Richard William Wheaton III (born July 29, 1972) is an American actor, blogger, and writer. He portrayed 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 Bennett Hoenicker in Flubber. Wheaton has also appeared in recurring voice acting roles as Aqualad in Teen Titans, Cosmic Boy on the Legion of Super Heroes, and Mike Morningstar/Darkstar in the Ben 10 universe. He appeared regularly as a fictionalized version of himself on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory and in the roles of Fawkes on The Guild, Colin Mason on Leverage, and Dr. Isaac Parrish on Eureka. Wheaton was the host and co-creator of the YouTube board game show TableTop. He has narrated numerous audio books, including Ready Player One and Ready Player Two.

Wil Wheaton
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Wheaton at the 2020 GalaxyCon Richmond
Born
Richard William Wheaton III

(1972-07-29) July 29, 1972 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Occupation
  • Actor
  • television personality
  • writer
  • blogger
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)
Anne Prince
(m. 1999)
Children2
Websitewww.wilwheaton.net

Early lifeEdit

Wheaton was born July 29, 1972, in Burbank, California, to Debra "Debbie" Nordean (née O'Connor), an actress, and Richard William Wheaton Jr., a medical specialist.[1][2][3] He has a brother, Jeremy, and a sister, Amy,[4] each of whom appeared uncredited in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "When the Bough Breaks".[5] Amy appeared alongside Wil in the 1987 film The Curse.[6]

As an adult, Wheaton described his father as being abusive to him as a child and his mother as being an enabler of that abuse. He also stated that his parents forced him to become an actor.[7][8]

CareerEdit

Early work and Stand By MeEdit

Wheaton made his acting debut in the television film A Long Way Home (1981), which starred Timothy Hutton.[9] He voiced the character of Martin in the animated film The Secret of NIMH (1982), the movie adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971).[10] Wheaton also appeared in Hambone and Hillie (1983), The Buddy System (1984) (opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Susan Sarandon),and the Last Starfighter.[9]

Wheaton first gained widespread attention for his work in Stand by Me (1986), the film adaptation of Stephen King's novella The Body.[11][12][13] In Stand by Me, Wheaton played the lead role of Gordie Lachance, a 12-year-old storyteller mourning the loss of his elder brother.[13] In her review of the film, Sheila Benson of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "Wheaton makes Gordie's 'sensitivity' tangible, but not effete. He's a gem".[14] In addition to being successful at the box office,[15] Stand by Me was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama[16][17] and became known as a coming-of-age classic.[18][19]

Star TrekEdit

Wheaton played Wesley Crusher, a "boy genius and Starfleet hopeful",[20] during the first four seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation.[21] He appeared in an additional four episodes of the remaining three seasons. The Wesley Crusher character is a "polarizing" character; while some Star Trek fans love the character, others are vocal about their hatred for him.[22][21] Wheaton commented about his critics in a 2004 interview for WebTalk Radio:

Later, I determined that the people who were really, really cruel – like the Usenet weenies – really are a statistically insignificant number of people. And I know, just over the years from people who've e-mailed me at my website and people who I've talked to since I started going to Star Trek conventions again in the last five years, that there are so many more people who really enjoyed everything about the show, including my performance, including the character.[23]

Wheaton's notoriety among Star Trek fandom is covered in a number of web comics. For example, ArcaneTimes (March 25, 2005) offers a sympathetic position;[24] Something Positive presents a range of opinions on the storyline Mike's Kid;[25] and Abstruse Goose tries to distinguish between the character and the actor.[26]

Post-Star TrekEdit

 
Wil Wheaton in 2001

Wheaton played Joey Trotta in the action film Toy Soldiers (1991). After leaving Star Trek, he moved to Topeka, Kansas, to work for NewTek, where he helped to develop the Video Toaster 4000 doing product testing and quality control[27][28] and later used his public profile to serve as a technology evangelist for the product.[29]

Afterward, he returned to Los Angeles, attended acting school for five years, and then re-entered the acting world.[30][31] In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Wheaton appeared in several independent films, including the award-winning The Good Things (2001), in which he portrays a frustrated Kansas tollbooth worker.[32] For his performance in Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002) he received the award for Best Actor at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival.[33]

