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Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman; June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016) was an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, singer-songwriter and author. Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in an episode of the TV series The Play of the Week in 1961. Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder's first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1967 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This was the first in a series of collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974's Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, which Wilder co-wrote, garnering the pair an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilder is known for his iconic 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), as well as starring in Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972). Wilder directed and wrote several of his own films, including The Woman in Red (1984). With his third wife, Gilda Radner, he starred in three films, the last two of which he also directed. Her 1989 death 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. After his last acting performance in 2003 – a guest role on Will & Grace for which he received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Wilder turned his attention to writing. He produced a memoir in 2005, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art; a collection of stories, What Is This Thing Called Love? (2010); and the novels My French Whore (2007), The Woman Who Wouldn't (2008), and Something to Remember You By (2013). Description above from the Wikipedia article Gene Wilder, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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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 Love, Gilda 2018-04-18
Known For
Poster of Expo Magic of the White City
Poster of Young Frankenstein
Poster of Blazing Saddles
Poster of Bonnie and Clyde
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 Unknown 2008-03-31
Movie Role Model: Gene Wilder Self 2008-07-17
Movie Expo Magic of the White City narrator 2005-09-16
Movie The Making of 'The Producers' Self 2004-10-25
Movie Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (archive footage) 2003-01-01
Movie Back in the Saddle Self 2001-06-19
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
Series Bitte umblättern Self 1977-04-20
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 Unknown 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