- NAME: Wil Wheaton
- OCCUPATION: Actor
- BIRTH DATE: July 29, 1972 (Age: 41)
- Did You Know?: Wil Wheaton is a member of the International Juggling Association and has a plush toy in his likeness
- EDUCATION: University of California, Los Angeles
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Burbank, California
- Full Name: Richard William Wheaton III
- AKA: Richard William Wheaton
- Nickname: Uncle Willie
- AKA: William Wheaton
- AKA: Wil Wheaton
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Philosopher geek Wil Wheaton, best known for his roles in the coming-of-age film Stand By Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation, has a huge fan following and is considered an important figure in the "geek" community.
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Wil Wheaton was born on July 29, 1972, in Burbank, California. His parents began taking him to auditions as a child and he booked his first job when he was only 7. He worked consistently, but his big breakthrough came with the Rob Reiner coming-of-age film Stand by Me (1986). Shortly after that, his recurring character on Star Trek: The Next Generation determined the trajectory of his career,
"I want you to be honest, honorable, kind, I want you to work hard--because everything worth doing is hard, & I want you to be awesome. And I'm going to do my very best to leave you a planet you can still live on."
"[It's] not about what you love, it's about how you love it."
"Find the things that you love and you love them the most that you can."
as a sort of champion for nerd and computer geeks everywhere, which he has perpetuated through his online presence on his blog, in gaming communities and through a recurring role as an "evil" version of himself on The Big Bang Theory.
Richard William Wheaton III was born on July 29, 1972, in Burbank, California. His father, Richard William Jr., a medical technician, and his mother, Debra O'Connor, an actress, subsequently provided their eldest son, whom they called Wil, with a younger brother and sister. Wil Wheaton's acting career began early, at the age of 7, when he made his first appearance in a television commercial. This quickly led to further acting work, including roles in numerous TV movies and series as well as in a commercial for Jell-O Pudding Pops with legendary comedian Bill Cosby.
In 1986, Wheaton's big breakthrough came when he appeared in Stand by Me, the acclaimed film directed by Rob Reiner. Based on the Stephen King short story "The Body," the film starred three other child actors who would subsequently become household names: River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell and Corey Feldman. Wheaton later narrated a Biography series segment on the life and death of River Phoenix.
In the years following the release of Stand by Me, Wheaton would go on to appear in countless other films and television series but he perhaps best known for his role as Wesley Crusher on the Star Trek: The Next Generation series, which starred Patrick Stewart. Wheaton, an admitted fan of the original Star Trek series and a self-identified "geek," relished his role on the show.
In the mid-90s, Wheaton chose to study acting in a formal setting and spent time in various programs honing his craft. He continued to make television appearances and also did voiceovers for cartoons and video games. He later rejoined his Star Trek cast mates for a cameo appearance in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis.
In 2005, Wheaton ranked number 62 in VH1's list of the Greatest 100 Kid Stars, though his aspiration has been to cast off his "good guy" image and to portray a more sinister character. His wish was at least partially realized in his recurring guest appearance as Evil Wil Wheaton on the television series The Big Bang Theory.
Although Wheaton's Star Trek character drew a vocal anti-fan following from Trekkies, his subsequent online presence on his website Wil Wheaton Dot Net has made him a sort of unofficialspokesperson for the"geek/nerd" community. His convention appearances, blogging, podcasts, enthusiastic computer gaming and even a stint as a tech developer for the Video Toaster 4000, which involved a move to Kansas, have further underscored Wheaton's professional geek status.
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Explore the cast of Stand by Me, the 1986 coming-of-age flick, including Wil Wheaton, who portrayed Gordie; River Phoenix, the wise-guy-yet-wise Chris; Corey Feldman, who played Teddy; Jerry O'Connell, the face of Vern; Kiefer Sutherland, who portrayed Ace; and Richard Dreyfuss, who played the writer. View full biographies, photos, videos and more, only at Biography.com.
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