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Actor and musician Brent Spiner is best know for his portrayal of the android Data and his creator Dr. Noonien Soong in Star Trek: The Next Generation , as well as the four subsequent films . In 2019, he reprised the role of Data and also played Dr. Altan Inigo Soong in 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. He has also enjoyed a career in the theater and as a musician.
Brent first began pursuing his interest in acting while in high school. There his inspirational drama teacher, Cecil Pickett, gave a great start to the careers of a remarkable group of aspiring young actors (and directors), including Spiner, Cindy Pickett, Randy and Dennis Quaid, Trey Wilson, Robert Wuhl and Thomas Schlamme, all of whom later attained success in Hollywood. After graduation, he followed his mentor to the University of Houston and other local colleges, while also launching his professional acting career in theater (The Houston Music Theater and other regional theater) and in film (My Sweet Charlie). After a couple of false starts in New York and Hollywood, Brent eventually established himself as a stage actor in New York, appearing in a number of off-Broadway and Broadway plays, such as “A History of the American Film” (1978), “Leave It to Beaver is Dead” (1979), “Sunday in the Park with George” (1984), and “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1985). The play “Little Shop of Horrors “brought Spiner to Los Angeles in 1984, where he eventually took up permanent residence.
In 1986, after a number of character parts in television series and movies, Brent snagged the role that would bring him international fame: Data, the endearing android, whom Spiner played “by tapping into his inner child” His character became hugely popular, moving to the big screen for four films (so far) after its 7-year run on television. Aside from these films, Spiner has made cameo appearances in a number of films directed by his friend and old schoolmate Thomas Schlamme, such as Miss Firecracker, Crazy from the Heart and Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long. He has also appeared regularly on television and in voice acting roles, including the series Gargoyles, Threshold, Leverage, The Big Bang Theory, Fresh Hell, Warehouse 13, Family Guy, Star Wars Rebels, Blunt Talk, and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
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Actor and writer Sean Gunn is known for his role as Kraglin in the Marvel Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In addition to portraying Kraglin, Sean also provides on-set motion capture performance for Rocket Raccoon for the Marvel Cinematic Universe productions, working in both Guardians films, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame in this capacity.
His first film was in Troma Films’ Tromeo and Juliet where he played Sammy Capulet. He has worked alongside his brother, writer and director James Gunn, on The Specials, Super, the video game Lollipop Chainsaw and The Belko Experiment in addition to the Guardians films. Other film credits include Stricken, Pearl Harbor, Jesus, Mary and Joey, Pants on Fire, The Giant Mechanical Man, Who the F is Buddy Applebaum, and The Education of Eddie and Mortimer.
Sean’s television work is highlighted by his portrayal of endearingly quirky townie Kirk Gleason on Gilmore Girls and its Netflix original revival, “A Year In The Life”. He has also appeared on Any Day Now, DAG, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Going to California, Yes, Dear, October Road, Glee, Bunheads, Bones and Andy Richter Controls the Universe.
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Maisie Richardson-Sellers is a British actress known for her role as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen and Charlie on The CW superhero series Legends of Tomorrow. She has also played Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, and a starring role as King Saul of Israel’s daughter Michal in the ABC Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets.
Richardson-Sellers comes from a family of stage actors. In 2013, Richardson-Sellers graduated, with a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, from University of Oxford, where she participated in and directed several plays, including Mephisto, Chatroom, and There Will Be Red. After graduating university, she started auditioning and landed her first role in Star Wars sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in the cameo role of Korr Sella, aide to General Leia Organa.
Richardson-Sellers is a co-founder of Shethority (“She + Authority”), an online global collective described as “a positive place for women and the feminine to inspire, empower, and share.” Active members of the initiative include fellow Arrowverse actorsMelissa Benoist, Nicole Maines, Chyler Leigh, Caity Lotz, Tala Ashe, Emily Bett Rickards, Juliana Harkavy, Katie Cassidy, Candice Patton, and Danielle Panabaker. Through social media, women are encouraged to share their own stories and experiences on dealing with self-acceptance, homophobia, sexual harassment at the workplace and other issues.
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