Updated: March 16, 2009
WIL WHEATON PHOTO GALLERY #03
Wil Wheaton became the first teenager to be cast in a permanent role on
Star Trek when, as a 16-year-old, he got the part of Wesley Crusher.
Already a big Star Trek fan when he auditioned for Wesley, Wil was
thrilled when his agent called to tell him the news.
About his character, Wil commented, "Wesley is smart. He's not your
typical wisecracking 16-year-old. He inherited the genius of his mother
(Dr. Beverly Crusher) and his father, who was a Starfleet commander."
Wil says that the best thing about his character is that "Wesley" is not
treated like a child. "At first I thought, OK, but I hope it isn't, a kid
getting in trouble? But it's not like that at all. 'Wesley' is almost
an equal with the rest of the crew. He knows the Enterprise inside and out,
backwards and forwards. The ship's operations manual is like his bible,
and his big goal is to get on the bridge and control the ship."
Wheaton had already been in the acting business for some time when he was
cast for the new Star Trek. At age seven he began doing commercials and his
list of credits has grown steadily since then. He is probably best known
for his role in the Rob Reiner movie "Stand By Me." Shot on location in
Oregon, Wil has fond memories of the filming: "That film was great fun
because it was four kids and Rob Reiner. It was not only fun, it was an
incredible learning experience."
His other features include "The Buddy System," "The Secret of NIMH," "Flubber"
and "Foreign Correspondents." Wheaton has also appeared in numerous television
movies, such as "The Day Lincoln Was Shot," "Young Harry Houdini," "A Long Way
Home," and "The Defiant Ones." He's also made guest appearances on popular TV
shows such as Family Ties, St. Elsewhere, The Outer Limits, Diagnosis Murder
and Highway to Heaven.
Currently, Wil is married and living Los Angeles. He divides his time among