Not many child actors have successfully grown to be very efficient on screen. Some have long dropped from acting while a few others have grown to stardom in Hollywood. One of the few who have continued to make waves since childhood is Wil Wheaton. He is a writer, actor, blogger and entrepreneur. Wil’s childhood tale is not something anyone should miss out on, so in this article, we have successfully pulled into writing everything you need to know about Wil Wheaton.
Wil Wheaton’s Age and Biography
At birth, Wil was named as Richard William Wheaton III. He was born into a celebrity home on the 29th of July, 1972 in Burbank, California. His mom, Debra Nordean was a renowned actress while his dad William Wheaton Jr. worked as a medical specialist. Wil has two siblings, a brother named Jeremy and a sister named Amy.
Interestingly, Wil and his other siblings followed their mother’s footsteps career-wise. They all appeared together in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. As kids, Amy and Wil subsequently appeared in the 1987 movie, The Curse.
Details of Wil Wheaton’s formative years is filled with mixed feelings. This is not because he never had parental love but because he was drowned in depression and lived with a mental illness. As the story goes, Wil Wheaton’s speech at NAMI Ohio’s statewide conference, Fulfilling the Promise, revealed the part of him we don’t get to see on screen.
The actor stated that he had anxiety issues as a child. At about age seven or eight, he developed panic attacks from his numerous nightmares and eventually began to share the same room as his sister, Amy. By the time he turned thirteen, his appearance in an internationally well-accepted film, Stand By Me pushed him to fame but also worsened his case. He felt weird, wanted to live in perfection. Then, he developed low self-esteem and lived in fear as a result of how poorly his parents may have received the news.
Wil expressed that he loved acting but felt he could have managed it well away from fame. As an adult, Wil Wheaton has learned to embrace and suppress his pain and has seen a couple of psychiatrists. He boldly tells the world that he suffers from chronic depression and is not ashamed to do so.
How He Developed His Career
While counting the icons in Hollywood, Wil Wheaton sure has a spot. The actor’s first movie appearance was in the 1981 movie, A Long Way Home. Two years later, he appeared in a few television series, Hambone and Hillie, 13 Thirteenth Avenue, and The Buddy System after appearing in The Secret of NIMH in 1982.
In 1984, he bagged a short role as Louis’s friend in The Last Starfighter. Wil Wheaton’s fame rose in 1986 after playing as Gordie Lachance in Stand By Me. Then, Star Trek: The Next Generation pushed him further to stardom.
Wil Wheaton played a recurring role as Wesley Crusher for five years in the movie before moving to Topeka Kenkas to work for New Tek. While with New Tek, Wil Wheaton developed an app for editing and production of NTSC standard-definition videos. He also occupied the position of the technology evangelist for the product.
Shortly after his exploits with New Tek, Wil Wheaton enrolled at an acting school in Los Angeles. As he attended acting classes, the actor also took up several other roles. Subsequently, he appeared in a bunch of movies, winning the award as the Best Actor for his performance in Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002). Other of his works include the award-winning movie, The Good Things, Long Time Gone, The Curse, The Last prostitute, December, The Liar’s Club, Mr. Stitch, It was Him or Us, Loki and SageKing Go to GenCon amongst others.
Besides acting, Wil Wheaton has counseled a few people as regarding their mental illness. He also does voice-overs and is skilled with the pen. Also, he serves as a video game host. Furthermore, Wil Wheaton is the CEO of the publishing house called Monolith Press. Monolith Press published a few recognized write-ups like Dancing Barefoot, Just a Geek, The Happiest Days Of Our Lives, and Sunken Treasure: Wil Wheaton’s Hot Cocoa Box Sample.
Wil Wheaton is quite political. He has often times aired his views about most political leaders. In 2006, he tongue lashed the then president of the United States of America, Presiden George W. Bush for his plans to suspend Habeas Corpus and incorporating torture. He caused a media rife in 2015 after tongue lashing conservative commentators like Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh for influencing his parent’s views in politics. His parents took offense with his write up but subsequently forgave him after receiving a well-deserved apology.
Is He Gay?
Mistaken sexuality is something very common amongst most celebrities. While some have come out to debunk these claims, others have preferred to stay mute. People like Wil Wheaton who was referred to as gay even after he tied the knot has openly stated that he is not. His gay hoax came as a result of his many involvements with the LGBT community.
Meet His Wife, Anne Prince
Wil Wheaton has spent over two decades of his life as a married man. He married a woman named Anne Prince in November 1999 and has remained with her ever since. The duo met in 1995 at a party, they fell in love instantly and kicked started a relationship that eventually led to marriage. As of the day this article was written, the couple has had no children of their own but share Anne’s two kids from her previous relationship.
Wil has often times expressed his love for his wife openly and tattooed her heart on his right forearm.
What is Wil Wheaton’s Net Worth?
The actor has several perks of income, ranging from his occupation as an actor, as CEO of a publishing house, writer, blogger to his posts as a media personality. He has amassed a reasonable amount of fortune from most of his works and sits on a net worth of $500,000.
Wil Wheaton who stands at a height of 5 feet 9 and a half inch is considered as a not too tall man. He has a thick build and wears a short curly hair. As per the other details of his body measurements, they are nowhere near the records.