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John de Lancie (1948)

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John de Lancie is an American actor. He has been active in screen and television roles since 1977, though he is best known for his recurring role as Q on the various Star Trek series and as Frank Simmons in Stargate SG-1.

He has also produced and acted in several audio dramas based on classic science fiction stories for the production company Alien Voices, which he founded with Leonard Nimoy.


 personal life
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, and in his time one of the best known oboists worldwide. As a child, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He is married to actress-singer Marnie Mosiman, and they have two sons, Keegan and Owen.

 acting career
De Lancie has appeared in numerous television series. He starred as Dr. Deroy in three television films of Emergency! (1977-1979): "The Steel Inferno", "The Convention" and "What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing". In 1988, he played assassin Matthew Drake in the premiere episode of the Mission: Impossible revival series. He also starred in a first season episode of MacGyver, "The Escape", where he played a gunrunner. In 1997, de Lancie lent his voice to The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest as Doctor Quest. He also recently appeared on AMC's Breaking Bad. From 2001–2002, he was Agent Dark Booty on the television series Invader Zim. He also starred in the eighth, ninth and tenth episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Star Trek
De Lancie is best known for his portrayal of the iconic, all-powerful Q, a recurring character on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Q is one of 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 Star Trek: Voyager's seventh season episode "Q2".

Other television roles
De Lancie co-starred in Star Trek writer Michael Piller's short-lived creation Legend as eccentric scientist Janos Bartok. He had a recurring role as NID Colonel Frank Simmons on Stargate SG-1. He has also appeared as Beka Valentine's Uncle Sid in Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, as pollster Al Kiefer on The West Wing, and as an Elder on Charmed.

De Lancie also played:

  • An air traffic controller and father Donald Margolis on the AMC series Breaking Bad.
  • A middleman who dealt with dangerous arms dealers in CBS's The Unit during the fourth season of that show.
  • A judge on Law and Order: LA.
  • Allen Shapiro, a CIA Official in the Showtime/BBC Sci-fi Drama Torchwood: Miracle Day.
  • Justinian Jones, a farmer who brings a lawsuit against God, demanding rain in a fourth-season episode of the CBS series Touched by an Angel.

He has also voiced:
  • The villain Sinestro on the "The Green Loontern" episode of Duck Dodgers,
  • French mercenary L'Etranger on Max Steel and
  • The antagonist Discord, who appears in the two-part Season 2 episode "The Return of Harmony" of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • De Lancie was the narrator for a General Motors commercial in the early 1980s that featured a robot that drops a bolt and talks about the future of the auto industry.

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, and Reign Over Me, You Lucky Dog . He also had a small voice part in Saving Private Ryan .

 Stage career
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 recently returned from a national tour of the Scopes Monkey Trial.

Star Trek: The Music was a multi-city tour 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" 11/2011 to 12/2011 in Los Angeles at the Geffen Theater.

 Audio dramas
De Lancie is co-owner, with Leonard Nimoy, of Alien Voices, a production company devoted to the 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 award-winning 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
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 played Q in the PC Video Games Star Trek: Borg and Star Trek: The Game Show. He also provided the voice for William Miles in Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

 music career
In the world of music, John de Lancie, Jr. has performed as narrator with a number of major orchestras including: Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis and the New York Philharmonic; Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; the National Symphony Orchestra and The Montreal Symphony. His repertoire includes: Peer Gynt, King David, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Lincoln Portrait, St. Joan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oedipus Rex, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, The Soldier's Tale, The Nightingale, and Peter and the Wolf.

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's written and directed ten symphonic plays. These ninety-minute programs are fully staged productions with orchestra; titles include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Bourgeois Gentleman, and The Abduction from the Seraglio. They were produced with the Milwaukee, St. Paul Chamber, Ravinia, Los Angeles, and Pasadena Orchestras.

De Lancie makes frequent appearances with the Pasadena Symphony, which holds concerts of orchestrated music in the Fall and the Spring. In spring 2004, he gave pre-concert lectures where the symphony is held in Pasadena, California, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

He was also the writer, director, and host of First Nights, an adult concert series at Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic which explored the life and music of Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Schumann, and Prokofiev. These were fully integrated, fully staged productions. John de Lancie has performed and directed for L.A. Theater Works, the producing arm of KCRW-FM and National Public Radio, where the series The Plays the Thing originates. He recently returned from a national tour of the Scopes Monkey Trial. He was co-owner, with Leonard Nimoy, of Alien Voices; a production company devoted to the dramatization of classic science fiction.

In 2006, de Lancie made his opera directorial debut with The Atlanta Opera performing Puccini's "Tosca" on May 18 to May 21.

In September 2007, de Lancie provided dramatic narration to the Cleveland Orchestra's performance of Peer Gynt. He performed this role again with the National Symphony Orchestra in June 2008, under the direction of Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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