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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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Wil Wheaton was an American actor who gained fame and notoriety from a young age, and used his geek credentials to reinvent himself as a jack-of-all trades: host, blogger, voice talent, writer, and overall authority on all things nerdy. Born on July 29, 1972 in Burbank, CA, to an actress mother and medical specialist father, Wheaton began acting when he was eight years old, making his screen debut in the TV movie "A Long Way Home" (1981), before voicing Martin Brisby in the animated film "The Secret of NIMH" (1982). He was cut out of the sci-fi adventure film "The Last Starfighter" (1984), but made up for it when he was cast as young Gordie Lachance in "Stand by Me" (1982). Directed by Rob Reiner and based on Stephen King's 1982 novella "The Body," the tale of four boys on an adventure to find an alleged dead body over Labor Day weekend in 1959 was a hit with both critics and audiences, provided breakout roles for Wheaton and his cohorts River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell, and became considered to be a classic coming of age story. From there, Wheaton enlisted with Star Fleet and joined the crew of the Starship Enterprise when he was cast as precocious young cadet Wesley Crusher, son of...

Wil Wheaton was an American actor who gained fame and notoriety from a young age, and used his geek credentials to reinvent himself as a jack-of-all trades: host, blogger, voice talent, writer, and overall authority on all things nerdy. Born on July 29, 1972 in Burbank, CA, to an actress mother and medical specialist father, Wheaton began acting when he was eight years old, making his screen debut in the TV movie "A Long Way Home" (1981), before voicing Martin Brisby in the animated film "The Secret of NIMH" (1982). He was cut out of the sci-fi adventure film "The Last Starfighter" (1984), but made up for it when he was cast as young Gordie Lachance in "Stand by Me" (1982). Directed by Rob Reiner and based on Stephen King's 1982 novella "The Body," the tale of four boys on an adventure to find an alleged dead body over Labor Day weekend in 1959 was a hit with both critics and audiences, provided breakout roles for Wheaton and his cohorts River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell, and became considered to be a classic coming of age story. From there, Wheaton enlisted with Star Fleet and joined the crew of the Starship Enterprise when he was cast as precocious young cadet Wesley Crusher, son of chief medical officer Beverly Crusher, on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (CBS/syndication, 1987-1994). Wheaton would play Wesley for the next four seasons, but his character was controversial amongst Trekkies, many of whom found the character, and by extension Wheaton himself, to be an obnoxious, whiny brat. Eventually all of the hate on Usenet fan groups proved to be too much, and Wheaton not only left the show in 1991, but left acting altogether. Following a role in the action film "Toy Soldiers" (1991), Wheaton moved to Topeka, KA and took a job with the software company NewTek, where he did product testing and quality control on the Video Toaster 4000, an early digital film editing program. In the late 90s, Wheaton decided to return to Los Angeles, where he studied acting at UCLA (his roommate during this period was standup comedian and fellow future geek figurehead Chris Hardwick). He marked his return to acting with appearances in a few short films, including "The Good Things" (2001) and "Jane White Is Sick & Twisted" (2002). Wheaton also branched out into writing: in 2003 he released a memoir called "Dancing Barefoot," then followed that up the next year with another memoir, "Just a Geek." Wheaton also broke into voice acting, lending his vocal talents to "Teen Titans" (Cartoon Network, 2003-06) and "Teen Titans Go!" (Cartoon Network, 2013-), on which he played Aqualad, as well as the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," the Nickelodeon cartoon "Kyle + Rosemary" (Nickelodeon, 2008-2009), "Family Guy" (FOX, 1999-2002, 2005-), and the podcast "Welcome to Night Vale." But perhaps Wheaton's best known role in the new millennium was himself: in addition to his various hosting and podcasting gigs all across geek culture, he regularly appeared on "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007-), in which he played a fictionalized version of himself as a petty and manipulative villain and the nemesis of Jim Parsons' character, Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Happy Feet Two (2011)
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 NEVERLAND (2003)
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 Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2003) Dick Smith
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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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1983:
Featured in "13 Thirteenth Avenue", a busted horror-comedy pilot about supernatural beings living together in NYC apartment house
1987:
Starred as Erich Weiss, "Young Harry Houdini", in a "Disney Sunday Movie"
1979:
Began acting in commercials at age 7 (date approximate)
1986:
Made guest appearance playing a fourteen-year-old pre-med student on the NBC series "St. Elsewhere"
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)
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Status on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" changed from regular to recurring
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Was a writer and performer with the ACME Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles
1982:
First TV special, "The Shooting", an installment of "CBS Afternoon Playhouse"
1986:
Landed breakout film role in "Stand by Me"
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Reprised role of Wesley Crusher in "Star Trek: Nemesis" (lensed 2002)
1987:
Co-starred as Wesley Crusher in "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
1982:
Debut as a TV series regular, "The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour"
1981:
TV-movie acting debut, "A Long Way Home", as the youthful version of a character played as an adult by Timothy Hutton
1991:
Starred in "Toy Soldiers"
1997:
Co-starred with Robin Williams in "Flubber"
1982:
Feature debut, provided the voice of Martin for the animated feature "The Secret of NIMH"
1984:
First central role in a feature film, "The Buddy System"
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Appeared as a fictionalized version of himself on "The Big Bang Theory"
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Education

University of California, Los Angeles: -
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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