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Wil Wheaton

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"Wil Wheaton"
Gender Male
Birthday July 29, 1972
First Episode The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary
Role(s) Actor
Portrays Wil Wheaton (himself)
All of the Big Bang Theory Staff

Wil Wheaton, born Richard William Wheaton III on July 29, 1972, Burbank, California, first gained international attention by starring in the Rob Reiner film Stand by Me (1986). He then played Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) for three and one-quarter seasons.

Playing himself in The Big Bang Theory, Wil serves as a minor but pivotal antagonist in the third season and is generally portrayed as a darker version of himself in earlier seasons. After making peace with Sheldon in the fifth season, he has become friends with the main characters of the show.

Series overviewEdit

Season 3Edit

Wil wonders what is wrong with Sheldon.
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He first appeared in "The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary" as he enters a card game tournament (Mystic Warlords of Ka'a) with Stuart and playing against Sheldon and Raj. Sheldon only joined because he wanted to confront him over an incident of the past: a young 15 yr. old Sheldon was devastated when Wheaton Wesley Crusher failed to show up at the '95 Dixie Trek convention in Jackson, Mississippi around 1995 (it is revealed in "The Russian Rocket Reaction" that it was because Wil thought it was cooler to be a guest star on Hollywood Squares (sitting in the lower left-hand corner). In the final match, Sheldon is about to defeat his hated rival, but Wheaton tricks him once more by telling Sheldon his grandmother had died shortly before the convention and prevails. It is revealed that this was a scam to win and upon losing, Sheldon tenses up and screams angrily, "WHEATON!" just as Kirk yelled "Khan!!". Wil Wheaton reappears in the episode "The Wheaton Recurrence", where he breaks up Leonard and Penny's relationship in order to win a bowling competition against the main characters, as Leonard and Penny were already having issues because of Leonard's premature "I Love You". This causes Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard to dress as super-heroines and super-villains. Sheldon names his team 'The Wesley Crushers', implying they will crush Wesley, who was Wheaton's character in Star Trek, however most interpret it as Sheldon naming the team after Wesley Crusher because they are fans of him.

Season 4Edit

Wheaton appears again on "The 21-Second Excitation", Sheldon and his friends get in a long line to enter the cinema, then Wheaton comes with Lonely Larry and Captain Sweatpants and enters the cinema without doing the line because of his celebrity status, causing Sheldon and friends to not be able to enter the movies. Sheldon then steals the movie from the projection booth and the gang gets chased by him and the movie goers.

Season 5Edit

Wil Wheaton with fellow Trek actor Brent Spiner, Leonard and Sheldon.

In "The Russian Rocket Reaction", Wheaton invites Leonard and Sheldon to a party at his house. Leonard intends to go with Raj and Howard (until he tells everyone that he got offered to go into space), leaving Sheldon feeling betrayed by this. However, he has a change of heart when he finds out that Brent "Data" Spiner will be attending. At the party, Wheaton gives Sheldon the gift that he had always been waiting for, a signed, mint-condition Wesley Crusher action figure, saying, "To Sheldon, sorry it took so long. Your friend, Wil Wheaton." Sheldon immediately forgives him and gives him a hug. However, Brent Spiner comes along and sees the action figure. He opens it. Sheldon then announces that Spiner is now his mortal enemy instead of Wheaton.

Wil Wheaton appeared again in "The Stag Convergence" as a guest at Howard's bachelor party. He almost ruins (albeit inadvertently) Howard and Bernadette's relationship when he records Raj's drunken toast (which reveals embarrassing details of Howard's sordid sexual past) and posts it on YouTube, where it's viewed by Bernadette. She nearly calls off the wedding until Howard makes an emotional plea, saying that he's no longer that person and that it's all because of her, and she forgives him (even though she's still mad at him for not telling her about his past).

