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->''"I think it's the business part of the word show business that causes me the most concern."''

Brent Jay Spiner (born February 2, 1949) is an American actor known famously for his role as the pale-skinned android Data in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.

A native Texan, Spiner began his acting career, coincidentally enough, the same way fellow ''Franchise/StarTrek'' alumnus Creator/WilliamShatner did: in the theater. Thanks to his inspirational drama coach, Cecil Pickett (who also launched the careers of Creator/DennisQuaid, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl, and Thomas Schlamme), Spiner launched into an early career of professional theater after completing high school and college, performing in on- and off-Broadway plays like “A History of the American Film” and “Leave It to Beaver is Dead”. People remember him most for his role of Data, but Spiner has also had an extensive career in other television series, ranging from science fiction to comedy to romance, to animation, even to children’s films.

!!Prominent roles that Brent Spiner has played:
* ''Series/TalesFromTheDarkside'' episode "A Case of the Stubborns": Reverend Peabody
* ''Series/NightCourt'': Bill Wheeler
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' (and all movies spun off it): Data[=/=]Lore[=/=]Dr. Noonien Soong[=/=]B-4
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Data/Dr. Arik Soong
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'': Creator/ConanOBrien
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': Dr. Brackish Okun
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Puck
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': Bill Grand
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Albert
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': Gabriel Rylander
* ''Westernanimation/YoungJustice'': ComicBook/TheJoker
* ''WebVideo/FreshHell'': Himself
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Himself (with the rest of the TNG cast, even [[AndZoidberg Denise Crosby]])
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': Purple Man
* ''Series/{{Alphas}}'': Dr. Kerns
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Himself
* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'': UsefulNotes/JohnAdams (1997 Broadway revival).
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Senator Gall Trayvis
* ''Film/{{Phenomenon}}'': Dr. Rob Niedorf
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "The Deprogrammers": Professor Trent Davis
* ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise'': Devlin Bowman
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' episode "[[Recap/LeverageS01E10TheJurorNoSixJob The Juror #6 Job]]": William Quint
* ''Series/{{Threshold}}'': Dr. Nigel Fenway
* ''Series/BluntTalk'': Phil
* ''Series/{{Outcast}}'': Sidney

!!Tropes Associated With Brent Spiner:
* ActingForTwo: Or three, or four. Data, Lore, Dr. Soong, and B-4 have all been played by Brent, and at least two or three of the aforementioned characters have shared some screen time. And then there was [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E8AFistfulOfDatas the time when several holodeck characters got turned into replicas of Data]].
* ActorAllusion: In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Them, Robot" (the season 23 episode that's best described as "that 'replace human workers with robots' gag from 'Last Exit to Springfield' stretched out to a 22-minute episode), Brent provided the voices for all the robots. He is best known for playing another kind of cybernetic being, namely an entire "family" of [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration androids]].
* AdamWesting: In his webseries ''WebVideo/FreshHell.'' And his Website/{{Twitter}} account. Also, in the WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" along with his castmates from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
* DeathByCameo: Two of the aforementioned roles, Conan O'Brien and Dr. Brackish Okun, were just bit parts in their respective movies, and they both died horrible, bloody deaths:
** ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'': Conan O'Brien [[spoiler:commits suicide by jumping out the window of his studio building after realizing what a horrible mistake he made by turning Terrance and Phillip in to MAC.]]
** ''Film/IndependenceDay'': [[spoiler:Okun, after attempting to perform an autopsy on the alien brought down by Will Smith, is seized by the alien's tentacles, beaten, and tossed around in a bloody and brutal fashion until Okun is lifeless, and then Okun is used by the alien as a mind puppet to send the main characters a message of death. Subverted in that the sequel reveals he survived his ordeal.]]
* TheSouthpaw: Spiner, as Data, is shown in the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek: TNG]] episode "Fistful of Datas" writing a letter with a pen in his left hand.
* SpringtimeForHitler: A real-life example: He only took on the role of Data as he figured remaking a show as iconic as ''Star Trek'' would fail and he could take the money from the one season to build a career on. Instead, he ended up with his most famous part that would run seven years and four movies.
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