Richard William “Wil” Wheaton III (born July 29, 1972) (HAPPY BIRTHDAY WIL!!!!!) is an American actor, blogger and writer, known for his portrayals of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gordie Lachance in the film Stand by Me, Joey Trotta in Toy Soldiers, and for his recurring role as a fictionalized version of himself on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. (Thank you Wikipedia). He also now runs a bi-monthly show on Geek and Sundry called Table Top where Wil invites three other nerds (usually celebrities or well known nerds and geeks) to come play a game, usually something that is not mainstream (and by mainstream I mean Monopoly or Sorry! and games you can find at Toys R Us). He’s single handedly turned the nerd world on it’s ear with this show, introducing geeklings to awesome new games to play!!
Wil Wheaton was one of my first crushes growing up. I mean, what geek girl wouldn’t have adored a guy like Wesley Crusher as their boyfriend??? I know I did. He was so totes adorbs in his ensign outfit and then when he got his red uniform? *SWOON*
I mean come on! How adorable is he???
Well, I first remember adoring Wil in Stand By Me, a movie based on the story The Body, by one of my favorite authors, Stephen King. The Body was first published in 1982 in Different Seasons a book of novellas where you can also find Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption which was turned into the AMAZING film The Shawshank Redemption as well as Apt Pupil, which was turned into a movie of the same name. But I digress.
Stand By Me always remained engrained in my head. It had so many actors in it that I liked. Wil Wheaton first and foremost. He was only a kid, and the movie dealt with such heavy subjects; the death of a brother, becoming the “invisible boy” that summer because his parents didn’t know how to cope with losing their eldest son, and this deep seeded need to go see a dead body of a kid about the same age as Gordy Lachance (played by Wil) and his friends. It was heart wrenching and just….amazing. And Wil was amazing in it.
Now, I grew up a Trekkie. TREKKIE. Before the word TrekkER even came into existence, and I remain a Trekkie to this day. I grew up watching both The Original Star Trek and The Next Generation pretty simultaneously because TOS was on reruns while TNG was in its first run.
I even went so far as to get an autographed picture of Wil as Wesley. My mom knew someone who worked on Paramount’s lot on a different show and was able to get me Wil’s autograph. It went up on my wall. I wish I knew what happened to that picture…
I even went totally gaga over Wil in Toy Soldiers, which I don’t here him talk about much. I’d be curious to find out why, he skips that piece of cinematic, erm, genius. But I still adored it. I loved it so much I even went and got the book from the library. The movie was actually better. Far more plausible in my opinion.
And then I became a HUGE Big Bang Theory fan, as all my geeklings reading this know. And when Sheldon started to talk about Wil Wheaton being his arch enemy (one on a list of 60+ names) I about died. Wil has been absolutely BRILLIANT on TBBT.
One of the things I adore about Wil is his devotion to being a geek. He’s written books about his life and about being a geek, one of which I read and LOVED. Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise is an amazing book, and explains a lot about Wil and his life as a geek. I found it to be truly inspiring.
Wow, this weeks geek of the week has turned into an all out crush fest (pun intended. Laugh) on Wil Wheaton instead of just being the facts about the man himself. Well, hopefully he won’t mind a little fangirl crushing (see I did it again!) from some one who thinks he’s awesome.
Wil also has a huge internet following, and he has told the internets on many several occasions “Don’t be a dick.” Which has caught on with many geeks and nerds alike.
His blog, Wil Wheaton.Net is an extension of his writing and his geekiness. He’s extremely funny, and witty as well as down to earth, calling things as he sees them. Plus he’s an AVID burrito eater, which causes tons of hilarity and was the reason for Radio Free Burrito, Wil’s podcast.
Wil is also great friends with Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist, as they were roommates while attending UCLA, and Felica Day who has easily become the IT girl for nerd girls everywhere and with whom he runs Geek & Sundry. Wil has been on several episodes of Felicia’s web series The Guild, which is about a group of gamers who formed a guild and when the met in person, hijinx ensued!
Okay, have I gone on enough about how awesome Wil Wheaton is? I think maybe I have, though I probably could wax poetic on his nerdy genius for many more paragraphs if pushed hard!
So tell me, my Bazinglings, who are some of your favorite geeks???