Wil Wheaton’s successful acting career began in 1986 with acclaimed roles in Stand By Me and Toy Soldiers. He continued to build his resume through his teen years as series regular “Wesley Crusher” on Star Trek: The Next Generation and opposite Robin Williams in Flubber. But Wil is much more than just an actor; he’s an author, blogger, voice actor, Columnist for the LA Weekly and Suicide Girls, widely-followed Twitter user, and a champion of geek culture.
Wil currently splits his time between acting and writing. He has recently appeared as serial killer Floyd Hansen on Criminal Minds, comic book publisher Miles Sklar on NUMB3RS, and as the voice of Ted Kord, the Silver Age Blue Beetle, on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. He’s published three acclaimed books: “Just A Geek”, “Dancing Barefoot”, and “The Happiest Days of Our Lives”. His latest book is “Sunken Treasure”. All of his books grew out of Wil’s immensely popular, award-winning weblog, which he created at WIL WHEATON dot NET and currently maintains at WIL WHEATON dot NET: in Exile. While most celebrities are happy to let publicists design and maintain their websites, Wil took a decidedly different turn when he started blogging in 2001. He designed, coded, and maintained WWdN entirely on his own, until he “blew up” his sites’ database in 2005 and moved his blog to the TypePad service. In 2003, Forbes.com readers voted WWdN the “Best Celebrity Weblog.” Wil’s blog was chosen by C|Net for inclusion in their 100 most influential blogs, and is an “A” lister, according to Blogebrity.com. In the 2002 weblog awards (the bloggies) Wil won every category in which he was nominated, including “Weblog of the year.” In 2007, Wil was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Bloggie, alongside Internet powerhouses Slashdot and Fark. In the 2008 weblog awards, Wil was voted the “Best Celebrity Blogger,” and in 2009 Forbes named him the 14th most influential web celebrity. This is all amusing to Wil, who doesn’t think of himself as a celebrity, but is instead, “just this guy, you know?”
WIL WHEATON dot NET: In Exile started out as a backup blog for WIL WHEATON dot NET. Until Wil gets busy repairing and rebuilding WWdN, it’s his home away from home, where he is not a number, and is a free man.
w00tstock: Founders’ Night
Friday, February 1st, 7pm, Marines’ Memorial Theatre