03-20 Happy birthday to John de Lancie, Born: March 20, 1948.
John de Lancie is an actor known for his portrayal of Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He also played the character in the video games Star Trek: The Game Show and Star Trek: Borg. In addition, de Lancie co-wrote the novel I, Q with Peter David and has narrated audio adaptations of several novels, including Q-in-Law (with Majel Barrett Roddenberry) and Dark Mirror.
For “Qpid”, de Lancie filmed his scenes between Wednesday 6 February 1991 and Thursday 7 February 1991 and Tuesday 12 February 1991 and Friday 15 February 1991 on Paramount Stage 8, 9, and 16 and on the location shooting at the Descanso Gardens.
In 1996, de Lancie co-founded Alien Voices with Leonard Nimoy and writer-producer Nat Segaloff. The audio production company/troupe produced several sci-fi audio productions (including the two Spock Vs. Q audios), as well as a few televised specials for the Sci-Fi Channel which co-starred de Lancie, Nimoy, and several other Star Trek alumni.
De Lancie, along with Robert Picardo, hosts “Star Trek: The Music”, a concert covering the music of all the Star Trek eras.
De Lancie got off to a busy start following his television debut on the 1976 mini-series Captains and the Kings. The following year, he was seen in the TV movies SST: Death Flight and The Man with the Power. That same year, he had a role in the mini-series Testimony of Two Men. De Lancie later co-starred with Shatner in two TV movies airing in 1978: The Bastard and Little Women. Also in 1978, de Lancie and Marc Alaimo appeared as divers in the Six Million Dollar Man TV special Sharks.
Besides a number of other TV movies and mini-series, de Lancie also made appearances on various TV shows, including an episode of Battlestar Galactica and various episodes of Emergency. This ultimately culminated in his major motion picture debut, appearing as a police lieutenant in the 1979 crime drama The Onion Field.
De Lancie’s next film appearance occurred the following year, in the comedy Loving Couples. De Lancie also found himself working on the 1980 mini-series Scruples.
De Lancie starred in a series pilot entitled Nightside, but the pilot was not sold. De Lancie later took a role in the acclaimed 1983 mini-series The Thorn Birds.
From 1982 through 1986, and again in 1989, de Lancie starred as Eugene Bradford in the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives. For his work on this series, he won two Soap Opera Digest Awards, one in 1984 and another in 1985, and was nominated for a third in 1986. Afterward, de Lancie was cast as a regular on a CBS sitcom called Trial and Error. Between these projects, he returned to guest-starring on other TV shows, including a 1986 episode of The Twilight Zone.
De Lancie continued expanding his resume throughout the 1990s, including roles in several popular films. He and his TNG co-star Gates McFadden appeared together in the 1990 comedy Taking Care of Business. The following year, de Lancie appeared briefly as a television executive near the end of Terry Gilliam’s acclaimed comic drama The Fisher King. In 1992, he appeared as a doctor in the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and in 1993, he appeared in the psychological drama Fearless. He then starred in the 1995 sci-fi thriller Evolver.
On television, de Lancie made guest appearances on shows such as L.A. Law, The Young Riders, and Matlock. He also voiced the character of Eagleton in two episodes of Batman: The Animated Series.
After TNG ended in 1994, de Lancie was cast as a regular on the UPN series Legend.
Aside from a supporting role in the 1996 comedy Multiplicity and an uncredited voice-over role on the Academy Award-winning 1998 war drama Saving Private Ryan, the remainder of de Lancie’s screen acting credits throughout the 1990s were in television. He made guest appearances on Murder One, Picket Fences, Dave’s World, and appeared in two episodes of the Sharon Lawrence/Jonathan Banks series Fired Up. He also starred in a number of made-for-TV movies, including 1997’s Final Descent and its 1999 sequel, Final Run.
Off-screen, de Lancie lent his voice to the 1997 Windows PC game Interstate ’76.
In the year 2000, de Lancie starred in an episode of The Outer Limits and was further featured in an episode of UPN’s Secret Agent Man with series regular Dina Meyer. In 2001, he played Colonel Frank Simmons in several episodes of Stargate SG-1 during the show’s fifth season; he also appeared in an episode of the show’s sixth season the following year. He appeared in two episodes of Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and later played the part of Odin in several episodes of Charmed.
He has also made guest appearances on such shows as The West Wing, UPN’s Special Unit 2, The Guardian, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, and Shark. His other television credits have included recurring roles on The Unit, the acclaimed AMC Network drama Breaking Bad, and the comic drama Greek.
On film, de Lancie had supporting roles in two romantic comedies, 2000’s Woman on Top and 2001’s Good Advice. In 2004, he worked with George Takei and Tucker Smallwood in the thriller The Eavesdropper. He was also seen in the 2007 Adam Sandler/Don Cheadle drama, Reign Over Me. In 2008, de Lancie was seen in such films as the MGM horror thriller Pathology, the science fiction drama Quality Time, and an independent film called You.
In 2009, he appeared as a sardonic, atypical newscaster in the action sequel Crank: High Voltage. He later had a role in the action film Gamer. He also voiced Santa Claus in the animated television movie Elf Sparkle Meets Christmas the Horse. He was also in Recreator.
In 2011, de Lancie appeared in Torchwood: Miracle Day, the fourth season of the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. In 2011, de Lancie also appeared in the drama-comedy television series Franklin and Bash. He played the Q-like omnipotent trickster Discord, who appears in the two-part Season 2 episode “The Return of Harmony”, the Season 3 episode “Keep Calm and Flutter On” and Season 4 episodes “Princess Twilight Sparkle” “Three’s a Crowd” and “Twilight’s Kingdom” of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He also provided the voice of Assassin leader William Miles, father of protagonist Desmond Miles – voiced by Nolan North – in the fourth and fifth Assassin’s Creed games, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and Assassin’s Creed III.
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