Brent Spiner Born: 02/02/1949
Television proved to be Spiner's road to fame when he was cast as Data on the syndicated smash, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987-94). Any negative thoughts of playing a greenish-gold android-a potential knockoff of Leonard Nimoy's logical and unemotional Spock from the original series-soon vanished, as Spiner and the writers began exploring the conflict of being a living machine. Spiner's character became a 23rd Century Pinocchio-an eager, quizzical golem learning to become human. He reprised the role for the series' first feature, "Star Trek: Generations" (1995), and its sequels "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996), "Star Trek: Insurrection" (1998)...
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