Stephen Dorff life and biography

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Stephen Dorff biography

Date of birth : 1973-07-29
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-12-09
Credited as : Actor, role in Backbeat , Somewhere 2010

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Stephen Dorff is an American actor, best known for portraying Stuart Sutcliffe in Backbeat and for his roles in Blade and Cecil B. DeMented.

Early Years

Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Nancy and Steve Dorff, who is a composer and music producer. He was raised in Los Angeles where his father worked.


Balancing independent film and Hollywood, Stephen Dorff made his name as a versatile actor with a particular talent for playing assorted rebels and villains. The son of composer Steve Dorff, the younger Dorff opted for the acting side of show business instead. Entering the industry as a teenager, Dorff cut his acting teeth on TV in the late '80s with guest spots on several series, including Roseanne and Married With Children, and roles in TV movies, including I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989). Dorff jumped to feature films with the starring role as a socially conscious South African boxer in The Power of One (1992).

Voted the National Association of Theater Owners' Male Star of Tomorrow in 1992, Dorff next earned attention with his lead performance as Beatle manqué Stu Sutcliffe in the British biopic Backbeat (1993). He also appeared in the genre thriller Judgment Night that same year, with Emilio Estevez and Cuba Gooding Jr. Despite his Hollywood beginnings, Dorff focused more on independent productions in the mid-'90s, including the media satire S.F.W. (1994). His nuanced performance as Warhol Factory transvestite superstar Candy Darling in Mary Harron's acclaimed I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), though, definitively revealed that Dorff could be more than a pretty, brooding face.

Dorff further held his own opposite Jack Nicholson in neo-noir Blood and Wine (1997) and against Harvey Keitel in crime drama City of Industry (1997), but neither film made a box office impression. Dorff scored a summer popcorn hit, however, as Wesley Snipes' flamboyant vampire nemesis in the comic book adaptation Blade (1998). Displaying his range, Dorff starred opposite Susan Sarandon in the romance Earthly Possessions (1999) for HBO, and put two different spins on movie director characters in Phil Joanou's film à clef Entropy (1999) and John Waters' black comedy Cecil B. Demented (2000). Branching out into another medium, Dorff starred in Quantum Project (2000), the first film produced for the Internet. Dorff continued to do work in a series of independent films, but occasionally would appear in more mainstream fare such as fear dot com, Cold Creek Manor, and Alone in the Dark. He had his largest profile film in years in 2006 as part of the cast of Oliver Stone's 9/11 film World Trade Center. He maintained his footing in the independent film world by starring opposite Milla Jovovich and Aisha Taylor on that same year's .45.

* New York City Horror Film Festival 2007 Best Actor for Botched
* MTV Movie Award 1999 for Best Villain (Blade)
* NATO/ShoWest Male Star of Tomorrow Award 1992


* In Love and War (1987) (TV)
* The Gate (1987)
* Hiroshima Maiden (1988) (TV)
* The Absent-Minded Professor (1988) (TV)
* I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989) (TV)
* Do You Know the Muffin Man? (1989) (TV)
* A Son's Promise (1990) (TV)
* Always Remember I Love You (1990) (TV)
* The Power of One (1992)
* An Ambush of Ghosts (1993)
* Judgment Night (1993)
* Rescue Me (1993)
* Backbeat (1994)
* S.F.W. (1994)
* Innocent Lies (1995)
* Reckless (1995)
* I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
* Blood and Wine (1996)
* Space Truckers (1996)
* City of Industry (1997)
* Blade (1998)
* Earthly Possessions (1999)
* Entropy (1999)
* Quantum Project (2000) internet movie
* Cecil B. Demented (2000)
* The Last Minute (2001)
* Deuces Wild (2002)
* Steal (2002)
* FeardotCom (2002)
* Den of Lions (2003)
* Cold Creek Manor (2003)
* Alone in the Dark (2005)
* Tennis, Anyone...? (2005)
* Shadowboxer (2005)
* Covert One: The Hades Factor (2006) (mini) TV Series
* .45 (2006)
* World Trade Center (2006)
* Nanking (2007)
* The Passage (2007)
* Botched (2007)
* Felon (2008)
* XIII (2008) (TV)
* Public Enemies (2009)
* Black Water Transit (2009)
* Born to Be a Star (2011)
* Somewhere (2010)
* Deacon Frost (2011)
* Immortals (2011)

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