Brent Spiner

Mostly Credited As: Brent Spiner
Birth Name: Brent Jay Spiner
Date Of Birth: February 02, 1949 (Age 67)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Houston, Texas
Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Brent Spiner

Brent Jay Spiner, aka Data (Star Trek:TNG), possibly the most beloved android in all of scifi history - was born in Houston, TX on Feb. 2, 1949 to Jack and Sylvia Spiner, proprietors of a furniture store. When Brent was only 10 months old, his father passed away due to kidney failure at the age of 29. Sylvia went on to marry Sol Mintz 6 years later, who also adopted Brent and his older brother Ron. Even though his mother divorced Mintz after only 7 years of marriage, Brent kept his stepfather's name up until the age of 26.

Brent caught the acting bug while he was still in high school, studying under the wing of one of the biggest influences in his life: drama teacher, Cecil Pickett. After high school, Brent went on to attend college at the University of Houston, as well as at other schools. While at university, Brent began working seriously on his acting career by appearing in several plays at the Houston Music Theatre, ect.. Also making his first televised appearance in 1970's My Sweet Charlie.

After a long hard road, and a few failures Brent finally made a name for himself as a stage performer appearing in a multitude of Broadway and "off" Broadway shows. One musical in particular Little Shop of Horrors lead him to Los Angeles where he decided to begin looking for more lucrative work. He appeared in many tv show and 'movie of the week' bit parts up until 1986 when he was selected for the role that would change his career.

Even though Brent didn't think the show would make it beyond a few episodes, he took the role of lovable android Lt. Commander Data on Roddenberry's new outing Star Trek: The Next Generation mostly because he said that he desperately needed the cash. After seven years of episodes, four films, and other various appearances on other ST shows he has joined other highly respected, and loved science fiction characters in popculture immortality.

Movie Credits

Material Girls (2006) - Tommy
The Aviator (2004) - Robert Gross
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) - Lt. Commander Data/B-4
The Master of Disguise (2002) - Devlin Bowman
I Am Sam (2001) - Shoe Salesman
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) - Lt. Commander Data
Out to Sea (1997) - Gil Godwyn
Star Trek: First Contact (1996) - Lt. Commander Data
Phenomenon (1996) - Dr. Bob Niedorf
Independence Day (1996) - Dr. Brackish Okun
Star Trek: Generations (1994) - Lt. Commander Data
Corrina, Corrina (1994) - Brent Witherspoon

... and many more.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Outcast (2016)As: Sidney
Fresh Hell (2011)As: Himself
Threshold (2005)As: Dr. Nigel Fenway
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)As: Lt. Commander Data
Episode Cast Credits 

Blunt Talk (2015) 
  I Seem to Be Running Out of Dreams for Myself 01x01: (Aug/22/2015) As Phil 

Star Wars Rebels (2014) 
  Empire Day 01x07: (Nov/17/2014) Voiced  Gall Trayvis 
  Rise of the Old Masters 01x04: (Oct/27/2014) Voiced  Gall Trayvis 

Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013) 
  Fear Itself 02x04: (Oct/26/2014) Voiced  Silver Surfer 

Ray Donovan (2013) 
  S U C K 02x04: (Aug/03/2014) As Therapist 
  Gem and Loan 02x03: (Jul/27/2014) As Therapist 
  Yo Soy Capitan 02x01: (Jul/13/2014) As Therapist 

Warehouse 13 (2009) 
  We All Fall Down 04x10: (Oct/01/2012) As Brother Adrian, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Ones You Love 04x09: (Sep/24/2012) As Brother Adrian, [Special Guest Stars]
  Endless Wonder 04x07: (Sep/10/2012) As Brother Adrian, [Special Guest Stars]
  There's Always A Downside 04x04: (Aug/13/2012) As Brother Adrian, [Special Guest Stars]

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2010) 
  Emperor Stark 02x18: (Sep/16/2012) Voiced  Purple Man 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Them, Robot 23x17: (Mar/18/2012) Voiced  Robots, [Special Guest Stars]

Young Justice (2010) 
  Revelation 01x14: (Oct/14/2011) Voiced  Joker 

The Big Bang Theory (2007) 
  The Russian Rocket Reaction 05x05: (Oct/13/2011) As Himself, [Uncredited]

Alphas (2011) 
  Blind Spot 01x09: (Sep/12/2011) As Dr. Kern 

Generator Rex (2010) 
  Alliance 02x04: (Mar/04/2011) Voiced  Dr. Gabriel Rylander 

Family Guy (1999) 
  Not All Dogs Go to Heaven 07x11: (Mar/29/2009) Voiced  Himself 

