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John de Lancie
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John de Lancie in 2009
Education Juilliard School (BFA)
OccupationActor, comedian, director, producer, writer, voice artist
Years active1976–present
Marnie Mosiman(m. 1984)
Children Keegan de Lancie
Owen de Lancie
Parent(s) John de Lancie
Andrea de Lancie

John de Lancie is an American actor, director, producer, writer, and voice artist, best known for his role as Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–94) and the voice of Discord in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010–present).

Q (<i>Star Trek</i>) fictional character from Star Trek, played by John de Lancie

Q is a fictional character as well as the name of a race in Star Trek appearing in the Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager series, as well as in related media. The most familiar Q is portrayed by John de Lancie. He is an extra-dimensional being of unknown origin who possesses immeasurable power over normal human notions of time, space, the laws of physics, and reality itself, being capable of altering it to his whim. Despite his vast knowledge and experience spanning untold eons, he is not above practical jokes for his own personal amusement, for a Machiavellian and manipulative purpose, or to prove a point. He is said to be almost omnipotent, and he is continually evasive regarding his true motivations.

<i>Star Trek: The Next Generation</i> American television series

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. It originally aired from September 28, 1987 to May 23, 1994 in syndication, spanning 178 episodes over the course of seven seasons. The third series in the Star Trek franchise, it is the second sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it follows the adventures of a Starfleet starship, the USS Enterprise-D, in its exploration of the Milky Way galaxy.

<i>My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic</i> Canadian-American television series based on the Hasbro franchise

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a Canadian-American long-running children's animated fantasy television series created by Lauren Faust for Hasbro. The series is based on Hasbro's My Little Pony line of toys and animated works and is often referred to by collectors as the fourth generation ("G4") of the franchise. The series premiered on October 10, 2010, on The Hub cable channel. Hasbro selected animator Lauren Faust as the creative director and executive producer for the show. Faust sought to challenge the established nature of the existing My Little Pony line, creating more in-depth characters and adventurous settings; she left the series during season 2, to be replaced by Meghan McCarthy as showrunner for the remainder of the series.


He has been featured in several recurring roles on television series, including Frank Simmons in Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007) and Donald Margolis in Breaking Bad (2008–13).

Stargate SG-1 is a Canadian-American military science fiction adventure television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is based on the 1994 science fiction film Stargate by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The television series was filmed in and around the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The series premiered on Showtime on July 27, 1997 and moved to the Sci Fi Channel on June 7, 2002; the final episode first aired on Sky1 on March 13, 2007.

<i>Breaking Bad</i> American television series (2008–2013)

Breaking Bad is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on AMC for five seasons, from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. Set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series tells the story of Walter White, a struggling and depressed high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with stage-3 lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman, White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal underworld. The title comes from the Southern colloquialism "breaking bad" which means to "raise hell" or turn to a life of crime.

Early life

De Lancie is one of two siblings born to John Sherwood de Lancie (July 26, 1921 – May 17, 2002) -- who was principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1954–1977—and Andrea de Lancie. He has a sister, Christina. [1] [2]

John Sherwood de Lancie was an American oboist and arts administrator. He was principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 23 years and also director of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Oboe musical instrument of the woodwind family

Oboes belong to the classification of double reed woodwind instruments. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials. The most common oboe plays in the treble or soprano range. A soprano oboe measures roughly 65 cm long, with metal keys, a conical bore and a flared bell. Sound is produced by blowing into the reed at a sufficient air pressure, causing it to vibrate with the air column. The distinctive tone is versatile and has been described as "bright". When the word oboe is used alone, it is generally taken to mean the treble instrument rather than other instruments of the family, such as the bass oboe, the cor anglais, or oboe d'amore

Philadelphia Orchestra American symphony orchestra in Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Orchestra is an American symphony orchestra, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of the "Big Five" American orchestras, the orchestra is based at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, where it performs its subscription concerts, numbering over 130 annually, in Verizon Hall.

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. [3] 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. [4]

Dyslexia neurological condition, developmental or acquired

Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. Different people are affected to varying degrees. Problems may include difficulties in spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, "sounding out" words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads. Often these difficulties are first noticed at school. When someone who previously could read loses their ability, it is known as alexia. The difficulties are involuntary and people with this disorder have a normal desire to learn.

Juilliard School American performing arts conservatory in New York City

The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. Established in 1905, the school trains about 850 undergraduate and graduate students in dance, drama, and music. It is widely regarded as one of the world's leading drama, music and dance schools, with some of the most prestigious arts programs.