Voice workEdit

Wheaton has worked as a voice actor in animation, video games and audiobooks, beginning with the role of Martin Brisby in The Secret of NIMH at age 10. His most noteworthy credits include the roles of Aqualad in the cartoons Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!, the voice of radio journalist Richard Burns in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Kyle in the Nickelodeon cartoon, Kyle + Rosemary as well as himself and various other characters on both Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. Wheaton also featured as the second Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dr. Peter Meechum in Generator Rex, Mike Morningstar / Darkstar in Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien & Ben 10: Omniverse. Wheaton took upon the anime roles of Yakumo in Kurokami: The Animation, Menma in Naruto, Hans in Slayers Evolution-R, Aaron Terzieff in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. He appeared as himself in a skit on nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot's 2008 album Final Boss attempting to be a rapper, whose rhymes only involved shellfish. Wheaton later collaborated with Frontalot on "Your Friend Wil", a track from the 2010 album Zero Day on the subject of what Wheaton calls "Wheaton's law": "don't be a dick".[34][35]

Wheaton has narrated a number of bestselling audiobooks, mostly in the science-fiction and fantasy category, including Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Wheaton also exists in the novel's universe, described as being joint President along with Cory Doctorow, of the OASIS User Council in the virtual world, which is the setting for much of the book) and its sequel Ready Player Two, Armada, also by Cline, Redshirts by John Scalzi, Fuzzy Nation by Scalzi, and books 6–10 of the Chronicles of Amber series by Roger Zelazny.[citation needed]

Television and webEdit

 
Wheaton at W00tstock 2.4 in San Diego, July 2010

Wheaton was a contestant on a 2001 episode of The Weakest Link featuring Star Trek actors attempting to win money for charity. He has made guest appearances on the November 23, 2007, episode of the TV series Numb3rs, and the October 22, 2008, episode of the series Criminal Minds, and appeared in Internet presentations, including a cameo in a comedy sketch ("Lock Out") for LoadingReadyRun[36] (and a reprise of the same the following year, in CommodoreHustle 4), and the May 30, 2008, episode of the Internet series Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show. From 2009-2011, Wheaton appeared in seasons 3, 4, and 5 of the web series The Guild as Fawkes, the leader for a rival guild known as Axis of Anarchy.[37] Wheaton credits his roles in Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show and The Guild for reigniting his career by encouraging him to seek out roles as the "Villain You Love To Hate" stock character.[38] He also appears in seasons 2, 3, and 4 of the television series Leverage, as rival computer hacker Colin "Chaos" Mason, antagonist to Leverage team hacker Alec Hardison. He made regular appearances in many web productions for Geek & Sundry, including hosting TableTop, a board game based show,[39] and Titansgrave, a roleplaying game based show.[40]

He appeared as a fictionalized version of himself in seventeen episodes of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, starting in season 3, episode 5: "The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary" (2009). On the show, Wheaton behaves in comically petty and manipulative ways towards main character Sheldon Cooper, who regards him as an archenemy until the season 5 episode "The Russian Rocket Reaction", when they make amends and become friends. Wheaton appears in 12 episodes in a recurring, guest-starring role on Eureka, playing Dr. Isaac Parrish, the head of the Non-Lethal Weapons Lab at Global Dynamics and a thorn in Fargo's side.[41] Wheaton also voices the character of the former scoutmaster and current sous-chef Earl Harlan in the popular dark, surreal-comedy podcast Welcome to Night Vale.[citation needed]

Wheaton played Alexander Rook in the Syfy TV series Dark Matter, based on the eponymous comic book.[42]

