From time to time, I have to give a biography to people for publicity or job-related purposes.
Personally, I think bios are stupid. They're these silly little things that are supposed to tell everyone how fucking great you are and impress them with all your achievements, but they're a necessary evil in my business.
When I have to write a bio for anything, I always quote Zaphod Beeblebrox: "I'm just this guy, you know?"
But when I have to do something longer and less entertaining, I send out the following, which I reprint here so I can just tell people in the future "just google Wil+Wheaton+Biography+Zaphod" and you can get it off my blog.
(Incidentally, if you came here via that method, I didn't mean what I just said about bios being stupid. I think they're really awesome, and I hope you'll hire me, or at least buy me several drinks. Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.)
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. Most recently he appeared on the hit television show CSI. But Wil is much more than just an actor; he’s an author, blogger, voice actor, special correspondent to the BBC and social commentator. He is also Just A Geek.
Currently, Wil splits his time between writing and voice acting, providing the voice for Aqualad on the WB’s “Teen Titans”, Cosmic Boy on "Legion of Superheroes," as well as several video games, including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Everquest 2, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Ghost Recon 2, and Ghost Recon 2: Advanced War Fighter. In 2003, Wil founded indie publishing company Monolith Press, and released a book of his short narrative non-fiction essays called “Dancing Barefoot”. It was an enormous success, hitting best seller lists at Powell's World of Books and Amazon.com. In July 2004, the highly anticipated follow up, “Just A Geek” was published, and released as an audiobook in 2005. "Do You Want Kids With That?" a humorous and touching collection of Wil's experiences as a stepparent will be published as an audiobook original in late 2007.
All three books grew out of Wil’s immensely popular, award-winning weblog, which he maintains at his website, WIL WHEATON dot NET. While most celebrities are happy to let publicists design and maintain their websites, Wil has taken a decidedly different turn with WWdN. He designed, coded, and maintains it entirely on his own. 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, is consistently ranked in Technorati's Top 50 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.
Wil has been a special correspondent for BBC Radio, including stints on Radio 5's Up All Night during California's recall election in 2003. He also writes for Metroblogging's blogging.la, works as a Navigator for Netscape News, writes reviews of classic Star Trek: The Next Generation for TVSquad.com, and is a featured weekly columnist at SuicideGirls.com. His column on classic 1980s video games, "The Games of our Lives" ran for 88 weeks in The Onion AV Club. He has also appeared as a contributor on VH1, MSNBC and SPIKE TV.
He is a writer and performer in the main company at the ACME comedy theatre in Hollywood, where, in 2006, he wrote and performed a weekly news segment for a SNL-like show, "Acme This Week." He is also an accomplished improvisor, and Los Angeles TheatreSports alumnus.
Wil is an avid and successful poker player. His skill at the poker table earned him an invite to Team PokerStars in 2005, where he plays with World Champions Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, and Joe Hachem. In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Wil created and hosted several charity tournaments at PokerStars.com, which resulted in over $120,000 in contributions to the American Red Cross. In 2006, he was the last celebrity standing at the World Poker Tour Invitational, finishing 21st out of over 300 entrants, and earning $10,000 for the City of Hope cancer hospital in Duarte, California. He also hosts weekly "WWdN Invitational" tournaments at PokerStars, and is an ambassador for the popular site.
He lives in Pasadena, CA, with his wife Anne, and his stepchildren Ryan and Nolan. He is currently spending far too much time playing Guitar Hero II.