Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner, whose primary claim to fame is his portrayal of the beloved android Data on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His parents, Sylvia (Schwartz) and Jack Spiner, owned and operated a furniture store, and were both from Je...

Born on February 02, 1949

Houston, Texas, USA

Height 1.78m / 5' 10"

Biography

Brent Spiner, whose primary claim to fame is his portrayal of the beloved android Data on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His parents, Sylvia (Schwartz) and Jack Spiner, owned and operated a furniture store, and were both from Jewish immigrant families (from Austria, Hungary, and Russia). Jack died of kidney failure at age 29, when Brent was 10 months old. When he was 6 years old, his mother married Sol Mintz, who adopted Brent and his older brother Ron. Although his mother divorced Mintz after 7 years of marriage, Brent retained his adopted father's last name until 1975, when he took back his birth name.Spiner first began pursuing his interest in acting while in high school. There his inspirational drama teacher, Cecil Pickett, gave a great start to the careers of a remarkable group of aspiring young actors (and directors), including Spiner, Cindy Pickett (Cecil's daughter), Randy Quaid, Dennis Quaid, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl and Thomas Schlamme, all of whom later attained success in Hollywood. After graduation, Spiner followed his mentor to the University of Houston and other local colleges, while also launching his professional acting career in theater (The Houston Music Theater and other regional theater) and in film (My Sweet Charlie (1970), which was shot on location in Texas). After a couple of false starts in New York and Hollywood, Spiner eventually established himself as a stage actor in New York, appearing in a number of off-Broadway and Broadway plays, such as "A History of the American Film" (1978), "Leave It to Beaver is Dead" (1979), "Sunday in the Park with George" (1984), and "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1985). While in New York, he had a bit part in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980) and starred in an independent film called Rent Control (1984). The play "Little Shop of Horrors "brought Spiner to Los Angeles in 1984, where he eventually took up permanent residence.In 1986, after a number of character parts in television series and movies, such as Robert Kennedy and His Times (1985), Crime of Innocence (1985), Manhunt for Claude Dallas (1986), and Family Sins (1987), Spiner snagged the role that would bring him international fame: Data, the endearing android, whom Spiner played "by tapping into his inner child." Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), the sequel to the original television series Star Trek (1966), became hugely popular, moving to the big screen for four films (so far) after its 7-year run on television. Aside from these films, Spiner has made cameo appearances in a number of films directed by his friend and old schoolmate Thomas Schlamme, such as Miss Firecracker (1989), Crazy from the Heart (1991), and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995), and has appeared in small roles in more recent films, such as Dude, Where's My Car? (2000) and The Master of Disguise (2002). Arguably his most popular film portrayal was Dr. Brakish Okun in Independence Day (1996), a role that elicited his unique eccentricity and sense of humor.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Lieutenant Commander Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)

Trivia

Released an album titled "Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back" (based on an old crooner song of the 1940s) with his male co-stars from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) singing backup vocals. Title of the album refers to Data, whom he played on the series.

Has played five different members of the Soong family on "Star Trek": Lieutenant Commander Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001); Dr. Noonien Soong and Lore in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987); B-4 in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002); and Dr. Arik Soong in Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). Data, Lore and B-4 were all androids made in Dr. Noonien Soong's image and Dr. Arik Soong was his great-grandfather.

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

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, he began three guest appearances on Star Trek: 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 Soong in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers (1990) and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Inheritance (1993).

Attended and graduated from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas (1974).

Attended and graduated from Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas (1968).

Godfather of Gates McFadden's son.

He was a groomsman at Marina Sirtis' wedding, and served as best man at Patrick Stewart's wedding.

Last name changed to Mintz at about age six, readopted Spiner as a stage name at about age 20.

Quotes

[on his Lt. Commander Data action figure] At first, I was reluctant. But then I figured, if it's good enough for Alec Guinness, then it's good enough for me.

[September 12, 2006] I don't think I should play Data anymore. I think I'm too old to play him anymore to be honest. I think it would look stupid putting that make-up on me at this point. There certain characters that I think work in a youthful way and I think I really skated along the edge in the last couple movies as it was.

Spouses

Loree McBride Loree McBride - present (1 child)

