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Wil Wheaton Was the ‘Scapegoat’ in His Family Because of His Bully Dad & Mom Who Ran His Entire Life

Joe Akins
Aug 22, 2021
10:20 A.M.
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Actor Wil Wheaton has come a long way in his journey into fame and success in Hollywood. But, unlike most stars, Wheaton’s career was propelled by the years of abuse he faced from his parents.

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As a child, little Wil Wheaton had other ideas about what he wanted to do with his life but his controlling parents, led by his bully dad, Richard, forced him into a career they wanted for him even though it caused him pain.

Wheaton’s mother was an actress and dreamed of having her son walk in her steps. His father, a medical specialist, did everything possible to get his little boy on that road, even if it meant emotional abuse.

Wil Wheaton speaking at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon on May 27, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona | Photo: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Wil Wheaton speaking at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon on May 27, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona | Photo: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

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Wheaton would later find fame in the 1986 classic, “Stand By Me,” but unlike his peers who looked forward to what the future of fortune and fame held for them, Wheaton only had pain as his companion.

Wheaton's childhood experience fueled his portrayal of a boy, Goldie, battling emotional trauma and negligent parents in “Stand By Me,” because it was not far-fetched from his experience.

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Now 48, the child star is estranged from his parents and has spent time revisiting the trauma of growing around adults who he claimed never listened to him as a little boy.

Aside from his dislike for acting, Wheaton has also been vocal about his health struggles.

Wheaton remarked that playing Goldie was easy because they were both scapegoats of their families. However, the 48-year-old still sees the sadness in his eyes as a child actor whenever he watches “Stand By Me.”

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Although he acted in other movies like “Toy Soldiers” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” where he memorably played Wesley Crusher, playing Goldie remains his most cherished experience.

Apart from working alongside other stars like River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O’Connell, Wheaton cherishes the 1986 movie because it opened him up to his true passion.

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Like Goldie, Wheaton is a writer, a passion he never discovered until he got older. As a grown man, Wheaton admitted that he finds acting traumatic since he was forced into it. Being on camera reminds Wheaton of his rough childhood, something he tries not to remember.

Aside from his dislike for acting, Wheaton has also been vocal about his health struggles. According to reports, the child actor suffers from chronic depression and generalized anxiety.

The father of two explained in a post that it took thirty years to open up with his struggles, but with the support of his family, he finds life better and peaceful.

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