S6EP07 - Sheldon and Will Wheaton
Sheldon defending Amy's honor.
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Season 6Edit

In the episode "The Habitation Configuration", we see the front of Wil Wheaton's fictional home. The house number is 1701 which is an obvious reference to his time spent on Star Trek: The Next Generation with the USS Enterprise's registry number being NCC-1701-D. Wil agrees to appear on a Star Trek episode of "Sheldon Cooper presents Fun with Flags". Amy is filming it and gets into an argument with Sheldon. Confused he takes Wil's side which makes Amy mad. After getting drunk, he shows up at Wil's house to defend Amy's honor and Wil apologizes.

Season 7Edit

Advising Penny on her acting career.

When Penny has trouble getting her acting career started, she and Leonard consult Will. He warns them about how depressing it can be to take on projects one knows will be bad (repeatedly correcting Penny when she thinks he is referencing Star Trek). He ends up in a malaise, but is snapped out of it when he finds himself in the tv-guide crossword. Later, after Penny accepts the part in Serial Apeist 2, she is surprised to discover will is also working on the film, as a mad orangutan (in a full body suit, so as not be identifiable). Wil seems excited by this development.


  • Wil Wheaton really does live in Pasadena, California.
  • While guest starring on an episode of Fun with Flags, Wheaton's T-shirt bears the title card from The Guild, a web-series he guest starred on during the third and fourth seasons.
  • In "The Indecision Amalgamation", Wil appears for the first time without running into Sheldon. He's having coffee with Leonard and Penny.

