Candice was able to sit down for a press conference with John de Lancie. John de Lancie is known for his role on Star Trek as Q, Star Gate as Frank Simmons, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as Discord.
Originally from Philadelphia, Mr. de Lancie is best known to science fiction fans as Q on the various Star Trek series, and Frank Simmons on Stargate SG-1. He is best known to animation and gaming fans as Discord on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and William Miles in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. He voiced Dark Agent Booty on Invader Zim, Trias in PlaneScape: Torment, Dr. Death in Outlaws, and Professor Quadwrangle in Quantum Conundrum. He is currently producing a documentary on the wonderful phenomenon of Bronies.
Mr. de Lancie has appeared in numerous television shows including Torchwood, Breaking Bad, The Unit, Hill Street Blues, West Wing, Shark, Without a Trace, Sports Night, Judging Amy, The Closer, Star Trek, Legend, LA Law, Picket Fences, Civil Wars, The Practice, and Touched by an Angel.
His film credits include The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Fisher King, Bad Influence, The Onion Field, Taking Care of Business, Fearless, Multiplicity, Women on Top, Nicholas, Good Advise, Patient 14, The Big Time, Reign on Me, Pathology, Games, Teenius, Crank2 and The Marriage Counselor.
Mr. de Lancie was co-owner, with Leonard Nimoy, of Alien Voices: a production company devoted to the dramatization of classic science fiction. Mr. de Lancie produced, co-wrote and directed dramatizations of The Time Machine, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World, The Invisible Man, and First Men in the Moon; as well as three television specials for the Sci-Fi Channel.
In theater, he has been a member of The American Shakespeare Festival, The Seattle Repertory Company, The South Coast Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum and the Old Globe where he recently performed Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues. His favorite performances include Man and Superman, The Common Pursuit, Childe Byron, Art, the world premiere of Richard Greenburg’s The Naked Lady on the Appian Way, and the world premiere of Alan Alda’s Radiance.
In the world of music, Mr. de Lancie has performed with Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis and the New York Philharmonic; Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Cleveland Orchestra and National Orchestra; Esa Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia 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 Nightingale, Egmont and, of course, Peter and the Wolf. Currently, he narrated the world premier of Dr. Seuss’, The Sneetches.
Mr. de Lancie was the host of the L.A. Philharmonic Symphonies for Youth for four years. 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, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and a vaudeville production – Carnival of the Animals. They were produced with the Milwaukee, St. Paul Chamber, Ravinia, LA, and Pasadena Orchestras.
Mr. de Lancie was also the writer, director, and host of First Nights, an adult concert series at Disney Hall with the LA Philharmonic that explored the life and music of Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Schumann, and Prokofiev. These were fully integrated, fully staged productions with orchestra.
For Star Trek fans, Mr. de Lancie and Robert Picardo have created a Trek Concert Experience that has been performed with the Dallas, Toronto, Cincinnati, Denver and Calgary orchestras.
Mr. de Lancie has performed or directed numerous plays for L.A. Theater Works, the producing arm of KCRW, KPCC and National Public Radio where the series, The Plays the Thing originates. He recently returned from a national tour of the Scopes Monkey Trial with Ed Asner where he played Clarence Darrow. He also wrote and directed an adaption of The Lost World, which toured the country.
Mr. de Lancie has directed Tosca and Cold Sassy Tree in Atlanta and Madame Butterfly in San Antonio.
Mr. de Lancie is a graduate of Kent State University and The Juilliard School.