Michael Dorn is a reputed actor of America more known for his role of Klingon Worf in the Star Trek franchise. He is also a trained singer and a voice artist who has lent his voice to many popular characters in television and films.
Biography & wiki:
Michael Dorn was born on 9th December 1952 in Luling, Texas. His father was Allie Lee and mother Fentress Dorn. He was brought up in Pasadena, California. He graduated from Pasadena city college in Radio and Television production. His interest in music made him work with different bands which toured San Francisco and Los Angeles.
However, he found his groove in acting and as a voice artist, a profession of his choice which made him quite successful and famous and for which he is so much respected today. He is a strict vegetarian and advocates strongly to be a vegan. He is an accomplished pilot and owns a T-33 fighter jet and an F-86 Sabre jet.
His first appearance in a film ‘Rocky’ was in the year 1976 when he played the role of Apollo Creed’s body guard. In1978 he appeared in a TV show W.E.B as a guest. The producer of the show saw in him a potentiality which prompted him to take acting lessons from Charles Conrad an acting teacher. After this training stint he got a regular role in TV series ‘Chips’.
His most popular role was as a Klingon Starfleet Officer Lieutenant Worf in the ‘Star Trek-The Next Generation’ and ‘Star Trek-Deep Space Nine’ movies. He was the only character in the Star Trek series who got a role in six movies.
He did a record 281 appearances in Star Trek series- 175 in The Star Trek-Next Generation, 102 in Deep Space Nine and four in Star Trek movies. All the above appearances were as Lieutenant/Commander Worf.
Michael Dorn was a director in nine episodes of Star Trek Space and one episode of Star Trek Enterprise.
In 2014 Michael Dorn starred in Star Trek episode “Fairest of them All’ an episode produced by fans. His voice in this episode could be heard as computer voice of the ‘Mirror Universe’ Enterprise.
Michael Dorn appeared in many films other than Star Trek films, TV shows, video games and commercials. He played as a therapist of NYPD police detective Kate Beckett in a movie.
His role as a ‘Future Guy’ in a TV commercial promoting Dodge Dart Sedan was quite popular.
Michael Dorn is fond of aircraft and is a trained pilot having flown Blue Angels, Thunder birds and the like fighter jets. He owns a trainer and a fighter jet and is a member of Air Force Aviation Heritage Foundation.
Awards & Achievements:
He was nominated in 1997 as best actor in a syndicate series ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ (1993) by Online Film and Television Association Award.
Michael Dorn won BTVA Television Voice Acting Award 2017- ‘Best vocal cast in a TV series’ which he shared with 14 others for the TV series ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)’
Net Worth of Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn’s net worth is estimated as $8 million. His Star Trek series which made him famous also contributed largely to his net worth. Besides, he earned as a voice actor for well- known characters of TV and films.
He has endorsed Dodge Car, Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo and some other products which added to his net worth. He owns fighter Jets being an aviation enthusiast.
Michael Dorn is an accomplished actor, a voice artist, singer and pilot. He had many interests and inclinations and he has skilfully blended his varied interests in his professional life and has achieved an enviable status in film and TV circles.
He seemed to know from his early years what his choice of a profession would be as he studied Radio and TV production in his college and his career also proceeded on these lines.
A strict vegetarian he has moulded his life according to his principles with great success.