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Michael Dorn (born December 9, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist who is known for his role as the Klingon Worf in the Star Trek franchise.

Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn 2018.jpg
Dorn in 2018
Born (1952-12-09) December 9, 1952 (age 65)
Luling, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater Pasadena City College
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1976–present

From his first appearance in the series premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Encounter at Farpoint", to his last in Star Trek: Nemesis, Dorn has appeared more times as a regular cast member than any other Star Trek actor in the franchise's history, spanning five films and 272 television episodes. He also appeared as Worf's ancestor, Colonel Worf, in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Following the end of his Star Trek career, Dorn had supporting roles in a number of independent feature films, including Shadow Hours (2000), Lessons for an Assassin (2001), and the Santa Clause trilogy, in which he appeared in a cameo role as "The Sandman".

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Early lifeEdit

Dorn was born in Luling, Texas, the son of Allie Lee (née Nauls) and Fentress Dorn, Jr.[1] He grew up in Pasadena, California. He studied radio and television production at Pasadena City College. From there he pursued a career in music as a performer with several different rock music bands, traveling to San Francisco and then back to Los Angeles.

CareerEdit

Early workEdit

Dorn first appeared in Rocky (1976) as Apollo Creed's bodyguard, though he was not credited.[2] He also appeared as a guest on the television show W.E.B. in 1978. The producer was impressed with his work, so he introduced Dorn to an agent who then introduced him to acting teacher Charles Conrad to study acting for six months. He then landed a regular role on the television series CHiPs.[2]

Star TrekEdit

 
Michael Dorn at the 2012 Phoenix Comic-Con with the cast of Next Generation. (L to R: LeVar Burton, Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, and Wil Wheaton)

Dorn's most famous role to date is that of the Klingon Starfleet officer Lieutenant (later Lt. Commander) Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

"If what happened to the first cast is called being typecast," Dorn says, "then I want to be typecast. Of course, they didn't get the jobs after 'Trek.' But they are making their sixth movie. Name me someone else in television who has made six movies!"[3]

Dorn has appeared on-screen in more Star Trek episodes and movies as the same character than anyone else: he appeared in 175 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (missing only the episodes "Code of Honor", "Haven", and "Shades of Gray"), 102 episodes of Deep Space Nine and four Star Trek movies, bringing his total to 281 appearances as Worf. Dorn is also one of six actors to lend his voice to Star Trek: Captain's Chair, reprising his role of Lieutenant Commander Worf.

Dorn's appearance in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was as Colonel Worf, representing Captain James T. Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy at their trial on Qo'noS and also unmasking the real assassin, Colonel West.

Dorn directed the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "In the Cards", "Inquisition" and "When It Rains...", and the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Two Days and Two Nights".

In 2012, Dorn announced a desire to return to his Klingon role in a television series tentatively titled Star Trek: Captain Worf. He said:

I had come up with the idea because I love [Worf] and I think he's a character that hasn't been fully developed and hasn't been fully realized. Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. We've been contacted by different individuals–I can't say who and all that–about wanting to come on board and be part of this.[4]

In 2014, Dorn participated in the fan produced Star Trek episode "Fairest of Them All", giving his voice to the computer of the Mirror Universe Enterprise.[5]

Other workEdit

Dorn has appeared in a number of TV shows, films, and video games. He has been the spokesman for Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo, and has appeared in a Dodge Dart car commercial.

Dorn has appeared as Worf on Webster and Family Guy, the latter along with fellow Star Trek: The Next Generation stars. He had a recurring role on the television series Castle, playing the therapist of NYPD police detective Kate Beckett.[6]

Dorn appeared in a 2012 tongue-in-cheek television commercial for Chrysler as "Future Guy", a time traveler sent from the future to assist development of the 2013 Dodge Dart.[7] He also plays the role of General Thain in the "Castlevania: Hymn of Blood" web series.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

A member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association,[9] Dorn is an accomplished pilot. He has flown with the Blue Angels as well as the Thunderbirds.[2] Dorn has owned several jet aircraft, including a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, which he jokingly refers to as his "starship",[10] a North American F-86 Sabre, and currently owns a North American Sabreliner. Dorn also serves on several aviation organizations, one of which is the Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation,[11] where he is on the advisory board. He has done interviews for the "Private Jets" episode of Modern Marvels on The History Channel.

Dorn stated in an interview that he was once diagnosed with an "early early" stage of prostate cancer, which led him to become a vegan.[12]

FilmographyEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1976 Rocky Apollo Creed's bodyguard (uncredited) Dorn's film debut
1977 Demon Seed bit part (uncredited)
1985 Jagged Edge Dan Hislan
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Klingon Defense Attorney (Colonel Worf)
1994 Star Trek Generations Lieutenant Commander Worf
1995 Timemaster Chairman
1995 Mission Critical Commander
1996 Star Trek: First Contact Lieutenant Commander Worf
1997 Menno's Mind Simon, Menno's Friend
1998 Star Trek: Insurrection Lieutenant Commander Worf
2000 Shadow Hours Detective Thomas Greenwood
2000 The Prophet's Game Bob Bowman
2001 The Gristle Tar
2001 Mach 2 Rogers
2001 Ali Black pilot
2002 Face Value Hitman
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Lieutenant Commander Worf
2002 The Santa Clause 2 The Sandman
2003 Shade Jack Thornhill
2003 Lessons For an Assassin Quinn
2003 The Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer Space Sam the Bartender Straight-to-DVD film
2005 Heart of the Beholder Lieutenant Larson
2005 Thru the Moebius Strip King Tor (voice)
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause The Sandman
2007 Fist of the Warrior Arnold Denton
2007 Night Skies Kyle
2007 The Deep Below Carl Bennett
2009 Bionicle: The Legend Reborn Mata Nui (voice) Straight-to-DVD film
2012 Strange Frame Guardship Commander
2015 Ted 2 Rick
2017 The Man from Earth: Holocene Dr. Parker

