John de Lancie
John de Lancie
de Lancie in November 2009
|Education||Juilliard School (BFA)|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, director, producer, writer|
|Children||Keegan de Lancie|
John Sherwood de Lancie, Jr. (born 1948) is an American actor, director, producer, and writer, best known for his role as Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994) and the voice of Discord in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010–2019).
De Lancie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1948, one of two children born to Andrea de Lancie and John Sherwood de Lancie, principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1954 to 1977. He has a sister, Christina.
I was dyslexic, but at the time that was not really a word that was used. What was used was "mildly retarded" or "slow".— John de Lancie
Being dyslexic, he struggled with reading difficulties throughout his school years. One of his teachers recommended to his parents to encourage him to consider a career as an actor. He ended up winning a scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York.
De Lancie portrayed Q, a recurring character in several of the Star Trek franchise series. He is one of the few characters appearing in multiple series of the 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 one episode of Star Trek: Voyager ("Q2").
My popularity is very disproportionate to the amount of times that I actually was on the show. ... It's a double-edged sword. I never partook of the financial rewards of the show in terms of being a regular, I just came on and once a year would do a show.— John de Lancie
De Lancie was initially too busy to audition for the part of "Q" but Gene Roddenberry, whom he did not know, arranged a second opportunity. De Lancie recognizes that even though Star Trek was only a small part of his career, it opened doors for him.
Other television roles
In addition to his role in Star Trek, de Lancie has appeared in many other television series. He most notably plays the voice of Discord, a recurring character in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Discord was inspired by de Lancie's "Q", as an omnipotent being who embodies chaos but is occasionally helpful to the heroes of the show. He was a popular actor on Days of Our Lives as Eugene Bradford. He also co-starred in Michael Piller's creation, Legend and had recurring roles in Stargate SG-1 as an NID agent.
He has also guest-starred in multiple television series, including Breaking Bad, The West Wing, Charmed, Andromeda, The Unit, MacGyver, Law & Order: LA, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Touched by an Angel, Time Trax, the 1980s revival of Mission: Impossible, and Special Unit 2, along with animated series, including The Angry Beavers, Extreme Ghostbusters, Invader Zim, Duck Dodgers, Max Steel, Duckman, Young Justice, and DC Super Hero Girls as Mr. Freeze.
De Lancie's 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, Good Advice, The Big Time, Pathology, Evolver, Reign Over Me, My Apocalypse, Crank: High Voltage, and You Lucky Dog.
De Lancie 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 performed Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues).
De Lancie 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. He performed Pierre Curie in Alan Alda's play, Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie in 2001 at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles.
De Lancie voiced the characters of Antonio Malochio in Interstate '76, Trias in Planescape: Torment, and Dr. Death in Outlaws, William Miles in Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Assassin's Creed III, Fitz Quadwrangle in Quantum Conundrum, and Q in both the Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball game and the mobile game Star Trek Timelines, and portrayed Q in Star Trek: Borg. He further voiced human emperor in Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars. He also voiced Alarak in StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void and reprised the role for Heroes of the Storm. More recently he voiced Geist, the leader of the Templars in the XCOM 2 expansion, War of the Chosen.
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 wrote the DC comic book story The Gift. With Leonard Nimoy, de Lancie recorded several audio dramas based on classic science-fiction tales, under the label "Alien Voices".
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, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. He provided the narration for the world premiere of Lorenzo Palomo's The Sneetches and Other Stories (based on the book by Dr. Seuss) with the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra. He has written and directed ten symphonic plays which were produced with the Milwaukee, St. Paul Chamber, Ravinia, Los Angeles, and Pasadena Orchestras.
De Lancie was the writer, director and host of First Nights, an adult concert series at the Walt Disney Concert 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" from May 18–21.
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 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic). De Lancie stated he was taken aback by how disrespectfully national news media portrayed the brony fandom.
He 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 total of $322,022, becoming Kickstarter's second-highest funded film project of all time.
Beliefs and activism
Raised by secular parents, de Lancie is an atheist and humanist, who routinely advocates for others who have this view to be open about it. Of his education in a religious school in Philadelphia, he remembers associating religion with manipulation. Rather than developing a religious outlook, de Lancie became fascinated by an ever-changing world: "I’m wondering if one of the things at the core of believing in God, or not, has to do with change. I have grown to embrace change. Personally, I love reading the science section in the paper every morning. I’m in awe of humankind’s boundless curiosity."
My name is John de Lancie, and I am a god. At least, I've played one on TV. And I'm here to tell you as a god that I was created by humans. And the words I spoke were written by men and women ... My creators took great care in exalting me to the position I hold today. And just like all the gods before me—Zeus, Baal, Yahweh—my god creators wanted you to believe that I am the omnipotent one. The alpha and the omega… Truth be told… I don't exist any more than the thousands of other gods that humans have created, worshiped, and died for since the beginning of time. But if you insist on believing in me, you do so at your own risk… I will lead you down the path of ignorance, intolerance, and bigotry… All because you believe.
On July 14, 2017, he attended the unveiling of a statue of Clarence Darrow at the Rhea County Courthouse, Dayton, Tennessee, the site of the Scopes Trial in 1925, where Darrow had argued in favor of the teaching of evolution and secular education.
