John de Lancie

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John de Lancie
John de Lancie casual.jpg
Born(1948-03-20) March 20, 1948 (age 66)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, musician, writer
Years active1976–present
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This article is about the American actor. For his father, the oboist, see John de Lancie (oboist).
John de Lancie
John de Lancie casual.jpg
Born(1948-03-20) March 20, 1948 (age 66)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, musician, writer
Years active1976–present

John de Lancie (born March 20, 1948) is an American actor, producer, musician, and writer. He has been featured in 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 the voice of Discord in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

Early 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]

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, Duckman, 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 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.

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[3]

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.

De Lancie 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.

Personal life[edit]

With Marnie Mosiman, de Lancie has a son, Keegan de Lancie (born October 31, 1984).



1977SST Death FlightBob Connors
1979The Onion FieldLAPD Lieutenant #2
1990Bad InfluenceHoward
1990Taking Care of BusinessTed Bradford Jr.
1991The Fisher KingTV Executive
1992The Hand that Rocks the CradleDr. Victor Mott
1993FearlessJeff Gordon
1994Without WarningBarry SteinbrennerTelevision film
1995EvolverRussell Bennett
1998Saving Private RyanLetter-ReaderVoice
1998You Lucky Dog
1999Final RunGeorge Bouchard
2000Woman on TopAlex Reeves
2001NicolasDr. Fisher
2001Good AdviceTed
2002The Big Time
2007Reign Over MeNigel Pennington
2007TeeniusPrincipal Senseman
2008My ApocalypseNathan Eastman
2008PathologyDr. Quentin Morris
2009Crank: High VoltageFish Halman
2009GamerChief of Staff
2013Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little PonyHimselfCo-producer


1977–1978The Six Million Dollar ManVarious Characters
1978–1979Emergency!Dr. Deroy
1978The BastardLt. Stark
1979Battlestar GalacticaOfficerEpisode: "Experiment in Terra"
1981Nero WolfeTom IrwinEpisode: "Might as Well Be Dead"
1982–1986Days of our LivesEugene Bradford
1983The Thorn BirdsAlastair MacQueenMiniseries
1986The New Twilight ZoneThe DispatcherEpisode: "Dead Run"
1986MacGyverBrian AshfordEpisode: "The Escape"
1986Murder, She WroteBinky HolbornEpisode: "If the Frame Fits"
1987–1994Star Trek: The Next GenerationQ8 episodes
1988Mission: ImpossibleMatthew DrakeEpisode: "The Killer"
1989Get Smart, Again!Major Preston WaterhouseUncredited
1989The Nutt HouseNorman ShrikeEpisode: "Pilot"
1991L.A. LawMark CheliosEpisode: "The Beverly Hill Hangers"
1992Civil Wars
1993Star Trek: Deep Space NineQEpisode: "Q-Less"
1993Batman: The Animated SeriesEagleton
1995LegendJanos Bartok
1996Picket FencesDistrict AttorneyEpisode: "Three Weddings and a Meltdown"
1996Touched by an AngelJustinian JonesEpisode: "Jones vs. God"
1997DuckmanTyler FitzgeraldEpisode: "From Brad to Worse"
1996–2001Star Trek: VoyagerQ3 episodes
1999The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestDr. Quest
2000Angry BeaversThe Yak in the SackEpisode: "Yak in the Sack"
2000The Outer LimitsDonald FinleyEpisode: "The Gun"
2000The West WingAl Kiefer
2000Sports NightBert StorsEpisode: "April is the Cruelest Month"
2001AndromedaSid Barry1 episode
2001Special Unit 2King of the LinksEpisode: "The Eve"
2001The PracticeWalter Bannish
2001Dan Dare: Pilot of the FutureGerard HamiltonEpisode: "The Surrender of Earth"
2002AndromedaSam Profitt1 episode
2001–2002Stargate SG-1Colonel Frank Simmons / Goa'uld5 episodes
2003Judging AmyDr. EaganEpisode: "Picture of Perfect"
2003Duck DodgersSinestroEpisode: "The Green Loontern"
2005The CloserDr. DawsonEpisode: "Flashpoint
2005Invader ZimAgent DarkbootieVoice
Episode: "Zim Eats Waffles"
2009GreekHimselfEpisode: "The Dork Knight"
2009–2010Breaking BadDonald Margolis4 episodes
2011Law & Order: LAJudge Avery StaynorEpisode "Carthay Circle"
2011Franklin & BashGallenEpisode "Bachelor Party"
2011Torchwood: Miracle DayAgent Allen Shapiro
2011Young JusticeMister TwisterVoice
Episode: "Welcome to Happy Harbor"
2011–presentMy Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicDiscordVoice
8 episodes
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::Leonardo da VinciEpisode: "Time Angels"
2012The Secret CircleRoyce ArmstrongEpisode: "Crystal"
2014The MentalistEdward FeinbergEpisode: "Silver Wings of Times"


  1. ^ "John de Lancie Biography (1948-)". 1948-03-20. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ "John De Lancie Announces Brony Documentary (Ottawa Comiccon)". YouTube. 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ a b "BronyCon: The Documentary by Michael Brockhoff — Kickstarter". 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 

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