Dorn in May 2012.
December 9, 1952 |
Luling, Texas, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
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 a 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 and career
Dorn was born in Luling, Texas, the son of Allie Lee (née Nauls) and Fentress Dorn, Jr. He grew up in Pasadena, California. He studied radio and television production at the 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 (1976) as Apollo Creed's bodyguard, though he was not credited. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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. He also plays the role of General Thain in the "Castlevania: Hymn of Blood" web series.
A member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), 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. 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 where he is on the advisory board. Dorn has also done interviews for the "Private Jets" episode of Modern Marvels on The History Channel.
|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|
|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|
|2002||Star Trek: Nemesis||Lieutenant Commander Worf|
|2002||The Santa Clause 2||The Sandman|
|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||The Deep Below||Carl Bennett|
|2009||Bionicle: The Legend Reborn||Mata Nui (voice)||Straight-to-DVD film|
|2012||Strange Frame||Guardship Commander|
|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|
|1994||SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron||Mutilor|
|1995||Amanda and the Alien||Lieutenant Vint||Made-for-TV film|
|1995||World of Wonder||Himself - Host||Science show on the Discovery Channel|
|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||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||It's a Trap!||Lieutenant Worf (voice)|
|2011–||Castle||Dr. Carver Burke|
|2012, 2014||Regular Show||Thomas the Demon (voice, two episode)|
|2013||Young Justice: Invasion||Kalibak|
|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|
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- "Warp Factor 2 announces "Castlevania: Hymn of Blood" Web Series". PRWeb. October 26, 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
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- ":::Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation :::". Afahf.org. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
- "Worf from 'Star Trek' goes vegan".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Michael Dorn.|
- Michael Dorn at the Internet Movie Database
- Michael Dorn at the TCM Movie Database
- Michael Dorn at AllMovie
- Serves on the Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation as an advisory board member