In April 2019, the Center for Inquiry announced that de Lancie was scheduled to be a featured speaker in October of that year at their annual conference, CSICon. At that conference de Lancie announced two new projects. The first, an animated series titled God's Goofs which is meant to point out that intelligent design is absurd. For instance, how absurd is it that we eat and breathe through the same pipe? The second project is a play based on the 2005 intelligent design trial in Dover, Pennsylvania.
De Lancie is married to actress Marnie Mosiman, who guest-starred as Harmony/Wisdom/Balance in "Loud as a Whisper", an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The couple have two sons: Keegan (born 1984) and Owen (born 1987).
|1979||The Onion Field||LAPD Lieutenant No. 2|
|1990||Taking Care of Business||Ted Bradford Jr.|
|1991||The Fisher King||TV Executive|
|1992||The Hand that Rocks the Cradle||Dr. Victor Mott|
|1994||Deep Red||Thomas Newmeyer|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Letter-Reader||Voice|
|1998||You Lucky Dog||Lyle Windsor|
|1999||Final Run||George Bouchard|
|2000||Woman on Top||Alex Reeves|
|2007||Reign Over Me||Nigel Pennington|
|2008||My Apocalypse||Nathan Eastman|
|2008||Pathology||Dr. Quentin Morris|
|2009||Crank: High Voltage||Fish Halman|
|2009||Gamer||Chief of Staff|
|2013||Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony||Himself||Co-producer|
|2017||Olaf's Frozen Adventure||Mr. Olsen||Voice|
|1977||Barnaby Jones||Grady||Season 6 Ep21 Terror on a Quiet Afternoon|
|1977||McMillan & Wife||Powell|
|1977||SST: Death Flight||Bob Connors||Television film|
|1977–1978||The Six Million Dollar Man||Various Characters|
|1978||The Bastard||Lt. Stark|
|1979||Battlestar Galactica||Officer||Episode: "Experiment in Terra"|
|1981||Nero Wolfe||Tom Irwin||Episode: "Might as Well Be Dead"|
|1982–1986||Days of Our Lives||Eugene Bradford|
|1983||The Thorn Birds||Alastair MacQueen||Miniseries|
|1986||The New Twilight Zone||The Dispatcher||Episode: "Dead Run"|
|1986||MacGyver||Brian Ashford||Episode: "The Escape"|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Binky Holborn||Episode: "If the Frame Fits"|
|1987–1994||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Q||8 episodes|
|1988||Mission: Impossible||Matthew Drake||Episode: "The Killer"|
|1989||Days of Our Lives||Eugene Bradford|
|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||Episode: "Q-Less"|
|1993||Batman: The Animated Series||Eagleton|
|1994||Without Warning||Barry Steinbrenner||Television film|
|1996||Picket Fences||District Attorney||Episode: "Three Weddings and a Meltdown"|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Justinian Jones||Episode: "Jones vs. God"|
|1997||Duckman||Tyler Fitzgerald||Episode: "From Brad to Worse"|
|1996–2001||Star Trek: Voyager||Q||3 episodes|
|1996-1997||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Dr. Quest||17 episodes|
|2000||Angry Beavers||The Yak in the Sack||Episode: "Yak in the Sack"|
|2000||The Outer Limits||Donald Finley||Episode: "The Gun"|
|2000||The West Wing||Al Kiefer||2 episodes|
|2000||Sports Night||Bert Stors||Episode: "April is the Cruelest Month"|
|2001–2002||Andromeda||Sid Barry alias Sam Profitt||2 episodes|
|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"|
|2002||Crossing Jordan||Medical Examiner Thaxton||Episode: "Payback"|
|2001–2002||Stargate SG-1||Colonel Frank Simmons / Goa'uld||5 episodes|
|2003||Judging Amy||Dr. Eagan||Episode: "Picture of Perfect"|
|2003||Duck Dodgers||Sinestro||Voice |
Episode: "The Green Loontern"
|2005||The Closer||Dr. Dawson||Episode: "Flashpoint|
|2005||Invader Zim||Agent Darkbootie||Voice|
|2008||The Unit||Elliott Gillum||Episode: “Dancing Lessons”|
|2009||Greek||Himself||Episode: "The Dork Knight"|
|2009–2010||Breaking Bad||Donald Margolis||4 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: LA||Judge Avery Staynor||Episode "Carthay Circle"|
|2011||Franklin & Bash||Gallen||Episode "Bachelor Party"|
|2011||Torchwood: Miracle Day||Agent Allen Shapiro||3 episodes|
|2011||Young Justice||Mister Twister||Voice|
Episode: "Welcome to Happy Harbor"
|2011–2019||My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic||Discord||Voice|
1 television special
|2012||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Leonardo da Vinci||Episode: "Time Angels"|
|2012||The Secret Circle||Royce Armstrong||Episode: "Crystal"|
|2014||The Mentalist||Edward Feinberg||Episode: "Silver Wings of Times"|
|2014||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||General Robert Landsdale||Episode: "Boston Brakes"|
|2015||The Librarians||Mephistopheles||Episode: "And the Infernal Contract"|
|2016||Justice League Action||Brainiac||Voice|
|2017||Star Trek Continues||Galisti||Episode: "What Ships Are For"|
|2019||DC Super Hero Girls||Mr. Freeze|
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