Cast and Crew - Data
CAST AND CREW
Data / Brent
Data was the fifth and next-to-last model created by Soong and his then-wife Juliana on the Omicron Theta science colony, activated on Feb. 2, 2338 when found by members of a U.S.S. Tripoli away team after the Crystalline Entity had drained the life force from the 411-member colony. Not until 2370 did he realize he had a childhood-like developmental memory from an existence before that date, wiped by Soong and replaced by the colonists' memories and logs as they faced their doom by the Entity.
Data has always wished to be more human, experimenting in everything from art, acting, and poetry to keeping a pet cat Spot and imitating humanisms ranging from laughter, sneezing and whistling to dance, facial hair grooming and bedtime routines.
with that goal, Data turned down a chance to be human offered
by Q in 2364, quoting Shakespeare's "To thine own self be
true," but inched closer to his goal with the discovery of an
"emotion chip" created by his builder, Dr. Noonien Soong.
Although he delayed using it for over a year, the chip when
finally installed in 2371 caused a near-overload. The chip
proved an Achilles heel during Data's capture by the Borg
Queen, when she literally tempted him with sensations of flesh
and blood he had never experienced despite his growing
worldliness. Even so, the emotional data overload was not
enough to overrule his ethics program.
Brent Spiner played the android Lieutenant Commander Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Spiner moved to New York after college, where he performed in numerous off-Broadway plays. "The play that finally pushed me over into the serious-actor category was a public theater production of "The Seagull" for Joseph Papp," he says. Spiner eventually won roles in the Broadway musical productions of "Sunday in the Park with George," "The Three Musketeers" and "Big River," which was based on the story of Huckleberry Finn.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1984, Spiner appeared in the Westwood Playhouse production of "Little Shop of Horrors." His other credits include the Woody Allen film "Stardust Memories," a cameo in the movie "The Miss Firecracker Contest" and guest-starring roles in such television series as Cheers, Twilight Zone, Night Court and Hill Street Blues. Spiner has also featured in the films "Phenomenon," "Independence Day" and "Out to Sea."
During the fourth season hiatus of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiner co-produced and released his first album. Entitled "Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back," the album features some of the most popular classic standards ever recorded. Included on the album is the single "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie," which has background vocals provided by the "The Sunspots," more familiar to Star Trek: The Next Generation fans as Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Michael Dorn.
Following on from his Star Trek duties, Spiner has performed in a
variety of capacities. His vocal talents can be heard impersonating
late night talk show host Conan O'Brien in the feature length
animated movie "South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut." He has also
appeared in "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," the movie based on the
tragic life of the first African-American woman to be nominated for
an Oscar ("Carmen Jones" 1954). Spiner plays her faithful manager
Earl Mills. In 2000, Brent portrayed Stromboli in Disney's musical
live action version of "Geppetto." Spiner also appeared in the 2000
mini-series "A Girl Thing."