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Michael Dorn

Star Trek
Celebrity Hall, Bay Center 2nd Floor

Michael Dorn is an actor, director, producer, and writer best known for his portrayal of Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation, on Deep Space Nine, and in four Star Trek films. He also portrayed Worf's namesake, Colonel Worf, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Dorn was born in Luling, Texas, but he grew up in Pasadena, California. He studied radio and television production at the Pasadena City College, after which he pursued a career in music.

Dorn is an accomplished pilot and owns and operates an old Air Force T-33 trainer jet, one of the first jet aircraft in the US inventory; it is often referred to as his "starship." He also owns an old F-86 Sabre jet that he acquired from the South African Air Force. He has flown with the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds, the USAF Precision Flight team.

Dorn's favorite episodes of TNG are "The Drumhead" and "The Offspring".

Dorn recently began pitching the idea for a new Star Trek TV series based on his character. He cites the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "Soldiers of the Empire" and "Once More Unto the Breach" as his inspiration for a new series based on Worf:

"When I saw those episodes, it really lit a fire under me, that it was great writing — they were written by Ron Moore — and it was wonderfully acted in terms of all the Klingon characters and the things that were at stake. And even though they’re not human, the Human condition that showed up in all these characters, it really was like, 'there’s a series here.' That’s what first started it".