Born on July 29, 1972 in Burbank, California, Wil Wheaton is an actor and writer best known for his role as Wesley Crusher on the sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation as Wesley Crusher. The son of Debbie O’Connor and Richard William Wheaton, Wil has a brother and a sister. He married Anne Prince in 1999.
Wheaton made his acting debut in the 1981 made-for-television film A Long Way Home, yet he achieved mainstream popularity five years later in the Stephen King adaptation Stand By Me, where he played Gordie LaChance. Meanwhile, another five years later in 1986, he appeared in the film Toy Soldiers as Joey Trotta.
In 1987, Wheaton made a name for himself as Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation from seasons 1 to 4. As with a lot of actors who made it through the Star Trek franchise, a majority of his work had been related to the sci-fi franchise. In fact, growing up, he appeared as a featured guest at Star Trek conventions and teen magazines. Now his character on Star Trek is not exactly the most likeable character in the series, and he was loudly hated by a large group of Trekkies during TNG’s run. In response, Wheaton said he, too, didn’t really like his character. However, later on he dismissed this loud group as “insignificant.”
“Later, I determined that the people who were really, really cruel – like the Usenet weenies – really are a statistically insignificant number of people.”
Once the Star Trek franchise was done, he moved to Topeka, Kansas to lead a private life where he worked as a programmer for Newtek, later on serving as a technology evangelist for the product. During the late 1990s, however, he appeared in several independently produced films, such as The Good Things, where he received the Best Actor plum at the 2002 Melbourne Underground Film Festival.