John de Lancie

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John de Lancie
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Born (1948-03-20) March 20, 1948 (age 66)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–present

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] With Marnie Mosiman he has a son John Keegan de Lancie (born October 31, 1984).

Acting career[edit]

Star Trek[edit]

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[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Stage career[edit]

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 has performed and directed for Los Angeles Theater Works, the producing arm of KCRW-FM and National Public Radio, where the series The Play's the Thing originates.

He appeared in Star Trek: The Music, a touring company, with Robert Picardo. De Lancie and Picardo narrate around the orchestral performance, explaining the history of the music in Star Trek.

De Lancie performed the character Pierre Curie in Alan Alda's play, "Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie" in 2001 at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles.

Audio dramas[edit]

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.

Video games[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[4]

Music career[edit]

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.

Writing career[edit]

De Lancie co-wrote the Star Trek novel I, Q with Peter David, as well as co-writing the novel Soldier of Light with Tom Cool. He was the writer for the DC comic book story "The Gift."


Year Title Role Notes
1977 SST Death Flight Bob Connors
1979 The Onion Field LAPD Lieutenant #2
1990 Bad Influence Howard
Taking Care of Business Ted Bradford Jr.
1991 The Fisher King TV executive
1992 The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Dr. Victor Mott
1993 Arcade Difford
1993 Fearless Jeff Gordon
1995 Evolver Russell Bennett
1996 Multiplicity Ted
1997 Trekkies Himself
1998 Saving Private Ryan Letter-Reader voice; uncredited
1998 You Lucky Dog
1999 Final Run George Bouchard
2000 Woman on Top Alex Reeves
2001 Nicolas Dr. Fisher
Good Advice Ted
2002 The Big Time
2007 Reign Over Me Nigel Pennington
Teenius Principal Senseman
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
Year Series Role Notes
The Six Million Dollar Man various Incl. Episode "Death Probe"
Emergency! Dr. Deroy
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",
"Q Who",
"Deja Q",
"True 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"
1992 Civil Wars
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Q "Q-Less"
1993 Batman: The Animated Series Eagleton
1994 Without Warning Reporter TV movie in mockumentary style
1995 Legend Janos Bartok
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"
and "Q2"
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"
Charmed Odin
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",[2] "Keep Calm and Flutter On", "Princess Twilight Sparkle – Part 1", & "Princess Twilight Sparkle – Part 2", "Three's a Crowd",[5] "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"


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