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.
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1976–present
 
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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.
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1976–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]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1976RockyApollo Creed's bodyguard (uncredited)Dorn's film debut.
1977Demon Seedbit part (uncredited)
1985Jagged EdgeDan Hislan
1991Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryKlingon Defense Attorney (Colonel Worf)
1994Star Trek GenerationsLieutenant Commander Worf
1995TimemasterChairman
1995Mission CriticalCommander
1996Star Trek: First ContactLieutenant Commander WorfCommander, USS Defiant
1997Menno's MindSimon, Menno's Friend
1998Star Trek: InsurrectionLieutenant Commander Worf
2000Shadow HoursDetective Thomas Greenwood
2000The Prophet's GameBob Bowman
2001The GristleTar
2001Mach 2Rogers
2001AliBlack pilot
2002Face ValueHitman
2002Star Trek: NemesisLieutenant Commander Worf
2002The Santa Clause 2The Sandman
2003ShadeJack Thornhill
2003Lessons For an AssassinQuinn
2003The Interplanetary Surplus Male and Amazon Women of Outer SpaceSam the BartenderStraight-to-DVD film
2005Heart of the BeholderLieutenant Larson
2005Thru the Moebius StripKing Tor (voice)
2006The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseThe Sandman
2007Fist of the WarriorArnold Denton
2007Night SkiesKyle
2007The Deep BelowCarl Bennett
2009Bionicle: The Legend RebornMata Nui (voice)Straight-to-DVD film
2012Strange FrameGuardship Commander

Television[edit]

YearsTelevision showRoleNotes
1979–1982CHiPsOfficer Jebediah Turner (31 episodes)
1985227Lester's friend (1 episode)
1986–1987Days of Our LivesJimmy
1987–1994Star Trek: The Next GenerationLieutenant Worf
1991–1994DinosaursElders
1994SWAT Kats: The Radical SquadronMutilor
1994–1997GargoylesColdstone
1995Amanda and the AlienLieutenant VintMade-for-TV film
1995World of WonderHimself - HostScience show on the Discovery Channel
1995-1996Fantastic FourGorgon
1995–1999Star Trek: Deep Space NineLieutenant Commander Worf
1995–2000The Outer LimitsPete Claridge
1996Adventures from the Book of VirtuesApollo (one episode)
1996–2000Superman: The Animated SeriesKalibak and John Henry Irons (a.k.a. Steel)
1997–1999I Am WeaselI.M. Weasel
2002Through The FireMichael CollinsMade-for-TV film
2003Justice LeagueKalibak
2003Kim Possible: A Sitch in TimeRufus 3000 (voice)Made-for-TV film
2003Spider-Man: The New Animated SeriesKraven the Hunter (voice)
2004–2005Megas XLRR.E.G.I.S. Mark V and Number 14
2004–2007Danny PhantomFright Knight
2005Justice League UnlimitedKalibak
2005DescentGeneral FieldingMade-for-TV film
2005Family GuyLieutenant Worf (voice)Peter's Got Woods
2006All You've GotFire Captain DiazMade-for-TV film
2006A.I. AssaultGeneral BuskirkMade-for-TV film
2006Fallen AngelsTaylorMade-for-TV film
2009Family GuyHimself (voice)Not All Dogs Go To Heaven
2009Batman: The Brave and the BoldBane, Krull the Eternal
2009Heroes - "An Invisible Thread"Unnamed President of the United States
2010Adventure TimeGork
2010It's a Trap!Lieutenant Worf (voice)
2011–CastleDr. Carver Burke
2012, 2014Regular ShowThomas the Demon (voice, two episode)
2013–Transformers: PrimeTBA
2013Young Justice: InvasionKalibak

Video games[edit]

YearGameRoleNotes
1993Gabriel Knight: Sins of the FathersDr. John
1995Mission CriticalCaptain Steven Dana
1995Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final UnityLieutenant Worf
1998Fallout 2Marcus/Frank Horrigan
2000Star Trek: ArmadaAmbassador Worf
2000Star Trek: InvasionLt. Commander Worf
2001Emperor: Battle for DuneDuke Achillus
2004World of WarcraftMultiple Characters
2006Star Trek: LegacyWorf
2008Saints Row 2Maero
2010Mass Effect 2Gatatog Uvenk
2010Fallout: New VegasMarcus
2010StarCraft II: Wings of LibertyTassadar
2013Saints Row IVMaero
2013Star Trek: OnlineAmbassador 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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