Wil Wheaton

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Actor • Writer • Blogger

Birth Date: July 29, 1972

Age: 51 years old

Birth Place: Burbank, California

A brief tenure as a child actor, marked by stardom in "Stand By Me" (1985) and on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-1994), preceded Wil Wheaton's more prolific and influential second act as a writer, blogger, gaming and tech enthusiast and spokesperson for what was termed in the media as "geek" culture. Born Richard William Wheaton III on July 29, 1972 in Burbank, California, he was the eldest of three children by Richard William, Jr., a medical technician, and his mother, actress Debra O'Connor.

Wheaton began acting at an early age, appearing first in television commercials and then made-for-TV movies and specials. His first feature film appearance came in the low-budget comedy "Hambone and Hillie" (1983), starring Lillian Gish, which was quickly followed by supporting roles in "The Buddy System" (1984). Wheaton's breakout role came as the thoughtful aspiring writer Gordie Lachance in Rob Reiner's "Stand By Me" (1985). The nostalgic drama, based on a novella by Stephen King, made stars of its youthful cast, which included River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Kiefer Sutherland, though Wheaton's primary showcase was largely television.

He was cast as Wesley Crusher, aspiring ensign aboard the USS Enterprise-D on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (syndicated, 1987-1994). The son of the starship's medical officer, Wesley was afforded a somewhat idealized storyline - described as a child prodigy, he appeared to be given opportunities at adventure and decision-making that few adults would be granted - which drew the vocal ire of a section of "Trek" fans. The criticism grew so intense that Wheaton left the series after its fourth season, and relocated to Topeka, Kansas.

There, he worked for the computer software company NewTek, and provided quality control and testing as well as promotion for the Video Toaster expansion card; the experience provided with not only a more balanced perspective on adulthood, but also a growing interest in all things tech-minded. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Wheaton returned to acting, but found steadier and more fulfilling work as a blogger, writer and ardent evangelist for collector/tech or "geek" culture, including gaming, science fiction, comics and podcasting. His blog led to writing assignments or online and print outlets, and Wheaton launched his own independent publishing company, Monolith Press, to publish a memoir, Dancing Barefoot (2004), with an extended edition, titled Just a Geek, following later that same year.

He was a prolific audiobook narrator and voice-over actor, lending his voice to projects ranging from "Family Guy" (Fox, 1999- ), for which he played a fictionalized version of himself, to the videogame "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" (Rockstar Games, 2015), and competed in tournament-style games of poker and the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, while also finding time to co-create and host the YouTube series "TableTop" (2012-), in which he and celebrity guests indulge in a wide array of board and role-playing games, and w00tstock, an annual variety show dedicated to gaming, science fiction, music and comedy.

By 2009, Wheaton was named by Forbes as one of the most influential celebrities on the internet, with a Twitter following in excess of three million people. But he also continued to maintain a presence as an actor, often as petty heels whose antagonistic nature was a good-natured spoof of his "nice guy" persona; most notable among these roles was a recurring turn as a fictionalized and nasty version of himself, who clashed frequently with Jim Parsons' Dr. Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007-2018).

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Faster, Purple Worm! Kill! Kill!

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2023

Strange New Worlds: Inside the Series

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2023

Celebrity Jeopardy!Stream

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Game Show
2022

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Inside the Series

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2022

Halo the Series: Declassified

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2022

The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star TrekStream

Executive Producer
Miniseries
2021

First Contact Day Global Panels

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2021

Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story

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2021

Pooka Lives!

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David
Movie
2020

Max Reload and the Nether Blasters

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Arcade Heroes Narrator
Movie
2020

Rent-a-Pal

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Andy
Movie
2020

Into the DarkStream

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David
Series
2019
70%

The Ready Room

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Talk
2019

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

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Flash
Movie
2018

Stretch Armstrong & The Flex Fighters

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Rook
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2017

Bill Nye Saves the World

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2017

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The ReturnStream

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Drake
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2017
100%

TableTop

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2017

Titansgrave

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2017

Enter the Battlefield: Life on the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour

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2016

Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously

Self
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2016

Con ManStream

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Officer Cahoots
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2015

At Midnight With Chris HardwickStream

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Game Show
2015

Dark MatterStream

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Alexander Rook
Series
2015

PowersStream

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Conrad Moody
Series
2015

Miles From TomorrowlandStream

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Commander S'Leet
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2015

William Shatner's Brown Bag Wine Tasting

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2014

William Shatner's Brown Bag Wine Tasting

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2014

The Wil Wheaton Project

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2014

At Midnight With Chris Hardwick

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2013

Whose Line Is It Anyway?Stream

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2013

Teen Titans Go! Best of Starfire

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Aqualad
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2013

Teen Titans Go!Stream

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2013

Teen Titans Go!Stream

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Aqualad
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2013

Larry King NowStream

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2012

The Talk

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2010

LeverageStream

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Colin Mason
Series
2008
92%

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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Silver Age Blue Beetle/Ted Kord
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2008

The Big Bang TheoryStream

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Wil Wheaton
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2007
81%

Americanizing Shelley

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Director Alan Smithee
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2007

Criminal Minds: EvolutionStream

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2005

Doctor WhoStream

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2005
90%

Robot ChickenStream

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2005

NUMB3RSStream

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2005

Book of Days

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2004

Neverland

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John Darling
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2003

Book of Days

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Danny
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2003

Last Call With Carson Daly

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2002

Star Trek: NemesisStream

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Wesley Crusher
Movie
2002
38%

Fish Don't Blink

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Jimmy
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2002

Jane White Is Sick and Twisted

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Dick Smith
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2002

CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationStream

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2000

Deep Core

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Rodney Bedecker
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2000

Python

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Tommy
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2000

The Girls' Room

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Charlie
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2000

Twice in a Lifetime

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1999

Family Guy

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Himself
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1999

Family GuyStream

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Himself
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1999

Foreign Correspondents

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Jonas
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1999

The Ghoul

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1998

Guys Like Us

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1998

Love Boat: The Next Wave

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1998

The Day Lincoln Was Shot

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Robert Todd Lincoln
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1998

Fag Hag

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Owner of Christian Books and Nails
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1998

Perversions of Science

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1997

Gun

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1997

FlubberStream

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Bennett Hoenicker
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1997
23%

Access Hollywood

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1996

The Outer LimitsStream

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Cadet
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1995

Pie in the Sky

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Jack
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1995

It Was Him or Us

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Scottie
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1995

Mr. Stitch

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Lazarus
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1995

Diagnosis MurderStream

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1993

The Liars' Club

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David Reynolds
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1993

The Last Prostitute

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Danny
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1991

December

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Kipp Gibbs
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1991

Toy SoldiersStream

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Joseph "Joey" Trotta
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1991
41%

Tales From the Crypt

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1989
82%

Monsters

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Kevin
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1988

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStream

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Wesley Crusher
Series
1987
92%

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStream

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Wesley Crusher
Series
1987
92%

Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.0

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1987

Young Harry Houdini

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Ehrich Weiss/Young Harry Houdini
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1987

The Farm

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Zack
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1987

Tiempo Perdido

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1986

The Defiant Ones

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Clyde
Movie
1986

Long Time Gone

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Mitchell
Movie
1986

Stand By MeStream

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Gordie Lachance
Movie
1986
92%

Highway to HeavenStream

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Max
Series
1984

The Buddy System

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Tim
Movie
1984

Family TiesStream

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Series
1982

The Secret of NIMHStream

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Martin
Movie
1982
93%

A Long Way Home

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Donald Branch
Movie
1981

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