Dorn at GalaxyCon Richmond in 2019
|Born||December 9, 1952|
Luling, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||Pasadena City College|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
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 minor role as the Sandman.
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 Pasadena City College. From there, he pursued a career in music as a performer with several different rock music bands, traveling 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 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.
"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 in television who has made six movies!"
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 (missing only the episodes "Code of Honor", "Haven", and "Shades of Gray"), 102 episodes of Deep Space Nine and four Star Trek movies, bringing his total to 281 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.
During the production of Star Trek: The Next Generation, castmates occasionally used the nickname "Turtle Head" when referring to Michael Dorn.
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.
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, 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.
|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|
|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||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||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|
|2017||The Man from Earth: Holocene||Dr. Parker|
|2019||Wonder Woman: Bloodlines||Ferdinand the Minotaur (voice)||Straight-to-DVD film|
|1979–1982||CHiPs||Officer Jebediah Turner||31 episodes|
|1981||Knots Landing||Paramedic||Episode: "The Vigil"|
|1985||227||Lester's friend||1 episode|
|1985||Hunter||Highway Patrolman||Episode: "Waiting for Mr. Wrong"|
|1986–1987||Days of Our Lives||Jimmy|
|1987–1994||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Lieutenant Worf||Main role|
|1988||Reading Rainbow||Himself||Episode: "The Bionic Bunny Show"|
|1989||Webster||Lieutenant Worf||Episode: "Webtrek"|
|1991–1994||Dinosaurs||Elders, Solomon the Great, WESAYSO Announcer (voices)||Recurring role|
|1994||SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron||Mutilor||Episode: "When Strikes Mutilor"|
|1994–1997||Gargoyles||Coldstone, Taurus||Recurring role|
|1995||Amanda and the Alien||Lieutenant Vint||Television film|
|1995||World of Wonder||Himself – Host||Science show on the Discovery Channel|
|1995–1996||Fantastic Four||Gorgon||2 episodes|
|1995–1999||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Lieutenant Commander Worf||Main role|
|1995–2000||The Outer Limits||Pete Claridge||Episode: "The Voyage Home"|
|1996||Adventures from the Book of Virtues||Apollo||1 episode|
|1996||Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys||Lord Nebula||2 episodes|
|1996–2000||Superman: The Animated Series||Kalibak and John Henry Irons / Steel||Recurring role|
|1997–1999||I Am Weasel||I.M. Weasel (voice)||Main role|
|1998||Haunted History||Narrator (voice)||Episode: "Haunted History: Charleston"|
|2000||Martial Law||Councilman Tynan||Episode: "No Quarter"|
|2001||7th Heaven||Mr. Johnson|
|2002||Through the Fire||Michael Collins||Television film|
|2003||Justice League||Kalibak (voice)||2 episodes|
|2003||Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time||Rufus 3000 (voice)||Television film|
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Kraven the Hunter (voice)||2 episodes|
|2003–2005||Duck Dodgers||The Martian Centurion Robots, Captain Long, Klunkin Warrior (voice)||Main role|
|2004–2005||Megas XLR||R.E.G.I.S. Mark V and Number 14 (voice)||2 episodes|
|2004–2007||Danny Phantom||Fright Knight (voice)||3 episodes|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Kalibak (voice)||Episode: "The Ties That Bind"|
|2005||Descent||General Fielding||Television film|
|2005, 2009||Family Guy||Lieutenant Worf, Himself (voice)||Episodes: "Peter's Got Woods" & "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven"|
|2006||All You've Got||Fire Captain Diaz||Television film|
|2006||A.I. Assault||General Buskirk||Television film|
|2006||Fallen Angels||Taylor||Television film|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Bane, Krull the Eternal (voices)||Episode: "Menace of the Conqueror Caveman"|
|2009||Heroes||Unnamed President of the United States||Episode: "An Invisible Thread"|
|2010||Adventure Time||Gork (voice)||Episode: "Freak City"|
|2010||It's a Trap!||Lieutenant Worf|
|2011–2015||Castle||Dr. Carver Burke|
|2011||Winx Club||Lord Darkar (voice, Nickelodeon dub)||Recurring role|
|2012, 2014||Regular Show||Thomas the Demon (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015–2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Captain Mozar (voice)||Recurring role|
|2016–2017||Arrow||Prometheus (voice)||Recurring role (uncredited)|
|2017||Supergirl||"Crisis on Earth-X" (uncredited)|
|2017||Transformers: Titans Return||Fortress Maximus (voice)||Web Series|
|2017–2019||The Lion Guard||Bupu (voice)||Recurring role|
|2018||OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes||Red Strike, I.M. Weasel (voice)||Episode: "Crossover Nexus"|
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