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Gene Wilder

1933-06-11 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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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.


Remembering Gene Wilder Self (Archival Footage) 2024-03-15
Love, Gilda Self (archive footage) 2018-04-18
The Last Laugh Self 2016-04-18
Private Screenings: Robert Osborne Self 2014-01-06
Mel Brooks: Make a Noise Self (archive footage) 2013-05-20
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic George / Skip Donahue (archive footage) 2013-04-23
Role Model: Gene Wilder Self 2008-04-15
Marty Feldman: Six Degrees of Separation Self 2008-03-31
Hitler: The Comedy Years Leo Bloom (archive footage) (uncredited) 2007-05-10
EXPO: Magic of the White City Self - Narrator 2005-09-16
Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet, #*%$#@!! (archive footage) 2003-01-01
The Making of 'The Producers' Self 2002-12-03
Pure Imagination: The Story of 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' Self 2001-11-13
Back in the Saddle Self 2001-06-19
The Lady in Question Larry 'Cash' Carter 1999-12-12
Murder in a Small Town Cash Carter 1999-01-10
Alice in Wonderland Mock Turtle 1999-02-28
Blacks and Jews Self 1997-07-29
Making Frankensense of Young Frankenstein Self 1996-01-01
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook Dr. Frankenstein (archive footage) 1991-01-01
Another You George / Abe Fielding 1991-07-26
Funny About Love Duffy Bergman 1990-09-21
See No Evil, Hear No Evil Dave Lyons 1989-05-12
Hello Actors Studio Self 1988-11-09
Haunted Honeymoon Larry Abbot 1986-07-25
The Woman in Red Theodore Pierce 1984-08-15
Baryshnikov in Hollywood Self - Special Appearence 1982-04-21
Hanky Panky Michael Jordon 1982-06-04
Stir Crazy Skip Donahue 1980-12-12
Les Séducteurs Skippy (sketch 'Skippy') 1980-10-31
The Frisco Kid Avram 1979-07-06
The World's Greatest Lover Rudy Valentine / Rudy Hickman 1977-12-18
Silver Streak George Caldwell 1976-12-03
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Sigerson Holmes 1975-12-14
The Little Prince The Fox 1974-11-06
Young Frankenstein Frederick Frankenstein 1974-12-15
Blazing Saddles Jim 1974-02-07
Rhinoceros Stanley 1974-01-21
Thursday's Game Harry Evers 1974-04-14
Acts of Love and Other Comedies Herb Waterman 1973-03-15
The Trouble With People Ernie (Story 4) 1972-11-12
Scarecrow Lord Ravensbane 1972-01-10
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask Dr. Doug Ross 1972-08-06
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka 1971-06-29
Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx Quackser Fortune 1970-06-13
Start the Revolution Without Me Claude / Philippe 1970-02-04
The Producers Leo Bloom 1968-03-18
Bonnie and Clyde Eugene Grizzard 1967-08-14
Death of a Salesman Bernard 1966-05-07
Wilder Self (archive footage)