Wil Wheaton in 2001
|Born||Richard William Wheaton III|
July 29, 1972
Burbank, California, U.S.A.
|Years active||1982 — present|
Richard William "Wil" Wheaton III (born July 29, 1972) is an American writer and actor. Events 1014 - Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion: Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicts a decisive defeat Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County California, United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A writer is anyone who creates a written work although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally as well as those who have written in many different forms An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works Events 1014 - Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars: Battle of Kleidion: Byzantine emperor Basil II inflicts a decisive defeat Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A writer is anyone who creates a written work although the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally as well as those who have written in many different forms An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works As the latter, he is best known for his portrayals of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation ("ST:TNG"), as Gordie LaChance in the film Stand By Me, and as prep-school rebel Joseph 'Joey' Trotta in Toy Soldiers. Wesley Crusher is a character in the television series Star Trek The Next Generation. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Star Trek The Next Generation ( STTNG or TNG) is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning science fiction television program created by Gene Roddenberry Stand by Me is a 1986 adventure - Drama film directed by Rob Reiner. Toy Soldiers is a 1991 action / Drama film directed by Daniel Petrie Jr
Wheaton was born in Burbank, California, to Debbie O’Connor and Richard William Wheaton, Jr. Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County California, United States. . He has a brother and a sister. Like many actors made popular by their work in the Star Trek franchise, much of Wheaton’s career has been limited to Trek-oriented appearances. During his youth, he was a prominently featured guest at Star Trek conventions and very popular in teen magazines.
After leaving Star Trek, Wheaton quit acting altogether. He moved to Topeka, Kansas, to work as a programmer for Newtek, where he helped develop the Video Toaster 4000. Topeka ( Kansa: Tó Ppí Kˀé ˌto ˈpːi ˌkˀeɪ Ioway: Dó Pí Kˀé ˌto ˈpʰi ˌkˀeɪ NewTek Inc is a San Antonio, Texas -based software company that produces live and post-production video tools and visual imaging software for personal computers The NewTek Video Toaster is a combination of hardware and software for the editing and production of standard-definition NTSC and  Due to his public profile, he later served as a technology evangelist for the product. A technical or technology evangelist is a person who attempts to build a critical mass of support for a given technology in order to establish it as a Technical 
In the late 1990s, he embraced work in independent film, appearing in a number of roles. An independent film, or indie film, is a film that is produced outside of the Hollywood Studio system, a series of oligopolistic practices by several Several of his independent films have won awards: The Good Things, in which Wheaton portrays a frustrated Kansas tollbooth worker, was selected Best Short Film at the 2002 Deauville Film Festival. Kansas ( is a Midwestern state in the central region of the United States of America, an area often referred to as the American " A toll road, (also known as a tollway, turnpike, pike, or toll highway, especially if it is constructed to Freeway standards The Deauville American Film Festival is a yearly Film festival devoted to American cinema, taking place since 1975 in Deauville, France. He also received the Best Actor award at the 2002 Melbourne Underground Film Festival for his performance in Jane White is Sick and Twisted. The Melbourne Underground Film Festival (also known as MUFF) was formed out of disagreements over the content and running of the Melbourne International Film Festival He was also a contestant on a Star Trek-themed episode of The Weakest Link, and performs improvisational and sketch comedy at the ACME Comedy Theater in Hollywood. The Weakest Link is a television Game show which first appeared in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 14 August, 2000 Improvisation (also called extemporization) is the practice of acting singing talking and reacting of making and creating in the moment and in response to the stimulus of Sketch comedy consists of a series of short Comedy scenes or vignettes called "sketches" commonly between one and ten minutes long The ACME Comedy Theatre is a Sketch comedy and Improvisational Theater located in Hollywood, Los Angeles California, U He has a travelling sketch comedy/improv troupe called "EarnestBorg9" that performs Sci-Fi and geek-related comedy at conventions.
