Wild Travels' host Will Clinger has worked as an actor, producer, writer and TV show host and has appeared on various stages and screens for more than 20 years. He is probably best known as the host and segment producer of Wild Chicago, a television program that looked at the offbeat side of the city and aired on WTTW/Channel 11. His work on the show earned him fourteen Midwest Emmy Awards.
He has produced and hosted several documentaries for Channel 11: Vanishing Act –Memories of Vaudeville, Lost and Found –Chicago’s Offshore Treasures, The Bleacher Bums –Rabid Fans of Wrigley Field, and The Legend of Del Close, the first two of which also received Midwest Emmys. Clinger is currently hosting Wild Travels, a national version of Wild Chicago, created for public TV stations nationwide.
Will has acted in the feature films Witless Protection, Stranger Than Fiction, Something Better Somewhere Else, B-Roll, After Effect, No Sleep ‘Til Madison, Stash ,and Serious Business, as well as the short films Stealing Kisses, Hit and Run, Rain, Rain, and Train Town(which won a Silver Award at the 2007 Chicago International Film Festival and a 2008 Best of the Midwest award for Best Short Film). Will’s work in Train Town was nominated for a 2008 BMA . Award for Best Actor.
He recently wrote, produced, co-directed and starred in the short film The Calvin Lewis Bobby Mayfair Show[s]. Will has also appeared in a number of network and cable television shows, including Sirens, ER, Early Edition, America's Most Wanted and The Untouchables. For the stage, Will wrote and performed the one-man play Dr. Harlon’s Keys to Better Living(Royal George Theatre) and co-wrote and performed in the musical Two for the Show (Theater Wit), which received the After Dark award for Best New Work and was Jeff-nominated in the same category. in addition to acting with numerous Chicago theaters, he has appeared with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, the Peninsula Players in Door County, Wisconsin and traveled all over the country with the Second City National Touring Company. He bears a startling resemblance to Willie B. Famous of the comedic bluegrass group The Famous Brothers (www.famousbrothers.com)..