Biography

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. 

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. 

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 47

Birthday 1933-06-11

Day of Death 2016-08-29

Place of Birth Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Jerome Silberman
  • Jerry Silberman

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Love, Gilda as Himself (archive footage)
2013 Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic as George / Skip Donahue (archive footage)
2008 Role Model: Gene Wilder as Self
2008 Marty Feldman : Six Degrees of Separation
2005 Expo Magic of the White City as narrator
2003 Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! as (archive footage)
2001 Pure Imagination: The Story of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' as Himself
1999 The Lady in Question as Larry 'Cash' Carter
1999 After They Were Famous(1 episode) as (archive footage)
1999 Alice in Wonderland as Mock Turtle
1999 Murder in a Small Town as Cash Carter
1998 Will & Grace(2 episodes)
1997 The View(1 episode)
1996 Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein as Himself
1995 The Frank Skinner Show(1 episode)
1994 Something Wilder(18 episodes) as Gene Bergman
1994 Inside the Actors Studio(1 episode)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1991 Another You as George / Abe Fielding
1990 Funny About Love as Duffy Bergman
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil as Dave Lyons
1986 Haunted Honeymoon as Larry Abbot
1984 The Woman in Red as Teddy Pierce
1982 Hanky Panky as Michael Jordon
1982 Wogan(1 episode)
1980 Stir Crazy as Skip Donahue
1980 Sunday Lovers as Skippy (sketch 'Skippy')
1979 The Frisco Kid as Avram
1979 CBS News Sunday Morning(1 episode)
1977 The World's Greatest Lover as Rudy Valentine / Rudy Hickman
1976 Silver Streak as George Caldwell
1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother as Sigerson Holmes
1974 Young Frankenstein as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
1974 The Little Prince as The Fox
1974 Thursday's Game as Harry Evers
1974 Blazing Saddles as Jim, aka "The Waco Kid"
1974 Rhinoceros as Stanley
1973 Acts of Love and Other Comedies as Herb Waterman
1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask as Dr. Doug Ross
1972 The Scarecrow as Lord Ravensbane
1971 The Electric Company(782 episodes)
1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as Willy Wonka
1970 Start the Revolution Without Me as Claude / Philippe
1970 Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx as Quackser Fortune
1967 The Producers as Leo Bloom
1967 Bonnie and Clyde as Eugene Grizzard
1966 Death of a Salesman as Bernard

Writing

1999 The Lady in QuestionWriter
1999 Murder in a Small TownWriter
1989 See No Evil, Hear No EvilScreenplay
1986 Haunted HoneymoonWriter
1984 The Woman in RedWriter
1977 The World's Greatest LoverWriter
1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter BrotherAuthor
1974 Young FrankensteinScreenstory
1974 Young FrankensteinScreenplay

Directing

1986 Haunted HoneymoonDirector
1984 The Woman in RedDirector
1980 Sunday LoversDirector
1977 The World's Greatest LoverDirector
1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter BrotherDirector

Production

1977 The World's Greatest LoverProducer

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