HostingEdit

From September 2006 to September 2007, Wheaton hosted a Revision3 syndicated video podcast called InDigital along with Jessica Corbin and Hahn Choi. He hosted a NASA video on the Mars Curiosity rover which landed on Monday August 6, 2012.[43] He has hosted "2nd Watch", interviews with cast members and producers of the science-fiction series Falling Skies that appears online after each episode.[44] Falling Skies On April 3, 2014, Wheaton announced on his blog that his new show called The Wil Wheaton Project would premiere on the SyFy network at 10pm on May 27 for an initial projected run of twelve episodes.[45][46] However, on August 29, Wheaton blogged that SyFy canceled the show after only one season.[47] Wheaton has hosted Star Trek aftershow The Ready Room since the second season in 2020.[48]

Other venturesEdit

GamesEdit

In 2003, Wheaton mentioned his love for the game of poker on his blog. The following year, he began writing more extensively about his poker-playing experiences, including stories about playing Texas hold 'em tournaments locally and in Las Vegas. Eventually, he worked up to regular play, including a run at the 2005 World Poker Tour Championships. On June 23, 2005, Wheaton accepted an invitation to join Team PokerStars.[49] He went on to play in that year's World Series of Poker and was the guest speaker for the 2005 BARGE Banquet. In June 2007, he announced he would no longer be on Team Pokerstars due to changes in the US legal system that would cause poker sites to have to focus on European and Asian markets[50] and held a farewell Pokerstars tournament on June 5, 2007, which he titled So Long and Thanks for All the Chips.[51]

Wheaton is a Dungeons & Dragons player,[52] and played during the PAX 2010 event using the 4th edition rules. Wheaton, along with webcartoonists Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik of Penny Arcade, and Scott Kurtz of PvP, played in front of a live audience. The game was hosted and recorded by Wizards of the Coast with Chris Perkins as the dungeonmaster.[53] Wheaton also played D&D 4th edition at the PAX 2011 event using the 4th edition rules, and used the D&D Next play test rules at PAX Prime 2012.[citation needed]

Wheaton hosts the web series TableTop that he created with Felicia Day, in which he explains how to play various card, board, and dice games, then plays the game with celebrity guests. This web series has had over 4.5 million views[54] and raised $1.4 million on Indiegogo for its third series, a record amount for a web series at that time[55] In 2018 it appears in syndication on the TBD cable television.[citation needed]

Wheaton starred in the Kickstarter-funded game There Came an Echo by Iridium Studios.[56] In Dungeons and Dragons Online, he became the dungeon master of the Temple of Elemental Evil quests.[57]

Nintendo of America announced on Twitter that Wheaton would be voicing Abraham Lincoln in Code Name: STEAM.[58] Wheaton announced in February 2015 that he was chosen to provide voiceover talent for the strategy role-playing video game Firefly Online, a game based on Joss Whedon's Firefly sci-fi franchise.[59] Wheaton does the voice narration on the Secret Hitler companion app for the Secret Hitler social deduction game.[60]

Wheaton has spoken out against misogyny in video game culture,[61][62] and wrote a profile of Anita Sarkeesian for the 2015 Time 100.[63]

Comic bookEdit

A fictionalized version of Wheaton was included in the comic book PS 238, in which he harbors the power of telekinesis. Wheaton's debut comic book The Guild: Fawkes, which he wrote alongside Felicia Day, was released on May 23, 2012.[64]

AudiobooksEdit

Wheaton has recorded several of his non-self-published books as downloadable audiobooks. These include Just A Geek, Dancing Barefoot, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Dead Trees Give No Shelter, asteraleS, kamaKiri and The Criminal Minds Production Diary, an excerpt from his book Sunken Treasure.[citation needed]

NarrationsEdit

List of narrations
Title Author Audiobook release date Additional narrators
Peter and Max: A Fables Novel Bill Willingham Unknown Unknown
Homeland[65] Cory Doctorow 2014 No
More of the Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy[66] Orson Scott Card et al. 1999-12-15 Yes
The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of the 20th Century[66] Greg Bear et al. 1999-12-16 Yes
The Criminal Minds Production Diary[67] Wil Wheaton 2009-03-04 No
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer[66] Mark Twain 2009-10-21 No
Boneshaker[68] Cherie Priest 2010-03-18 Yes
METAtropolis: Cascadia[66] John Scalzi et al. 2010-11-16 Yes
The Android's Dream[66] John Scalzi 2010-12-07 No
Agent to the Stars[66] John Scalzi 2010-12-07 No
Fuzzy Nation[69][70][66] John Scalzi 2011-05-10 Yes
Ready Player One[71][66] Ernest Cline 2011-08-16 No
Redshirts[72][66] John Scalzi 2012-06-05 No
Masters of Doom[73][66] David Kushner 2012-07-12 No
Trumps of Doom[66] Roger Zelazny 2012-07-31 No
Prince of Chaos[66] Roger Zelazny 2012-07-31 No
Sign of Chaos[66] Roger Zelazny 2012-07-31 No
Knight of Shadows[66] Roger Zelazny 2012-07-31 No
Blood of Amber[66] Roger Zelazny 2012-07-31 No
V Wars[66] Jonathan Maberry et al. 2012-10-10 Yes
Rip-Off![66] John Scalzi et al. 2012-12-18 Yes
Just A Geek: Teh Audio Book[67] Wil Wheaton 2013-11-23 No
Dancing Barefoot: The Audio Book[67] Wil Wheaton 2013-12-07 No
The Happiest Days of Our Lives: The Special Extended Edition Audio Book[67] Wil Wheaton 2013-12-10 No
Dead Pig Collector[66] Warren Ellis 2013-12-17 No
Byways: A METAtropolis Story[74] Tobias Buckell 2014-01-30 No
Suspect Zero[66] Richard Kadrey 2014-07-01 No
If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair[66] R. A. Salvatore 2014-08-11 No
Lock In[75][76][66] John Scalzi 2014-08-26 No
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions[77] Randall Munroe 2014-09-02 No
The Education of Brother Thaddius and Other Tales of DemonWars[66] R. A. Salvatore 2015-01-13 Yes
Mather's Blood[66] R. A. Salvatore 2015-01-13 No
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [Phoenix Books Edition][66] Mark Twain 2015-01-14 No
Armada[71] Ernest Cline 2015-07-14 No
Prepare to Meet Thy Doom[66] David Kushner 2015-10-15 No
The Collapsing Empire[78][66] John Scalzi 2017-03-21 No
Dead Trees Give No Shelter[67] Wil Wheaton 2017-04-08 No
asteraleS[67] Wil Wheaton 2017-04-26 No
kamaKiri[67] Wil Wheaton 2017-05-04 No
Strange Weather[66] Joe Hill 2017-10-24 Yes
Head On[79][66] John Scalzi 2018-04-17 No
The Consuming Fire[80][66] John Scalzi 2018-10-16 No
Alexander X[66] Edward Savio 2019-06-05 No
Ancient Among Us[66] Edward Savio 2019-07-30 No
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems[66] Randall Munroe 2019-09-03 No
Looking for Alaska[66] John Green 2019-09-24 No
Full Throttle[66] Joe Hill 2019-10-01 Yes
The Martian[66] Andy Weir 2020-01-01 No
The Last Emperox[66] John Scalzi 2020-04-14 No
Ready Player Two[66] Ernest Cline 2020-11-24 No
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster[81][66] Bill Gates 2021-2-16 Yes

Wheaton has provided the voice-over for the digital gamebook, Trial of the Clone.[82]

Live showsEdit

Wheaton has performed improvisational and sketch comedy at the ACME Comedy Theater in Hollywood.[83] He has a traveling sketch comedy/improv troupe called "EarnestBorg9" that performs science fiction-related comedy at conventions.[84]

WritingEdit

Wheaton runs his own blog, Wil Wheaton Dot Net. Between 2001 and late 2004, he operated a message board, known as "The Soapbox" or "Paracosm", as part of the blog site. Two collections of writings taken from postings to the message board have been published, titled Boxer Shorts (ISBN 1-932461-00-0) and Boxer Shorts Redux (ISBN 1-932461-03-5). He contributes regularly to the Los Angeles-based Metroblogging site. In June 2005, he became that month's featured Tech writer for the SuicideGirls Newswire.[85]

 
Wil Wheaton (left) meets Tim O'Reilly at the 2003 booksigning of Dancing Barefoot at Powell's in Portland, Oregon.

