Happy FRY-day, Everyone! Today’s Star Trek character is Michael Dorn AKA “WORF”
Worf is a Klingon who served on the Enterprise D before Captain Benjamin Sisko requested his help dealing with Klingons on Deep Space 9, interrupting his leave of absence from Starfleet.
Bio: Michael Dorn (born December 9, 1952) is an American actor and voice artist who is best known for his role as the Klingon Worf from the Star Trek franchise.
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.[2
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. He said he got the role by showing up at the interview with several people. He did not smile or speak or sit, but stood in a corner in rigid attention posture, like the stereotypical Klingon warrior. When called, he marched into the room, scowled, and shook the interviewer’s hand sharply. After reading, he gruffly thanked the director, and walked out. He attributes this reading in character as a Klingon warrior to getting the part.
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 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 unmasked the real assassin: Colonel West. Although never confirmed on screen, the character of Colonel Worf was intended to be the grandfather of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Worf.
Dorn’s voice deepened from his years of playing Worf. His two favorite episodes of The Next Generation are “The Offspring” and “The Drumhead”.
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.”
Check out these video segments:
Worf’s recommendations denied repeatedly
Worf kicks some ass
2 of Michael Dorn’s favorite TNG episodes
A reveiw of The Drumhead
DS9- Worf & Sisko
Yeah Baby, Klingons fall in love and get married too. Dax And Worf Wedding on DS9