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Dorff, Steve 1949–

Dorff, Steve 1949–

(S. Dorff)

PERSONAL

Full name, Stephen Dorff; born April 21, 1949, in New York, NY; married Nancy (a psychologist; divorced); married Lori (an actress); children: (first marriage) Stephen, Jr. (an actor), Andrew (a singer and songwriter). Education: University of Georgia, A.B.J., 1971.

Addresses:

Agent—The Gorfaine Schwartz Agency, 13245 Riverside Dr., Suite 450, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.

Career:

Composer, conductor, and producer. Dorff's songs have been performed at a variety of venues, including the halftime shows of football games. Known as Steve Dorff & Friends.

Awards, Honors:

Country Music Association (CMA) Award, c. 1979, and Grammy Award nomination, best country and western song, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1979, both with others, for "Every Which Way but Loose," the theme song to the film of the same name; Anne Murray's recording of Dorff's song "I Just Fall in Love Again" was named Billboard song of the year, 1979; Emmy Award nomination (with John Bettis), outstanding achievement in music and lyrics, 1986, for "As Long as We Got Each Other," the theme song for Growing Pains; BMI TV Music Award, 1987, for My Sister Sam; Emmy Award nominations (with others), outstanding achievement in music and lyrics, 1986 and 1988, and BMI TV Music awards, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990, all for Growing Pains; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding achievement in music and lyrics, 1988, for "Aloha" and "Swept Away," songs for Growing Pains; BMI TV Music awards, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996, all for Murphy Brown; BMI TV Music Award, and Emmy Award nomination, outstanding individual achievement in main title theme music, both 1992, for Major Dad; BMI TV Music awards (with Bruce Babcock), 1993, 1994, and 1995, all for Murder, She Wrote; Career Achievement Award, Temecula Valley International Film Festival, 2005; Grammy Award nominations.

CREDITS

Television Work; Series:

Music producer of theme song, Growing Pains, ABC, 1985–92.

Film Work:

Conductor, Every Which Way but Loose, Warner Bros., 1978.

Conductor, Any Which Way You Can, Warner Bros., 1980.

Conductor and music director, Bronco Billy, Warner Bros., 1980.

Conductor, music director, and music arranger, Honkytonk Man, Warner Bros., 1982.

Song producer, Curly Sue, Warner Bros., 1991.

Song producer, The Last Boy Scout, Warner Bros., 1991.

Song producer, The Bodyguard, Warner Bros., 1992.

Song producer and music supervisor, Pure Country, Warner Bros., 1992.

Pre–record music supervisor, Love Affair, Warner Bros., 1994.

Pre–record music supervisor, Maverick, Warner Bros., 1994.

Conductor and song producer, Coyote Summer, Leucadia Film Corporation, 1996.

Conductor, The Undercover Kid, Leucadia Film Corporation, 1996.

Music arranger, That Thing You Do!, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1996.

Song producer, Michael, New Line Cinema, 1996.

Song performer, Good Burger, Paramount, 1997.

Song arranger and producer, Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, TriStar, 1998.

Song producer, September Dawn, Voice Pictures, 2006.

RECORDINGS

Albums:

(As Steve Dorff & Friends) Growing Pains and Other Hit TV Themes, Reprise, 1988.

(With others) Lunch: A Modern Musical Myth 1994 studio cast; also known as Lunch), DRG, 1994.

You Set My Dreams to Music, SHD Music, 2003.

Original Demos, Contante & Sonante, 2004.

Dorff performed in other albums, including Lunch: Vocal Selections, Warner Bros.

Album Work:

Producer for various artists, including Bill Medley. Arranger and conductor for a variety of performers.

WRITINGS

Television Music; Series:

Gavilan, NBC, 1982.

Spencer: For Hire, ABC, 1985–88.

Growing Pains, ABC, 1985–92.

My Sister Sam, CBS, 1986–88.

The Oldest Rookie, CBS, 1987–88.

Just the Ten of Us, ABC, 1988–90.

Murphy Brown, CBS, 1988–98.

Alien Nation, Fox, 1989–90.

Additional music, Major Dad, CBS, 1990–91.

Uncle Buck, CBS, 1990–91.

Major Dad, CBS, 1990–93.

Sons and Daughters, CBS, 1991.

Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1992–96.

Home Free, ABC, 1993.

The Mommies (also known as Mommies), NBC, 1993–95.

Goode Behavior, UPN, 1996–97.

Reba (also known as Deep in the Heart, Family Planning, and Sally), The WB, 2001–2006, The CW, 2006—.