In early 2003, he founded the independent publishing company Monolith Press and released a memoir entitled Dancing Barefoot. Monolith Press was "founded on the idea that publication should not be limited by opportunity."[86] Most of the entries are extended versions of his blog entries. Dancing Barefoot sold out three printings in four months. In winter 2003, Wheaton signed to publisher Tim O'Reilly with a three-book contract. O'Reilly acquired Dancing Barefoot, and published his extended memoirs, Just a Geek, in summer of 2004. He has since written about his bitterness regarding how the book was marketed, believing it was pitched as a Star Trek book when he intended it as more of a personal memoir.[87] Subsequently, in 2007, his next book, The Happiest Days of Our Lives was again published by Monolith Press.[citation needed]

With the release of Sunken Treasure: Wil Wheaton's Hot Cocoa Box Sampler in February 2009, instead of using traditional publishing, Wheaton decided to self-publish using Lulu Publishing, releasing paperback and digital copies, something he has continued to do with all his publications since. As a chapbook, Sunken Treasure contains several small extracts of various different projects, including two short stories from Ficlets, an ACME comedy sketch, William's Tell and a Criminal Minds production diary. The production diary was later released as an audiobook. Later that same year, Wheaton released Memories of the Future: Volume 1, a humorous critique, as well as an account of Wheaton's own experiences with, and memories of, the first thirteen episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Closing up 2009, Wheaton published a special edition of The Happiest Days of Our Lives, which included an afterword by his son, Ryan. The Happiest Days of Our Lives and Sunken Treasure were released on a Creative Commons license.[citation needed]

In 2017, Wheaton wrote the short story "Laina" for the Star Wars anthology From a Certain Point of View. The book features 40 short stories, each by a different author, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars.[citation needed]

PoliticsEdit

Wheaton described himself as a liberal in 2005.[88] In a column that he wrote for Salon.com in 2005, The Real War on Christmas, Wheaton attacked conservative commentators like Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity for influencing the political views of his parents, with whom Wheaton found himself unable to have political discussions during family get-togethers on holidays like Christmas.[88] Wheaton's parents were very offended by the article, and he posted a lengthy apology on his site and an interview in which his parents clarified their political views.[89]

Wheaton campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election.[90]

Immediately following the Sutherland Springs church shooting on November 5, 2017, Wheaton on Twitter stated in response to Congressman Paul Ryan's call for prayers for the victims that "The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they'd still be alive, you worthless sack of shit."[91] Wheaton subsequently clarified his opinion after receiving criticism.[92][93][94]

Personal lifeEdit

Wheaton married Anne Prince on November 7, 1999,[95] and lives in Arcadia, California, with her and her two sons from a previous relationship.[96] Upon reaching maturity, both sons asked Wheaton to legally adopt them, which he did.[97]

Wheaton was roommates with Chris Hardwick while they were both students at UCLA.[30][98] They met at a showing of Arachnophobia in Burbank, California.[30]

In January 2021, Wheaton announced he had been sober from alcohol for five years.[99]

Wheaton lives with generalized anxiety disorder and chronic depression. He supports mental health nonprofit organizations in raising awareness for these conditions.[100][101]

HonorsEdit

LegacyEdit

An asteroid was named after him: 391257 Wilwheaton.[103]

