A Brent Spiner

A Brent Spiner


Brent Spiner


Brent is an award-winning product designer who specializes in taking large, cumbersome products and making them simple, yet powerful. He does this by dividing products by their problem, designing personas around those problems, and creating content to guide the users through the process.



Brent Jay Spiner (/ˈspaɪnər/; born February 2, 1949) is an American actor, comedian, musician and singer best known for his portrayal of the android Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as four subsequent films. In 2019, he reprised the role for Star Trek: Picard. In 1997, he won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Data in Star Trek: First Contact, and was nominated in the same category for portraying Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day, a role he reprised in Independence Day: Resurgence. Spiner has also enjoyed a career in the theater and as a musician.

In 1984, he moved to Los Angeles, where he appeared in several pilots and made-for-TV movies. He played a recurring character on Night Court, Bob Wheeler, patriarch of a rural family. In 1986, he played a condemned soul in "Dead Run", an episode of the revival of Rod Serling's series The Twilight Zone on CBS. He made two appearances in season three (1986) of the situation comedy Mama's Family, playing two different characters. Spiner's first and only starring film role was in Rent Control (1984). In the Cheers episode "Never Love a Goalie, Part II", he played acquitted murder suspect Bill Grand. Spiner also appeared in the Tales from the Darkside episode, "A Case of the Stubborns", as a preacher. He portrayed Jim Stevens in the made-for-TV movie Manhunt for Claude Dallas. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)


The story of Fan Fiction follows a “Brent Spiner” fearful for his life when he starts receiving fan mail from someone claiming to be “Lal,” Data’s (deceased) daughter on The Next Generation. This crazed fan version of Lal wants to hurt him, which sends Brent into the kind of neurotic fit that might remind you of Curb Your Enthusiasm or Seinfeld. He calls the FBI. He hides at the home of Jonathan Frakes. He drops quaaludes while driving at night. He worries if twin sisters — one an FBI agent, the other a freelance bodyguard — are actually the same person.

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. (Source: www.empireonline.com)


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