Although his character – and, by extension, Wheaton himself – was loudly hated by a large and vocal group of Trekkers during ST:TNG's first run (see Usenet groups alt. Trekkie (or Trekker) is a term used to describe a fan of all or part of the Star Trek Fictional universe. Usenet, a Portmanteau of "user" and "network" is a world-wide distributed Internet discussion system The alt* hierarchy is a major class of Newsgroups in Usenet, containing all newsgroups whose name begins with " alt ensign. wesley. die. die. die or alt. wesley. crusher. die. die. die), Wheaton has explained that he was required to speak the lines written by others in the scripts and that he dislikes his Star Trek character. He did, however, enjoy working on the show and praises the other actors for their talent, especially Patrick Stewart. Patrick Hewes Stewart, OBE (born 13 July 1940 is an English Film, Television and stage Actor. 
Wheaton has emerged as a vocal member of the geek/nerd community and runs his own weblog, Wil Wheaton Dot Net. The word geek is a Slang term noting individuals as "a peculiar or otherwise odd person especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things Nerd is a term often bearing a derogatory connotation or Stereotype, that refers to a person who passionately pursues Intellectual activities Esoteric A blog (a contraction of the term " Web log " is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary descriptions of WIL WHEATON dot NET (WWDN also known as wilwheatonnet, is a Weblog run by writer actor and former child star Wil Wheaton. The issue of Wheaton's popularity amongst fandom is covered in a number of web comics. ArcaneTimes of Friday, March 25, 2005 offers a sympathetic position. Something Positive presents a range of opinions as part of the storyline Mike's Kid: September 28, 2006 - September 30, 2006.
Much of his present popularity comes from Wil Wheaton Dot Net, the books it has spawned, and from fans who admire his earlier work. Wheaton also contributes regularly to the Los Angeles-based Metroblogging site. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Metroblogging is an online local media project founded by Jason Defillippo and Sean Bonner now owned by Sean Bonner Jason DeFillippo and Richard Ault collectively Bode Media Inc His work as a voice actor can be found in such diverse places as Aqualad of the cartoon Teen Titans and, most recently, as the voice of radio newsman Richard Burns in the popular Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game. Voice acting is the art of providing voices for animated characters (including those in feature films television series animated shorts and Video games) and Garth is a Fictional character, a Superhero in publications from DC Comics. Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Sam Register and Glen Murakami, developed by David Slack Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light. Journalism is the profession of writing or communicating formally employed by publications and broadcasters for the benefit of a particular Community of people Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is a sandbox-style action-adventure computer and Video game developed by Rockstar North 
In spring 2003, Wheaton founded the independent publishing company Monolith Press and released a book of his memoirs, entitled Dancing Barefoot. Dancing Barefoot is a book of memoirs written by Actor Wil Wheaton and illustrated by Illustrator Ben Claassen III. Monolith Press was "founded on the idea that publication should not be limited by opportunity. " Most of the entries are extended versions of his online blog entries. Wheaton sold out three printings in four months, and in winter 2003, the book's success caught the eye of publisher Tim O'Reilly, who signed Wheaton to a three book contract. Tim O'Reilly (Tadhg Ó Raghallaigh is the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates and a supporter of the Free software and open source O'Reilly acquired Dancing Barefoot, and published Wheaton's extended memoirs, Just A Geek, in summer of 2004. O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates) is an American media company established by Tim O'Reilly The book's sales were apparently rather disappointing. Wheaton has since written about his bitterness regarding how the book was marketed, believing it was pitched as a Star Trek book when he intended it as more of a personal memoir. for other uses see Memoir (disambiguation As a literary Genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire
Wheaton had a monthly column entitled "Wil Save" in the Dungeons & Dragons-based magazine Dungeon, where he related anecdotal tales of his life in relation to the famous fantasy RPG. Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a Fantasy Role-playing game (RPG originally designed by Dungeon Adventures, commonly called simply Dungeon, is a Magazine targeting people who play Role-playing games particularly A role-playing game ( RPG; often roleplaying game) is a Game in which the participants assume the roles of Fictional characters. He ceased writing the column in May 2005.
