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Episode 506: Nerdist Podcast
John de Lancie
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Nerdist Podcast: John de Lancie

The very talented John de Lancie sits down with the guys to talk about his role as Jane’s father on Breaking Bad, starting his career in the theater, his time on Star Trek, and the Brony documentary he produced!

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  1. ViperX83 says:

    I’m an air traffic controller, and I have to say I really appreciated how well the show handled the scenes involving it. It’s a small thing to the overall narrative, but so many shows get it so wrong and Breaking Bad really did it right. I appreciate their commitment to accuracy, and also really appreciate De Lancie’s performance. Great job!

  2. Rob S. says:

    Half the name nation is trying to get into the VO industry. I have to compete with the Hollywood actors now. Quit telling people how cool it is.

  3. Elleiram says:

    GREAT podcast. He’s a really interesting guest above and beyond the Star Trek role- and I too really appreciated his talking about classical music (currently still a band nerd playing clarinet in a newly minted Wind Ensemble here in IL) And I love the ocean, but he really gave me the willies quite a few times in talking about how big and open and …well…big…it was. I always thought it was safe to go in the water…. 😛

  4. Teria says:

    Have much admiration for character actors like John de Lancie! Loved him a ‘Q’ on Star Trek! Love his work on everything he does!

  5. NerdyErdbeere says:

    I love that you discussed classical music. I don’t think enough people appreciate it. I played the cello from age 8-22, so was lucky enough to be subjected to classical music at a young age. Now 31, I would give anything to be able to afford a cello and play in a symphony again.. Anyhoo, thanks for mentioning it. 🙂

  6. Amy says:

    How did no one comment on the crack about Jonah being the worst Hawaiian ever… for some reason that made my day. it was just so absurd

  7. Rob S. says:

    There is Fanmade audio drama for MLP. There is a character name Dr. Whooves. Not sure if that is cannon or a fan made horse.

  8. Pedantobot says:

    Whoa, Chris. I Shatnered my pants after reading that. Apparently he said via Twitter that this was his first podcast interview, so you’ve once again boldly gone where no man has gone before. Good on-ya!

  9. Chris Hardwick says:

    @LastStarTrek: I guess you did miss it. He tells the story of how he got the role. Beyond that, we didn’t feel like making him tell a million stories that he’s told before. But if you were disappointed by this, wait until the almost-no-Star-Trek-talk-at-all when Shatner goes up next week!

  10. Special K says:

    I’m so glad he mentioned his soap opera role. I watched Days of Our Lives when I was in middle school and I LOVED him! He was such a fun wacky character. When I first saw Q I said “hey, that’s Eugene!” Nice to see all the other Eugene love on this thread.

  11. LaStarTrek says:

    Did I miss it, or was there only a blip of chatter about Q and TNG? Sigh.

  12. Colossus Prime says:

    His role as the exposition-delivering-news-reporter in the opening of Crank 2 was soooo amazing.

  13. -Di. says:

    Excellent podcast as usual.

    I was happy that MLP received some love. I love the positive message the show has. Most of the characters are female. That’s a refreshing change. I will add that the voice talent in the show is amazing.

    I second Tara Strong coming on the podcast!

  14. Girlfriendmd says:

    I *adored* him on the mentioned soap opera that led to his casting in Star Trek. Of course, I was also a teenage girl, and I completely loved the whole story line of Eugene and Calliope in ways that were probably unhealthy.
    Great interview, thanks for sharing it with us

  15. John de Lancie is both a gentleman and a scholar. He’s a thoughtful man who is gifted with the ability to say few words, and impart so much from them. I love his work, and I think he’s just a terrific person.

  16. David K. says:

    That book he wants to turn into a play, “I Am Not a Serial Killer,” sounds like a natural for Nerdist Industries to get involved in… 15 year old kid, feels alienated an like his mind works differently… Probably matches a lot of the Nerdist following. Hardwick wants to make Nerdist Industries multi-platform, it would be interesting to see them in a role in developing this alongside John De Lancie the same way they got into distribution for Zero Charisma.