Star Trek

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"). [2]

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) is an American science fiction television series created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller. It originally aired from January 3, 1993, to June 2, 1999, in syndication, spanning 176 episodes over seven seasons. The fourth series in the Star Trek franchise, it served as the third sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it is based on the eponymous space station Deep Space Nine, located adjacent to a wormhole connecting Federation territory to the Gamma Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy.

<i>Star Trek: Voyager</i> 1995 American television series

Star Trek: Voyager is an American science fiction television series created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor. It originally aired between January 16, 1995 and May 23, 2001 on UPN, lasting for 172 episodes over seven seasons. The fifth series in the Star Trek franchise, it served as the fourth sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it follows the adventures of the Starfleet vessel USS Voyager, as it attempts to return home after being stranded in the Delta Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy.

John Keegan de Lancie is an American actor and son of actor John de Lancie and Marnie Mosiman. He is known for his role as Q, or Q Junior, on Star Trek: Voyager, where he played the son of Q, a longstanding character in the Star Trek franchise portrayed by his father, John de Lancie, in the episode "Q2". He has also appeared in several other popular television shows such as Ally McBeal and The Drew Carey Show. Keegan has one brother, Owen de Lancie.

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. [5]

Gene Roddenberry American television screenwriter and producer

Eugene Wesley Roddenberry was an American television screenwriter, producer and creator of the original Star Trek television series, and its first spin-off The Next Generation. Born in El Paso, Texas, Roddenberry grew up in Los Angeles, where his father was a police officer. Roddenberry flew 89 combat missions in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and worked as a commercial pilot after the war. Later, he followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he also began to write scripts for television.

Other television roles

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De Lancie at a convention on July 22, 2006

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 [6] and had recurring roles in Stargate SG-1 as an NID agent. [7]

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 , [8] [7] and DC Super Hero Girls as Mr. Freeze. [9]

Film [7]

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 . [7]


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John de Lancie at a performance in 2007

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 ). [8] [10] [11]

He 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. [11] [12]

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 . [12] He performed Pierre Curie in Alan Alda's play, Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie in 2001 at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles. [13]

Video games

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 . [14] [12] [15] He also voiced Alarak in Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void [16] 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). [17] He wrote the DC comic book story The Gift. [18] With Leonard Nimoy, de Lancie recorded several audio dramas based on classic science-fiction tales, under the label "Alien Voices". [12]


De Lancie has performed as narrator with a number of major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, [8] the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra [10] [11] and Symphony Nova Scotia. [19] 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. [20] [21] He has written and directed ten symphonic plays which were produced with the Milwaukee, St. Paul Chamber, Ravinia, Los Angeles, and Pasadena Orchestras. [11]

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, [10] [11] 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. [2] [11]

In September 2019, De Lancie will be narrating as "Forever Of The Stars" in the first ever live performances of Ayreon's Sci-Fi concept album Into the Electric Castle. [22]


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de Lancie at the 2012 Summer BronyCon

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 that he was taken aback by how disrespectfully national news media portrayed the brony fandom. [23]

He began a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the documentary, now titled Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony . [24] 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. [24]

Beliefs and activism

De Lancie is an atheist and humanist, who routinely advocates for others who have this view to be open about it. [25] He spoke at the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., on June 4, 2016. He spoke in reference to his Star Trek character Q, saying:

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. [26]

On July 14, 2017, de Lancie 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. [27] [28]

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. [29]

Personal life

De Lancie is married to actress Marnie Mosiman, who guest-starred in one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a character known as Harmony/Wisdom/Balance in the episode "Loud as a Whisper". [2] The couple have two sons: Keegan (born 1984) and Owen (born 1987). [30] [31]

De Lancie is an experienced sailor who spends a lot of his time on the Pacific Ocean, which "sometimes involves very terrifying experiences." [32] [33]

Selected filmography


1979 The Onion Field LAPD Lieutenant #2
1990 Bad Influence Howard
1990 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
1994 Deep Red Thomas Newmeyer
1995 Evolver Russell Bennett
1996 Multiplicity Ted Gray
1997 Trekkies Himself
1998 Saving Private Ryan Letter-ReaderVoice
1998 You Lucky Dog Lyle Windsor
1999 Final Run George Bouchard
2000 Woman on Top Alex Reeves
2001 Nicolas Dr. Fisher
2001 Good Advice Ted
2007 Reign Over Me Nigel Pennington
2007 Teenius Principal Senseman
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 HimselfCo-producer
2015 Visions Victor Napoli
2017 Olaf's Frozen Adventure Mr. OlsenVoice


