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  • Michael Dorn (Worf)

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    Michael Dorn was born (December 9th, 1952) in Luling, Texas, the son of Allie Lee and Fentress Dorn, Jr. He grew up in Pasadena, California and 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, travelling to San Francisco and then back to Los Angeles.

    Dorn first appeared in Rocky as Apollo Creed's bodyguard, though he was not credited. 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 E. Conrad to study acting for six months. He then landed a regular role on the television series Chips.

    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. From his first appearance in the series premiere episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Encounter at Farpoint, in 1987 to his last in Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002, 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 1991 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.

    "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 on television who has made six movies!"

    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 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.”

    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.

    Dorn has appeared in several 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.

    A member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Dorn is an accomplished pilot. He has flown with the Blue Angels as well as the Thunderbirds. Dorn has owned several jet aircraft, including a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, which he jokingly refers to as his Starship, 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, 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 a 2010 interview that he had been diagnosed with an early stage of prostate cancer, which led him to become a vegan.

    Film Career:

    • 1976  Rocky
    • 1977  Demon Seed
    • 1985  Jagged Edge
    • 1991  Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
    • 1994  Star Trek Generations
    • 1995  Timemaster
    • 1995  Mission Critical
    • 1996  Star Trek: First Contact
    • 1997  Menno's Mind
    • 1998  Star Trek: Insurrection
    • 2000  Shadow Hours
    • 2000  The Prophet's Game
    • 2001  The Gristle
    • 2001  Mach 2
    • 2001  Ali
    • 2002  Face Value
    • 2002  Star Trek: Nemesis
    • 2002  The Santa Clause 2
    • 2003  Shade
    • 2003  Lessons For an Assassin
    • 2003  The Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer Space
    • 2005  Heart of the Beholder
    • 2005  Thru the Moebius Strip
    • 2006  The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
    • 2007  Fist of the Warrior
    • 2007  Night Skies
    • 2007  The Deep Below
    • 2009  Bionicle: The Legend Reborn
    • 2012  Strange Frame
    • 2015  Ted 2
    • 2017  The Man from Earth: Holocene
    • 2019  Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

    Television Career:

    • 1979–1982  Chips
    • 1981  Knots Landing
    • 1985  227
    • 1985  Hunter
    • 1986–1987  Days of Our Lives
    • 1987–1994  Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • 1988  Reading Rainbow
    • 1989  Webster
    • 1991–1994  Dinosaurs
    • 1994  SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
    • 1994–1997  Gargoyles
    • 1995  Amanda and the Alien
    • 1995  World of Wonder
    • 1995–1996  Fantastic Four
    • 1995–1999  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
    • 1995–2000  The Outer Limits
    • 1996  Adventures from the Book of Virtues
    • 1996  Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys
    • 1996–2000  Superman: The Animated Series
    • 1997–1999  I Am Weasel
    • 2000  Martial Law
    • 2001  7th Heaven
    • 2002  Through the Fire
    • 2003  Justice League
    • 2003  Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time
    • 2003  Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
    • 2003–2005  Duck Dodgers
    • 2004–2005  Megas XLR
    • 2004–2007  Danny Phantom
    • 2005  Justice League Unlimited
    • 2005  Descent
    • 2005, 2009  Family Guy
    • 2006  All You've Got
    • 2006  A.I. Assault
    • 2006  Fallen Angels
    • 2009  Batman: The Brave and the Bold
    • 2009  Heroes
    • 2010  Adventure Time
    • 2010  It's a Trap!
    • 2011–2015  Castle
    • 2011  Winx Club
    • 2012, 2014  Regular Show
    • 2015–2016  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • 2016–2017  Arrow
    • 2017  Supergirl
    • 2017  Transformers: Titans Return
    • 2017–2019  The Lion Guard
    • 2018  OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes

     

     




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