DEEP SPACE NINE
CAST > Lieutenant Commander Worf
PLAYED BY: Michael Dorn
POSITION: Strategic Operations Officer (season 4 onward), Deep
RANK: Lt. Commander
BIRTHPLACE: Qo'Nos; Khitomer (as small child); Gault; Earth
PARENTS: Mogh (biological father, deceased); Sergei Rozhenko
(adoptive human father); Helena Rozhenko (adoptive human mother)
SIBLINGS: Kurn (biological brother); Nikolai Rozhenko (foster
SPOUSES: K'Ehleyr (1st "mate"); Jadzia Dax
CHILD: Alexander Rozhenko (son by K'Ehleyr)
HOBBIES: Worf preferred mostly Klingon food and drink, except
prune juice, his favorite beverage. He enjoyed Klingon martial arts, and
held a morning exercise class.
OTHER FRIENDS: The Enterprise officers (Capt. Picard, Cmdr.
Riker, Deanna Troi, Lt. Cmdr. Data, Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge, Dr.
The first of his people to serve in Starfleet, Worf was born on Qo'Nos,
and as a small child was on the outpost of Khitomer when it was attacked
by the Romulans. His parents were killed, but Worf survived and was
found and raised by a human Starfleet couple, Sergei and Helena Rozhenko.
Worf spent much of his childhood on the sparsely-populated farm world of
Gault. At 13, he was captain of his school's soccer team, and
accidentally killed an opponent during a championship game. This
explained why he tended to be more controlled and disciplined than the
average Klingon. He attended Starfleet Academy, and later became an
officer on the USS Enterprise-D, where he served first as tactical
officer, then as security chief.
In his Academy days, Worf had an affair with a half-Klingon, half-human
woman named K'Ehleyr, with whom he was reunited briefly on the
Enterprise; they conceived their son Alexander, though this was unknown
to Worf at the time ("The Emissary" [TNG]). Two years later, K'Ehleyr
presented him with Alexander, shortly before being murdered by Duras
("Reunion" [TNG]). Alexander then lived on and off with Worf on the
After the ship's destruction (Star Trek: Generations), Worf went into
contemplation on Boreth until 2372, when he was assigned to DS9 to
investigate Klingon Empire activity. After Gowron disowned him for not
siding with the Empire during the invasion of Cardassia, Worf stayed on
DS9 as Strategic Operations Officer, switching from security to command
("The Way of the Warrior").
Worf had trouble adjusting to life on the station. In "Hippocratic
Oath", disapproving of Odo's security methods, he ruined a sting Odo had
planned. Later, in "Bar Association", he took up residence on the
Defiant. Worf commanded the Defiant for the first time when Sisko was
injured in battle with the Jem'Hadar in "Starship Down". He also went on
a quest with Dax and Kor to the Gamma Quadrant to find Kahless'
legendary bat'leth. They found it, but ended up setting it adrift ("The
Sword of Kahless").
Worf faced a tough decision in "Sons of Mogh", when Kurn showed up on
the station demanding Mauk-to'Vor, a ritual killing that would restore
his lost honor. Worf ended up having Kurn's memory wiped so that his
brother could begin a new life. In "Rules of Engagement", after
destroying a civilian Klingon ship during a battle, Worf was subjected
to an extradition hearing; but it was proven to be a setup by the
In "Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places", Worf fell for Grilka,
but aided Quark in winning her, and then Dax made her own feelings for
Worf known. They began a romantic relationship; and in "Let He Who is
Without Sin...", they went to Risa, where Worf disapproved of the
lifestyle and briefly aided Pascal Fullerton's movement.
A few months later, accompanied by Garak, Worf went to investigate a
signal from the Gamma Quadrant, and was captured by the Jem'Hadar. While
in the prison camp, he fought several Jem'Hadar in single combat, and
became friends with Martok ("In Purgatory's Shadow"/"By Inferno's
Light"). Soon afterwards, Worf was first officer under Martok on the
Rotarran, and after challenging him, was accepted into Martok's house,
as his brother ("Soldiers of the Empire"). When Starfleet retreated from
DS9 in "Call to Arms", Worf went with Martok on the Rotarran, after he
and Dax vowed they would marry when the war was over.
