John de Lancie

This article is about the American actor. For his father, the oboist, see John de Lancie (oboist).
John de Lancie

de Lancie on November 24, 2009
Born Jonathan de Lancie
(1948-03-20) March 20, 1948
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, singer, musician, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Marnie Mosiman (m. 1984)
Children Keegan de Lancie
Owen de Lancie (sons)
Parent(s) John de Lancie
Andrea de Lancie

John de Lancie (born Jonathan de Lancie; March 20, 1948) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, singer, musician, and voice artist, best known for his role as Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–94), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–99), and Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001). He has been featured in several recurring roles on television series, including Frank Simmons in Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007), Donald Margolis in Breaking Bad (2008–13), and the voice of Discord in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (2010-present).

Early life

De Lancie was born Jonathan de Lancie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 20, 1948, to John de Lancie (who was principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1954-77) and Andrea de Lancie.[1]



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").


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, Crank 2, and You Lucky Dog.

Other television roles

de Lancie at a convention on July 22, 2006

In addition to his role in Star Trek, de Lancie appeared in many other television series. He was a popular actor on Days of Our Lives as Eugene. 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 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, MacGyver, Law & Order: LA, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Touched by an Angel, the 1980s revival of Mission: Impossible, and Special Unit 2. He has also voiced characters in several animated series, most notably Discord, a recurring character in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, along with guest roles in series including The Angry Beavers, Extreme Ghostbusters, Invader Zim, Duck Dodgers, Max Steel, Duckman, and Young Justice.


de Lancie at a performance in 2007

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

Video games

De Lancie voiced the characters of Antonio Malochio in Interstate '76, Trias in Planescape: Torment, and Dr. Death in Outlaws. He voiced William Miles in Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Assassin's Creed III, Fitz Quadwrangle in Quantum Conundrum, and Q in the Star Trek: The Next Generation pinball game and Star Trek: Borg. He voiced Alarak in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void and the human emperor in Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars.


He 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.


He 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 Orchestra. 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 hosted 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 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.


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.[2] He resolved to do it the "right way" and, with the help of director Laurent Malaquais and producer Michael Brockhoff, 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 total of $322,022, becoming Kickstarter's second-highest funded film project of all time.[3]

Personal life

He is married to actress Marnie Mosiman,[4] who was born in 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She 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". The couple have two sons: Keegan (born 1984) and Owen (born 1987).[4]



Year Title Role Notes
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
1995 Evolver Russell Bennett
1996 Multiplicity Ted
1997 Trekkies Himself
1998 Saving Private Ryan Letter-Reader Voice
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
2002 The Big Time
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 Himself Co-producer


Year Title Role Notes
1977 McMillan & Wife Powell
1977 SST: Death Flight Bob Connors Television film
1977–1978 The Six Million Dollar Man Various Characters
1978–1979 Emergency! Dr. Deroy
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 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 Episode: "Q-Less"
1993 Batman: The Animated Series Eagleton
1994 Without Warning Barry Steinbrenner Television film
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"
1997 Duckman Tyler Fitzgerald Episode: "From Brad to Worse"
1996–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Q 3 episodes
1999 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Dr. Quest
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 Andromeda Sid Barry 1 episode
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 Andromeda Sam Profitt 1 episode
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 Episode: "The Green Loontern"
2004–2005 Charmed Odin
2005 The Closer Dr. Dawson Episode: "Flashpoint
2005 Invader Zim Agent Darkbootie Voice
2 episodes
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
2011 Young Justice Mister Twister Voice
Episode: "Welcome to Happy Harbor"
2011–present My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Discord Voice
13 episodes
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"
2016 Justice League Action Brainiac Voice


  1. "John de Lancie Biography". 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. 1 2 "BronyCon: The Documentary by Michael Brockhoff — Kickstarter". 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  4. 1 2 John de Lancie at the Internet Movie Database
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