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John de Lancie - Actor/Director

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Mr. de Lancie has an eclectic career:  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” and soon to be released “Pathology”, “Games”, “Teenius” and “Crank2.”

Mr. de Lancie has appeared in numerous television shows including; “Breaking Bad”, “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”.

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”, and the recent world premiere of Richard Greenburg’s “The Naked Lady on the Appian Way”.

In the world of music, Mr. de Lancie has performed with a number of orchestras including: 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."

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/Mendelssohn score), “Bourgeois Gentleman”, “The Abduction from the Seraglio”, and a vaudeville, “Carnival of the Animals”. They were produced with the Milwaukee, St. Paul Chamber, Ravinia, Los Angeles, and Pasadena Orchestras.
Mr. de Lancie was also the writer/director/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.

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. Currently, a nation tour of “The Lost World”, written and directed by Mr. de Lancie is touring the country. 

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.

Mr. de Lancie directs operas. His latest was “Tosca” and “Cold Sassy Tree” with The Atlanta Opera Company.
Mr. de Lancie is a graduate of Kent State University and The Juilliard School and when all is said and done would rather be sailing.