Cast and Crew - Worf

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As the only Klingon in Starfleet, Worf has already achieved an illustrious and honorable career aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise as well as played a key role in Empire politics, but he keenly feels the effects of an often tragic life caught uniquely between the two conflicting cultures.

He was born into a powerful political house on Qo'noS and carries vivid memories of a typical Klingon childhood. However, Worf's life was changed forever in 2346 when his family was wiped out by Romulans at the Khitomer Outpost along their border.

The next year Worf lived with foster parents Sergey and Helena Rozhenko, and their son Nikolai among 20,000 colonists on the farm world Gault and later Earth, where the bigger and stronger Worf had a hard time adjusting to less-violent human culture and the two boys often disagreed.

Worf entered Starfleet Academy with Nikolai in 2357, but his impetuous brother left school and returned to Gault while Worf went on to graduate in 2361. The fear of depending on others to protect him had been the prime point of his own entrance exam's psych test.

In 2364 he signed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise in command division as a junior-grade lieutenant. After the death of Security Chief Tasha Yar, he became acting chief and then assumed the post full-time in early 2365, switching to security full-time in the operations division and gaining a promotion to full lieutenant. His shipmates formally promoted him to lieutenant commander six years later with a ceremonial holographic ocean-dunking on an ancient Earth naval vessel.

Aside from a few weeks of dating fellow officer Deanna Troi in 2370 on the U.S.S. Enterprise, his most serious romance to date involved the half-human Ambassador K'Ehleyr. Worf had ended their initial affair in 2359, during his Academy years, but K'Ehleyr refused to begin anew and take vows after they mated in 2365 during her mission regarding the T'Ong sleeper ship incident.

Worf's family tree took on surprising twists during his U.S.S. Enterprise career, beginning with the trumped-up charge that his father Mogh had betrayed Khitomer to the Romulans. The resulting probe turned up not only a second survivor and eyewitness to the massacre, his old nursemaid, but a younger brother who'd been left behind on Qo'noS, Kurn. Even when the traitor was proven to be not Mogh but Jared, father of the powerful Duras, Worf later accepted discommendation from Klingon society rather than cause an uproar in Empire politics had the cover-up been revealed.

Worf was shocked to discover in 2367 that his interludes with K'Ehleyr had a son, Alexander, when she accompanied the dying Klingon Chancellor K'mpec while old foe Duras, a challenger for succession, was a suspect. With her mate and son present, K'Ehleyr died after being attacked by Duras when she drew too close to the truth about Khitomer, and Worf in anguish killed Duras on his own ship.

During the Klingon Civil War of 2367-68 Worf felt compelled to resign his Starfleet commission to become involved, but it was reactivated after the war. During that time he persuaded Kurn to support Gowron against Duras' sisters and their Romulan backers, standing up to the sisters when abducted and tortured. His aid of the victor Gowron eventually restored his family's honor, and Kurn won a seat on the High Council.

During his U.S.S. Enterprise tenure, he birthed Keiko O'Brien's baby Molly in Ten-Forward during a shipwide crisis in 2368, his only prior experience having been a Starfleet emergency first aid class. He also taught mok'bara classes to those interested aboard ship, won a bat'leth tournament on Forkas III in 2370, and for a time tutored Dr. Crusher on the weapon; there is no word that he took her offer to join her acting workshop. He trains with a multi-level holo-program of personal combat "calisthenics," has also plays Parrises Squares, and picked up the nickname "Iceman" from his U.S.S. Enterprise poker play. Other interests include Klingon novels, love poetry, and a love of Klingon opera. His favorite beverage, christened as a "warrior's drink" when introduced to it by Guinan, is prune juice.

After the destruction of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, he transferred to space station Deep Space Nine under the command of Captain Benjamin Sisko where he assumed the role of Strategic Operations Officer.

Michael Dorn portrays Lieutenant Commander Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."

Although Dorn has found his greatest success through the Star Trek franchise, he had an active television career prior to being cast as Worf. He co-starred for three seasons as Officer Jed Turner on the popular NBC series CHiPS and guest starred in many primetime series including Knots Landing and Falcon Crest.

But his ambitions weren't always to be an actor. Born in Texas and raised in Pasadena, California, he studied radio/television production at Pasadena City College and took his turn in front of the student cameras. When he left school his interests settled in music and it was there that he pursued his early professional career as a performer.

He moved to San Francisco in 1973, then back to Los Angeles in 1976, making his living during that time playing and singing in several rock bands. Then in 1977 Michael landed a small part on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and thought his moment had arrived. Actually, his moment was still a few years away, but it was certainly a start.

After completing the Star Trek: The Next Generation series and a feature film, Dorn hung up his trademark Worf forehead and moved on to "Timemaster," a feature for SGE which was released in 1995. He also starred in the 1995 Showtime tele-film "Amanda and the Alien," with Nicole Eggert and Stacy Keach. He did a star turn in the Showtime series The Outer Limits, and acted as host of the Discovery Channel's popular series The World of Wonder.

His acting and voice-over work leave little leisure time, but what time he has, he spends in his single-seat military training jet, an F-86. He flies to air shows around the country and uses his plane as the ultimate private getaway.

Biographies derived and edited from the Official Site.