Michael Dorn

Michael DornMichael Dorn (b. 1952) is a United States actor and voice actor, chiefly known for his portrayal of Klingon Starfleet officer Worf in the Star Trek franchise. He has even played Worf outside the franchise, appearing as him in the two TV-series Webster and Family Guy. In the latter one, he voiced his character alongside other members of the Star Trek: TNG cast.

In 2014, Dorn lent his voice to the computer of the Mirror Universe Enterprise in the fan produced Star Trek episode Fairest of Them All.

In addition to his long-term work with Star Trek, Dorn has appeared in a number of other films, television shows, web series, and video games. He has had supporting roles in a number of movies, including Shadow Hours (2000) and Lessons for an Assassin (2001), and portrays General Thain in the web series Castlevania: Hymn of Blood and Kate Beckett´s therapist in the crime-comedy-drama television series Castle.

In the first Gabriel Knight video game (Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father), Dorn played Dr. John, the owner of a voodoo museum.

Trivia: Dorn´s very first movie role was as Apollo Creed´s bodyguard in the 1976 film Rocky, but he was not credited for this work.

Star Trek

Michael Dorn is the actor who has appeared the most times as the same character in the Star Trek franchise. He made his first appearance in the premier episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987 and his last in Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002.

His work with Star Trek includes four films and 277 television episodes as Worf, and he can also be seen portraying Worf´s ancestor Colonel Worf in the 1991 movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. His 277 television episodes are comprised of 175 episodes of Star Trek: TNG (he is present in every episode of TNG except three) and 102 episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Dorn has also voiced the character Lt. Commander Worf in Star Trek: Captain´s Chair.

Michael Dorn

Directing

Dorn has directed four Star Trek episodes:

  • In the Cards (DS9)
  • Inquisition (DS9)
  • When It Rains… (DS9)
  • Two Days and Two Nights (Enterprise)

The character Worf

Worf is a Lieutenant, and later Lt. Commander, of the Klingon Starfleet.

SpeciesKlingon
Affiliation
  • United Federation of Planets
  • Starfleet
  • Klingon Empire
  • House of Martok
  • House of Mogh
Rank
  • Lieutenant, Junior Grade
  • (TNG Season 1–2)
  • Lieutenant
  • (TNG Seasons 3–7)
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • (DS9, Movies)
FamilyBiological parents: Mogh and an unknown woman, both deceased

Adoptive parents: Sergey and Helena Rozhenko

Spouse: Jadzia Dax

Significant other: K´Ehleyr

Offspring: Alexander Rozhenko (whose mother is K´Ehleyr

Life

  • Michael Dorn was born in Luling, Texas, USA on December 9, 1952, to Allie Lee (née Nauls) and Fentress Dorn, Jr.
  • Michael Dorn grew up in Pasadena, California, USA.
  • He went to Pasadena City College where he studied radio and television production.
  • As young adult, he performed with several rock bands and pursued a career in music.
  • After Dorn´s guest appearance in the prime time drama series W.E.B. in 1978, the producer of the show introduced Dorn to an agent who put him in touch with acting teacher Charles E. Conrad. After studying for six months with Conrad, Dorn landed the role of Officer Jedediah Turner on the  crime drama television series CHiPs.
  • Dorn is an experienced pilot, who has flown with the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels, and owned several jet aircraft. He has jokingly referred to his Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star as his “starship”. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and is on the advisory board for the Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation.