Martin Brenner – Matthew Modine Wiki

You will read the complete information about Dr. Martin Brenner which the character of stranger things. Also, you will see his real-life information.

Dr. Martin Brenner is a major character and one of the main antagonists in the first season of Stranger Things. He is portrayed by Matthew Modine.

Martin Brenner Stranger Things

Brenner was a senior research scientist and the director of Hawkins National Laboratory. He raised Eleven in the lab, testing and pushing the limits of her psychic abilities through various experiments.

In one such experiment, Brenner indirectly unleashed a monster from another dimension into Hawkins, allowing Eleven to escape the lab. In the following week, Brenner and his team searched for Eleven while investigating the newly opened gateway to the other dimension.

After being attacked by the Monster, his fate is currently unknown, with rumors circulating from one of his co-workers that he was still alive.

Dr. Brenner was involved in the controversial Project MKUltra, a CIA-sanctioned research program designed to develop mind-control techniques in which the subject suffered extreme conditions at the hands of the researchers, including the use of psychedelic drugs, physical and mental abuse, sleep deprivation, and malnourishment.

In 1969, Brenner was brought in to overhaul the MKUtra testing at Hawkins National Laboratory, where he became the director.

Brenner fired previous test subjects and implemented a shift from subjects from mental asylums and other facilities to college students.

He set up facilities at college campuses in Indiana, including at Indiana University, Bloomington, where college student Terry Ives attended, designed to scan for potential subjects.

After proving capable, Terry was brought to Hawkins Lab to begin regular tests, often overseen by Brenner. Through blood testing, Brenner discovered that Terry became pregnant during the program.

In June of 1970, She gave birth to a daughter named Jane, which Brenner and his staff abducted due to the child’s dormant psychokinetic abilities, brought on upon her as a result of the experimentation on her mother.

After Project MKUltra was shut down, Terry filed a lawsuit against Brenner, but it was dismissed citing lack of evidence. When the details of MKUltra became public knowledge, Hawkins Lab managed to block inquiries despite their legal obligation.

In 1974, Terry attempted to retrieve Jane, breaking into Hawkins Lab with a gun. However, Terry was quickly apprehended and brought to Brenner. Brenner forced Terry to be subjected to electroshock therapy, which left her in a seemingly permanent catatonic state for years after.

Dr. Brenner raised Jane under the “name” Eleven. Brenner built himself up as a father figure in the mind of Eleven, making her refer to him as “Papa”.

Brenner Personality

As a researcher and director of Hawkins National Laboratory, Dr. Brenner was highly manipulative, calculative, ruthless and ambitious.

He was solely responsible for the abduction of Terry Ives’s daughter, Eleven, to experiment on the child’s dormant psychokinetic abilities. His atrocious nature was evident when he forced Eleven’s mother to undergo electroshock therapy after she attempted to retrieve her daughter.

He was shown to be vicious when Eleven disobeyed him as he used to put her through cruel psychological torture and forcefully kept her in solitary confinement, even though she was just a child.

He would also encourage her to push the limits of her psychic abilities, caring little about the toil she had to suffer. However, if she performed well, Brenner would “reward” her with affection and endearment.

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Martin Brenner Biographical Data

NameDr. Martin Brenner
OccupationResearch scientist
Director of Hawkins National Laboratory (formerly)
AffiliationUS Department of Energy
Hawkins National Laboratory
Narcotic Enforcement Division
Other RelationsTerry Ives (former test subject)
Eleven (former test subject)
Kali Prasad (former test subject)
Height6’3″ (191cm)
Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorWhite

Martin Brenner Relationships


Eleven’s history with Brenner runs deep: not only did he define her childhood, but he was potentially responsible for her very existence. Brenner had experimented with her mother Terry, who had volunteered to become a MKUltra test subject.

While undergoing these tests, Terry mysteriously became pregnant. After discovering the pregnancy, Brenner took the child away directly from birth, raising her at Hawkins Lab.

Throughout childhood, Eleven was treated harshly and severely. Brenner appeared to be Eleven’s only source of social engagement, and thus she grew to be dependent on his attention.

Brenner built himself up as a father figure, establishing a somewhat tender demeanor when in her presence. However, an unstated threat was present in even the most affectionate words he uttered, lurking just beneath the surface.

When Eleven performed well, Brenner would “reward” her with affection. When Eleven disobeyed him, she would instead be subjected to cruel psychological torture. Even when Eleven was on her best behavior, she spent much of her time in solitary confinement, locked in a “bedroom” cell.

Brenner’s only true interest in the girl was her extraordinary power; her physical or mental health was mere of tangential importance to his goal. When Eleven performed extraordinary feats, Brenner appeared proud of her accomplishments.

After Eleven, escaping from the lab, met Mike and his friends and experienced genuinely loving relationships for the first time, she could finally see through Brenner’s facade. When he eventually found her and promised to take her home, she rejected his offer, instead of crying and reaching out to her new friends.

Terry Ives

Terry Ives was one of Brenner’s MKUltra test subjects. After Brenner took her daughter from her, Terry grew to loathe him, filing a lawsuit against him. When Terry could produce no evidence against Brenner that he kidnapped her daughter, Terry decided to rescue her daughter instead.

Carrying a gun, Terry barged her way into Hawkins Lab, knowing Brenner would attempt to stop her no matter what. When Terry managed to find her daughter, Brenner’s men managed to kidnap her before she could escape with her daughter.

Knowing Terry would stop at nothing until she got her daughter back, Brenner had Terry undergo electroconvulsive therapy. Once Terry’s brain was damaged and no longer posed a threat, Brenner continued to use Terry’s daughter for his own benefits.


Brenner was responsible for Kali’s abduction and imprisonment in the lab at an early age and also adopted the same manipulation tactics on her as he did with Eleven, attempting to condition her into viewing him as a father figure.

Matthew Modine Wiki

Matthew Avery Modine was born on March 22, 1959. He is an American actor, filmmaker, and activist. Who rose to prominence through his role as the United States Marine Corps Private Joker in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.

His other film roles include the title character in Alan Parker’s Birdy, the high school wrestler Louden Swain in Vision Quest, Drake Goodman in Pacific Heights and Dr. Ralph Wyman in Short Cuts.

On television, Modine portrayed Dr. Martin Brenner in Stranger Things, the oversexed Sullivan Groff on Weeds, Dr. Don Francis in And the Band Played On and Ivan Turing in Proof.

matthew modine wiki
NameMatthew Avery Modine
OccupationActor, activist, and filmmaker,
BornMarch 22, 1959
Age60 years
Height1.91 m
Years Active1982-present
SiblingsMark Modine, Marcia Modine, Russell Modine, Elizabeth Modine, Michael Modine, Maury Modine

Modine has been nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for his work in And the Band Played On and What the Deaf Man Heard and won a Special Golden Globe for him and the rest of the ensemble in Short Cuts.

He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for And the Band Played On.

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