Leverage (2008) 
  The Juror #6 Job 01x11: (Feb/10/2009) As William Quint 

Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) 
  These are the Voyages... 04x22: (May/13/2005) Voiced  Lt. Commander Data, [Uncredited]
  The Augments (3) 04x06: (Nov/12/2004) As Dr. Arik Soong, [Special Guest Stars]
  Cold Station 12 (2) 04x05: (Nov/05/2004) As Dr. Arik Soong, [Special Guest Stars]
  Borderland (1) 04x04: (Oct/29/2004) As Dr. Arik Soong, [Special Guest Stars]

Joey (2004) 
  Joey and the Premiere 01x14: (Jan/13/2005) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) 
  Shrink-Wrapped 03x15: (Mar/07/2004) As Graham Barnes 

Friends (1994) 
  The One With Princess Consuela 10x14: (Feb/26/2004) As James Campbell 

Frasier (1993) 
  Lilith Needs a Favor 10x13: (Feb/04/2003) As Albert 

Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection (2000) 
  The Ponder Heart 01x04: (Oct/15/2001) As Dorris Gladney, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Brent Spiner 02x87: (Jun/26/1997) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Teri Hatcher, Brent Spiner, Luscious Jackson 04x59: (Nov/29/1996) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Jack Hanna, Brent Spiner, Charlie Watts 03x188: (Jul/10/1996) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Outer Limits (1995) (1995) 
  The Deprogrammers 02x16: (May/26/1996) As Trent Davis 

Gargoyles (1994) 
  Possession 02x49: (May/08/1996) Voiced  Puck 
  The Gathering (2) 02x45: (Apr/30/1996) Voiced  Puck 
  Future Tense 02x43: (Apr/25/1996) Voiced  Puck 
  The Mirror 02x05: (Sep/11/1995) Voiced  Puck 

Deadly Games (1995) 
  The Practical Joker 01x07: (Oct/17/1995) As Danny Schlecht, [Special Guest Stars]

Mad About You (1992) 
  Just My Dog 03x15: (Feb/09/1995) As Bob 

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) 
  Journey’s End – The Saga of Star Trek (May/23/1994) As Himself 
  Descent, Part II 07x01: (Sep/20/1993) As Lore 
  Descent, Part I 06x26: (Jun/21/1993) As Lore, [Co-Guest Stars]
  Brothers 04x03: (Oct/08/1990) As Lore / Dr. Noonien Soong, [Co-Guest Stars]

Night Court (1984) 
  Her Honor (2) 04x22: (May/06/1987) As Bob Wheeler 
  Her Honor (1) 04x21: (Apr/29/1987) As Bob Wheeler 
  Hurricane (2) 03x22: (May/08/1986) As Bob Wheeler 
  Hurricane (1) 03x21: (May/01/1986) As Bob Wheeler 

Cheers (1982) 
  Never Love a Goalie (2) 05x17: (Feb/05/1987) As Murder Suspect 

Hunter (1984) (1984) 
  Contract 03x09: (Dec/13/1986) As Vaughn 

Mama's Family (1983) 
  Farewell Frannie 03x01: (Sep/27/1986) As Mr. Conroy 

The Twilight Zone (1985) (1985) 
  Dead Run 01x48: (Feb/21/1986) As Draft Dodger, [Co-Guest Stars]

Hill Street Blues (1981) 
  The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr. 05x19: (Mar/21/1985) As Larry Stein 

Tales from the Darkside (1983) (1983) 
  A Case of the Stubborns 01x10: (Dec/02/1984) As Reverend, [Starring Roles]

Brent Spiner: Almost everyone has worked at Paramount at one time or another.

Brent Spiner: As I get older and I get more of this dialogue and I lose more and more brain cells, it really does become the most difficult part of the job!

Brent Spiner: Hollywood has more than its share of harsh and cruel stories. In fact, it's probably more the norm than the exception.

Brent Spiner (on acting): I really think that success in this field is about tenacity and just sticking with it.

Brent Spiner: People think that being on Star Trek is career suicide, but it's really just the opposite.

Brent is of Jewish-American ancestry.

On similarities and differences between himself and Data, Brent jokes, "Yes, Data is hairless but I am not. And we are both anatomically correct."

Brent played a fictional character (James Campbell) in Friends (1994) and himself in the spin-off series Joey (2004).

Brent has appeared with Erick Avari in three different productions: Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Independence Day (1996) and The Master of Disguise (2002).

In 1985, Brent played "The Duke" in the Broadway musical Deep River replacing original cast member Rene Auberjunois

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