Michael Dorn

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Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Dorn in May 2012.
Born (1952-12-09) December 9, 1952 (age 61)
Luling, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1976–present

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

From his first appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint", to his latest in Star Trek Nemesis, Dorn has appeared more times as a regular cast member than any other actor of the Star Trek franchise, spanning five movies and 272 television episodes. He also appeared as Worf's namesake, 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 where he appeared in a cameo role as 'The Sandman'.

Dorn is also an accomplished pilot and owns and operates an Air Force T-33 trainer jet, one of the first jet aircraft in the US inventory; Dorn jokingly refers to it as his 'starship'.

Early life[edit]

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, travelling to San Francisco and then back to Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

Dorn first appeared in Rocky (1976) as Apollo Creed's bodyguard, though he was not credited.[2] He first appeared as a guest on the television show W.E.B. in 1978. The producer was impressed with his work, so he introduced Michael to an agent who 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 Trek[edit]

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

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, 102 episodes of Deep Space Nine and five Star Trek movies, bringing his total to 282 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 also 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.[3]

Other work[edit]

Dorn has also appeared in various video games, including Emperor: Battle for Dune, a game loosely based on Frank Herbert's Dune novels, as the Duke of House Atreides, Dr. John in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, Special Agent Frank Horrigan and Marcus the Mutant Sheriff in Fallout 2, as Maero in Saints Row 2, the critically acclaimed Mission Critical as Commander Dana, captain of the spaceship, and Gatatog Uvenk the minor antagonist in Mass Effect 2. Dorn later reprised his role as Marcus in Fallout: New Vegas.[4] He is the voice of the narrator in the 1996 DOS game Vikings, Strategy of Ultimate Conquest!.

Dorn has been the spokesman for Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo, and has appeared in a car commercial. Dorn has appeared on Webster and Family Guy as Worf; the latter along with fellow Star Trek: The Next Generation stars in the episodes "Peter's Got Woods" and "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven". Dorn supplied the voice to I.M. Weasel, protagonist of the animated series I Am Weasel. Dorn also supplied the voice of the Martian Centurion Robots in cartoon Duck Dodgers. He provided the voice of the Minotaur in Disney's Hercules (1998 TV Series). He provided the voice of Kraven the Hunter in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series and appeared on Martial Law. He voiced Gorgon in Fantastic Four and King Beardbottom in "Here Thar Be Dwarves", the 30th episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Dorn also reappeared in the DC animated universe as Kalibak, in episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He appeared in the Ben 10 episode "The Return" and "Be Afraid of the Dark" as Doctor Vicktor and Ben Vicktor. Dorn appeared as the President of the United States on Volume 4 of Heroes.[5] Dorn also appeared again with Sylvester Stallone in Shade as a high stakes poker player. Michael Dorn has also appeared in SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron as Mutilor the alien antagonist. He was also the voice of Rufus 3000 in the movie Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time. He also appeared on Without a Trace on November 15, 2007. He voiced the former Great Spirit Mata Nui in the recent film, BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn. Months later, LEGO hired him to return to the voice of Mata Nui in "Mata Nui Saga", a illustrated blog in BIONICLE.com. In 2010 he voiced Tassadar in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

More recently, he voiced the immortal supervillain Kru'll the Eternal in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and, fittingly, Guardship Commander Dorn in Strange Frame: Love & Sax as well as Gork and several minor characters in Adventure Time. He has recently 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 life[edit]

A member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA),[9] Dorn enjoys flying. He was not permitted to while on The Next Generation but was able to do so after joining the cast of Deep Space Nine. He has flown with the Blue Angels as well as the Thunderbirds.[2] Dorn has owned several jet aircraft, including a T-33 Shooting Star, an F-86 Sabre, and currently owns a North American Sabreliner. The T-33 was often referred to as "his starship." Dorn also serves on several organizations, one of which is the Air Force Heritage Foundation[10] where he is on the advisory board. Dorn has also done interviews for the "Private Jets" episode of Modern Marvels on The History Channel.

Dorn is a vegan.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

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 Commander, USS Defiant
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

Television[edit]

Years Television show Role Notes
1979–1982 CHiPs Officer Jebediah Turner (31 episodes)
1985 227 Lester's friend (1 episode)
1986–1987 Days of Our Lives Jimmy
1987–1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Lieutenant Worf
1991–1994 Dinosaurs Elders
1994 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Mutilor
1994–1997 Gargoyles Coldstone
1995 Amanda and the Alien Lieutenant Vint Made-for-TV 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
1995–2000 The Outer Limits Pete Claridge
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Apollo (one episode)
1996–2000 Superman: The Animated Series Kalibak and John Henry Irons (a.k.a. Steel)
1997–1999 I Am Weasel I.M. Weasel
2002 Through The Fire Michael Collins Made-for-TV film
2003 Justice League Kalibak
2003 Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Rufus 3000 (voice) Made-for-TV film
2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Kraven the Hunter (voice)
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 Made-for-TV film
2005 Family Guy Lieutenant Worf (voice) Peter's Got Woods
2006 All You've Got Fire Captain Diaz Made-for-TV film
2006 A.I. Assault General Buskirk Made-for-TV film
2006 Fallen Angels Taylor Made-for-TV film
2009 Family Guy Himself (voice) Not All Dogs Go To Heaven
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Bane, Krull the Eternal
2009 Heroes - "An Invisible Thread" Unnamed President of the United States
2010 Adventure Time Gork
2010 It's a Trap! Lieutenant Worf (voice)
2011– Castle Dr. Carver Burke
2012, 2014 Regular Show Thomas the Demon (voice, two episodes)
2013– Transformers: Prime TBA
2013 Young Justice: Invasion Kalibak

Video games[edit]

Year Game Role Notes
1993 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Dr. John
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: 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
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

References[edit]

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 10 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Schaefer, Sandy (4 September 2012). "Michael Dorn Confirms He's Working on a ‘Star Trek: Captain Worf’ TV Series". Screen Rant. IndieClick Film Network. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Snider, Mike (August 9, 2010). "'Fallout: New Vegas' owes Wayne Newton a danke schoen". USA Today. Gannett Company, Inc. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Michael Dorn A Surprise Guest On Tonight’s Heroes + Denise Crosby Appears On Prison Break". Retrieved 2008-12-16. 
  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 13 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "AOPA Online: Instructor Reports". Aopa.org. 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  10. ^ ":::Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation :::". Afahf.org. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  11. ^ "Worf from 'Star Trek' goes vegan". 

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