He started on TV at age one doing commercials with his twin brother Kin and his father TV humorist Herb Shriner. Growing up with a 8mm camera in his hand, he attended famed UCLA Film and TV program where he learned from the greats how to entertain with story and image.
Appearing at the famed comedy store, another side another young comedian, David Letterman who liked Shriner's comedy films so much that he brought Wil's talents along with him on his rise to fame . Wil continued as a writer/director on numerous projects and shows with Letterman and it was one of his films that got him noticed by Francis Ford Coppola and it produced a co-starring role opposite Oscar nominee Joan Allen in Peggy Sue Got Married. From there he hosted his own nationally syndicated and three time Emmy nominated talk show, the Wil Shriner Show and dozens of shows and series followed one after another.
In 2000 he began directing sitcoms at the top with Frasier and spent six years on all the top shows including Everyone Loves Raymond, Becker, Gilmore Girls and many others.
Jimmy Buffett asked him to read a book he had optioned and together they turned it into an award winning family film Hoot. WIl wrote the screenplay, produced and directed the film that came out on 3000 screens and was a top ten film in its first two weeks of release. It has found it way into the MOMA collection in NYC and was recently named one of the top five environmental films by the Smithsonian Museum.
Wil's corporate work as a Master of Ceremonies, comedian, moderator make him a very in demand performer who can do it all. Recently he added Charity Auctioneer to his repertoire and has raised over 4 million dollars for top charities around the country by using his humor and sense of fun to help open wallets at dozens of events each year.
Wil Shriner appears courtesy of Magic City Casino