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Gene Wilder (1933–2016)

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Wilder caught his first big break playing a small role in the off-Broadway production ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Blazing Saddles
The Producers
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 2015 Yo Gabba Gabba! (TV Series)
- The Yo Gabba Gabba! Movie 2 (2015) ... Elmer (voice)
 1999 The Lady in Question (TV Movie)
Larry 'Cash' Carter
 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Mock Turtle
 1999 Murder in a Small Town (TV Movie)
Cash Carter
 1993 Eligible Dentist (TV Movie)
 1991 Another You
George / Abe Fielding
 1990 Funny About Love
Duffy Bergman
 1980 Sunday Lovers
Skippy (segment "Skippy")
 1977 The World's Greatest Lover
Rudy Hickman
 1974 Thursday's Game (TV Movie)
Harry Evers
 1973 Acts of Love and Other Comedies (TV Movie)
Herb Waterman
 1972 The Scarecrow (TV Movie)
Lord Ravensbane
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
Claude / Philippe
 1966 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
 1962-1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Reporter / Wilson / Muller
- Windfall (1963) ... Reporter
- The Interrogator (1962) ... Wilson
- A Sound of Hunting (1962) ... Muller
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
- Reunion with Death (1962) ... Waiter
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
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(7/3/71) Appeared on NBC's discussion program The Irv Kupcinet Show (1953) with Irv Kupcinet and guests poet Rod McKuen, Tammy Grimes and Sue Lyon, Bob Balaban, Alex Karras and singer-pianist Kim Martell. Also on the program were David E. Lilienthal, former head of the Atomic Energy Commission and the Tennessee Valley Authority... See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 11 Articles | 3 Pictorials | See more »

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Jerry Silberman


5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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[on why he doesn't make movies anymore] I like writing books. I'd rather be at home with my wife. I can write, take a break, come out, have a glass of tea, give my wife a kiss, and go back in and write some more. It's not so bad. I am really lucky. See more »


He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy. See more »


Often worked with Mel Brooks See more »

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