Michael Dorn is an actor
made famous playing Lieutenant Commander Worf
on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Michael Dorn was born on December 9, 1952 in Luling, Texas and was raised in Pasadena, California. After studying radio and television production at Pasadena City College he settled on music as a career after having spent his high school and college days playing in a rock band. In 1973 he moved to San Francisco and then back to Los Angeles in 1976 during his career as both a musician and singer in several different rock bands. His first acting roles were small parts in films such as Rocky and Demon Seed, and after guest starring on W.E.B. the producer introduced him to an agent and six months later he was a regular cast member on CHiPs, playing Officer Jebediah Turner.
His portrayal of Lieutenant Commander Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation is what brought him real fame. During his time with Star Trek he also played Worf's grandfather in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (becoming the first Next Generation cast member to be in a Star Trek film) and spent four seasons playing Worf on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It took 90 minutes worth of make-up to transform Dorn into a Klingon. He has appeared in all of the Star Trek films since and even played himself in Trekkies.
Since appearing on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dorn has appeared in Timemaster, The Outer Limits, and hosted The World of Wonder. In addition he does a great deal of voice over work, including the voice of the Captain on Starship Regulars. After earning his pilot's license between the first and second seasons of TNG he has become an accomplished pilot and has flown with the Blue Angels and the USAF Precision Flight team. He owns several aircraft, including a F-86 Sabre jet he purchased from the South African Air Force, and flies to air shows around the country in his spare time. In December, 2002, he joined the rest of the Next Generation cast in Star Trek X: Nemesis.