  17. Tim says:

    De Lancie is completely wrong on the so-called Fox News hit piece on bronies. That wasn’t Fox News but a local Fox-affiliate station. Fox News didn’t attack bronies. I watched it myself. Bronies were covered on Red Eye, which is sort of tongue-in-cheek with a lot of their stories.

    The Howard Stern Show was far worse than the Red Eye segment.

  18. LJ says:

    Did y’all forget Whoopi Goldberg in your list of Next Gen people to get? For some reason, I wouldn’t be surprised if you did.

    Q was my favorite as a kid. But, oh, the nightmares he gave me.

  19. Seren says:

    De Lancie’s voice is so soothing. It was awesome to get to hear about his views and such on all these things 🙂 He is such an amazing guy.

  20. riverjoe says:

    Welcome to the herd, Chris. ^_^ Very good interview, De Lancie is a fantastic human being. Maybe you could have Tara Strong on there pretty soon?

  21. Pedantobot says:


    Au contraire, mon frère, Mr. De Lancie lets out a “Holy shit!” while making a point about villains that you don’t see coming at 48:23. I still consider his method of expression to be très enlightened, curses be damned. Why so serious, though? I would encourage you to let your hair down and belt out a good, hearty “Fuck!” every once in awhile. Sure it’s fun to stand in an ivory tower and take snooty potshots at people, but that’s nothing compared to the fun of expressing yourself with the assistance of a well placed expletive. I guaranfuckingtee it.

    • Paula says:

      John has said the word “fuck” before, and it amazed fans and it surprised him. He’s a cool dude! 

  22. Kathy D says:

    *Snoopy-dances all over her own post*

    Seriously though, really miss him as Eugene on Days Of Our Lives. The kid who’s the current genius inventor on show, the writers bypassed ‘adorably quirky’ and took him right on to psychopath. Also really loved him as the cranky Agency director in the Torchwood: Miracle Day miniseries.

  23. Chris K says:

    Found this on MLP reddit, like Chris I’m not a “brony” but sometimes it’s fun to watch MLP for fun. I’ll have to get @midnight another try.

  24. Jessica says:

    I saw him at Emerald City Comic Con this year and he was delightful!
    It’s nice to see talented people who don’t really take themselves too seriously.

  25. gridsleep says:

    Notice one of the big signifiers of the difference between generations: John DeLancie did not have to curse once to express himself in the most enlightened way possible. All this youthful cursing on the Internet is becoming tiring, annoying and embarrassing. Sailors blush when they view YouTube these days.

  26. Chuck Landreth says:

    He was great on Star Trek, didn’t even realize that was him on Breaking Bad! Look for him in a minor role in The Onion Field!

  27. gridsleep says:

    MLP:TNG? My eyes rolled so fast they left skid marks inside the top of my skull.

  28. gridsleep says:

    Valve is innovative as a game publishing company…right up until and only if you stop short of any close examination of the Green Light project. That’s where it all really starts to go wrong. The foxes built that chicken coop.

  29. LizzyBeth010 says:

    This podcast has made my Monday a million times better.
    Also FINALLY you guys talk about Ponys!!!!

  30. gridsleep says:

    As Alan Rickman once told a ten-year-old who asked if he liked playing bad guys, “I don’t play bad guys. I play interesting people.”

  31. Randall says:

    It is nice to see people stand up against stereotypes and allow people to be who they are, and explain that just because you like non-main stream entertainment, game, ect.(or fall into a stereotypical group that is supposed to like a certain thing) you are not an outcast of society.

  32. Bobby G. says:

    That was such a good interview. I love listening to this man speak, he has such and cool voice. Also, I though it was nice that he stuck around even when the interview was over and just hung out with you guys being silly.

  33. db says:


    I genuinely love seeing this guy in anything I watch. He’s amazing.