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Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder

  • Born on
    • June 11th, 1933
  • Died on
    • August 29th, 2016
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.

Filmography

Acting (26 Credits)

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2013Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic as George / Skip Donahue (archive footage)
1999Murder in a Small Town as Cash Carter
1999Alice in Wonderland as Mock Turtle
1991Another You as George / Abe Fielding
1990Funny About Love as Duffy Bergman
1989See No Evil, Hear No Evil as Dave Lyons
1986Haunted Honeymoon as Larry Abbot
1984The Woman in Red as Teddy Pierce
1982Hanky Panky as Michael Jordon
1980Stir Crazy as Skip Donahue
1979The Frisco Kid as Avram
1977The World's Greatest Lover as Rudy Valentine / Rudy Hickman
1976Silver Streak as George Caldwell
1975The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother as Sigerson Holmes
1974Rhinoceros as Stanley
1974Young Frankenstein as Frederick Frankenstein
1974Blazing Saddles as Jim
1974The Little Prince as The Fox
1972Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask as Dr. Doug Ross
1971Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as Willy Wonka
1971The Electric Company
1970Start the Revolution Without Me as Claude / Philippe
1970Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx as Quackser Fortune
1967The Producers as Leo Bloom
1967Bonnie and Clyde as Eugene Grizzard
1966Death of a Salesman as Bernard

Himself (1 Credits)

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2018Love, Gilda as Himself (archive footage)

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