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Brent Jay Spiner (/ˈspaɪnər/, born February 2, 1949, height 5' 10" (1,78 m)) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films. His portrayal of Data in Star Trek: First Contact and of Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day, both in 1996, earned him a Saturn Award and Saturn Award nomination respectively.

He has also enjoyed a career in the theatre and as a musician.

Brent Jay Spiner was born February 2, 1949 in Houston, Texas to Sylvia and Jack Spiner, who owned a furniture store. After his father's death, Spiner was adopted by Sylvia's second husband, Sol Mintz, whose surname he used between 1955 and 1975. Spiner was raised Jewish. He attended Bellaire High School, Bellaire, Texas. Spiner became active on the Bellaire Speech team, winning the national championship in dramatic interpretation. He attended the University of Houston where he performed in local theatre.

MOVIE CREDITS:
1994: Lt. Commander Data - Star Trek: Generations
1996: Lt. Commander Data - Star Trek: First Contact
1998: Lt. Commander Data - Star Trek: Insurrection
2002: Lt. Commander Data - Star Trek: Nemesis
1996: Dr. Brackish Okun - Independence Day
2006: Tommy Katzenbach - Material Girls
2004: Robert Gross - The Aviator
1994: Brent Witherspoon - Corrina, Corrina
2000: Stromboli - Geppetto
2012: Coach Mackey (voice) - Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
2008: Dr. Strom - Superhero Movie
1996: Dr. Bob Niedorf - Phenomenon
1999: Conan O'Brien (voice) - South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
1982: Corinne's Boss - Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
2002: Devlin Bowman - The Master of Disguise
1997: Himself - Trekkies
1997: Gil Godwyn - Out to Sea
1999: Earl Mills - Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
1986: Franz / Dennis - Sunday in the Park with George
2001: My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs
2001: Dorris Grabney - The Ponder Heart
2016: Dr. Brakish Okun - Independence Day: Resurgence
2016: Ezekiel - The Midnight Man
1986: Jim Stevens - Manhunt for Claude Dallas
1987: Ken McMahon - Family Sins
2004: Vernon - Jack
1984: Leonard Junger - Rent Control
1989: Talk Show Guest (uncredited) - Shocker
1993: Himself - Your Guide to Star Trek Generations
2003: Brad - An Unexpected Love
2001: Shoe Saleman - I Am Sam
1994: Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek - The Next Generation
2000: Pierre - Dude, Where's My Car?

TV CREDITS:
1999: Family Guy
2005: Dr. Nigel Fenway - Threshold
1994: Gargoyles
2007: Brent Spiner - The Big Bang Theory
1995: Danny Schlecht - Deadly Games
1978: Student in Reese's class - The Paper Chase
2011: Dr. Kern - Alphas
1982: Cheers
1984: Night Court
2001: Dr. Arik Soong - Star Trek: Enterprise
1992: Mad About You
1987: Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987: Lore - Star Trek: The Next Generation
1984: Tales from the Darkside
1989: The Simpsons
1994: James Campbell - Friends
1985: The Twilight Zone
1981: Hill Street Blues
1984: Hunter
2001: Law & Order: Criminal Intent
1993: Albert - Frasier
2008: Leverage
1995: The Outer Limits
2010: Generator Rex
2011: Alphas
2011: Brent Spiner - Fresh Hell
1987: Data - Star Trek: The Next Generation
2016: Sidney - Outcast
2015: Phil - Blunt Talk
1985: Allard Lowenstein - Robert Kennedy & His Times
2013: Therapist - Ray Donovan
1987: Lt. Commander Data / Frank Hollander / Eli Hollander / Henchman / Bandito / Annie Meyers - Star Trek: The Next Generation
2009: Brother Adrian - Warehouse 13