Wheaton, Wil 1972- (Will Wheaton)

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Wheaton, Wil 1972- (Will Wheaton)


Full name, Richard William Wheaton III; born July 29, 1972, in Burbank, CA; son of Richard William, Jr. (a medical specialist) and Debbie (an actress; maiden name, O'Connor) Wheaton; married Anne Prince (a hair stylist), November, 1999; stepchildren: Ryan Thomas Kopp, Nolan Eric Kopp. Education: Attended Los Angeles Professional High School. Avocational Interests: Playing guitar, golf, hockey, magic, juggling, and video games.


Manager—Christopher Black, Opus Entertainment, 5225 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 905, Los Angeles, CA 90036.


Actor, voice performer, producer, and writer. ACME Comedy Theatre, performer and writer. Appeared in commercials from the age of seven. Monolith Press, publisher; formerly worked for a computer company in Kansas.


Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors:

Jackie Coogan Award (with others), outstanding contribution to youth through motion picture, Young Artists Awards, 1987, for Stand by Me; Young Artist Award nomination, best young actor starring in a television drama series, 1988, Young Artist Award, best young actor in a family syndicated show, 1989, and Young Artist Award nomination, best young actor in an off-primetime family series, 1990, all for Star Trek: The Next Generation; Young Artist Award nomination (with others), outstanding young ensemble cast in a motion picture, 1992, for Toy Soldiers; Melbourne Underground Film Festival Award, best actor, 2002, for Jane White Is Sick & Twisted.


Film Appearances:

Voice of Martin, The Secret of NIMH (also known as Mrs. Brisby and the Rats of NIMH), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1982.

Jeff Radcliffe, Hambone and Hillie, New World, 1984.

Tim, The Buddy System, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984.

Gordie Lachance, Stand by Me, Columbia, 1986.

Zachary "Zack" Hayes, The Curse (also known as The Farm), Trans World, 1987.

(Uncredited) She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988.

Joseph "Joey" Trotta, Toy Soldiers, TriStar, 1991.

Kipp Gibbs, December, IRS Media, 1991.

David Reynolds, The Liar's Club, New Horizons Home Video, 1993.

Jack, Pie in the Sky, Fine Line, 1995.

Marco, Boys Night Out (short film), 1996.

Himself, Trekkies (documentary), Paramount, 1997.

Bennett Hoenicker, Flubber (also known as The Absent Minded Professor and Disney's Flubber: The Absent Minded Professor), Buena Vista, 1997.

Danny Sugerman, Tales of Glamour and Excess, 1997.

Owner of Christian Books and Nails, Fag Hag, Fox Searchlight, 1998.

Jonas, Foreign Correspondents, Creative Light Entertainment, 1999.

Charlie, The Girls' Room (also known as Best of Enemies), 2000.

Rodney Bedecker, Deep Core, Paramount, 2000.

Dick Smith, Jane White Is Sick & Twisted, Asylum, 2001.

Zach Means, The Good Things, 2001.

Ryan, Speechless, Morning Starlight Productions, 2001.

(As Will Wheaton) Jimmy, Fish Don't Blink, 2001.

Wesley Crusher, Star Trek: Nemesis, Paramount, 2002.

John, Neverland, Water Bearer Films, 2003.

Himself, Four Fingers of the Dragon (short film), Dragon Films, 2003.

Director Alan Smithee, Americanizing Shelley, Warner Bros., 2007.

Film Work:

Coproducer, Neverland, Water Bearer Films, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Wesley "Wes" Crusher, Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1987-94.

Narrator, TNN's Lifegame, The Nashville Network, 2001.

Cohost, Arena, 2002.

Voice of Aqualad, a recurring role, Teen Titans (animated), Cartoon Network, between 2003 and 2005.

I Love Toys, 2006.

I Love the New Millennium, 2008.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Donald Branch at age eight, A Long Way Home, ABC, 1981.

Clyde, The Defiant Ones, ABC, 1986.

Erich Weiss (title role), "Young Harry Houdini," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1987.

Danny, The Last Prostitute, Lifetime, 1991.

Scottie Cray, It Was Him or Us, CBS, 1995.

Lazarus (title role), Mr. Stitch, Sci-Fi Channel, 1995.

Robert Todd Lincoln, The Day Lincoln Was Shot, TNT, 1998.

Tommy, Python, 2000.

Danny Hartland, Book of Days, PAX, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Willie Gordon, 13 Thirteenth Avenue, CBS, 1983.

Mitchell, Long Time Gone, ABC, 1986.

Wesley "Wes" Crusher, Star Trek: The Next Generation—Encounter at Farpoint (also known as Encounter at Farpoint), syndicated, 1987.

Billy Milton, The Man Who Fell to Earth, ABC, 1987.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour, NBC, 1982.

Amos Cotter, "The Shooting," CBS Afternoon Playhouse, CBS, 1982.

Drug Free Kids: A Parent's Guide, PBS, 1988.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 1988, 1989.

Nick Karpinsky, "My Dad Can't Be Crazy … Can He?," ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1989.

Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special, 1991.

Robert Bierer, "A Deadly Secret," Lifestories (A Deadly Secret) (also known as Lifestories: Families in Crisis), HBO, 1995.

America Loves … Star Trek, The Nashville Network, 2001.

Narrator, "Eclipsed by Death: The Life of River Phoenix," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Favorite Stars: Then & Now, 2003.

Gordie Lachance (in archive footage), "Child Stars II: Growing Up Hollywood," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2005.

Wesley Crusher (in archive footage), How William Shatner Changed the World, 2005.

The Child Star Jinx, 2005.

I Love the Holidays, VH1, 2005.

Greatest Ever 80s Movies, 2007.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

My Coolest Years, 2004.