Mass Media AppearancesEdit

  • Generator Rex (TV series) - Dr. Peter Meechum 2012-2013
  • The Big Bang Theory (TV series) - Wil Wheaton 2009-2013
  • Eureka (TV series) - Dr. Isaac Parrish 2010-2012
  • RedaKai (TV series) 2010-2012
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (TV series) - Darkstar / Mike Morningstar 2010-2012
  • Leverage (TV series) - Colin Mason 2009-2012
  • The Guild (TV series) - Fawkes 2009-2011
  • Underground Entertainment: The Movie - Scapegoat #1 2011
  • DC Universe Online (Video Game) - Robin 2010
  • Robot Astronomy Talk Show (TV series short) - The Physician 2010
  • Fallout: New Vegas (Video Game) - Robobrains 2010
  • Loki and SageKing Go to GenCon (short) - Wil Wheaton 2010
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold (TV series) - Ted Kord / Silver Age Blue Beetle 2009-2010
  • Family Guy (TV series) - Anti-Abortion Activist 2010
  • Ben 10: Alien Force (TV series) - Darkstar / Mike Morningstar 2008-2009
  • Ben 10: Alien Force - Vilgax Attacks (Video Game) - Darkstar 2009
  • Brütal Legend (Video Game) - Watt-R-Boys 2009
  • Kurokami: The Animation (TV series) - Yakumo 2009
  • Star Trek - Romulan 2009
  • Criminal Minds (TV series) - Floyd Hansen 2008
  • Grand Theft Auto IV (Video Game) - Alien 2008
  • Legion of Super Heroes (TV series) - Cosmic Boy / Human Scientist / Roderick Doyle 2007-2008
  • Numb3rs (TV series) - Miles Sklar 2007
  • Naruto Shippûden: The Movie - Taruho/Shizuku 2007
  • PvP: The Animated Series (TV series) 2007
  • Americanizing Shelley - Director Alan Smithee 2007
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 (Video Game) 2007
  • Random! Cartoons (TV series) - Kyle / Sir Horace 2007
  • Naruto (TV series) - Menma 2006
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV series) 2006
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Video Game) - Richard Burns - VCFL Caller 2006
  • Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Video Game) - Richard Burns 2005
  • Teen Titans (TV series) - Aqualad / Computer Geek 2004-2005
  • Rainbow Six: Lockdown (Video Game) 2005
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Walter 2005
  • Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (TV series) - Skurg 2005
  • Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Video Game) 2005
  • Ghost Recon 2 (Video Game) 2004
  • EverQuest II (Video Game) - Festus Septimus / Overseer Zerrin / Merchant William 2004
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game) - Richard Burns - Talk Radio 2004
  • Every Little Something by Dave (video) - 'Evil' Wil Wheaton 2004
  • Neverland - John Darling 2003
  • Book of Days (TV movie) - Danny 2003
  • Arena (TV series) - Co-host 2002
  • Star Trek: Nemesis - Wesley Crusher 2002
  • The Zeta Project (TV series) - Kevin 2002
  • Fish Don't Blink - Jimmy 2002
  • Biography (TV series documentary) - Narrator (Eclipsed by Death: The Life of River Phoenix) 2002
  • Jane White Is Sick & Twisted - Dick Smith 2002
  • The Good Things (short) - Zach Means 2001
  • Speechless... (short) - Ryan 2001
  • Twice in a Lifetime (TV series) - Dr. Thomas / Ryan Storey 2001
  • The Invisible Man (TV series) - Dorman 2001
  • Python (TV movie) - Tommy 2000
  • Deep Core - Rodney Bedecker 2000
  • The Girls' Room - Charlie 2000
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV series) - Will 1999
  • Foreign Correspondents - Jonas 1999
  • Guys Like Us (TV series) - Steve / The Fig 1999
  • Diagnosis Murder (TV series) - Forest Ranger Gary Barton 1998
  • Fag Hag - Christian Bookstore Manager 1998
  • Love Boat: The Next Wave (TV series) - Tristan Reedy 1998
  • The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TV movie) - Robert Todd Lincoln 1998
  • Flubber - Bennett Hoenicker 1997
  • Perversions of Science (TV series) - Bryan 1997
  • Gun (TV series) - Bilchick 1997
  • Tales of Glamour and Excess - Danny Sugerman 1997
  • The Outer Limits (TV series) - Cadet 1996
  • Pie in the Sky - Jack 1996
  • Boys Night Out (short) - Marco 1996
  • It Was Him or Us (TV movie) - Scottie 1995
  • Mr. Stitch (TV movie) - Lazarus 1995
  • Sirens (TV series) - Wayne McGarrick 1994
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV series) - Wesley Crusher 1987-1994
  • Tales from the Crypt (TV series) - Arling 1993
  • The Liars' Club - David Reynolds 1993
  • The Legend of Prince Valiant (TV series) - Prince Michael / King Michael 1993
  • Lifestories: Families in Crisis (TV series) - Robert Bierer 1992
  • December - Kipp Gibbs 1991
  • The Last Prostitute (TV movie) - Danny 1991
  • Toy Soldiers - Joseph 'Joey' Trotta 1991
  • Monsters (TV series) - Kevin 1990
  • ABC Afterschool Specials (TV series) - Nick Karpinsky 1989
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth (TV movie) - Billy Milton 1987
  • The Curse - Zack 1987
  • Family Ties (TV series) - Timothy Higgins 1987
  • Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV series) - Ehrich Weiss /Young Harry Houdini 1987
  • St. Elsewhere (TV series) - Owen Drimmer 1986
  • Stand by Me - Gordie Lachance 1986
  • Long Time Gone (TV movie) - Mitchell 1986
  • The Defiant Ones (TV movie) - Clyde 1986
  • Highway to Heaven (TV series) - Max 1985
  • The Last Starfighter - Louis' Friend 1984
  • The Buddy System - Tim 1984
  • 13 Thirteenth Avenue (TV movie) - Willie 1983
  • Hambone and Hillie - Jeff Radcliffe 1983
  • The Secret of NIMH - Martin 1982
  • CBS Afternoon Playhouse (TV series) - Amos Cotter 1982
  • A Long Way Home (TV movie) - Donald Branch (8) 1981

External linksEdit


  • Bret Spiner is now my mortal enemy.
  • Wil vs. Sheldon.
  • Ensign Wesley Crusher.
  • Wil Wheaton and friends are getting in before Sheldon's gang.
  • Wil Wheaton is guest starring on Fun With Flags.
  • Wondering what is wrong with Sheldon.
  • With his mortal enemy.
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