15Uncle Phil Almost Played Worf
Michael Dorn was the actor chosen to play Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He claims that he won the role by taking it more seriously than the other actors who auditioned, as he acted like a Klingon throughout the whole process. It was Dorn's performance that
helped to elevate the character from the minor role that he was originally planned for. This was helped by Denise Crosby wanting to leave the show, which led to the death of Tasha Yar. Worf was able to fill her role in the bridge crew and his stories took the place of those that were meant for Tasha.
The other actor who came close to playing Worf was James Avery, who is best known for playing Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and providing the voice of Shredder in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. James Avery did eventually get a chance to play a Klingon when he portrayed General K'Vagh in two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise.