Last Updated: February 8, 2024
Richest CelebritiesActors
Net Worth:
$1 Million
Jul 29, 1972 (51 years old)
5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Writer, Actor, Television producer, Voice Actor, Screenwriter
United States of America
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What is Wil Wheaton's Net Worth and Salary?

Wil Wheaton is an American actor and writer who has a net worth of $1 million. Wil Wheaton has more than 130 acting credits to his name and began acting as a child, with his first part coming in the 1981 TV movie "A Long Way Home." He debuted on the big screen a year later with the animated film "The Secret of NIMH" and would continue to act throughout the '80s, landing his first big role in the 1986 film "Stand by Me." Wil had a recurring role as Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from 1987 to 1990, and he routinely appeared on the hit CBS series "The Big Bang Theory" (2009–2019) as himself. Wheaton co-created and hosted the web series "TableTop" (2012–2017), and he hosted "The Wil Wheaton Project" on the SYFY channel in 2014. He began hosting "The Ready Room," a "Star Trek" aftershow, on Facebook Live in 2020. Wil writes for his own website and is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Dancing Barefoot" (2004), "Just a Geek" (2004), and "Dead Trees Give No Shelter" (2017).

Star Trek Royalties and Alleged Parental Theft

During the 2023 WGA and SAG strikes, Wil made a stunning accusation about his finances in an Instagram post. In the post Wil said:

"My parents stole nearly all of my salary from my entire childhood. My Star Trek residuals were all I had, and they kept me afloat for two decades while I rebuilt my life. I have healthcare and a pension because of my union. The AMPTP billionaires want to take all that security away so they can give CEOs even more grotesque wealth at the expense of the people who make our industry run."

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Early Life

Wil Wheaton was born Richard William Wheaton III on July 29, 1972, in Burbank, California. His mother, Debra "Debbie" Nordean, was an actress, and his father, Richard William Wheaton Jr., was a medical specialist. Wil has two siblings, Amy and Jeremy, who both made uncredited appearances in a season one episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Wheaton has said that his father abused him during his childhood and that his mother enabled the abuse.


In the 1980s, Wil appeared in several television films, including "13 Thirteenth Avenue" (1983), "The Defiant Ones" (1986), and "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1987). In 1986, he co-starred with River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell in "Stand by Me," which was directed by Rob Reiner and based on a Stephen King novella called "The Body." After "Stand by Me," Wheaton appeared in the films "The Curse" (1987) and "She's Having a Baby" (1988) and guest-starred on "Family Ties" (1987), and he began playing Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in 1987. Wil appeared in 85 episodes of the series, and after leaving the show, he starred in the 1991 film "Toy Soldiers," then moved from California to Topeka, Kansas, where he worked for the software company NewTek and did quality control and product testing on the Video Toaster 4000. After his stint with NewTek, Wheaton moved back to L.A. and spent five years in acting school. In the 1990s, he appeared in films such as "The Liars' Club" (1993), "Pie in the Sky" (1996), and "Flubber" (1997) and guest-starred on "Tales from the Crypt" (1993), "The Outer Limits" (1996), and "Diagnosis: Murder" (1998).

In 2002, Wil narrated an "A&E Biography" about his former co-star River Phoenix, and he then guest-starred on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2005), "Numb3rs" (2007), and "Criminal Minds" (2009) and appeared in the films "Jane White Is Sick & Twisted" (2002), "Neverland" (2003), and J. J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" film. Beginning in 2009, he played Colin Mason on three episodes of the TNT series "Leverage" and Fawkes on 16 episodes of the web series "The Guild," and he portrayed Dr. Isaac Parrish on the Sci-Fi Channel's "Eureka" from 2010 to 2012. Wheaton guest-starred on "Dark Matter" in 2015 and 2016, "Powers" in 2016, and "Supergirl" in 2019, and he starred in the thriller "Rent-A-Pal" in 2020. Wil has lent his voice to numerous animated projects, including "Teen Titans" (2003–2005), "Ben 10: Alien Force" (2008–2009), and "Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters" (2017–2018), and he has narrated more than 50 audiobooks, such as Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One" (2011) and John Scalzi's "Redshirts" (2012). He has also done voice acting in several video games in the "Grand Theft Auto" and "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" series as well as "Fallout: New Vegas" (2010) and "DC Universe Online" (2011).

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Personal Life & Real Estate

On November 7, 1999, Wil married Anne Prince, who has two sons from a previous relationship. When Anne's son Ryan was 19 years old, he requested that Wheaton legally adopt him, saying "You have always been more of a dad to me than my dad ever was…and I was hoping that you'd make it official, and adopt me." Wil legally adopted Ryan, then did the same with Anne's other son, Nolan, a few years later.

In December 2010 Wil and Anne paid $915,000 for a 2,000 square foot home in Burbank, California. They listed this home for sale in April 2021 for $1.625 million. They ultimately removed the listing.

Wheaton has been friends with Chris Hardwick since college; the two met at a screening of the film "Arachnophobia" and later roomed together at UCLA.

Wil has struggled with alcoholism, and in January 2021, he celebrated five years of sobriety. In 2013, he teamed up with's Drew Curtis and Stone Brewing's Greg Koch to create a stout beer, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout. Wheaton identifies as an atheist, and he is a sports fan, supporting the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Kings. In 2018, Wil wrote an article for called "My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed.," and he spoke at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) conference in Ohio earlier that year. Wheaton enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons and poker, and he played in the 2005 World Poker Tour Championships and World Series of Poker.

Awards and Nominations

Wheaton has been nominated for five Young Artist Awards, sharing the Jackie Coogan Award with his "Stand by Me" castmates in 1987 and winning Best Young Actor in a Family Syndicated Show for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in 1989. He was named Best Actor for "Jane White Is Sick & Twisted" at the 2002 Melbourne Underground Film Festival, and he shared an International Academy of Web Television Award for Best Hosted Series (Pre-Recorded) with "TableTop" co-producers Sheri Bryant and Felicia Day in 2014. "The Big Bang Theory" won a Merit – Honorary Award at the 2020 CinEuphoria Awards, and Wil was nominated for a Streamy Award for Best Guest Star in a Web Series for "The Guild" in 2010 and a Sunset Film Circle Award for Scene Stealer for "Rent-a-Pal" in 2020. In 2017, an asteroid was named 391257 Wilwheaton in his honor.

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