Tremors (also known as Tremors: The Series), Sci–Fi Channel, 2003.

Rodney (also known as That's Just Rodney and That's My Rodney), ABC, 2004–2006.

Television Music; Theme Songs; Series:

"Gavilan's Theme," Gavilan, NBC, 1982.

"As Long as We Got Each Other," Growing Pains, ABC, 1985–92.

"Room Enough for Two," My Sister Sam, CBS, 1986–88.

Free Spirit, ABC, 1989–90.

"Uncle Buck," Uncle Buck, CBS, 1990–91.

Home Free, ABC, 1993.

Murphy Brown, CBS, 1996–97.

Tremors (also known as Tremors: The Series), Sci–Fi Channel, 2003.

World Cup Comedy, I (Independent Television, formerly PAX TV), 2004–2005.

Rodney (also known as That's Just Rodney and That's My Rodney), ABC, 2004–2006.

Television Music; Miniseries:

Elvis, CBS, 2005.

Television Music; Movies:

Convicted, ABC, 1986.

The Defiant Ones, ABC, 1986.

Manhunt for Claude Dallas, CBS, 1986.

Infidelity, ABC, 1987.

The Quick and the Dead, HBO, 1987.

Too Young the Hero, CBS, 1988.

"Auntie Sue," B. L. Stryker (also known as ABC Monday Mystery Movie and The ABC Saturday Mystery Movie), ABC, 1989.

The King of Jazz, ABC, 1989.

Kiss Shot, CBS, 1989.

The Return of Sam McCloud, CBS, 1989.

Grand Theft Hotel, ABC, 1990.

High Rise, ABC, 1990.

"Plates," B. L. Stryker (also known as ABC Monday Mystery Movie and The ABC Saturday Mystery Movie), ABC, 1990.

Babe Ruth, NBC, 1991.

Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (also known as Murder of a Rock Star), ABC, 1991.

Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot, ABC, 1991.

In the Nick of Time, NBC, 1991.

Chrome Soldiers, USA Network, 1992.

Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders (also known as Murder So Sweet), CBS, 1993.

Bandit: Bandit Bandit, syndicated, 1994.

Bandit: Bandit Goes Country (also known as Bandit Goes Country), syndicated, 1994.

Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel (also known as Bandit: Bandit and the Silver Angel), syndicated, 1994.

Siringo, 1994.

Alien Nation: The Enemy Within, Fox, 1996.

Moonshine Highway, Showtime, 1996.

Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy, Fox, 1997.

A Father's Choice, CBS, 2000.

"The Growing Pains Movie" (also known as "Growing Pains"), The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 2000.

"The Facts of Life Reunion," The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 2001.

The Junction Boys, ESPN, 2002.

Annie's Point, The Hallmark Channel, 2005.

Television Music; Songs; Movies:

Manhunt for Claude Dallas, CBS, 1986.

"Another Dream Away," Bandit: Bandit Bandit, syndicated, 1994.

"Another Dream Away," Bandit: Bandit Goes Country (also known as Bandit Goes Country), syndicated, 1994.

"Another Dream Away," Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel (also known as Bandit: Bandit and the Silver Angel), syndicated, 1994.

Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit, syndicated, 1994.

Television Music; Specials:

"Rose Hill," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1997.

Television Music; Episodic:

"Guilt Trip," Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"), NBC, 1985.

Television Music; Pilots:

Growing Pains, ABC, 1985.

Mabel and Max, CBS, 1987.

Whattley by the Bay, CBS, 1988.

Ladies on Sweet Street, ABC, 1990.

Mulberry Street, CBS, 1990.

Us, CBS, 1991.

Composed music for an unaired pilot of Growing Pains, ABC.

Film Music:

Additional music, Honky Tonk Freeway, Universal, 1981.

Honkytonk Man, Warner Bros., 1982.

Waltz across Texas, Atlantic Releasing, 1982.

Rustler's Rhapsody (also known as Esos locos cuatreros), Paramount, 1985.

Back to the Beach (also known as Malibu Beach Girls), Paramount, 1987.

My Best Friend Is a Vampire (also known as IWasa Teenage Vampire), Kings Road Entertainment, 1988.

Pink Cadillac, Warner Bros., 1989.

Pure Country, Warner Bros., 1992.

Breaking Free, Leucadia Film Corporation, 1995.

Coyote Summer, Leucadia Film Corporation, 1996.

The Undercover Kid, Leucadia Film Corporation, 1996.

Annabelle's Wish (animated musical), Ralph Edwards Film Production, 1997.

Lunker Lake, 1997.

