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Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman; June 11, 1933 - August 29, 2016) was an American stage and screen actor, director, screenwriter, and author. Wilder began his career on stage, making his screen debut in the film Bonnie and Clyde in 1967. His first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film The Producers. This was the first in a series of prolific collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974's Young Frankenstein, the script of which garnered the pair an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilder is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and for his four films with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991). Wilder has directed and written several of his films, including The Woman in Red (1984). His marriage to actress Gilda Radner, who died from ovarian cancer, led to his active involvement in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club. In more recent years, Wilder turned his attention to writing, producing a memoir in 2005, Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art, and the novels My French Whore (2007), The Woman Who Wouldn't (2008), and What Is This Thing Called Love (2010). Wilder sadly passed away on the 29th of August, 2016. 

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Jun 11, 1933 In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Death of a Salesman 1966-05-07
Latest Project:
Movie The Making of 'The Producers' 2018-09-25
Known For
Poster of The Lady in Question
Poster of After They Were Famous
Poster of Something Wilder
Poster of Death of a Salesman
Movie The Making of 'The Producers' Self 2018-09-25
Movie Love, Gilda Himself (archive footage) 2018-04-18
Movie Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic George / Skip Donahue (archive footage) 2013-04-23
Movie Marty Feldman: Six Degrees of Separation 2008-03-31
Movie Role Model: Gene Wilder Self 2008-07-17
Movie Expo Magic of the White City narrator 2005-09-16
Movie Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (archive footage) 2003-01-01
Movie Pure Imagination: The Story of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' Himself 2001-11-13
Movie Alice in Wonderland Mock Turtle 1999-02-28
Movie Murder in a Small Town Cash Carter 1999-01-10
Movie The Lady in Question Larry 'Cash' Carter 1999-12-12
Series After They Were Famous (archive footage) 1999-05-12
Series Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Blacks and Jews Self 1997-07-29
Movie Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein Himself 1996-01-01
Series The Frank Skinner Show Unknown 1995-09-10
Series Something Wilder Gene Bergman 1994-10-01
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Another You George / Abe Fielding 1991-07-26
Movie Funny About Love Duffy Bergman 1990-09-21
Movie See No Evil, Hear No Evil Dave Lyons 1989-05-12
Movie Haunted Honeymoon Larry Abbot 1986-07-25
Movie The Woman in Red Teddy Pierce 1984-08-15
Movie Hanky Panky Michael Jordon 1982-06-04
Series Wogan Unknown 1982-05-04
Movie Sunday Lovers Skippy (sketch 'Skippy') 1980-10-31
Movie Stir Crazy Skip Donahue 1980-12-12
Series CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979-01-28
Movie The Frisco Kid Avram 1979-07-06
Movie The World's Greatest Lover Rudy Valentine / Rudy Hickman 1977-12-18
Movie Silver Streak George Caldwell 1976-12-03
Movie The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Sigerson Holmes 1975-12-14
Movie Blazing Saddles Jim 1974-02-07
Movie Rhinoceros Stanley 1974-01-21
Movie Thursday's Game Harry Evers 1974-04-14
Movie Young Frankenstein Frederick Frankenstein 1974-12-15
Movie The Little Prince The Fox 1974-11-06
Movie Acts of Love and Other Comedies Herb Waterman 1973-03-15
Movie Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask Dr. Doug Ross 1972-08-06
Movie The Scarecrow Lord Ravensbane 1972-01-10
Movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka 1971-06-29
Series The Electric Company 1971-10-25
Movie Start the Revolution Without Me Claude / Philippe 1970-08-14
Movie Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx Quackser Fortune 1970-06-13
Movie Bonnie and Clyde Eugene Grizzard 1967-07-18
Movie The Producers Leo Bloom 1967-11-22
Movie Death of a Salesman Bernard 1966-05-07