Brent Spiner

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

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Independence Day (1996)

Action-packed

On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Bill Pullman  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Mary McDonnell

On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Bill Pullman  •  Jeff Goldblum  •  Mary McDonnell

Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)

Jesse and Chester, two bumbling stoners, wake up one morning from a night of partying and cannot remember where they parked their car. They encounter a variety of people while looking for it, including their angry girlfriends, an angry street gang, a transexual ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Leiner
CAST:  Ashton Kutcher  •  Seann William Scott  •  Kristy Swanson  •  Jennifer Garner

Jesse and Chester, two bumbling stoners, wake up one morning from a night of partying and cannot remember where they parked their car. They encounter a variety of people while looking for it, including their angry girlfriends, an angry street gang, a transexual ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danny Leiner
CAST:  Ashton Kutcher  •  Seann William Scott  •  Kristy Swanson  •  Jennifer Garner

I Am Sam (2001)

Depressing

Although Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, he has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the authorities ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jessie Nelson
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Dakota Fanning  •  Dianne Wiest

Although Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old, he has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the authorities ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jessie Nelson
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Dakota Fanning  •  Dianne Wiest

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)

An acclaimed stage performer, Dorothy still struggled with the challenge of her color, in a time that wouldn't let some stars in by the front door. Yet against the odds she beat out many more famous rivals for the role of "Carmen Jones", becoming the first black ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Brent Spiner  •  Klaus Maria Brandauer  •  Obba Babatundé

An acclaimed stage performer, Dorothy still struggled with the challenge of her color, in a time that wouldn't let some stars in by the front door. Yet against the odds she beat out many more famous rivals for the role of "Carmen Jones", becoming the first black ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Halle Berry  •  Brent Spiner  •  Klaus Maria Brandauer  •  Obba Babatundé

Material Girls (2006)

Two wealthy sisters, both heiresses to their family's cosmetics fortune, are given a wake-up call when a scandal and ensuing investigation strip them of their wealth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Hilary Duff  •  Haylie Duff  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Anjelica Huston

Two wealthy sisters, both heiresses to their family's cosmetics fortune, are given a wake-up call when a scandal and ensuing investigation strip them of their wealth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Hilary Duff  •  Haylie Duff  •  María Conchita Alonso  •  Anjelica Huston

Out to Sea (1997)

Care-free Charlie (Walter Matthau) cons his widower brother-in-law Herb (Jack Lemmon) into an expenses-paid luxury cruise in search of rich, lonely ladies. The catch is that they are required to be dance hosts! With a tyrannical cruise director, and the luscious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Walter Matthau  •  Dyan Cannon  •  Brent Spiner

Care-free Charlie (Walter Matthau) cons his widower brother-in-law Herb (Jack Lemmon) into an expenses-paid luxury cruise in search of rich, lonely ladies. The catch is that they are required to be dance hosts! With a tyrannical cruise director, and the luscious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Walter Matthau  •  Dyan Cannon  •  Brent Spiner

Phenomenon (1996)

An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Turteltaub
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Kyra Sedgwick  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Robert Duvall

An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Turteltaub
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Kyra Sedgwick  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Robert Duvall

Shocker (1989)

After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Craven
CAST:  Michael Murphy  •  Mitch Pileggi  •  Sam Scarber  •  Camille Cooper

After being sent to the electric chair, a serial killer uses electricity to come back from the dead and carry out his vengeance on the football player who turned him in to the police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Craven
CAST:  Michael Murphy  •  Mitch Pileggi  •  Sam Scarber  •  Camille Cooper

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

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When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring Canadians Terrance and Philip, they are pronounced "corrupted", and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Trey Parker
CAST:  Trey Parker  •  Matt Stone  •  Mary Kay Bergman  •  Isaac Hayes

When the four boys see an R-rated movie featuring Canadians Terrance and Philip, they are pronounced "corrupted", and their parents pressure the United States to wage war against Canada.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Trey Parker
CAST:  Trey Parker  •  Matt Stone  •  Mary Kay Bergman  •  Isaac Hayes

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

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The Borg, a relentless race of cyborgs, are on a direct course for Earth. Violating orders to stay away from the battle, Captain Picard and the crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise E pursue the Borg back in time to prevent the invaders from changing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Frakes
CAST:  James Cromwell  •  Alfre Woodard  •  Alice Krige  •  Neal McDonough

The Borg, a relentless race of cyborgs, are on a direct course for Earth. Violating orders to stay away from the battle, Captain Picard and the crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise E pursue the Borg back in time to prevent the invaders from changing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Frakes
CAST:  James Cromwell  •  Alfre Woodard  •  Alice Krige  •  Neal McDonough

Star Trek: Generations (1994)

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves at odds with the renegade scientist Soran who is destroying entire star systems. Only one man can help Picard stop Soran's scheme...and he's been dead for seventy-eight years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Carson
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Jonathan Frakes  •  Brent Spiner  •  LeVar Burton

