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U.P. native goes ‘Into the Wild’

October 21, 2007
By RENEE PRUSI, Journal Sports Editor


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Steven Wiig, left, as park ranger Steve Koehler, and Emile Hirsch as Chris McCandless, are shown in a scene from the current film “Into The Wild.” Wiig is a native of Negaunee. (Photo courtesy of Steven Wiig)

Fact Box

Meet Steven Wiig
¦ Born Dec. 30, 1972, a son of Judy Wiig, a teacher at Negaunee High School, and the late Ray Wiig, who was a teacher at Westwood High School. Grandson of Alice Arbelius of Palmer.
¦ 1991 graduate of Negaunee High School where he played basketball, football and tennis and participated in the high school band. Was voted “Most Artistic” by the members of his graduating class.
¦ Married Patricia Wheeler on June 30, 2001, in Taylor Falls, Minn. The couple has one son, Magnus Ray, born Feb. 15, 2006.
¦ His “day job” is working with the well-known rock band Metallica. He also plays in a number of bands, the most prominent being Papa Wheelie with former Metallica member Jason Newsted. He does all the artwork for his bands’ CD covers, T-shirts and logos.
¦ Has a role in “Into the Wild,” directed by Sean Penn, based on the best seller by Jon Krakauer. It’s his second foray into film as he appeared in the acclaimed documentary “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” in 2004.
¦ Lives in Sausalito, Calif.



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