I don’t really know a lot about Stephen but I do remember him in the 1994 movie Backbeat where he played Stuart Sutcliffe, his girlfriend on there was Astrid Kirchherr (played by Sheryl Lee who was Laura Plamer on Twin Peaks, what a weird film/series, I remember feeling spacy after watching, well even during that show, LOL). Backbeat chronicled the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany. It mainly focused on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe (played by Stephen Dorff) and John Lennon (played by Ian Hart), and also with Sutcliffe’s German girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr (played by Sheryl Lee). Others in this film were – Paul McCartney (played by Gary Bakewell), George Harrison (played by Chris O’Neill), Ringo Starr (played by Paul Duckworth). Now Gary Bakewell later reprised his role as McCartney in the television film The Linda McCartney Story (Elizabeth Mitchell did an excellent portrayal of Linda McCartney in this film! I really enjoyed this movie although it was so sad when she died.)
I loved the Beatles, I was born in the 60’s, so I grew up with their music! Funny thing about this movie is that the soundtrack included no songs written by members of the Beatles, but various songs the group performed in Hamburg, written and recorded by other artists. The artists included Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum): vocals, Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs): vocals, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth): guitar, Don Fleming (Gumball): guitar, Mike Mills (R.E.M.): bass guitar, Dave Grohl (Nirvana): drums, Henry Rollins (Rollins Band): vocals on “Love Me Tender”. This film has been made into a stage production, debuting at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre in 2010.
Stephen started acting in the late 1980s, landing only minor roles at first. I bet I saw Stephen on my TV during the 1980’s while I was watching some of my favorite shows as he appeared in commercials for Kraft and Mattel. You probably saw him too! He guest appeared in television programs such as Diff’rent Strokes, Blossom, Roseanne and 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 in 1987.
In the 1990’s he had roles such as vampire Deacon Frost in the superhero horror film, Blade, Candy Darling in I Shot Andy Warhol and Space Truckers. In 2000’s he has done quite a bit of stuff including Public Enemies, Black Water Transit, Cold Creek Manor and Somewhere. Stephen knew he had to play the lead role in “Somewhere.” He says his mother, who had died a year earlier, always wanted him to play a role with heart, and Dorff won the part on the first anniversary of her death. He was in France, where writer-director Sofia Coppola lives, and when she called to tell him he got the part, he saw the Eiffel Tower light up. Dorff says he “felt my mom with me for the first time in a year that was pretty dark and pretty empty.” He said about landing this role… “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 the film, Dorff plays bad-boy actor Johnny Marco, who lives a party-drenched lifestyle until his young daughter unexpectedly comes to live with him.
I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I did in researching about Stephen, he seems like a really cool guy!
Some Stephen Dorff Tidbits:
-He starred in What A Dummy where he played a kid whose grandfather leaves him a puppet.
-Stephen’s dad was a composer who did the music to a lot of TV shows and movies. Stephen would go to the sets with his dad when he was younger and realized he wanted to act!
-His first feature film was The Gate.
-He was on the TV show Rosanne where he played Becky’s boyfriend.
-He was on the TV-film Do You Know The Muffin Man?
Now if the apple doesn’t jump out of the dumpling, and try to hide in the chocolate cake, when it ought to take the pie to the moving pictures, on the next blog I will be writing about another fantastic celebrity! See you in 7 short days…
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