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves at odds with the renegade scientist Soran who is destroying entire star systems. Only one man can help Picard stop Soran's scheme...and he's been dead for seventy-eight years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Carson
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Jonathan Frakes  •  Brent Spiner  •  LeVar Burton

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

When an alien race and factions within Starfleet attempt to take over a planet that has "regenerative" properties, it falls upon Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise to defend the planet's people as well as the very ideals upon which the Federation itself ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Frakes
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Jonathan Frakes  •  Brent Spiner  •  LeVar Burton

When an alien race and factions within Starfleet attempt to take over a planet that has "regenerative" properties, it falls upon Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise to defend the planet's people as well as the very ideals upon which the Federation itself ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Frakes
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Jonathan Frakes  •  Brent Spiner  •  LeVar Burton

Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

En route to the honeymoon of William Riker to Deanna Troi on her home planet of Betazed, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise receives word from Starfleet that a coup has resulted in the installation of a new Romulan political leader, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Baird
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Jonathan Frakes  •  LeVar Burton  •  Brent Spiner

En route to the honeymoon of William Riker to Deanna Troi on her home planet of Betazed, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise receives word from Starfleet that a coup has resulted in the installation of a new Romulan political leader, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Baird
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Jonathan Frakes  •  LeVar Burton  •  Brent Spiner

Superhero Movie (2008)

The team behind Scary Movie takes on the comic book genre in this tale of Rick Riker, a nerdy teen imbued with superpowers by a radioactive dragonfly. And because every hero needs a nemesis, enter Lou Landers, aka the villainously goofy Hourglass.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Mazin
CAST:  Drake Bell  •  Sara Paxton  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Christopher McDonald

The team behind Scary Movie takes on the comic book genre in this tale of Rick Riker, a nerdy teen imbued with superpowers by a radioactive dragonfly. And because every hero needs a nemesis, enter Lou Landers, aka the villainously goofy Hourglass.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Mazin
CAST:  Drake Bell  •  Sara Paxton  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Christopher McDonald

The Aviator (2004)

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A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Cate Blanchett  •  John C. Reilly  •  Kate Beckinsale

A biopic depicting the life of filmmaker and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Cate Blanchett  •  John C. Reilly  •  Kate Beckinsale

Trekkies (1997)

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A hilarious look at the universe's most fervent fans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Nygard
CAST:  Denise Crosby  •  Barbara Adams  •  Majel Barrett  •  James Doohan

A hilarious look at the universe's most fervent fans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Nygard
CAST:  Denise Crosby  •  Barbara Adams  •  Majel Barrett  •  James Doohan

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother's death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lou Adler
CAST:  Diane Lane  •  Ray Winstone  •  Peter Donat  •  David Clennon

Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother's death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lou Adler
CAST:  Diane Lane  •  Ray Winstone  •  Peter Donat  •  David Clennon

The Master of Disguise (2002)

A sweet-natured Italian waiter named Pistachio Disguisey at his father Fabbrizio's restaurant, who happens to be a member of a family with supernatural skills of disguise. But moments later the patriarch of the Disguisey family is kidnapped Fabbrizio's former ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Perry Andelin Blake
CAST:  Dana Carvey  •  Brent Spiner  •  Jennifer Esposito  •  Harold Gould

A sweet-natured Italian waiter named Pistachio Disguisey at his father Fabbrizio's restaurant, who happens to be a member of a family with supernatural skills of disguise. But moments later the patriarch of the Disguisey family is kidnapped Fabbrizio's former ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Perry Andelin Blake
CAST:  Dana Carvey  •  Brent Spiner  •  Jennifer Esposito  •  Harold Gould

Sunday in the Park with George (1986)

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat is one of the great paintings of the world, and in "Sunday in the Park with George," book writer James Lapine and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim bring a story based on the work brilliantly to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Lapine  •  Terry Hughes
CAST:  Mandy Patinkin  •  Bernadette Peters  •  Barbara Bryne  •  Mary D'Arcy

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat is one of the great paintings of the world, and in "Sunday in the Park with George," book writer James Lapine and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim bring a story based on the work brilliantly to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Lapine  •  Terry Hughes
CAST:  Mandy Patinkin  •  Bernadette Peters  •  Barbara Bryne  •  Mary D'Arcy

The Ponder Heart (2001)

Uncle Daniel Ponder moves to give away his fortune, while his niece, Edna Earle, tries to tighten the reins on Daniel's generosity. After Daniel marries teenager Bonnie Dee Peacock, her death leads to Daniel's trial for murder  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Angela Bettis  •  JoBeth Williams  •  Jennifer Lewis  •  Victor Slezak

Uncle Daniel Ponder moves to give away his fortune, while his niece, Edna Earle, tries to tighten the reins on Daniel's generosity. After Daniel marries teenager Bonnie Dee Peacock, her death leads to Daniel's trial for murder  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Angela Bettis  •  JoBeth Williams  •  Jennifer Lewis  •  Victor Slezak
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