Date of Birth: 2 February 1949
Brent Spiner biography:
Released an album titled "Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back" (based on an old crooner song of the 1940s) with his male co-stars from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) singing back-up vocals. Title of the album refers to Data, whom he played on the show. Last name changed to Mintz at about age 6, re-adopted Spiner as a stage name at about age 20. He was a groomsman at Marina Sirtis's wedding, and served as Best Man at Patrick Stewart's wedding. Godfather of Gates McFadden's son. Graduated from Bellaire High School (Texas) in 1968 Has a son named Jackson born June 29, 2002. In October 2004, began three guest appearances on "Enterprise" (2001) as Arik Soong, an ancestor of Noonian Soong, the creator of Data, his character from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987). He also played Noonian Soong in "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers (#4.3)" (1990) and "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Inheritance (#7.10)" (1993). Is the only Houstonian, and for that matter, the only Texan, who appears in The Aviator (2004), whose subject, Howard Hughes, was born in Houston. Has appeared with Erick Avari in three different productions: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), Independence Day (1996), and The Master of Disguise (2002). Has played five different members of the Soong family on "Star Trek": Lieutenant Commander Data in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), and "Enterprise" (2001); Dr. Noonien Soong and Lore in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987); B-4 in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002); and Dr. Arik Soong in "Enterprise" (2001). Data, Lore, and B-4 were all androids made in Dr. Noonien Soong's image and Dr. Arik Soong was his great-grandfather. Along with Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Colm Meaney, and Jeffrey Combs, 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) and "Enterprise" (2001)). Has appeared in episodes of three different series with Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "Gargoyles" (1994), and "Enterprise" (2001). Is the only "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) regular to share scenes with all three original "Star Trek" (1966) cast members who appeared on that series: DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, and James Doohan. Played a fictional character (James Campbell) in "Friends" (1994) and himself in the spin-off series "Joey" (2004). His character, Lt. Commander Data's "Intriguing!" line went down in Trek history as replacing Mr. Spock's world-famous "Fascinating!" line. Genre enthusiasts liken Spiner's Data to another, intelligent, golden automaton: C3PO, of the "Star Wars" trilogies. When added to the Broadway cast of "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," he replaced another future Star Trek actor: Rene Auberjonois. Parents: Jack and Sylvia Spiner.