Wil Wheaton filmography and biography
Date of birth: 29 July 1972, Burbank, California, USA
Wil Wheaton biography
Wil Wheaton first gained international attention by starring in the Rob Reiner film Stand by Me. Wheaton left the Hollywood scene for 18 months to pursue personal video production, including trying to live as a hobo on the USA's railroads. He then returned to Los Angeles, California, afterward and is working on many projects.
Wil Wheaton trivia
- Plays guitar and golf.
- Family: parents, Rick and Debbie; younger siblings, Jeremy Wheaton, Amy Wheaton.
- Wil's first big break in acting was opposite Bill Cosby in a Jell-O Pudding Pops commercial.
- Loves hockey, magic, and juggling.
- He said a few lines on Chunky A's (Arsenio Hall's) song "Dope, the Big Lie," which appears on the Chunky A album "Large and in Charge."
- He and wife, Anne, have two sons, Nolan and Ryan, from her previous marriage. They live in Los Angeles.
- Wil's two children, Ryan Thomas Kopp and Nolan Eric Kopp, are actually his step-children.
- Was once spokesman for NewTek company, after leaving Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Wil is a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, and he is also an avid player of video games, which lead to his voice-over role in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) (VG).
- He is a posting member of the internet community Slashdot (slashdot.org). He does interviews on a regular basis and participates in discussion. He also answers private messages.
- Played as part of the PokerStars.com team in the 2005 World Series of Poker.
- Regained a decent measure of fame after launching his own Web site, WilWheaton.net, which led to a number of voice acting roles and a new career as a blogger and an author--he has written three memoirs; "Dancing Barefoot" (Monolith Press - 2003), "Just a Geek" (O'Reilly Media - 2004) and "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" (Monolith Press - 2007). All three books are based on his blog.
- According to Wheaton's book "Just a Geek," several of his Star Trek: The Next Generation cast mates, including Jonathan Frakes, nicknamed (and still call) him Teen Idol, while Brent Spiner calls him Miltie.
- Was number 62 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars.
- Was one of the first bloggers.
- He is an active member of the Propeller social news site, where he is a Scout.
- In 1988, Wil Power was the name of his Nickelodeon-based club for all Trek and non-Trek fans.
- While growing up as a child, he was a big fan of the ThunderCats cartoon.
- Recently designed/created a tee for the one-item-a-day-sale spin off of woot.com, shirt.woot.com . It is entitled "How We Roll".
- Maintains an active blog on Myspace.com.
Wil Wheaton quotes
- "I am a huge geek. And Star Trek was a haven for geeks." Interview, 2005.
- (On his teenage years) I was such a geek that if I could go back in time, I would kick my own ass.
- We always had fun when we were working on Next Generation, but when Majel was on the set, it was a party. [on the death of Majel Barrett Roddenberry, December 19, 2008]
- Fun fact: I hate dancing. It makes me feel self conscious, stupid, uncoordinated, and like a complete idiot. Because I don't particularly enjoy feeling that way, I probably dance once a year, to only one song, and only to make Anne happy when she wants to dance with her husband at whatever thing we've gone to where they have organized dancing.