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"
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
Lieutenant Commander Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)
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.
[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.
|Loree McBride||- present||(1 child)|
|One Life to Live||RalphHarley(1episode,1984)|
|The Paper Chase||StudentinReese'sClass(1episode,1984)|
|Hill Street Blues||LarryStein(2episodes,1985)|
|Tales from the Darkside||ReverendPeabody(1episode,1984)|
|Robert Kennedy and His Times||AllardLowenstein(3episodes,1985)|
|The Twilight Zone||DraftDodger(segment"DeadRun")(1episode,1986)|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||Lt.CommanderData/...(176episodes,1987-1994)|
|Crazy from the Heart||(uncredited)|
|Mad About You||Bob,theDogAgent(1episode,1995)|
|Gottschalk Late Night||Himself(1episode,1995)|
|Late Show with David Letterman||Himself(2episodes,1996)|
|The Outer Limits||ProfessorTrentDavis(1episode,1996)|
|Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long||(uncredited)|
|Pie in the Sky||UpscaleGuy|
|The Daily Show||Himself(1episode,1997)|
|Star Trek: First Contact||Data|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity||Lt.CommanderData(voice)|
|Star Trek: Generations||Lt.Cmdr.Data(voice)|
|Cause and Effect||Lt.CommanderData|
|Introducing Dorothy Dandridge||EarlMills|
|Star Trek: Enterprise||Dr.ArikSoong/...(4episodes,2004-2005)|
|Star Trek: Nemesis||Data/B-4|
|Star Trek: Nemesis|
|Best of British||Himself(1episode,2001)|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||GrahamBarnes(1episode,2004)|
|Star Trek: Away Team||Lt.CommanderData(voice)|
|Star Trek: Bridge Commander||CommanderData(voice)|
|Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek - The Next Generation||Himself|
|Richard & Judy||Himself(1episode,2002)|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion||Lt.CommanderData(archivefootage)|
|Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments||Lt.CommanderData(archivefootage)|
|Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey||CoachMackey(voice)|
|An Unexpected Love||Brad|
|Independence Day: The ID4 Invasion||Dr.BrackishOkun(footagefrom'IndependenceDay')|
|Hurricane: Part 1||BobWheeler|
|Hurricane: Part 2||BobWheeler|
|The Bionic Bunny Show||Himself|
|A Matter of Honor||Lt.CommanderData|
|Birthright: Part 2||Lt.CommanderData|
|Elementary, Dear Data||Lt.CommanderData/SherlockHolmes|
|Heart of Glory||Lt.CommanderData|
|Shades of Gray||Lt.CommanderData|
|Ship in a Bottle||Lt.CommanderData|
|The Arsenal of Freedom||Lt.CommanderData|
|The Inner Light||Lt.CommanderData|
|The Nth Degree||Lt.CommanderData|
|The Perfect Mate||Lt.CommanderData|
|Too Short a Season||Lt.CommanderData|
|Where No One Has Gone Before||Lt.CommanderData|
|Where Silence Has Lease||Lt.CommanderData|
|Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau||Himself|
|Episode dated 10 July 1996||Himself|
|The Big Bang Theory||BrentSpiner(uncredited)(1episode,2011)|
|Made in Hollywood||Himself(2episodes,2016)|
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