Brent Spiner

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Brent Spiner

Born

2/2/1949, Houston, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Brent Jay Spiner

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Brent Mintz
9.5
out of 10
User Rating
174 votes

Biography

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Although best known for his role of Lieutenant Commander Data on the iconic television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Brent Jay Spiner is a multi-talented performer with a varied history.

Born in Houston, Texas on February 2, 1949, Brent Spiner was the younger of two children born to…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

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    • Brent Spinder: (On directing Star Trek) No, it was never offered, but if it was - you know, I'm not really… the one thing that's required for directing,...is boundless energy. It's everything I can do just to show up, much less direct.

    • Brent Spiner: (About Data's death) I did have some participation in the death of Data. But other than that really John wrote the whole script, and Rick and I just contribuite to the story.

    • Brent Spinder: Why is it that when you buy something at the airport, your change always comes to 73 cents?

    • Brent Spiner: Aliens really don't interest me.

    • Brent Spiner: They want you to be your character, they don't want you to be who you are, they're disappointed when they find out you're not who they thought you were,...I don't have a problem with disappointing people on that level, I can only be me and if they don't like it well that's fine, you can't like everybody.

    • Brent Spiner: (When asked what other occupation he could have done) Now I think about it I think what could I have done… there are so many interesting things to do in the world now with computers and internet and communication, I think it would have had to be in some kind of form of communication.

    • Brent Spiner: (On gun control) But how about nobody has them? How about we even the score and nobody manufactures them anymore, because they're an archaic device, we don't need to explode people with firearms, it's crazy.

    • Brent Spiner: (On what made his role as Data so hard) I had really difficult dialog on that show and after doing a sixteen hour day and that makeup and those contacts and I'd go home at night ready to go to bed and I'd open the script and look at what I had to do the next day and my stomach would turn over and I'd think there's no way I can learn this tonight, I'm too tired. But somehow it always happened.

    • (about his experience with the Original Star Trek)
      Brent Spiner: I probably saw all the Original Series at some point in time, in my youth. I think it came on air when I was three months old and I started watching it then and I didn't really understand it but then years later when I watched it again I still didn't understand it.

    • Brent Spiner: (When asked if he ever watched any TNG episodes) Because I work on it so much, I've read all the episodes and I've acted on them -- I just think it would be redundant for me to sit down and watch them.

    • Brent Spiner: J.J. Abrams is doing the feature that is coming out next year (2009), and I don't think he listens to what everyone thinks he should be doing. He does what he thinks is best because he was given that job, and if it turns out great, great. If it doesn't, there will be a lot of people out there second guessing him.

    • Brent Spiner: Rick (Berman) was hand-picked by Gene (Roddenberry) to carry his torch, and he took that responsibility really seriously.

    • Brent Spiner: 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.

    • Brent Spiner: (discussing his upcoming documentary) I'm going to go from one end of the country to another; just going to people's houses and talking to them. There's a specific reason, which I'd rather not talk about, but I won't be making fun of people. That's not what I'm looking for. I really am just looking for ordinary people or extraordinary people or peculiar people or not peculiar people to visit. Just a variety kind of a cross-section of America and there is a theme but I'm going to keep that to myself just at the moment because it's so simple that I'm afraid somebody else will do it before I get out there.

    • Brent Spiner: Almost everyone has worked at Paramount at one time or another.

    • Brent Spiner: (When asked if he resented being stuck with most of the "techno-babble" on Star Trek The Next Generation) As I get older and I get more of this dialogue and I lose more and more brain cells, it really does become the most difficult part of the job.

    • Brent Spiner: Hollywood has more than its share of harsh and cruel stories. In fact, it's probably more the norm than the exception.

    • Brent Spiner: I really think that success in this field (acting) is about tenacity and just sticking with it.

    • Brent Spiner: People think that being on Star Trek is career suicide, but it's really just the opposite.

    • Brent Spiner: Yes, Data is hairless but I am not. And we are both anatomically correct.

    • Brent Spiner: (When asked how comfortable he was having an action figure modeled after his likeness) If it's good enough for Alec Guinness, it's good enough for me.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Brilliant - I can't say enough about him!

    10
    I'm fairly certain Brent Spiner is the best actor I've ever seen in my life, plus he sings and dances, a rarity in Hollywood these days. There are some celebrities who should be shot before making a CD, but Brent can make as many CDs as he wants! The man is a class act. He's not constantly in the tabloids (unlike others who shall not be named), and and I know from experience that he's a very nice guy as well. He's never given a performance that's anything less than superb! Brent is immensely talented. Every time I see him in something, I think, "Someone give him an Oscar!" He could get one quite easily. I've never seen an actor who's more deserving of one. Even when he's little more than a glorified extra, he brings something unique and beautiful to the part. Mr. Spiner is one of the most underappreciated people in Hollywood, and that's just wrong. He deserves so much better. He doesn't rely on scandals to keep his career going (again, unlike some people I will not name, but we all know who they are). He worked hard to get to where he is today, and Hollywood needs to give him the credit that he's earned. Some people seem to think that he hasn't done anything besides Star Trek, but that's simply not true. Brent has an extensive film and theatre career, both before and after his tenure on Star Trek. I can't compliment him enough, and he should serve as a role model for all aspiring actors.moreless
  • So much more than "Data"...

    9.0
    ...but oh what an iconic character he created in everyone's beloved android-who-would-be-human. I have to say Data is and will always be, one of my favourite TV characters on one of my all-time favourite TV series.

    I was really disappointed when "Threshold" didn't get picked up because I thought that series also had an interesting premise, and I found Brent Spiner's character possessed lots of major potential. Unfortunately, once again the networks were asleep at the pool...uh...wheel, and passed on what would probably have been a great thing.

    At any rate, I have missed seeing him in front of the camera, and hope that he finds another vehicle which satisfies his particular creative style.moreless
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