While the original "Star Trek" came out before my time, the "Next Generation" spinoff remains a solid part of my television childhood memories. Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Lt. Commander Data, Doctor Beverly Crusher, and a host of other characters all introduced me to the awesome world of "Star Trek". And of course, there was the hot-headed, but loyal Kilngon Lieutenant Worf.

While many of the other characters were easily recognizable outside of costume, the actor behind Worf — Michael Dorn — was hard to distinguish from his on-screen alien counterpart. The minute he opens his mouth, however, that familiar voice so central to Worf's character gives him away. In fact, he's so beloved to Trekkies that he has appeared in a total of 279 episodes of the "Star Trek" franchise — including five movies.

In a recent interview with KeepFitWithPhoebe.com, Dorn shared that after going vegan, he lost more than 40 pounds and feels fantastic.

“I have not missed meat at all,” said the actor. “The only thing I would even think about missing is hamburgers and French fries. You can still have French fries. But I’ve found that the vegetarian burger and the stuff that’s out there now is very good when you dress it up ... So I don’t miss it at all. It’s sort of like, it’s easy to make the transition because I feel so much better.”

Check out the rest of the video from one of my favorite Klingons below:

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Worf from 'Star Trek' goes vegan
Michael Dorn, who played the Klingon in the 'Next Generation' reboot, says he's never felt better.