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Brent Spiner

Highest Rated:   93% Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Lowest Rated:   1% The Master of Disguise (2002)
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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
31% Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Dr. Brakish Okun
$103.2M 2016
No Score Yet The Midnight Man
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Midnight Man
  • Ezekiel
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
87% 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
34% 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
55% Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Data
1998
38% Out to Sea
  • Godwyn
1997
93% Star Trek: First Contact
  • Lt. Cdr Data
1996
50% Phenomenon
  • Niedorf
1996
60% 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
49% Star Trek Generations
  • Data
1994
35% 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
No Score Yet Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
  • Corinne's Boss
1981
72% Stardust Memories
  • Fan in Lobby
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% The Blacklist
2013
  • Actor
  • 2017
79% Outcast
2016
  • Sidney
  • 2016
53% Blunt Talk
2015-2016
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2012
75% Warehouse 13
2009-2014
  • Brother Adrian
  • 2012
86% Alphas
2011-2012
  • Dr. Graham Kern
  • 2011
82% The Big Bang Theory
2007
  • Himself
  • 2011
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2009
No Score Yet Leverage
2008-2012
  • William Quint
  • 2009
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Albert
  • 2003
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • 2001
No Score Yet Star Trek: Voyager
1995-2001
  • Borg Drone
  • 2000
No Score Yet 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

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