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Gene Wilder

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 & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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
 1976 Silver Streak
 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)
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Other Works:

Novel: "My French Whore". New York: St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312360576 See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Articles | 3 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jerry Silberman


5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on being asked to play Willy Wonka] I said, "I'd like to come out with a cane, and be crippled," and I said, "because no one will know from that time on whether I'm lying or telling the truth." And he said, "You mean--if we don't do that, you won't do the part?" And I said, "Yeah, that's what I'm saying." [imitates the producer mumbling to himself] "Okay. Okay. We'll do it." And I, and I meant ... See more »


Wife, Karen Boyer, is a former speech pathologist. They first met when he consulted with her about playing the role of a deaf man in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989). See more »


Frequently works with Mel Brooks See more »

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