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Richard William "Wil" Wheaton III is an American actor, blogger, and writer, best known for his portrayals of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Gordie LaChance in the film Stand by Me, and for his blog, Wil Wheaton Dot Net. He provided additional voices in one episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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Personal life

Wheaton was born in Burbank, California, to Debbie (née O'Connor), an actress, and Richard William Wheaton Jr., a medical specialist. He has a brother, Jeremy, and a sister, Amy, both of whom appeared uncredited in the episode "When the Bough Breaks" of Star Trek: The Next Generation.


Wheaton made his acting debut in the 1981 TV film A Long Way Home, and his first cinema role was as Martin Brisby in the 1982 animated film The Secret of NIMH, the movie adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. He had a minor role in the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter. He first gained widespread attention in 1986 as Gordie LaChance in Stand by Me, the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Body. In 1991, he played Joey Trotta in the film Toy Soldiers.

From 1987 to 1990, he appeared in the role of Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation throughout its first four seasons.


  • 2002: Won a Melbourne Underground Film Festival Award for Jane White is Sick and Twisted (Best Actor)
  • 1989: Won a Young Artist Award for Star Trek: The Next Generation (Best Young Actor in a Family Syndicated Show)
  • 1987: Won a Jackie Coogan Award for Stand by Me
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