Brent Spiner is a man who hardly need an introduction to pop culture fans. His primary claim to fame is his portrayal of the beloved android Data on the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the popular film role of Dr. Brakish Okun in "Independence Day" and its sequel, "Independence Day: Resurgence".
Spiner first began pursuing his interest in acting while in high school. There his inspirational drama teacher, Cecil Pickett, gave a great start to the careers of a remarkable group of aspiring young actors (and directors), including Spiner, Cindy Pickett, Randy Quaid, Dennis Quaid, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl and Thomas Schlamme. After graduation, Spiner followed his mentor to the University of Houston and other local colleges, while also launching his professional acting career in theatre and in film. Spiner established himself as a stage actor in New York, appearing in a number of off-Broadway and Broadway plays. While in New York, he had a bit part in Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories" and starred in an independent film called "Rent Control". The play "Little Shop of Horrors "brought Spiner to Los Angeles in 1984, where he eventually took up permanent residence.
In 1986, after a number of character parts in television series and movies, Spiner snagged the role that would bring him international fame: Data, the endearing android, whom Spiner played "by tapping into his inner child." The sequel to the original television series "Star Trek", "Star Trek: The Next Generation" became hugely popular, moving to the big screen for films after its 7-year run on television. Aside from these films, Spiner has made cameo appearances in a number of films directed by his friend and old schoolmate Thomas Schlamme, such as "Miss Firecracker", "Crazy from the Heart", and "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long", and has appeared in small roles in many other films, such as "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "The Master of Disguise".
More recently Spiner has appeared in the TV series "Fresh Hell", "Warehouse 13" and "The Big Bang Theory". He has also lent his voice to animated series such as "Gargoyles", "Star Wars: Rebels" and "Generator Rex". He currently stars in Robert Kirkman's "Outcast".
Data, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Dr. Brakish Okun, Independance Day
Brother Adrian, Warehouse 13
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