In January 2005, Wheaton began a column about early video games called Games of Our Lives in The Onion, but has not written new material for that column since October 2006. For the vegetable see Onion. The Onion is an American " fake news " organization Nevertheless, the column remains posted on the website as a regular feature, despite more than a year having passed without new material.
In June 2005, he became the feature Geek editor for the SuicideGirls Newswire. Editing Language, Images or Sound through correction condensation organization and other modifications in various media SuicideGirls is a Website that features Softcore Pin-up -style photos and text profiles of goth, punk and indie-styled young A column that Wheaton wrote for Salon.com in 2005, The Real War on Christmas, attacked conservative commentators like Bill O'Reilly and detailed his arguments with his conservative parents over current political matters. Saloncom, part of Salon Media Group ( often just called Salon, is an online Conservatism is a term used to describe political philosophies that favour Tradition, where tradition refers to various religious cultural or nationally defined William James O'Reilly Jr (born September 10 1949 is an American television / radio host, Author, Syndicated columnist, and  Wheaton's parents were very offended by the article, and Wheaton posted a lengthy apology on his site and an interview in which his parents gave their version of events. 
In 2003, Wheaton began noting on his blog his love for the game of poker. Poker is a type of Card game in which players bet on the value of the card combination (" hand " in their possession by placing a bet into The following year, Wheaton began writing more extensively about his poker-playing experiences, including stories about playing Texas hold 'em tournaments locally and in Las Vegas. Texas hold 'em (also hold'em, holdem) is the most popular Poker game in the casinos and poker card rooms across North America and Europe Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally Eventually, Wheaton worked up to regular play, including a notable run at the 2005 World Poker Tour Championships. The World Poker Tour (WPT is a series of international Poker tournaments featuring most of the world's professional players On June 23, 2005, Wheaton accepted an invitation to join Team PokerStars. Events 1180 - First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan 1305 - The Flemish Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. PokerStars is the largest online poker cardroom in the world PokerStars' satellite tournaments produced the 2003 World Series of Poker champion  He went on to play in that year's World Series of Poker. World Series of Poker (WSOP is the largest set of Poker tournaments in the world In June 2007 Wheaton announced he would no longer be on Team Pokerstars due to changes in the U. S. legal system that would cause poker sites to have to focus on European and Asian markets and held a farewell Pokerstars tournament on June 5, 2007, which he titled So Long and Thanks for All the Chips. 
In April 2006, Wheaton signed on to voice the role of Kyle in the Nickelodeon cartoon, Kyle + Rosemary. Nickelodeon (commonly referred to as Nick) is an American Cable television network owned by Viacom International, founded in 1977 as Pinwheel The show is scheduled to debut in Summer 2008.
In late September of 2006, Wheaton began hosting a Revision3 syndicated video podcast called InDigital along with Jessica Corbin and veteran host Hahn Choi. Revision3 Corporation is a San Francisco based Internet television network that creates produces and distributes video shows on niche topics Revision3 is a San Francisco based Internet television network that creates produces and distributes Jessica Lynn Corbin (born in California) is an American Television personality and Actress.
In July 2007, Wil revealed the title of his third book, The Happiest Days of Our Lives. 