FilmographyEdit

Films and television filmsEdit

List of appearances in films and television films
Year Title Role Notes
1981 A Long Way Home Donald Branch Television film
1983 Hambone and Hillie Jeff Radcliffe
1983 13 Thirteenth Avenue Willie Television film
1983 The Buddy System Tim
1984 The Last Starfighter Louis' friend
1986 The Defiant Ones Clyde Television film
1986 Long Time Gone Mitchell Television film
1986 Stand by Me Gordie Lachance
1987 The Curse Zack
1987 The Last Prostitute Danny Television film
1987 The Man Who Fell to Earth Billy Milton Television film
1987 Young Harry Houdini Ehrich Weiss Television film
1988 She's Having a Baby Eloy
1991 Toy Soldiers Joseph "Joey" Trotta
1991 December Kipp Gibbs
1992 Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special Himself / Wesley Crusher Television documentary
1993 The Liars' Club David Reynolds
1995 Mr. Stitch Lazarus
1995 It Was Him or Us Scottie Television film
1996 Pie in the Sky Jack
1996 Boys' Night Out Marco
1997 Trekkies Himself Documentary
1997 Flubber Bennett Hoenicker
1997 Tales of Glamour and Excess Danny Sugerman
1998 The Day Lincoln Was Shot Robert Lincoln Television film
1998 Fag Hag Himself
1999 Foreign Correspondents Jonas
2000 The Girls' Room Charlie
2000 Deep Core Rodney Bedecker
2000 Python Thommy
2001 Speechless... Ryan Short film
2001 The Good Things Zach Means Short film
2002 Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Dick Smith
2002 Fish Don't Blink Jimmy
2002 Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand by Me Himself Documentary
2002 Star Trek Nemesis Wesley Crusher cameo + Deleted scenes
2003 Book of Days Danny Television film
2003 Four Fingers of the Dragon Himself Television film
2003 Neverland John Darling
2007 Americanizing Shelley Director Alan Smithee
2009 Star Trek Romulans (various)[104]
2010 Loki and SageKing Go to GenCon Evil Wil Wheaton Short film
2014 Sharknado 2: The Second One Himself as an airline Passenger Uncredited
2014 Video Games: The Movie Himself Documentary
2020 Rent-A-Pal Andy

TV shows and appearancesEdit

List of appearances in TV shows
Year Title Role Notes
1982 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Amos Cotter Episode: "The Shooting"
1985 Highway to Heaven Max Episode: "One Winged Angels"
1986 St. Elsewhere Owen Drimmer Episode: "Nothing Up My Sleeve"
1987 Disneyland Ehrich Weiss / Harry Houdini Episode: "Young Harry Houdini"
1987 Family Ties Timothy Higgins Episode: "'D' Is for Date"
1987–1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Wesley Crusher Main role
1989 ABC Afterschool Special Nick Karpinsky Episode: "My Dad Can't Be Crazy... Can He?"
1990 Monsters Kevin Episode: "A Shave and a Haircut, Two Bites"
1992 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Robert Bierer Episode: "A Deadly Secret: The Robert Bierer Story"
1993 Tales from the Crypt Arling Episode: "House of Horror"
1994 Sirens Wayne McGarrick Episode: "Chasing a Ghost"
1996 The Outer Limits Cadet Episode: "The Light Brigade"
1997 Gun Bilchick Episode: "Ricochet"
1997 Perversions of Science Bryan Episode: "Snap Ending"
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Tristan Reedy Episode "I Can't Get No Satisfaction"
1998 Diagnosis: Murder Forest Ranger Gary Barton Episode: "Alienated"
1999 Guys Like Us Steve / The Fig Episode: "Good Old Days"
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Will Episode: "The Wallet"
2001 The Invisible Man Dorman Episode: "Perchance to Dream"
2001 Twice in a Lifetime Ryan Storey / Dr. Thomas Episode: "The Choice"
2002 A&E Biography Narrator Episode: "Eclipsed by Death: The Life of River Phoenix"
2002 Arena Presenter Unknown episodes
2002–2003 The Screen Savers Presenter 2 episodes
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Walter Episode: "Compulsion"
2007 Numb3rs Miles Sklar Episode: "Graphic"
2008 Criminal Minds Floyd Hansen Episode: "Paradise"
2009–2011 Leverage Colin Mason Recurring role
2009–2019 The Big Bang Theory Himself Recurring role; 17 episodes[105]
2010–2012 Eureka Dr. Isaac Parrish Recurring role (Season 45)
2014 The Wil Wheaton Project Presenter 12 episodes
2015–2016 Dark Matter Alexander Rook 2 episodes
2016 Powers Conrad Moody Season 2
2017 Mystery Science Theater 3000 Drake Episode: "Reptilicus"
2017 Bill Nye Saves the World Himself Episode: "The Original Martian Invasion"
2017 Whose Line is it Anyway? Himself "July 10, 2017" (Season 13, Episode 5)
2019 Supergirl End of the World Protestor Episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One"

