“Big Hollywood movies are always the same. I don’t really get anything from them. There could be some cool shots or something, but that's about it. I definitely go for things that are not right on the nose.” Stephen Dorff
A striking, young lead of film and television, Stephen Dorff received initial recognition with his award-winning portrayals of the adoptee son in the made-for-cable-film Always Remember I Love You (1990, won a Young Artist Award) and the young Afrikaner in the movie adaptation of The Power of One (1992, earned a ShoWest Award). One of the most respected young actors in Hollywood, Dorff also gathered a number of accolades in films the tasteful biopic Backbeat (1994) and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), but most famously played the evil vampire Deacon Frost in the highly successful action feature Blade (1998), co-starring Wesley Snipes.
As for his romantic life, the star of Limp Bizkit’s rock video “Rollin’” dated Drew Barrymore in his younger years, and had his first serious relationship with Courtney Wagner, a daughter of Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, when they both were 18 years old. Dorff has since linked to Georgina Grenville (together from 1996 to 1998), Natane Adcock (dated in 1998), Rhea Durham (model, reportedly dating as of 2000), a woman named Eugenie (was spotted with him in France while the release of his movie Riders), May Anderson (model, together from July 2003 to April/May 2004), Shannan Click (model, dated Augustus 2004 to November 2004), actress Pamela Anderson (had a five-month date from December 2004 until May 2005) and actress Milla Jovovich. The Blade star is reportedly dating the Girls Aloud star, British pop singer Sarah Harding. He was recently discovered among the family and friends of the pop group when they finished their tour at Wembley Arena in London. Reports said that the pair went to an elite nightclub after the show, but left the location in separate cars.
Childhood and Family:
In Atlanta, Georgia, Stephen Dorff Jr. was born on July 29, 1973, to a Jewish father, Steve Dorff (a music composer and song writer) and a Christian mother. He grew up in Los Angeles, where his dad worked as a movie composer, and attended Montclair Prep, Van Nuys in California. His parents divorced, and his father later married actress Lori Dorff. Stephen has two half-sisters: Callie (born in 1997) and Kaitlyn Hannah (born in 2000), and is the older brother of musician-singer Andrew Dorff.
Personally, the 5’ 9” tall, brown-haired, loves to play the piano. He collects guitars and classic cameras. He is good friends with actor Donal Logue and sexy babe ex-girlfriend Pamela Anderson.
The Power of One
Los Angeles-raised Stephen Dorff started his professional career by appearing in commercials for such companies as Kraft, Mattel and others, and making guest appearances on various TV shows, including “Diff’rent Strokes”(1986).In 1987, he hit the wide screen for the first time with a lead in the teen horror flick The Gate, and made his TV movie debut in the NBC Love and War, that same year. The young actor went on to appear in several TV productions, including a three episodic turn as Becky’s boyfriend in ABC’s sitcom “Roseanne” (1989) and a regular role of Tucker Brannigan in the syndicated series “What a Dummy” (1990). In 1991, Dorff proved potential by nabbing a Young Artist for Best Young Actor for his bright starring role of Robert Mendham, the adoptee who finds out that he was stolen at birth, in the CBS drama film Always Remember I Love You (1990).
The talented young performer made an auspicious comeback to big screen film in the next year after winning the coveted role of PK in director John G. Avildsen’s The Power of One, based on the novel by Bryce Courtenay. Impressively portraying the boxing South African schoolboy, Dorff, who mastered a British-Afrikaner accent for the role and held his own against Sir John Gielgud, was handed the 1992 Male Star of Tomorrow Award from the National Association of Theater Owners.
After roles in An Ambush of Ghosts (1993), Judgment Night (1993) and the little-seen Rescue Me (1993), where he was cast as a juvenile who emerges to rescue the girl he loves from kidnappers, Dorff once again demonstrated a fondness for accents, this time playing the Liverpudlian Stuart Sutcliffe, a short-lived member of The Beatles, in Backbeat (1994), a stylish biopic helmed by Ian Softley. Produced by Stephen Wooley, the Sundance Film Festival-premiered film follows the story of Sutcliffe’s close friendship with John Lennon, his love issue with German photographer Astrid, his agonizing choice to leave the band, as well as his tragic early death. For his efforts, Dorff was garnered with overwhelming critical reviews.
Dorff then performed in S.F.W. (1994), Cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma, Les/ A Hundred and One Nights (1995), Innocent Lies (1995) and Reckless (1995), where he gave a tender portrayal of the alienated son of Mia Farrow, Tom Jr. The following year, he received a number of appreciations as trans-gendered Candy Darling in Mary Harron’s I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), and in the Bob Rafelson-directed thriller Blood and Wine (1996), he portrayed the stepson of Jack Nicholson Jason.
A year later, Dorff scored a huge victory when he was cast in the villainous role of vampire Deacon Frost in the action feature Blade. Based on the best-selling comic book and featuring state-of-the-art special effects, Blade, which starred Wesley Snipes in the title role, became the third most successful film in 1998. As for Dorff, he won a 1999 Blockbuster Entertainment for Favorite Villain and the MTV Movie Best Villain Award, that same year.
The brown-eyed player kept on his busy schedule in the new millennium era by undertaking starring roles in such films as the short Quantum Project (2000), John Waters’ comedy Cecil B. Demented (2000), the action Deuces Wild (2002, along side Brad Renfro and Fairuza Balk), Riders (2002, opposite Natasha Henstridge), the horror feature FeardotCom (2002, with Natascha McElhorne), director James Bruce’s thriller Den of Lions (2003) and the thriller Cold Creek Manor (2003, opposite Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone) for director Mike Figgis. Two years later, Dorff teamed up with Christian Slater and Tara Reid for the supernatural thriller Alone in the Dark, played the supporting role of T.C. Jackson in the comedy Tennis, Anyone...? and appeared in Lee Daniels’ independent film Shadowboxer, starring Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr.
33-year-old Dorff has lately returned to small screen in the miniseries thriller “Covert One: The Hades Factor,” starring as Jon Smith. Among his costars were Mira Sorvino, Blair Underwood, Sophia Myles and Anjelica Huston. He will play a role in writer/director Gary Lennon’s drama 45 (2006), starring Milla Jovovich and Angus Macfadyen, and in the history film World Trade Center (2006), directed by Oliver Stone, he is set to share the screen with Nicolas Cage, Jay Hernandez, Maria Bello and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Additionally, Dorff is scheduled to appear opposite Edward Baker-Duly, Geoff Bell and Igor Chistol in filmmaker Kit Ryan’s 13 (2006).
- Blockbuster Entertainment: Favorite Villain, Blade, 1999
- MTV Movie: Best Villain, Blade, 1999
- ShoWest: Male Star of Tomorrow, 1992
- Young Artist: Best Young Actor Starring in a TV Movie, Pilot or Special, Always Remember I Love You, 1991