John de Lancie
|John de Lancie|
March 20, 1948 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
John de Lancie (born March 20, 1948) is an American actor. He has been active in screen and television roles since 1977, and has been featured for several recurring roles on American television series, including Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager; Colonel Frank Simmons in Stargate SG-1, Donald Margolis in Breaking Bad, and Discord in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
De Lancie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Andrea and John de Lancie, who was principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1954 to 1977. With Marnie Mosiman he has a son John Keegan de Lancie (born October 31, 1984).
De Lancie portrayed the god-like Q, a recurring character in several of the Star Trek franchises. Q is one of the few characters appearing in multiple shows of the Star Trek franchise: in eight episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Encounter at Farpoint", "Hide and Q", "Q Who", "Deja Q", "Qpid", "True Q", "Tapestry", "All Good Things..."), in one episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("Q-Less"), and in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager ("Death Wish", "The Q and the Grey", "Q2"). De Lancie's son, Keegan de Lancie, appeared with his father as Q's son in the Star Trek: Voyager's episode "Q2".
Other television roles
In addition to his roles in Star Trek, de Lancie appeared in many other television shows. He was a popular actor on the soap opera Days of Our Lives as Eugene who one day went down to the basement and was never seen again. He also co-starred in Star Trek writer Michael Piller's creation Legend, had recurring roles in Stargate SG-1 as an NID agent. He has also appeared as Dr. Deroy in three television films of Emergency! Additionally de Lancie has also guest starred in multiple television series, including Breaking Bad, The West Wing, Charmed, Andromeda, The Unit, Law & Order: LA, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Touched by an Angel, Mission: Impossible (1980s Revival) and Special Unit 2.
De Lancie has also voiced characters in several animated series, including Duck Dodgers, The Angry Beavers, Max Steel, Invader Zim, and the character Discord, who appears in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Discord was actually inspired by de Lancie's Q, as a being who embodies chaos but is occasionally helpful to the heroes of the show.
His film credits include The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Get Smart, Again!, The Fisher King, Bad Influence, The Onion Field, Taking Care of Business, Fearless, Arcade, Multiplicity, Woman on Top, Nicolas, Good Advice, Patient 14, The Big Time, Teenius, Pathology, Evolver, Reign Over Me, My Apocalypse, and You Lucky Dog.
He has been a member of The American Shakespeare Festival, The Seattle Repertory Company, South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, and the Old Globe where he recently performed Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues.
De Lancie is co-owner, with Leonard Nimoy, of Alien Voices, a company producing radio-style dramatization of classic science fiction. De Lancie produced, co-wrote, and directed audio dramatizations of The Time Machine, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World, The Invisible Man, and The First Men in the Moon as well as three television specials for the Sci-Fi Channel. In addition, he played the lead in Yuri Rasovsky's audio version of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. He also narrated the show "Black Holes", an educational show produced by the Clark Planetarium for use in full dome planetarium star theaters.
De Lancie provided the voice of the character Antonio Malochio in the PC game Interstate '76, as the angel Trias in the video game Planescape: Torment, and as Dr. Death in Outlaws. He also provided the voice for William Miles in Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Assassin's Creed III, the voice of Professor Fitz Quadwrangle in Quantum Conundrum, and Q in the Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball game, Star Trek: Borg, and Star Trek: The Game Show.
While on stage at the 2012 Ottawa ComicCon, de Lancie announced that he had made plans to co-produce a documentary about "bronies," older, usually male teenage and adult fans of the television show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. De Lancie stated that he was taken aback by how disrespectfully national news media portrayed the brony fandom. He resolved to do it "the right way" and, with the help of producer Michael Brockhoff and director Laurent Malaquais, began a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the documentary, now titled Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony. The Kickstarter campaign began on May 13, 2012 and by June 10, 2012 had reached a grand total of $322,022, becoming Kickstarter's second highest funded film project of all time.
De Lancie has performed as narrator with a number of major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Montreal Symphony. He provided the narration for the world premiere of Lorenzo Palomo's "The Sneeches" (based on the book by Dr. Seuss) with the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra.
De Lancie was the host of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Symphonies for Youth for four years where he helped conceptualize the student concerts "Don't Educate–Stimulate". In addition, he has written and directed ten symphonic plays which were produced with the Milwaukee, St. Paul Chamber, Ravinia, Los Angeles, and Pasadena Orchestras.
