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Michael Dorn

Michael DornBorn: 9-Dec-1952
Birthplace: Luling, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Worf on Star Trek: TNG

Michael Dorn played Lieutenant Commander Worf, chief of security on Star Trek: The Next Generation, who was later transferred to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to serve as operations officer. Worf was, in Star Trek mythos, the first Klingon to serve in Star Fleet, after his parents were killed in a Romulan attack and he was raised by a human family.

In his early years Dorn wanted to make music, and through his mid-20s he played and sang in a struggling rock band. He began his transition to actor with a tiny role in Rocky, as one of Apollo Creed's bodyguards. He played Officer Jed Turner on the last few seasons of CHiPs with Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox, and he was a regular on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives in the mid-1980s until he left for the Star Ship Enterprise.

There is a persistent tale told among Trek fans that Dorn landed the part of Worf by arriving at his audition in full Klingon garb, but the truth is more mundane: He was a fan of the original series, and knew how a Klingon should conduct himself, so Gene Roddenberry simply saw a Klingon when Dorn walked into the room. Dorn's career as Worf is the longest career in Star Trek TV and movies -- he played the role for seven seasons of ST:TNG, four seasons on Deep Space Nine, and in four Trek movies. He says he would like to don the prosthetic ridged forehead and play Worf in one more movie, "where Worf saves the galaxy and gets the cute chick."

Beyond Trek, Dorn hosted The World of Wonder on the Discovery Channel. He has done extensive cartoon work, voicing a Martian on Duck Dodgers, super-villain Kalibak on Superman, I. M. Weasel on I Am Weasel, and the narrator on Johnny Bravo, and voicing Worf in cartoons and video games. Dorn's hobby is flying what he calls his "star ship" -- an F-86 subsonic combat aircraft he bought used from the South African Air Force.

Mother: (schoolteacher)

    University: Pasadena City College

    Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation Advisory Board
    Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

    Justice League Kalibak (2003-05)
    Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Worf (1995-99)
    Star Trek: The Next Generation Worf (1987-94)
    Days of Our Lives Jimmy (1986-87)
    CHiPs Officer Jebediah Turner (1979-82)

    Ted 2 (25-Jun-2015)
    Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (24-Aug-2009) [VOICE]
    Night Skies (23-Jan-2007) · Kyle
    The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2-Nov-2006)
    Fallen Angels (Nov-2006) · Taylor
    All You've Got (23-May-2006)
    A. I. Assault (2006) · Gen. Buskirk
    Descent (21-May-2005)
    Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water (17-Oct-2004)
    Shade (21-Jun-2003) · Jack Thornhill
    Star Trek: Nemesis (9-Dec-2002) · Worf
    The Santa Clause 2 (27-Oct-2002) · Sandman
    Ali (11-Dec-2001) · Black Pilot
    Mach 2 (13-Mar-2001) · Rogers
    The Gristle (2001)
    Face Value (2001)
    Shadow Hours (22-Jan-2000)
    The Prophet's Game (1999)
    Star Trek: Insurrection (11-Dec-1998) · Worf
    Trekkies (18-Oct-1997) · Himself
    Star Trek: First Contact (22-Nov-1996) · Worf
    Menno's Mind (1996)
    Amanda and the Alien (20-Aug-1995)
    Timemaster (21-Jul-1995)
    Star Trek: Generations (18-Nov-1994) · Worf
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (6-Dec-1991) · Klingon Defense Attorney
    Jagged Edge (5-Sep-1985) · Dan Hislan

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