TelevisionEdit

Years Television show Role Notes
1979–1982 CHiPs Officer Jebediah Turner 31 episodes
1981 Knots Landing Paramedic Episode: "The Vigil"
1985 227 Lester's friend 1 episode
1986–1987 Days of Our Lives Jimmy
1987–1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Lieutenant Worf 175 episodes
1988 Reading Rainbow Himself Episode: "The Bionic Bunny Show"
1991–1994 Dinosaurs Elders
1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Mutilor
1994–1997 Gargoyles Coldstone, Taurus
1995 Amanda and the Alien Lieutenant Vint Television film
1995 World of Wonder Himself – Host Science show on the Discovery Channel
1995–1996 Fantastic Four Gorgon
1995–1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Lieutenant Commander Worf 102 episodes
1995–2000 The Outer Limits Pete Claridge Episode: "The Voyage Home"
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Apollo 1 episode
1996 Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys Lord Nebula 2 episodes
1996–2000 Superman: The Animated Series Kalibak and John Henry Irons / Steel
1997–1999 I Am Weasel I.M. Weasel
2001 7th Heaven Mr. Johnson
2002 Through the Fire Michael Collins Television film
2003 Justice League Kalibak
2003 Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Rufus 3000 Television film
2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Kraven the Hunter
2003–2005 Duck Dodgers The Martian Centurion Robots, Captain Long, Klunkin Warrior
2004–2005 Megas XLR R.E.G.I.S. Mark V and Number 14
2004–2007 Danny Phantom Fright Knight
2005 Justice League Unlimited Kalibak
2005 Descent General Fielding Television film
2005 Family Guy Lieutenant Worf Episode: "Peter's Got Woods"
2006 All You've Got Fire Captain Diaz Television film
2006 A.I. Assault General Buskirk Television film
2006 Fallen Angels Taylor Television film
2009 Family Guy Himself Episode: "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven"
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Bane, Krull the Eternal
2009 Heroes Unnamed President of the United States Episode: "An Invisible Thread"
2010 Adventure Time Gork
2010 It's a Trap! Lieutenant Worf
2011–2015 Castle Dr. Carver Burke
2011 Winx Club Lord Darkar
2012, 2014 Regular Show Thomas the Demon 2 episodes
2015–2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Captain Mozar 8 episodes
2016–2017 Arrow Prometheus (voice) 7 episodes (uncredited)[13][14]
2017 Supergirl "Crisis on Earth-X" (uncredited)
2017 Transformers: Titans Return Fortress Maximus Web Series
2017–present The Lion Guard Bupu (voice) 5 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Game Role Notes
1993 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Dr. John
1993 Stellar 7: Draxon's Revenge Narrator
1995 Mission Critical Captain Steven Dana
1995 Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity Lieutenant Worf
1998 Fallout 2 Marcus/Frank Horrigan
2000 Star Trek: Armada Ambassador Worf
2000 Star Trek: Klingon Academy Thok Mak
2000 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen Lt. Commander Worf
2000 Star Trek: Invasion Lt. Commander Worf
2001 Emperor: Battle for Dune Duke Achillus
2004 World of Warcraft Multiple Characters
2006 Star Trek: Legacy Worf
2008 Saints Row 2 Maero
2008 Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures Kazim Voice
2010 Mass Effect 2 Gatatog Uvenk
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Marcus
2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Tassadar
2013 Saints Row IV Maero
2013 Star Trek: Online Ambassador Worf
2015 Infinite Crisis Swamp Thing
2015 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. John Henry
2016 Master of Orion Narrator [15]
2017 XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Pratal Mox

ReferencesEdit

Notes

  1. ^ "Michael Dorn Family Tree". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Star Trek Database – Dorn, Michael". Star Trek Database. CBS Entertainment. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Teitelbaum, Sheldon (May 5, 1991). "How Gene Roddenberry and his Brain Trust Have Boldly Taken 'Star Trek' Where No TV Series Has Gone Before : Trekking to the Top". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. p. 16. Archived from the original on May 11, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (September 4, 2012). "Michael Dorn Confirms He's Working on a 'Star Trek: Captain Worf' TV Series". Screen Rant. IndieClick Film Network. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sloan, Sam. "Star Trek Continues: Fairest Of Them All – A Slice of SciFi Review". Slice of SciFi. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Castle Exclusive: Star Trek's Michael Dorn Is Beckett's Shrink". TV Guide. August 4, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ Vellequette, Larry (September 5, 2012). "Chrysler's latest treat wears a silver suit". Automotive News. Crain Communications, Inc. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Warp Factor 2 announces "Castlevania: Hymn of Blood" Web Series". PRWeb. October 26, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "AOPA Online: Instructor Reports". Aopa.org. November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  10. ^ Freeze, Di. "Michael Dorn: A Trek worth Remembering". Airportjournals.com. Airport Journals. Retrieved June 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ ":::Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation :::". Afahf.org. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  12. ^ "Worf from 'Star Trek' goes vegan". 
  13. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (2017-06-01). "Arrow: Season 5 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  14. ^ Guggenheim, Marc (April 5, 2017). "marcguggenheim". "tumblr". Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  15. ^ Forté, Malik (February 18, 2016). "Master of Orion Voice Cast Includes Mark Hamill, Michael Dorn, and More". Nerdist. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 

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