He was the writer, director, and host of First Nights, an adult concert series at Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, based loosely on the book of the same name by Thomas Forrest Kelly, which explored the life and music of Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Schumann, and Prokofiev. In 2006, de Lancie made his opera directorial debut with The Atlanta Opera performing Puccini's "Tosca" on May 18 to May 21.
|1977||SST Death Flight||Bob Connors|
|1979||The Onion Field||LAPD Lieutenant #2|
|Taking Care of Business||Ted Bradford Jr.|
|1991||The Fisher King||TV executive|
|1992||The Hand that Rocks the Cradle||Dr. Victor Mott|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Letter-Reader||voice; uncredited|
|1998||You Lucky Dog|
|1999||Final Run||George Bouchard|
|2000||Woman on Top||Alex Reeves|
|2002||The Big Time|
|2007||Reign Over Me||Nigel Pennington|
|2008||My Apocalypse||Nathan Eastman|
|Pathology||Dr. Quentin Morris|
|2009||Crank: High Voltage||Fish Halman|
|Gamer||Chief of Staff|
|2013||Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony||Himself||Co-producer|
|The Six Million Dollar Man||various||Incl. Episode "Death Probe"|
|1979||Battlestar Galactica||Officer||Episode "Experiment in Terra"|
|1981||Nero Wolfe||Tom Irwin||Episode "Might as Well Be Dead"|
|Days of our Lives||Eugene Bradford|
|1983||The Thorn Birds||Alastair MacQueen||television mini-series|
|1986||The New Twilight Zone||The Dispatcher||segment "Dead Run"|
|MacGyver||Brian Ashford||Episode "The Escape"|
|Murder, She Wrote||Binky Holborn||Episode: "If the Frame Fits"|
|Star Trek: the Next Generation||Q||"Encounter at Farpoint",
"Hide and Q",
and "All Good Things..."
|1988||Mission: Impossible revival series||Matthew Drake||Episode "The Killer"|
|1989||Get Smart, Again!||Major Preston Waterhouse||uncredited|
|1989||The Nutt House||Norman Shrike||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1991||L.A. Law||Mark Chelios||Episode "The Beverly Hill Hangers"|
|1993||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Q||"Q-Less"|
|1993||Batman: The Animated Series||Eagleton|
|1994||Without Warning||Reporter||TV movie in mockumentary style|
|1996||Picket Fences||District Attorney||Episode "Three Weddings and a Meltdown"|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Justinian Jones||Episode: "Jones vs. God"|
|Star Trek: Voyager||Q||"Death Wish",
"The Q and the Grey"
|1999||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Dr. Quest|
|2000||Angry Beavers||The Yak in the Sack||Episode: "Yak in the Sack"|
|2000||The West Wing||Al Kiefer|
|Sports Night||Bert Stors||Episode "April is the Cruelest Month"|
|2001||Special Unit 2||King of the Links||Episode "The Eve"|
|2001||The Practice||Walter Bannish|
|2001||Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future||Gerard Hamilton||Episode "The Surrender of Earth"|
|Stargate SG-1||Colonel Frank Simmons / Goa'uld||Seasons 5–6 (5 episodes)|
|Andromeda||Sid Barry / Sam Profitt||Episodes "The Pearls That Was His Eyes" and "Cui Bono"|
|2003||Judging Amy||Dr. Eagan||Episode "Picture of Perfect"|
|Duck Dodgers||Sinestro||Episode "The Green Loontern"|
|2005||The Closer||Dr. Dawson||Episode "Flashpoint|
|2005||Invader Zim||Agent Darkbootie||Episode "Zim Eats Waffles"|
|2009||Greek||Himself||Episode "The Dork Knight"|
|Breaking Bad||Donald Margolis||Episodes: "Over", "Phoenix", "ABQ", & "No Mas"|
|2011||Law & Order: LA||Judge Avery Staynor||Episode "Carthay Circle"|
|Franklin & Bash||Gallen||Episode "Bachelor Party"|
|Torchwood: Miracle Day||Agent Allen Shapiro|
|Young Justice||Mister Twister||Episode: "Welcome to Happy Harbor"|
|2011-||My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic||Discord (Based on Q)||Episodes: "The Return of Harmony Part 1", "The Return of Harmony Part 2", "Keep Calm and Flutter On", "Princess Twilight Sparkle – Part 1", & "Princess Twilight Sparkle – Part 2", "Three's a Crowd", "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 1", & "Twilight's Kingdom – Part 2|
|2012||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Leonardo da Vinci||Episode "Time Angels"|
|The Secret Circle||Royce Armstrong||Episode "Crystal"|
|2014||The Mentalist||Edward Feinberg||Episode "Silver Wings of Times"|
- "John de Lancie Biography (1948-)". Filmreference.com. 1948-03-20. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "Watch Star Trek's John de Lancie playing a godlike entity on My Little Pony". Io9.com. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- "John De Lancie Announces Brony Documentary (Ottawa Comiccon)". YouTube. 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "BronyCon: The Documentary by Michael Brockhoff — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- Maloney, Amy. "Discord’s demands dish up dreadful disruptions for Twilight Sparkle’s special weekend on "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic," Jan. 25". Discovery Channel. Hub Network. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to John de Lancie.|
- John de Lancie at the Internet Movie Database
- John de Lancie at AllMovie
- StarTrek.com biography
- John de Lancie Interview at AMCtv.com
- BronyCon: The Documentary Kickstarter Page