never Know" for Clay Walker, "The Man in Love with You" and "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait, "Don't Underestimate My Love for You" by Lee Greenwood, "Every Which Way but Loose" by Eddie Rabbitt and "Through the Years" by Kenny Rogers. He also composed the themes for Spenser: For Hire, Murphy Brown, The Singing Bee, Just the 10 of Us and others.[2][3]

In addition, Dorff was a co-writer of the song "I Just Fall In Love Again" with composers Larry Herbstritt, Harry Lloyd, and Gloria Sklerov. "I Just Fall In Love Again", originally recorded by The Carpenters but not released as a single, became a major pop hit for Anne Murray, peaking at #12 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1979. Steve Dorff also wrote the music score for the song "As Long As We Got Each Other" from the popular family TV sitcom Growing Pains, with John Bettis writing the lyrics.[citation needed]

Dorff was the music supervisor for Pure Country (1992) and Pure Country 2: The Gift (2010).[4] Since 2009, he has been the bandleader on the CMT revival of The Singing Bee, for which he also composed the theme music.[5]

Dorff has been nominated for three Grammy Awards and five Emmy Awards.[4] He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.[6]

Dorff is the father of actor Stephen Dorff[7] and songwriter Andrew Dorff.[8] Andrew died at the age of 40 on December 19, 2016.[9]



  1. ^ Riggs, Thomas (1994). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. pp. 91–94.
  2. ^ "Steve Dorff biography". Steve Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "Hit Songwriter Bios: Steve Dorff". Durango Songwriters Expo. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Craig Harris. "Steve Dorff biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Meet the Musicians". CMT. Retrieved October 4, 2010.
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  7. ^ "Stephen Dorff". Film Retrieved 1 June 2012.
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