John de Lancie is a lot more than just the infamous "Q" of Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has portrayed characters as diverse as Clarence Darrow, Donald Trump, and Nazi administrator Hans Biebow, as you will learn when you watch this video. He delivered a wonderful address to the 2016 Reason Rally, and at the 2018 Freedom From Religion Foundation conference, he was awarded the first annual Clarence Darrow Award. In his acceptance speech, he reflected on his career as an actor, what it requires of him, and the inherent honesty he feels is required to represent such disparate personalities as those mentioned above. With the skill and acumen of many years on stage and in front of a camera, John connected those dots to the current day and the importance of honesty, both personal and governmental. While his appearance two years ago was wonderfully impressive, this speech was even more so, and I invite you to enjoy it.
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