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Wil Wheaton

Wil WheatonAKA Richard William Wheaton III

Born: 29-Jul-1972
Birthplace: Burbank, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG

Wil Wheaton became famous as one of the adolescents at the center of Rob Reiner's Stand By Me (1986). The following year he was cast on Star Trek: The Next Generation; his character, the young ensign Wesley Crusher, was poorly conceived and written, but Wheaton did as well as possible with the role. He was written off the show in 1990, midway through the fourth of its seven seasons. He returned for several later episodes, and had a brief cameo in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis.

Wheaton continues to work as an actor, often doing voice work for cartoons and video games. He began a website in 2000, later adding a blog. He is involved in Acme Comedy Theatre as both a writer and performer. He has written two books, Dancing Barefoot and Just a Geek, and writes a column on obscure video games for The Onion.

He is politically vocal and active; and says he has received hate mail due to views expressed on his blog. He also volunteered in efforts to stave off anti-gay marriage legislation. In defining himself, he says, "I am politically active and aware. I passionately believe in progressive causes, freedom from religion and government intrusion, and the right to privacy -- on-line and in your home."

Father: Rick Wheaton (medical technician)
Mother: Debbie (actress)
Brother: Jeremy Wheaton
Sister: Amy Wheaton (actress)
Wife: Anne (Prince) Wheaton (makeup artist, Neverland, m. 1999)
Son: Nolan Kopp (stepson)
Son: Ryan Kopp (stepson)

    The Onion Columnist
    International Juggling Association

    TELEVISION
    Star Trek: The Next Generation Ensign Wesley Crusher (1987-94)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Fish Don't Blink (13-Apr-2012)
    Trek Nation (30-Nov-2011) · Himself
    Neverland (11-Jun-2003)
    Star Trek: Nemesis (9-Dec-2002) · Wesley Crusher
    Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (27-Jan-2002) · Dick
    Python (9-Aug-2000) · Tommy
    Deep Core (14-Jul-2000)
    Foreign Correspondents (17-Feb-1999)
    The Day Lincoln Was Shot (12-Apr-1998)
    Flubber (26-Nov-1997) · Bennett Hoenicker
    Trekkies (18-Oct-1997) · Himself
    Mr. Stitch (17-Aug-1996)
    Pie in the Sky (9-Feb-1996)
    It Was Him or Us (21-Nov-1995)
    The Liars' Club (1993)
    December (6-Dec-1991)
    Toy Soldiers (26-Apr-1991)
    The Curse (11-Sep-1987)
    Stand By Me (8-Aug-1986) · Gordie Lachance
    The Defiant Ones (5-Jan-1986)
    The Last Starfighter (13-Jul-1984)
    The Buddy System (4-May-1984)
    Hambone and Hillie (24-Apr-1983)
    The Secret of NIMH (15-Jul-1982) · Martin [VOICE]
    A Long Way Home (6-Dec-1981)

Official Website:
http://www.wilwheaton.net/

Author of books:
Just A Geek (2004, memoir)
Dancing Barefoot:2004 (essays)
Memories of the Future, Volume 1 (2009, Star Trek fandom)
The Happiest Days of Our Lives (2009, memoir)


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