"I'm sorry, but do you just ride up and down the fricking elevator all day? Is that your fricking job?" Kelly Grayson[source]
Dann is a Lieutenant and Engineer stationed on the USS Orville. According to Admiral Halsey, he was stationed aboard the Orville prior to the promotion of Ed Mercer as Captain.[1] His species, while common in the Planetary Union, is currently unnamed.


In the winter of 2420, Dann suggests to Captain Ed Mercer and Commander Kelly Grayson that the ship should have music in the elevators. With their blessing, Dann adds a selection of music that plays in the ship's elevators.[2]

Months later, Dann approaches Lieutenants Gordon Malloy and John LaMarr at a farewell reception for Chief Engineer Steve Newton. Malloy and LaMarr explain that they have placed a piece of Lieutenant Yaphit in the reception buffet as a practical joke. Dann laughs and hints that he wants to be included in future pranks.[3]

Days later, Dann introduces himself to the engineering team as a man who loves refinishing antique furniture and banana walnut pancakes, but his introduction is cut short when Yaphit calls the activity "stupid."[3]

In mid-to-late 2420, Dann goes on a blind date with Alara Kitan, set up by Bortus. He gets a massage before meeting her at Mooska's, and then reads her a poem he wrote for the occasion:

Yearning. Passion. Search.
Who will feed the coals of joy in the stove of emotion?
My fingers ache to penetrate the hearth.
Love is the fishhook that hooks the fish.
Dann insists upon critical feedback but grows offended by her analysis: "I didn't say take a dump all over my spirit." She retires to the bathroom; he messages her "I miss you" via comscanner; and the date concludes. Later, Dann read the poem to Gordon, who was more impressed with it and encouraged Dann to write a book, which Dann said he would.[4]


"Sweetness!" ― Dann's catchphrase, used to express delight.[source]
Dann is social and friendly, if a bit awkward. He often tries to make friends with others and be involved in their conversations. Though his behavior is generally tolerated, Mercer and Grayson on different occasions have blown up at him for trying to speak with them at bad times. He openly wishes to be involved in pranks on others.[3]

Dann, despite his optimistic demeanor, is shown to be very insecure. When set up on a blind date with Alara Kitan she is at first hesitant to go out with him. He responds to this by claiming she's not attracted to him due to his large head and proceeds to rant about how his species has a hard time finding mates outside their planet. At Mooska's, Dann continues to become insulted by inconsequential actions by Kitan.

Production Edit

Mike Henry as Lieutenant Dann

Mike Henry in makeup as Dann

Dann and his unnamed alien species were one of the first designed aliens for the show. In November, 2016, Howard Berger - then make-up department head - dressed Dirk Rogers as the alien and presented him to Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane was impressed and the character Dann was born: "Oh, my God. I love this character. I'm going to write this character into the script."[5]

Initially, MacFarlane wanted Rogers to play Dann but Berger wanted keep to his co-worker free to work on new design prototypes. Actor Mike Henry was cast in his place, although Rogers does appear as an alien scientist named Samm of the same species in the pilot episode.[5]

On January 29, 2018, Henry revealed that Dann would return in Season 2.[6]


  • Dann loves refinishing antique furniture and enjoys banana nut pancakes.[3]
  • He writes poetry as a hobby.[4]
  • Two members of Dann's as yet unnamed species, wearing grey uniforms, can be seen in the background among the crew as Ed Mercer briefs them before the launch of the Orville in Old Wounds, though Dann himself is absent. Another such alien makes a more prominent appearance as a scientist at the Epsilon Science Station.[1]
    • According to Howard Berger, the scientist's name is Samm.[5]
  • Dann picks out the song "The Straight Life" by Bobby Goldsboro for the elevator.[2]
  • He and Ed have the same birthday.


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References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
  2. 2.0 2.1 Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Episode 1x11: New Dimensions
  4. 4.0 4.1 Episode 2x01: Ja'loja
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "PLANETARY UNION NETWORK: EPISODE 20". Planetary Union Network. June 17, 2018.
  6. Henry, Mike. "Got busted today for @TheOrville season 2 on @FOXTV". Twitter. Jan. 28, 2018.