1977 McMillan & Wife Powell
1977 SST: Death Flight Bob ConnorsTelevision film
1977–1978 The Six Million Dollar Man Various Characters
1978–1979 Emergency! Dr. Deroy
1978 The Bastard Lt. Stark
1979 Battlestar Galactica OfficerEpisode: "Experiment in Terra"
1981 Nero Wolfe Tom IrwinEpisode: "Might as Well Be Dead"
1982–1986 Days of Our Lives Eugene Bradford
1983 The Thorn Birds Alastair MacQueenMiniseries
1986 The New Twilight Zone The DispatcherEpisode: "Dead Run"
1986 MacGyver Brian AshfordEpisode: "The Escape"
1986 Murder, She Wrote Binky HolbornEpisode: "If the Frame Fits"
1987–1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Q 8 episodes
1988 Mission: Impossible Matthew DrakeEpisode: "The Killer"
1989 Days of Our Lives Eugene Bradford
1989 Get Smart, Again! Major Preston WaterhouseUncredited
1989 The Nutt House Norman ShrikeEpisode: "Pilot"
1991 L.A. Law Mark CheliosEpisode: "The Beverly Hill Hangers"
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine QEpisode: "Q-Less"
1993 Batman: The Animated Series Eagleton
1994 Without Warning Barry SteinbrennerTelevision film
1995 Legend Janos Bartok
1996 Picket Fences District AttorneyEpisode: "Three Weddings and a Meltdown"
1996 Touched by an Angel Justinian JonesEpisode: "Jones vs. God"
1997 Duckman Tyler FitzgeraldEpisode: "From Brad to Worse"
1996–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Q3 episodes
1999 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Dr. Quest
2000 Angry Beavers The Yak in the SackEpisode: "Yak in the Sack"
2000 The Outer Limits Donald FinleyEpisode: "The Gun"
2000 The West Wing Al Kiefer2 episodes
2000 Sports Night Bert StorsEpisode: "April is the Cruelest Month"
2001 Andromeda Sid Barry1 episode
2001 Special Unit 2 King of the LinksEpisode: "The Eve"
2001 The Practice Walter Bannish
2001 Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future Gerard HamiltonEpisode: "The Surrender of Earth"
2002AndromedaSam Profitt1 episode
2002 Crossing Jordan Medical Examiner ThaxtonEpisode: "Payback"
2001–2002 Stargate SG-1 Colonel Frank Simmons / Goa'uld5 episodes
2003 Judging Amy Dr. EaganEpisode: "Picture of Perfect"
2003 Duck Dodgers Sinestro Voice
Episode: "The Green Loontern"
2004–2005 Charmed Odin
2005 The Closer Dr. DawsonEpisode: "Flashpoint
2005 Invader Zim Agent DarkbootieVoice
2 episodes
2009 Greek HimselfEpisode: "The Dork Knight"
2009–2010 Breaking Bad Donald Margolis 4 episodes
2011 Law & Order: LA Judge Avery StaynorEpisode "Carthay Circle"
2011 Franklin & Bash GallenEpisode "Bachelor Party"
2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day Agent Allen Shapiro 3 episodes
2011 Young Justice Mister Twister Voice
Episode: "Welcome to Happy Harbor"
2011–present My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Discord Voice
19 episodes
1 television special
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Leonardo da Vinci Episode: "Time Angels"
2012 The Secret Circle Royce ArmstrongEpisode: "Crystal"
2014 The Mentalist Edward FeinbergEpisode: "Silver Wings of Times"
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation General Robert LandsdaleEpisode: "Boston Brakes"
2015 The Librarians MephistophelesEpisode: "And the Infernal Contract"
2016 Justice League Action Brainiac Voice
2 episodes
2017 Star Trek Continues GalistiEpisode: "What Ships Are For"
2019 DC Super Hero Girls Mr. Freeze [9]

Video games

1996 Star Trek: Borg Q
1997 Outlaws Matthew 'Dr. Death' JacksonVoice [7]
1997 Interstate '76 Antonio MalochioVoice [7]
1998 Star Trek: The Game Show Q [7]
1998 Interstate '76 Arsenal Antonio MalochioVoice [7]
1999 Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned MontreauxVoice [7]
1999 Planescape: Torment Trias the BetrayerVoice [7]
2000 Star Trek: ConQuest Online QVoice [7]
2011 Assassin's Creed: Revelations William MilesVoice [7]
2012 Quantum Conundrum Professor Fitz QuadwrangleVoice
2012 Assassin's Creed III William MilesVoice [7]
2014 Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff QVoice [7]
2015 StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void AlarakVoice
2015 My Little Pony, Twilight's Kingdom Storybook App Discord [7]
2016 Heroes of the Storm AlarakVoice
2016 Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars Human EmperorVoice [7]
2016 StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops AlarakVoice [7]
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion Vydhar / MorphaelVoice (uncredited) [7]
2017 XCOM 2: War of the Chosen GeistVoice
2018 Payday 2 46th President of the United States

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