Filmography

One Life to Live One Life to Live RalphHarley(1episode,1984)
Ryan's Hope Ryan's Hope DoctorexaminingKim(uncredited)(1episode,1981)
Family Family Fred(1episode,1979)
The Paper Chase The Paper Chase StudentinReese'sClass(1episode,1984)
Stardust Memories  Stardust Memories  FaninLobby
Hill Street Blues Hill Street Blues LarryStein(2episodes,1985)
Rent Control  Rent Control  LeonardJunger
Cheers Cheers BillGrand(1episode,1987)
Mama's Family Mama's Family BillyBobConroy(2episodes,1986-1987)
Reading Rainbow Reading Rainbow Himself(1episode,1988)
Hunter Hunter WillieVaughn(1episode,1986)
Night Court Night Court BobWheeler(6episodes,1985-1987)
Tales from the Darkside Tales from the Darkside ReverendPeabody(1episode,1984)
Robert Kennedy and His Times Robert Kennedy and His Times AllardLowenstein(3episodes,1985)
The Twilight Zone The Twilight Zone DraftDodger(segment"DeadRun")(1episode,1986)
Sledge Hammer! Sledge Hammer! Soldier(uncredited)(1episode,1987)
Star Trek: The Next Generation Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt.CommanderData/...(176episodes,1987-1994)
The Simpsons The Simpsons Robots(1episode,2012)
Miss Firecracker  Miss Firecracker  PreacherMann
Shocker  Shocker  TalkshowGuest(uncredited)
Dream On Dream On Dr.Strongwater(1episode,1996)
Crazy from the Heart  Crazy from the Heart  (uncredited)
Mad About You Mad About You Bob,theDogAgent(1episode,1995)
Frasier Frasier Albert(1episode,2003)
Gottschalk Late Night Gottschalk Late Night Himself(1episode,1995)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself(2episodes,1996)
Friends Friends JamesCampbell(1episode,2004)
Gargoyles Gargoyles Puck(4episodes,1995-1996)
Deadly Games Deadly Games DannySchlecht(1episode,1995)
The Outer Limits The Outer Limits ProfessorTrentDavis(1episode,1996)
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long  Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long  (uncredited)
Pie in the Sky  Pie in the Sky  UpscaleGuy
The Daily Show The Daily Show Himself(1episode,1997)
Independence Day  Independence Day  Dr.BrakishOkun
Phenomenon  Phenomenon  Dr.BobNiedorf
Star Trek: First Contact  Star Trek: First Contact  Data
Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity  Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity  Lt.CommanderData(voice)
Star Trek: Generations  Star Trek: Generations  Lt.Cmdr.Data(voice)
Great Performances Great Performances Himself(1episode,2001)
Cause and Effect Cause and Effect Lt.CommanderData
Redemption II Redemption II Lt.CommanderData
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge  Introducing Dorothy Dandridge  EarlMills
American Playhouse American Playhouse Dennis/...(1episode,1986)
Family Guy Family Guy Himself(1episode,2009)
Chronomaster  Chronomaster  Milo(voice)
Star Trek: Enterprise Star Trek: Enterprise Dr.ArikSoong/...(4episodes,2004-2005)
Star Trek: Nemesis  Star Trek: Nemesis  Data/B-4
Star Trek: Nemesis  Star Trek: Nemesis 
Breakfast Breakfast Himself(1episode,2006)
Dating Service  Dating Service 
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Himself-Guest(1episode,2003)
Best of British Best of British Himself(1episode,2001)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Law & Order: Criminal Intent GrahamBarnes(1episode,2004)
Star Trek: Away Team  Star Trek: Away Team  Lt.CommanderData(voice)
Star Trek: Bridge Commander  Star Trek: Bridge Commander  CommanderData(voice)
Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek - The Next Generation  Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek - The Next Generation  Himself
Richard & Judy Richard & Judy Himself(1episode,2002)
Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  Lt.CommanderData(archivefootage)
Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments  Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments  Lt.CommanderData(archivefootage)
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey  Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey  CoachMackey(voice)
An Unexpected Love  An Unexpected Love  Brad
The Aviator  The Aviator  RobertGross
Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion  Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion  Dr.BrackishOkun(footagefrom'IndependenceDay')
Material Girls  Material Girls  TommyKatzenbach
Robot Chicken Robot Chicken Dr.NoonienSoong/...(1episode,2013)
Threshold Threshold Dr.NigelFenway(13episodes,2005-2006)
Patrick Stewart Patrick Stewart Himself
Hurricane: Part 1 Hurricane: Part 1 BobWheeler
Hurricane: Part 2 Hurricane: Part 2 BobWheeler
The Bionic Bunny Show The Bionic Bunny Show Himself
A Matter of Honor A Matter of Honor Lt.CommanderData
Birthright: Part 2 Birthright: Part 2 Lt.CommanderData
Booby Trap Booby Trap Lt.CommanderData
Brothers Brothers Lt.CommanderData/Lore/Dr.NoonienSoong
Darmok Darmok Lt.CommanderData
Data's Day Data's Day Lt.CommanderData
Datalore Datalore Lt.CommanderData/Lore
Disaster Disaster Lt.CommanderData
Elementary, Dear Data Elementary, Dear Data Lt.CommanderData/SherlockHolmes
Haven Haven Lt.CommanderData
Heart of Glory Heart of Glory Lt.CommanderData
Hero Worship Hero Worship Lt.CommanderData
Q Who Q Who Lt.CommanderData
Qpid Qpid Lt.CommanderData
Rascals Rascals Lt.CommanderData
Shades of Gray Shades of Gray Lt.CommanderData
Ship in a Bottle Ship in a Bottle Lt.CommanderData
The Arsenal of Freedom The Arsenal of Freedom Lt.CommanderData
The Battle The Battle Lt.CommanderData
The Inner Light The Inner Light Lt.CommanderData
The Nth Degree The Nth Degree Lt.CommanderData
The Perfect Mate The Perfect Mate Lt.CommanderData
Timescape Timescape Lt.CommanderData
Too Short a Season Too Short a Season Lt.CommanderData
Where No One Has Gone Before Where No One Has Gone Before Lt.CommanderData
Where Silence Has Lease Where Silence Has Lease Lt.CommanderData
Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau  Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau  Himself
Episode dated 10 July 1996 Episode dated 10 July 1996 Himself
The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory BrentSpiner(uncredited)(1episode,2011)
Made in Hollywood Made in Hollywood Himself(2episodes,2016)
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