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John de Lancie (born March 20, 1948) is an American film actor, originating from Philadelphia. He is perhaps best known for playing the godlike 'Q' in three of the Star Trek TV series, and has had a prolific career in animation, audio dramas, films, video games and theatre.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, de Lancie was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child and, as such, he did not learn to read until he was twelve. Despite this affliction, he began acting at the age of 14, performing in a high school production of William Shakespeare's Henry V.
He went on to study acting at Kent State University (he was in attendance during the Kent State shootings on 4 May 1970) and won a scholarship at Julliard. He has performed in numerous stage productions, participating at such engagements as The American Shakespeare Festival and The Mark Taper Forum, as well as establishing a successful career in film and television.