|General Actor Information|
|Birth name:||Brent Jay Spiner|
|Born:||February 2, 1949|
|Birthplace||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|Appeared on:||Night Court|
|6 in Seasons 3 & 4|
|Appears as:||Bob Wheeler|
Brent is best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films, the spin-off films Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). He also guest starred on the subsequent series Star Trek: Enterprise. He is also known for his of Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day. both in 1996, earned him a Saturn Award and Saturn Award nomination respectively.
Spiner has appeared in the television series Deadly Games, Dream On, Frasier, Friends, Gargoyles, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Mad About You and The Outer Limits. In the series The Big Bang Theory and Joey, he appeared as himself. His television-movie appearances include the 2000 musical Geppetto and the role of Dorothy Dandridge's manager and confidant, Earl Mills, in the HBO production Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.
In 2004, Spiner returned to Star Trek when he appeared as Dr. Arik Soong, an ancestor of Data's creator Dr. Noonien Soong, whom he also played, in a three-episode story arc of Star Trek: Enterprise: "Borderland", "Cold Station 12" and "The Augments". He also briefly reprised the role of Data for the series, providing a voice-only cameo in the Enterprise finale "These Are the Voyages...".
He has also enjoyed a career in the theatre and as a musician.