While serving on the Rotarran, Worf was reunited with his estranged son
Alexander, now a recruit in the Klingon Defense Forces. They finally
reconciled, and Alexander joined the House of Martok as well ("Sons and
Daughters"). For the battle to retake DS9, Worf went with Martok to talk
Gowron into sending ships to aid Sisko's fleet, and arrived with said
ships just in time to turn the tide of the battle ("Favor the
Bold"/"Sacrifice of Angels").
Worf and Jadzia Dax were married on DS9 ("You Are Cordially Invited"),
and Worf moved back into quarters on the station, which he shared with
Dax. On a mission with her to aid a defecting Cardassian informant, Worf
chose to save his critically injured wife rather than make the
rendezvous with the informant. Sisko later told him that due to the need
for secrecy, Worf would not be court-martialed, but he would probably
never get his own command ("Change of Heart"). Later, in "Time's
Orphan", Worf tried to prove his worthiness as a father to Jadzia, by
Worf and Jadzia were planning to have a baby, when Worf went on the
mission to take Chin'toka; but after the battle, he learned that Jadzia
had been mortally injured by the Dukat/pah-wraith. Worf returned in time
to say farewell before she died ("Tears of the Prophets").
A grieving Worf accompanied Martok on a dangerous mission to Monak IV,
to win a place for Jadzia in StoVoKor ("Image in the Sand"/"Shadows and
Symbols"). When Ezri Dax arrived on the station, Worf was cold to her at
first, believing that befriending her would dishonor Jadzia's memory;
but he came to realize that Jadzia would want him to treat Ezri fairly,
and finally accepted her presence ("Afterimage").
Not long after, Worf was approached by Kor to get him a place in
Martok's small raider fleet. When Worf planned to sacrifice himself to
delay the Jem'Hadar pursuing the fleet, Kor knocked him out and went
instead ("Once More Unto the Breach").
In "Penumbra", Worf was lost in an escape pod after the ship he was
commanding was destroyed by the Jem'Hadar. He was found by Ezri, with
whom he was then stranded. They made love, after which they were
captured by the Breen. In "'Til Death Do Us Part", after an
interrogation session by the Breen, Ezri murmured Julian's name, leading
Worf to believe that she loved Bashir. While awaiting trial and
execution on Cardassia, Worf and Ezri agreed that their indulgence had
been a mistake, before they were unexpectedly helped to escape by Damar
("Strange Bedfellows"). They then returned to DS9 ("The Changing Face of
In "Tacking Into the Wind", after Gowron took over command of the
Klingon fleet, Worf recognized his tactics as being designed to
undermine Martok, and knew that these actions would destroy the Empire.
Worf urged Martok to challenge Gowron, but Martok refused; so Worf did
so himself, and killed Gowron. He was hailed as the Empire's new leader,
but instead gave the robes to Martok.
Finally, in "What You Leave Behind", Worf was on the Defiant during the
final assault on the Dominion, and afterwards was appointed Federation
ambassador to Qo'Nos.
Other facts: His quarters with Jadzia were on Level 3, Section 27, Room
Dorn portrays Lieutenant Commander Worf, the first Klingon
warrior to serve in the Federation Starfleet. After serving
seven years on the U.S.S. Enterprise on
Star Trek: The Next
Generation, Worf was brought to Deep Space Nine by Captain
Benjamin Sisko to act as a diplomatic liaison with the
Klingons. Dorn comments, "There are a variety of new
developments for Worf this season on Star Trek: Deep Space
Nine." He continues, "While continuing his demanding role as a
diplomatic liaison with the Klingons, Worf and Dax are
planning a marriage."
Dorn previously starred in one of the most successful
syndicated drama series in the history of television, Star
Trek: The Next Generation. For seven years, he portrayed Lt.
Worf, the Klingon security chief of the U.S.S. Enterprise and
covered his leading man good looks with 90 minutes worth of
make-up and prosthetics to create the other-worldly and
The first of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast to join
Star Trek on the big screen, Dorn played Lt. Worf's own
grandfather in the 1991 hit feature "Star Trek VI: The
Undiscovered Country." And, in the fall of 1994, the rest of
the ST: TNG cast joined him in their first movie, "Star Trek
Generations." Dorn also appeared in Paramount's 1996 hit
feature film "Star Trek: First Contact", co-stars in the ninth
Star Trek feature film, "Star Trek: Insurrection," released in
November 1998, and battles the Remans in the tenth Star Trek
film, "Star Trek Nemesis" in 2003.
Although Dorn has found his greatest success through this
enduring 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
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.
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