Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

  • Highest Rated: 93% Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Lowest Rated: 1% The Master of Disguise (2002)
  • Birthday: Feb 2, 1949
  • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
  • Best known for playing the android Data on the syndicated television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and in its feature film spin-offs, Brent Spiner is also a talented singer. Before agreeing to play Data, Spiner had spent a decade on the New York stage. A native of Houston, TX, he was raised by his mother and her second husband (Spiner's real father died when he was a baby). The Quaid brothers Randy and Dennis were among his high school classmates and the three learned about acting under Cecil Pickett. Eventually Pickett would leave the school to take a teaching job at the University of Houston. Spiner enrolled there soon after graduation, but only remained at the university through 1974 when he decided to become a professional actor in New York City. Like many other aspiring thespians, Spiner had dues to pay in the form of taking a job as a cab driver before launching his career off-Broadway. He made his Broadway debut with Sunday in the Park With George opposite Mandy Patinkin. He made his television debut in a miniseries, The Dain Curse, and first appeared in films with a bit part in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980). Spiner had a rare starring role in Rent Control (1981). He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and launched a career as a television guest star on series and as a supporting actor in telemovies and miniseries. He most frequently appeared on the sitcom Night Court as the man who establishes a snack bar in the courthouse. He then successfully auditioned for the role of Data. Interestingly, Spiner claims no particular love for science fiction and was not a big fan of the original Star Trek. He says he mainly took the job because he didn't think the new series would last and because he needed to pay a few bills. The show lasted seven years also spawning a successful film series, and from the start, his was the most popular character on the show. In an effort to capitalize and satirize his nonhuman role on the show -- and perhaps to poke fun at actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy who capitalized on their Star Trek fame by each recording equally awful albums (can anyone forget Nimoy's bouncy rendition of "Bilbo Hobbitt"?) -- Spiner recorded his own album, Old Yellow Eyes Is Back (1991), with an 80-piece orchestra and fellow castmates Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, and Michael Dorn. Though the bulk of his fame comes from being Data, Spiner is not content to spend the rest of his career typecast and so occasionally plays other characters. His portrayal of prissy singing cruise director Gil Godwin was the funniest thing about Martha Coolidge's waterlogged Out to Sea (1997).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

29% Independence Day: Resurgence Dr. Brakish Okun $103.2M 2016
No Score Yet The Midnight Man Ezekiel 2016
No Score Yet Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Actor 2010
17% Superhero Movie Dr. Strom $25.9M 2008
4% Material Girls Tommy $11.4M 2006
86% The Aviator Robert Gross $102.6M 2004
No Score Yet An Unexpected Love Brad 2003
No Score Yet Jack Vernon 2003
37% Star Trek - Nemesis Lt. Cmdr. Data/B-4 Screenwriter $43.1M 2002
1% The Master of Disguise Devlin Bowman $40.5M 2002
No Score Yet Sunday in the Park with George Franz/Dennis 2002
35% I Am Sam Shoe Salesman $40.3M 2001
No Score Yet A Girl Thing Bob 2001
No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection Dorris Gladney 2001
No Score Yet Geppetto Stromboli 2000
No Score Yet My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs Actor 2000
81% South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Conan O'Brien 1999
86% Trekkies Actor 1999
83% Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Earl Mills 1999
54% Star Trek: Insurrection Data 1998
36% Out to Sea Godwyn 1997
93% Star Trek: First Contact Lt. Cdr Data 1996
50% Phenomenon Niedorf 1996
65% Independence Day Dr. Brakish Okun 1996
No Score Yet Pie in the Sky Upscale Guy 1996
No Score Yet Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Actor 1995
47% Star Trek Generations Data 1994
39% Corrina, Corrina Brent Witherspoon 1994
73% Miss Firecracker Preacher Mann 1989
No Score Yet Family Sins Ken McMahon 1987
No Score Yet Manhunt for Claude Dallas Jim Stevens 1986
56% Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains Corinne's Boss 1981
68% Stardust Memories Fan in Lobby 1980

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Goldbergs
2013
Dr. Emry
  • 2019
91% The Blacklist
2013
  • 2017
80% Outcast
2016-2018
Sidney
  • 2016
53% Blunt Talk
2015-2016
  • 2015
100% Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
2010-2012
Voice
  • 2012
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2012
83% Warehouse 13
2009-2014
Brother Adrian
  • 2012
  • 2009
81% Alphas
2011-2012
Dr. Graham Kern
  • 2011
81% The Big Bang Theory
2007
Himself
  • 2011
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2009
92% Leverage
2008-2012
William Quint
  • 2009
44% Threshold
2005
Dr. Nigel Fenway
  • 2005
50% Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
Voice Dr. Arik Soong Arik Soong
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Graham Barnes
  • 2004
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Albert
  • 2003
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer
  • 2001
77% Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
Borg Drone
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
Trent
  • 1996
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
  • 1995
89% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
Lt. Cdr. Data Dr. Soong/Lore/Lt. Cdr. Data
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Bill Grand
  • 1987
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Bob Bob Wheeler
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Star Trek: Picard
2019
Commander Data

QUOTES FROM Brent Spiner CHARACTERS

Patricia Whitmore
Why are they screaming?
Dr. Brakish Okun
They're not screaming. They're celebrating.
Lt. Cmdr. Data
[with his grafted flesh burned away] I imagine I look worse than I... feel.
Lt. Cmdr. Data
I imagine I look worse than I... feel.
Devlin Bowman
Hahahahahahaha (Farts).
Devlin Bowman
Ha ha ha. [farts]
Data/B4
Goodbye....(Fires phaser)
Data/B4
Goodbye... [fires phaser]