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, TriStar, 1998.

Blast from the Past, New Line Cinema, 1999.

Dudley Do–Right, Columbia/TriStar, 1999.

The Cactus Kid, Cactus Kid Productions, 2000.

Mi amigo, Azalea Film Corporation, 2002.

Rainbow Valley Fire Department (short film), Brain Zoo Studios, 2004.

Composed music for Small Town Saturday Night. Dorff's music and songs have appeared in various films, television programs, and video productions.

Film Music; Songs:

Various songs, including the title song, Every Which Way but Loose, Warner Bros., 1978.

Various songs, including the title song, Any Which Way You Can, Warner Bros., 1980.

(As S. Dorff) Bronco Billy, Warner Bros., 1980.

Title song, Honky Tonk Freeway, Universal, 1981.

Lyrics for "I Stepped into a Pile of You and Got Love All over Me," Waltz across Texas, Atlantic Releasing, 1982.

Honkytonk Man, Warner Bros., 1982.

"Like a Cannonball," Cannonball Run II, Warner Bros., 1984.

"I Don't Think I'm Ready for You," Stick, Universal, 1985.

Rocky IV, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1985.

Ratboy, Thirteen Distributing Company, 1986.

My Best Friend Is a Vampire (also known as IWasa Teenage Vampire), Kings Road Entertainment, 1988.

"In the Name of Love," How I Got into College, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1989.

"You Never Know," Curly Sue, Warner Bros., 1991.

The Last Boy Scout, Warner Bros., 1991.

Various songs, Pure Country, Warner Bros., 1992.

Michael, New Line Cinema, 1996.

Tin Cup, Warner Bros., 1996.

Annabelle's Wish (animated musical), Ralph Edwards Film Production, 1997.

Good Burger, Paramount, 1997.

"Where I Come from," Dancer, Texas Pop. 81, TriStar, 1998.

Various songs, Dudley Do–Right, Columbia/TriStar, 1999.

September Dawn, Voice Pictures, 2006.

Film Music; Song Adaptations:

Every Which Way but Loose, Warner Bros., 1978.

Any Which Way You Can, Warner Bros., 1980.

Music for the Stage:

Pure Country (musical; also known as Heartland and Pure Country: The Musical; lyrics by Jack Bettis and book by Rex McGee and Peter Masterson; based on the McGee's screenplay for the film Pure Country), staged readings produced at Times Square Arts Center, Roy Arias Studios, New York City, 2006.

Wrote other works for the stage, including Lunch (musical; also known as Lunch: A Modern Musical Myth; lyrics by John Bettis and book by Rick Hawkins), produced in a touring production and in a studio recording; Josephine (musical; also known as or The Josephine Baker Story); and Say Goodnight (musical; also known as Say Good Night).

Albums:

(As Steve Dorff & Friends) Growing Pains and Other Hit TV Themes, Reprise, 1988.

(With others) Lunch: A Modern Musical Myth 1994 studio cast; also known as Lunch), DRG, 1994.

You Set My Dreams to Music, SHD Music, 2003.

Original Demos, Contante & Sonante, 2004.

Dorff's music appeared in other albums, including Lunch: Vocal Selections, Warner Bros.

Singles:

Anne Murray, "I Just Fall in Love Again," 1979.

Kenny Rogers, "Through the Years," c. 1982.

Anne Murray, "I Don't Think I'm Ready for You," 1984.

(With Pete McCann) Whitney Houston and Jermaine Jackson, "Take Good Care of My Heart," 1985.

Lee Greenwood, "Don't Underestimate My Love for You," 1986.

Anne Murray and Kenny Rogers, "If I Ever Fall in Love Again," c. 1989.

Barbra Streisand, "Higher Ground," 1997.

Various artists have recorded other songs by Dorff, including Celine Dion, "Miracle" ; Lee Greenwood, "Someone" ; Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood, "Barroom Buddies" ; Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight, "Double or Nothing" ; Melissa Manchester, "Fire in the Morning" ; Ronnie Milsap, "Cowboys and Clowns" ; Gary Morris, "Lasso the Moon" ; Charlie Rich, "I'll Wake You Up When I Get Home" ; George Strait, "Heartland" and "I Cross My Heart" ; B. J. Thomas, "Shining" ; Mel Tillis, "Coca Cola Cowboy" ; Clay Walker, "Hypnotize the Moon" ; and Dionne Warwick, "Easy Love." Dorff also composed other songs.

OTHER SOURCES

Electronic:

The Music of Steve Dorff,http://www.stevedorff.com, June 23, 2006.

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