Web shows and seriesEdit

List of appearances in web shows and series
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2007 Revision3 Presenter
2007 LoadingReadyRun Himself
2008 Retarded Policeman #5: Writers Strike[106] Presenter
2009–2011 The Guild Fawkes Main role
2010 IRrelevant Astronomy The Physician Episode "Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Destroyer of Worlds"
2012–2017 TableTop Presenter
2013 Kris and Scott's Scott and Kris Show #10: Ties Kris's father
2014-2016 Welcome to Night Vale Earl Harlan 5 episodes, multiple live shows
2015 Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana Game Master/Host
2015 Conversations with Creators Host[107]
2015 Critical Role Himself / Thorbir Falbek 2 episodes
2015 Con Man Officer Cahoots, Man on Plane 2 episodes
2017 Transformers: Titans Return Perceptor 3 episodes, voice
2020 The Ready Room Host 26 episodes
2020-2021 Rival Speak[108] Host 12 episodes

AnimationEdit

List of voice performances in animated films and television series
Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Secret of NIMH Martin Brisby
1993 The Legend of Prince Valiant Prince Michael / King Michael Main role (Season 2)
2001 The Flintstones: On the Rocks Brad (Bass Singer) Television film
2002 The Zeta Project Kevin "The Wrong Morph" (Season 2, Episode 14)
2003–05 Teen Titans Aqualad Recurring role
2005 Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Skurg "The Lords of Soturix 7" (Season 2, Episode 2)
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Additional voices "City of Walls and Secrets" (Season 2, Episode 14)
2007 Random! Cartoons Kyle / Sir Horace "Kyle + Rosemary" (Season 1, Episode 8)
2007–08 Legion of Super Heroes Cosmic Boy Recurring role
2008–09 Ben 10: Alien Force Mike Morningstar / Darkstar Recurring role
2009 Naruto Menma 3 episodes, English version
2009 Kurokami: The Animation Yakumo Supporting role, English version
2009–10 Family Guy Himself (Season 7);
Anti-Abortion Activist (Season 8)
"Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" (Season 7, Episode 11)
"Partial Terms of Endearment" (Season 8, Episode 21)
2009–10 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Ted Kord/Silver Age Blue Beetle 2 episodes
2010 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Mike Morningstar / Darkstar Recurring role
2010 Slayers Evolution-R Hans Episode 2, English version
2010 Naruto Shippuden the Movie Taruho, Shizuku English version
2011 Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Aaron Terzieff "Ghost of Laplace" (Episode 2), English version
2011–12 Redakai Quantus Main role
2012–13 Generator Rex Dr. Peter Meechum 4 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Doctor Doom / Centaur / Handy Smurf "Batman Forever 21" (Season 7, Episode 17)
2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Mike Morningstar / Darkstar / Dante 2 episodes
2014–18 Teen Titans Go! Aqualad 4 episodes
2015–18 Miles from Tomorrowland Commander S'Leet 4 episodes
2016 Fantasy Hospital The High Wizard 10 episodes
2017–18 Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters Jonathan Rook, Museum Security Guard 23 episodes
2018 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies The Flash
2020 American Dad! Co-Worker with Witching Sticks "Businessly Brunette"

Video gamesEdit

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role
2004 EverQuest II Additional voices
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Richard Burns
2004 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 Additional voices
2005 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown Additional voices
2005 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Additional voices
2005 Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Richard Burns
2006 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories Richard Burns
2007 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Additional voices
2009 Brütal Legend Watt-R-Boys
2009 Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks Darkstar
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Robobrains / Super-Ego / X-8 Robobrain
2011 DC Universe Online Robin
2013 Grand Theft Auto V The Local Population
2014 Broken Age Curtis The Lumberjack
2015 There Came an Echo Corrin[109]
2015 Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Abraham Lincoln
2015 Dungeons & Dragons Online - Reign of Elemental Evil[110] Dungeon Master
2021 I Expect You To Die 2[111] John Juniper

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