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Wil Wheaton an unauthorized biography by Kennith O’Connell and Mark Walowitz Born July 29, 1972 in Burbank, Richard William “Wil” Wheaton III is an American actor and writer who has rooted himself into American and Geek pop culture in his performances as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gordie LaChance in Stand by Me, and for his blog, Wil Wheaton Dot Net. Wheaton made his debut on the acting scene in 1981, when he was only nine years of age, in the TV film “A Long Way Home,” but his first movie was Martin Brisby in the 1982 film “The Secret of NIMH.” The role that launched his illustrious career into motion however was Gordie LaChance in the classic film “Stand by Me.” Some children who are in showbiz from such a young age are prone to leading lives full of drug abuse and troubles with the law, but not Wheaton. He has led a relatively clean life compared to other actors/ actresses who will not be named in this biography. From 1987 to 1990, when he was only 15, he played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. His character, and often Wheaton himself, was avidly hated by a group of vocal Trekkies during the show’s first run. The Usenet groups alt.ensign.wesley.die.die.die and alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die. were created by said vocal members. However, he never let them bring him down, and in a more recent interview, pointed out that the more vocal Trekkies who hated his character were greatly outnumbered by the Trekkies who “truly enjoyed the show, his character, and his performance in it”. Like many actors who became popular through Star Trek, he became known for his character and was limited to Trek-oriented appearances, but he was also quite popular in teen magazines. To this day Wheaton hasn’t been able to shake off his Star Trek roots, whether he wants to or not, and has instead embraced them, making appearances in shows such as The Big Bang Theory as himself. Wheaton easily could have let the fame go to his head. He could have become an egotistical jerk who spat in the face of the Star Trek fans who enjoyed his performances, but he didn’t. Instead, he embraced those communities with open arms, not letting the particularly vocal Trekkies get under his skin. Wheaton appeared in several independent films throughout the 1990’s, including “The Good Things,” which was selected best short film at the 2002 Deauville Film Festival. For his performance in “Jane White is Sick and Twisted” he received the Best Actor award at the 2002 Melbourne Underground Film Festival.


Recently, Wheaton appeared in Seasons three and four of “The Guild” as rival guild leader Fawkes of The Axis on Anarchy. He has appeared several times on the sit com “The Big Bang Theory” as a fictional, eviler version of himself and the bane of Sheldon Cooper’s existence after not attending a Star Trek convention where he was scheduled to appear. He appeared again to duke it out with Sheldon in a bowling alley, and a third time when he used his fame to get into a re-screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Wil has appeared as the featured performer for many w00tstock shows, which is “Three Hours of Geek and Music.” He also runs a weblog, Wil Wheaton Dot Net, where he is an active member of the geek community. The geek community is well known to be both devout but quick to anger and turn on it’s most vocal members. Users who are considered “trolls” are often some of the most active members who, behind the anonymity of the Internet, “flame” other users and posters without much in the way of repercussion. Wheaton is also a writer, with books like Dancing Barefoot, Just a Geek, Stories of Strength, The Happiest Days of our Lives, Sunken Treasure, and Memories of the Future Vol. 1. Wheaton is a longtime Dungeons and Dragons player. Wheaton’s law is “Don’t be a dick” which originally pertained to online gaming, but he later applied it to life in general.


Wil Wheaton  

An Unauthorized Biography

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