Though never one to shy away from politics (he describes himself as a libertarian) in September 2006 Wheaton very stringently clarified his anti-Bush beliefs in a blog posting regarding congressional debate over whether to permit torture of unlawful combatants, stating: "Shame on President Bush. Politics Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions Libertarianism is a term used by a broad spectrum of political philosophies which prioritize individual Liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. An unlawful combatant or unprivileged combatant/belligerent is a Civilian who directly engages in armed conflict under the International Humanitarian Law Shame on his Republican allies in congress. "
On August 24, 2007, Wheaton gave the keynote for the yearly Penny Arcade Expo, which was subsequently made available online. A keynote in Literature, Music or Public speaking is the principal underlying theme The Penny Arcade Expo ( PAX) is an annual gamer festival held in Washington state, USA Wheaton stepped in following a public battle between the formerly-scheduled keynote debate participants, noted anti-games activist Jack Thompson and Hal Halpin, the president of the Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA). John Bruce "Jack" Thompson (born July 25 1951 is an American Activist and former Attorney, based in Coral Gables, Hal Halpin is an American computer game executive and entrepreneur Entertainment Consumers Association ( ECA) is a United States-based nonpartisan non-government, Non-profit organization dedicated to the interests of individuals Much of Wheaton’s address focused on the violence in videogames debate, endearing him to the audience and winning him widespread acclaim for expressing his views.
On September 18, 2007, Wheaton announced via his website that he will be providing a voice for an upcoming episode of Family Guy. Family Guy is an animated American television sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane that airs on Fox and regularly on other
On October 23, 2007, Wheaton announced via his website that he will make a guest appearance in an upcoming episode of Numb3rs. NUMB3RS (pronounced Numbers) is an American Television show produced by brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. The episode aired November 23, 2007. Events 800 - Charlemagne arrives at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
On December 14, 2007, he made a cameo in a LoadingReadyRun comedy sketch entitled "Lock Out".
On May 30, 2008, he guest starred in an episode of Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show as talent agent Moschi Schwartz (introduced by Kiko as "Mushy Shorts"). Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show is an Internet Comedy Talk show Parody starring a Japanese character called Kiko
Numerous sources incorrectly list – or, in the case of the Internet Movie Database, had previously listed – Wil Wheaton as providing "additional voices" in the Disney animated feature Brother Bear. For the album by Progressive Metal band Voivod see The Outer Limits (album. " The Light Brigade " is an episode of The Outer Limits television series Diagnosis Murder is a mystery / medical / Crime drama Television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr The Weakest Link is a television Game show which first appeared in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 14 August, 2000 Beat the Geeks was a Comedy Game show which aired on Comedy Central in the United States from 2001 to 2002. A&E is a cable and Satellite television network with headquarters in Manhattan and offices in Stamford, Atlanta, River Jude Phoenix ( August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American Film Actor. Arena was a G4 (formerly G4techTV) TV show hosted by Lee Reherman and Kevin Pereira. The Screen Savers (broadcast May 11, 1998 – March 18, 2005) was a live American TV show on TechTV Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Sam Register and Glen Murakami, developed by David Slack Garth is a Fictional character, a Superhero in publications from DC Comics. Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (commonly known by its initialism SRMTHG) is an American / Japanese Animated television series CSI Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama Television series that trails the investigations of a team of Las Vegas I Love the '80s 3-D is the follow-up to VH1 's 1980s nostalgia show I Love the '80s and its sequel I Love the '80s Strikes I Love Toys was the eighth in VH1 's series of I Love… nostalgia shows Legion of Super Heroes is an American Animated television series produced by Warner Bros Ben 10 is an American Animated television series created by "Man of Action" (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Ben 10 Alien Force is an American Animated television series created by "Man of Action" (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe NUMB3RS (pronounced Numbers) is an American Television show produced by brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. Brother Bear is a 2003 Academy Award nominated traditionally-animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released The voice actor is "Willie Wheaton", who is not the same person as Wil Wheaton. 
Wheaton is often confused with Will Wheaton Jr., a jazz musician who contributed to the film Mystery Men, among other works. Will Wheaton, born Willie Mack Wheaton Jr ( October 26 in Laurel Mississippi, USA is an American Singer/songwriter and Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States A musician is a person who plays or writes Music. Musicians can be classified by their roles in creating or performing music An instrumentalist plays a Mystery Men is a 1999 Comedy film directed by TV commercial director Kinka Usher