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Michael  Dorn

Accomplished actor and esteemed voice over artist, Michael Dorn has been celebrated for embodying one of the most iconic characters in the storied Star Trek franchise's history.

Before his time on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, Dorn appeared briefly as Apollo Creed's bodyguard in the film Rocky. From there, he next had a recurring role appear in the television show CHiPs as Officer Jebediah Turner before landing roles on 227 and the long running soap opera Days of Our Lives.

In the mid 1980's Paramount Pictures along with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry began developing a new take on the beloved franchise. Dubbed Star Trek: The Next Generation, the series would take the established lore and build upon it with an entirely new cast of characters. Among them was Lieutenant Worf, a Klingon born Starfleet officer portrayed by Michael Dorn.

Dorn's relationship with the Star Trek franchise has been one of the most enduring in its history up to this point. From his first appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint", to his last in Star Trek: Nemesis, Dorn has had more on-screen appearances as a regular cast member than any other actor of the Star Trek franchise, spanning five film and 272 television episodes. He also appeared as Worf's namesake, Colonel Worf in the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

In addition to acting in the franchise, Dorn has also 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".

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 ForceT-33 trainer jet, which he jokingly refers to it as his 'starship'.

Dorn has also lent his recognizable voice to several TV shows and video games including Family Guy, Ben 10, Saint Row IV, Fallout: New Vegas and Mass Effect 2. He has been the spokesman for Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo, and has appeared in a Chrysler car commercial as "Future Guy", a time traveler sent from the future to assist development of the 2013 Dodge Dart. From 2011 - 2015, Dorn was seen in the ABC series Castle as the character Dr. Carter Burke and will be heard as the character Atrocitus in the upcoming animated series Justice League Action and will next be seen in the web series Internity with TNG-alum Marina Sirtis.