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Brent Spiner

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
 
In 1984, Brent co-starred as Aramis in the Broadway musical bomb The Three Musketeers. The revival closed after only nine performances.
 
In 1978, Brent appeared in a Broadway revue called A History of American Film.
 
In 1984, Brent appeared in the Broadway musical Sunday in the Park With George with Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.
 
Brent is a big fan of X-Files, particularly of the David Duchovny era.
 
Brent's favorite Star Trek film was First Contact.
 
In 2000, Brent portrayed Stromboli in Disney's musical live action version of Geppetto.
 
Brent's vocal talents can be heard impersonating late night talk show host Conan O'Brien in the feature length animated movie South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.
 
Brent appeared in the play Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and Gates McFadden. Stewart directed the play.
 
Brent is the only Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) regular to share scenes with all three Star Trek (1966) cast members who appeared on that series: DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy and James Doohan.
 
Along with Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Colm Meaney and Jeffrey Combs, Brent is one of only six actors to appear in the series finales of two different Star Trek series (Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Enterprise (2001).
 
Brent is the only Houstonian, and for that matter, the only Texan, who appears in The Aviator (2004), whose subject, Howard Hughes, was born in Houston.
 
In October 2004, Brent made three guest appearances on Enterprise (2001), as Arik Soong, an ancestor of Noonian Soong, the creator of Data, his character from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). He also played Noonian in the TNG episode Brothers.
 
Brent attended school with director Thomas Schlamme, and has also made numerous cameo appearances in several of his old friend's films.
 
Brent attended school with actors Robert Wuhl and Trey Wilson.
 
Brent once claimed that he has seen only about twenty episodes of ST: TNG.
 
Brent was never particularly a fan of science fiction or Star Trek, Spiner says he auditioned for the role of Data assuming the show would be quickly cancelled, but he needed the money.
 
On Brent's 1991 his rendition of "It's A Sin to Tell A Lie," the back-up singers were Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, and LeVar Burton.
 
Brent has had a long career in Broadway musicals.
 
Brent dated actress Swoosie Kurtz in the '70s, and actress Terry Farrell in the '90s.
 
Brent attended attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas with actor Randy Quaid.
 
Brent Spiner's android character Lt Commander Data sacrificed himself for Captain Picard and was thus killed in Star Trek Nemesis.
 
Brent graduated from Bellaire High School (Texas) in 1968.
 
Brent is the Godfather of Gates McFadden's son.
 
Brent was a groomsman at Marina Sirtis's wedding.
 
Brent released CD titled Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back (based on an old crooner song of the '40s) with his male co-stars from ST-TNG singing back up. Title of CD refers to his character of 'Data' on the show.
 
Brent served as best man at Patrick Stewart's wedding.
 
Brent is, to the day, 2 years younger than Farrah Fawcett and 1 year older than Barbara Sukowa.
 
Brent Spiner's character of Bob Wheeler on Night Court was slated for a reoccuring role, however the producers changed their mind after he joined the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
 
Arjay Smith studied Brent's role as Data to win the role of Allen Strange on the NIck series Journey of Allen Strange.
 

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