Feb. 2nd, 1949
Houston, Texas, USA
Brent Spiner's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - Superhero Movie
2006 - Material Girls
2004 - The Aviator
2002 - Star Trek: Nemesis
2002 - The Master of Disguise
2002 - Star Trek: Nemesis
2000 - Dude, Where’s My Car?
1998 - Star Trek: Insurrection
1997 - Trekkies
1997 - Out to Sea
1996 - Phenomenon
1996 - Independence Day
1996 - Star Trek: First Contact
1994 - Star Trek: Generations
1994 - Corrina, Corrina
1989 - Shocker
1982 - Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
1980 - Stardust Memories
Guest TV Roles
Gall Trayvis (Voiced)
additional voices (Voiced)
Billy Bob Conroy
Professor Trent Davis
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, Jack and Sylvia Spiner, owned and operated a furniture store. 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 (I), Robert Wuhl and Thomas Schlamme (I), 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) (TV), 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 & His Times" (1985), Crime of Innocence (1985) (TV), Manhunt for Claude Dallas (1986) (TV), and Family Sins (1987) (TV), 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 (I), such as Miss Firecracker (1989), Crazy from the Heart (1991) (TV), and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995) (TV), 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.
- Has appeared with 'Erick Avari' (qv) in three different productions: _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv), _Independence Day (1996)_ (qv), and _The Master of Disguise (2002)_ (qv).
- Parents: Jack and Sylvia Spiner.
- Is the only _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv) regular to share scenes with all three original _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) cast members who appeared on that series: 'DeForest Kelley' (qv), 'Leonard Nimoy' (qv), and 'James Doohan' (qv).
- Played a fictional character (James Campbell) in _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv) and himself in the spin-off series _"Joey" (2004)_ (qv).
- Genre enthusiasts liken Spiner's Data to another, intelligent, golden automaton: C3PO, of the "Star Wars" trilogies.
- Along with 'Jonathan Frakes' (qv), 'Marina Sirtis' (qv), 'Michael Dorn (I)' (qv), 'Colm Meaney' (qv), and 'Jeffrey Combs' (qv), he is one of only six actors to appear in the series finales of two different "Star Trek" series (_"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv) and _"Enterprise" (2001)_ (qv)).
- Godfather of 'Gates McFadden' (qv)'s son.
- His character, Lt. Commander Data's "Intriguing!" line went down in Trek history as replacing Mr. Spock's world-famous "Fascinating!" line.