Wil Wheaton is my hero as well.
I just don't get the Wil Wheaton love, he really annoyed me in the Next Generation. Perhaps, I have to stop holding that grudge and listen to a podcast or two of his.
I don't get the love either, at least not yet. In fact, I had no idea who he was until I started reading the book (I got it in an e-book bundle and mostly thought "why not" as I had just finished another book that I can't recall the title of at the moment). I thought I vaguely recognised the name from somewhere long ago, but didn't (and still don't) know from where, what or why - might just as well have mixed it up with another.
No, I'm not particularly good at remembering actors and their roles in movies or TV series. I'm better at remembering the characters they play, but that's definitely not a given either.