100 Greatest Kid Stars, VH1, 2005.

I Love the 80's, VH1, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Max, "One Winged Angels," Highway to Heaven, NBC, 1985.

"Nothing up My Sleeve," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1986.

Timothy "Tim" Higgins, "‘D’ is for Date," Family Ties, NBC, 1987.

Hour Magazine, 1987.

Teen Win, Lose, or Draw, 1989.

"A Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites," Monsters, syndicated, 1990.

The Arsenio Hall Show, 1991.

MMC (also known as The All New Mickey Mouse Club, Club MMC, and The Mickey Mouse Club), 1992.

Wayne McGarrick, "Chasing A Ghost," Sirens, syndicated, 1994.

Arling, "House of Horror," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1994.

Cadet Stokes, "The Light Brigade," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), Showtime and syndicated, 1996.

Bilchick, "Ricochet," Gun (also known as Robert Altman's "Gun"), ABC, 1997.

Bryan, "Snap Ending," Perversions of Science, HBO, 1997.

Tristan Reedy, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," The Love Boat: The Next Wave, UPN, 1998.

Gary Barton, "Alienated," Diagnosis: Murder, CBS, 1998.

Steve (The Fig), "Good Old Days," Guys like Us, UPN, 1999.

Will, "The Wallet," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX, 1999.

Interviewee, "The Films of Rob Reiner," The Directors, 1999.

Dorman, "Perchance to Dream," The Invisible Man (also known as I-Man), Sci-Fi Channel, 2001.

Ryan Storey/Dr. Thomas, "The Choice," Twice in a Lifetime, PAX, 2001.

"Star Trek Edition," The Weakest Link, 2001.

Beat the Geeks, 2002.

Voice of Kevin, "The Wrong Morph," The Zeta Project, 2002.

Cohost, The Screen Savers, 2002, 2003.

Guest host, Call for Help (also known as Call for Help: Canada and Call for Help 2.0), 2004.

Voice of computer geek, "For Real," Teen Titans (animated), Cartoon Network, 2005.

Voice of Skurg, "The Lords of Soturix 7," Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (animated), 2005.

Walter, "Compulsion," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as C.S.I., CSI: Las Vegas, and Les experts), CBS, 2005.

"Hollywood Home Game 6," World Poker Tour, 2005.

"Geeks, Freaks, and Sidekicks," Child Star Confidential, 2006.

Voice of Kyle and Sir Horace, "Kyle + Rosemary," Random! Cartoons, 2007.

Voice, "Precious Moments," PvP: The Animated Series, 2007.

Miles Sklar, "Graphic," Numb3rs (also known as Num3ers), CBS, 2007.

Voice of Cosmic Boy, "Chain of Command," Legion of Super Heroes (animated), 2007.

Voices of Cosmic Boy and human scientist, "Cry Wolf," Legion of Super Heroes (animated), 2007.

Voice of Cosmic Boy, "The Karate Kid," Legion of Super Heroes (animated), 2007.

Voices of Cosmic Boy and Roderick Doyle, "In the Beginning," Legion of Super Heroes (animated), 2008.

Voice of Mike Morningstar, "All that Glitters," Ben 10: Alien Force (animated), 2008.

Voice of Mike Morningstar/Darkstar, "Darkstar Rising," Ben 10: Alien Force (animated), 2008.

Floyd Hansen, "Paradise," Criminal Minds, CBS, 2008.

Television Work; Series:

Additional voices, Avatar: The Last Airbender (animated), Nickelodeon, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

The J. Keith van Straaten Show, ACME Comedy Theatre, Los Angeles, 2001.



Himself and Gordie Lachance, Walking the Tracks: The Summer of "Stand by Me," Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2002.

Voice of Evil Wil Wheaton, Every Little Something by Dave (animated short films), LCD Productions, 2004.

Host, The Next Generation's Legacy: 2007, CBS Video, 2007.

Appeared in the music video "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King.

Video Games:

Voice of Wesley Crusher (from archive footage), Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, 1999.

Voice of Richard Burns on talk radio, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (also known as GTA: San Andreas and San Andreas), Rockstar Games, 2004.

Voices of Festus Septimus, Overseer Zerrin, Merchant William, and Innkeeper Valean, EverQuest II, Sony Online Entertainment, 2004.

Voice, Ghost Recon 2, Ubi Soft Entertainment, 2004.

Voice, Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (also known as Tom Clancy's "Advanced Warfighter"), 2005.

Voice, Rainbow Six: Lockdown, Ubisoft Montreal Studios, 2005.

Voice of Richard Burns, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (also known as GTA: Liberty City Stories), Rockstar Games, 2005.

Voice of Richard Burns, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (also known as GTA: Vice City Stories), Rockstar Games, 2006.

Voice, Tom Clancy's "Ghost Recon:" Advanced Warfighter 2), Ubi Soft Entertainment, 2007.

Voice of alien, Grand Theft Auto IV (also known as GTA IV), Rockstar Games, 2008.


Television Series:

Arena, 2002.


Dancing Barefoot, Monolith Press, 2003.

Just a Geek, O'Reilly Media, 2004.

The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Monolith Press, 2007.


Author of the weekly column "Games of Our Lives," for the Internet site Onion A.V. Club, 2006.



Wheaton, Wil, Dancing Barefoot, Monolith Press, 2003.

Wheaton, Wil, Just a Geek, O'Reilly Media, 2004.

Wheaton, Wil, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Monolith Press, 2007.


Entertainment Weekly, November 29, 1996, p. 108.

People Weekly, December 15, 1997, p. 99.

Scholastic Update, March 9, 1997, p. 28.


Wil Wheaton Official Site,http://wilwheaton.net, November 4, 2008.