Brent Jay Spiner (born February 2, 1949, Houston, Texas) is an actor best known for his portrayal of the android Data (Star Trek)|Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek|Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films. He also guest starred on the subsequent series Star Trek: Enterprise. He is also known for his role of Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day (film)|Independence Day. He has also enjoyed a career in the theater and as a musician. In five episodes of Night Court, he performed in a memorable role as farmer Bob Wheeler with Annie O'Donnell (the actress who first played Amy's mother (Mrs. Fowler)).
In "The Russian Rocket Reaction," Brent Spiner attended a party hosted by fellow Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton. At the party, he became a mortal enemy of Sheldon after breaking the seal and opening a signed, mint-condition, limited-edition Wesley Crusher action figure. Though he offered autographed Data figures as compensation, Sheldon did not forgive him; however, Leonard and Raj attempted to take advantage of Brent's offer and after some negotiating by Brent Spiner, both will receive the collectibles for $30 with the condition that Mr. Data will attend Leonard's birthday party. Sheldon portrays Mr. Data in "The Bakersfield Expedition" even though he is one of his mortal enemies.