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John de Lancie (born March 20, 1948) is an Americanmarker actor. He is known for his recurring role as Q on the various Star Trek series, and as Frank Simmons in Stargate SG-1.

Personal life

De Lancie was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker, 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. He is married to actress-singer Marnie Mosiman, and they have two sons, Keegan and Owen.

Acting career

Was the narrator for a General Motors (GM) commercial in the early 1980s that featured a robot that drops a bolt and talks about the future of the auto industry.


He has appeared in numerous television shows including; Hill Street Blues, The Thorn Birds, The West Wing, Sports Night, Judging Amy, The New Twilight Zone, The Closer, Legend, LA Law, Picket Fences, Civil Wars, The Practice, Charmed, Murder, She Wrote, Battlestar Galactica (1978), Emergency!, and Touched by an Angel. De Lancie played Eugene Bradford on the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives from 1982 to 1986. 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."

Star Trek

De Lancie is best known as a regular guest star on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the iconic all-powerful Q. He also holds the distinction of being one of the few characters to appear in three separate shows in the franchise (Q; TNG, DS9 and Voyager). Other actors who hold this distinction are Jonathan Frakes (Riker; TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise), Marina Sirtis (Troi; TNG, Voyager and Enterprise), Armin Shimerman (Quark; TNG, DS9 and Voyager), Micheal Ansara (Kang: TOS, DS9 and Voyager) and Richard Poe (Gul Evek; TNG, DS9 and Voyager). He played Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Season 1, Episode 7), and Star Trek: Voyager. De Lancie's son, Keegan de Lancie, appeared with his father as Q's son in Star Trek: Voyager's seventh season episode "Q2". His other son, Owen de Lancie, appeared in Star Trek World Tour (1998).

Subsequent 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.

He voiced the villain Sinestro on the "The Green Loontern" episode of Duck Dodgers.

De Lancie plays air traffic controller and father Donald Margolis on the AMC show Breaking Bad.


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, Women on Top, Nicolas, Good Advice, Patient 14, The Big Time, Teenius, Pathology, Evolver, and Reign Over Me, You Lucky Dog (1998). He also had a small voice part in Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Stage career

He has been a member of The American Shakespeare Festival, The Seattle Repertory Company, South Coast Repertorymarker, 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-FMmarker 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.

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. DeLancie produced, co-wrote, and directed audio dramatizations of: The Time Machine, 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.

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.

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; the National Symphony Orchestra and The Montreal Symphony. His repertoire includes: "Peer Gynt", "King David", "The Bourgeois Gentleman", "The Lincoln Portrait", "St. Joan", "Midsummer Night's Dream", "Oedipus Rex", "Young People'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 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", "Midsummer Night's Dream" (Korngold score), "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, Californiamarker, 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.

Writing career

De Lancie co-wrote the Star Trek novel I, Q with Peter David. He also co-wrote the novel Soldier of Light with Tom Cool.


Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Onion Field LAPD Lieutenant #2
1990 Bad Influence Howard
1991 The Fisher King TV executive
1992 The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Dr. Victor Mott
1993 Fearless Jeff Gordon
1995 Evolver Russell Bennett
1996 Multiplicity Ted
1998 You Lucky Dog
2000 Woman on Top Alex Reeves
2001 Nicolas Dr. Fisher
Good Advice Ted
2002 The Big Time
2007 Reign Over Me Nigel Pennington
Teenius Principal Senseman
2008 Quality Time Nathan Eastman
2009 Crank: High Voltage News Anchor
Gamer Chief of Staff


  1. Martin Anderson, Obituary: John de Lancie Sr., The Independent (London), May 28, 2002
  2. John de Lancie Biography (1948-)

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