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Also Known As: Wil Wheaton Jr., Richard William Wheaton Iii Died:
Born: July 29, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Burbank, California, USA Profession: actor, comedy writer

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A willowy, doe-eyed actor, Wil Wheaton has convincingly played smart and sensitive youths in films and TV since age nine. Wheaton began his career appearing in commercials at age seven, gained respect with an effective starring role in Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me" (1986), and achieved celebrity as Wesley Crusher, budding boy genius and eventual acting ensign, on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-94). He left his post as a regular on the bridge of the Enterprise in 1990 to attend the Starfleet Academy and returned periodically until meeting his cosmic destiny in the show's final season. Wheaton began concentrating on features in the early 1990s with limited success in the absurd but entertaining "Toy Soldiers" (1991), as a troubled preppie cadet turned terrorist fighter, and in the talky, stagy "December" (1991), as a thoughtful pacifist reacting to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.The actor first made a dent in feature as the voice of Martin in "The Secret of NIMH" (1982) and had his first lead in "The Buddy System" (1984), playing Susan Sarandon's son who fixes her up with Richard Dreyfuss. On the small screen, Wheaton broke into TV-movies playing an eight-year old trying to keep...

A willowy, doe-eyed actor, Wil Wheaton has convincingly played smart and sensitive youths in films and TV since age nine. Wheaton began his career appearing in commercials at age seven, gained respect with an effective starring role in Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me" (1986), and achieved celebrity as Wesley Crusher, budding boy genius and eventual acting ensign, on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-94). He left his post as a regular on the bridge of the Enterprise in 1990 to attend the Starfleet Academy and returned periodically until meeting his cosmic destiny in the show's final season. Wheaton began concentrating on features in the early 1990s with limited success in the absurd but entertaining "Toy Soldiers" (1991), as a troubled preppie cadet turned terrorist fighter, and in the talky, stagy "December" (1991), as a thoughtful pacifist reacting to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The actor first made a dent in feature as the voice of Martin in "The Secret of NIMH" (1982) and had his first lead in "The Buddy System" (1984), playing Susan Sarandon's son who fixes her up with Richard Dreyfuss. On the small screen, Wheaton broke into TV-movies playing an eight-year old trying to keep his family together in "A Long Way Home" (ABC, 1981). In 1982, he was a regular on the short-lived "The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour" (NBC) and had the title role in "Young Harry Houdini" (ABC, 1987). In 1991, he was a youth who, along with a pal, sets out to find "The Last Prostitute" (Lifetime), only to discover she's Sonia Braga and she now raises horses. In 1996, he was a concocted creature in Roger Avary's "Mr. Stitch," a film originally intended for theatrical release that wound up as a world premiere on the Sci-Fi Channel. Wheaton has remained active in occasional features, such as "Pie in the Sky" (1995) and "Flubber" (1997).

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 Happy Feet Two (2011)
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 Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2003) Dick Smith
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 NEVERLAND (2003)
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 BOOK OF DAYS (2003) Danny
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 Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Wesley Crusher
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 Python (2001)
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1979:
Began acting in commercials at age 7 (date approximate)
1981:
TV-movie acting debut, "A Long Way Home", as the youthful version of a character played as an adult by Timothy Hutton
1982:
Feature debut, provided the voice of Martin for the animated feature "The Secret of NIMH"
1982:
Debut as a TV series regular, "The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour"
1982:
First TV special, "The Shooting", an installment of "CBS Afternoon Playhouse"
1983:
Featured in "13 Thirteenth Avenue", a busted horror-comedy pilot about supernatural beings living together in NYC apartment house
1984:
First central role in a feature film, "The Buddy System"
1986:
Gained notice with a starring role in Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me"
1986:
Made guest appearance playing a fourteen-year-old pre-med student on the NBC series "St. Elsewhere"
1987:
Starred as Erich Weiss, "Young Harry Houdini", in a "Disney Sunday Movie"
1987:
Cast as Wesley Crusher, the precocious son of the ship's doctor, on the hit syndicated sci-fi sequel "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
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Status on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" changed from regular to recurring
1991:
Co-starred in "Toy Soldiers"
1996:
Played title role in film "Mr. Stitch" (filmed 1994-1995; released direct-to-video; also aired on the Sci-Fi Channel as an original movie)
1997:
Co-starred with Robin Williams in "Flubber"
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Was a writer and performer with the ACME Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles
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Reprised role of Wesley Crusher in "Star Trek: Nemesis" (lensed 2002)
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Education

Los Angeles Professional High School: Los Angeles , California - 1990

Notes

He operates his own web site at www.wilwheaton.net

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wife:
Anne Prince. Receptionist. Born c. 1969; has two children from previous marriage; married in November 1999.

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father:
Richard William Wheaton Jr.
mother:
Debbie O'Connor. Former actor. Acted in commercials for 17 years.
brother:
Jeremy Wheaton. Born in 1976.
sister:
Amy Wheaton. Born in 1978.
step-son:
Ryan Thomas Kopp. Born in July 1989.
step-son:
Nolan Eric Kopp. Born in August 1991.
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