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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 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
(1974)
Blazing Saddles
(1974)
The Producers
The Producers Leo Bloom
(1967)

Filmography

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 2015 Yo Gabba Gabba! (TV Series)
Elmer
- 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
 1989-1996 Sesame Street (TV Series)
'Imagination Rain' singer / Letterman / 'Tion' singer
- Telly and Zoe Pretends to Get Married. (1996) ... 'Imagination Rain' singer
- Cyranose De Bergerac Undergoes Sensitivity Training (1992) ... 'Imagination Rain' singer
- Montana Day (Part 4) (1991) ... Letterman / 'Tion' singer
- Episode #20.98 (1989) ... Letterman (voice)
 1993 Eligible Dentist (TV Movie)
Toby
 1991 Another You
George / Abe Fielding
 1990 Funny About Love
Duffy Bergman
 1980 Les séducteurs
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)
Bernard
 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)
Waiter
- Reunion with Death (1962) ... Waiter
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(2008_ Novel: "The Woman Who Wouldn't". New York: St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312375786 See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Jerry Silberman

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his relationship with Richard Pryor] We were never good friends, contrary to popular belief. We turned it on for the camera, then turned it off. He was a pretty unpleasant person to be around during the time we worked together. He was going through his drug problems then and didn't want a friendship outside of what we did on the screen. See more »

Trivia:

He was set to reunite with Richard Pryor in Trading Places (1983) until Pryor dropped out. When Eddie Murphy was cast, he requested that Wilder be replaced, as he did not want to come-off as a poor substitute for Pryor. See more »

Trademark:

Often played highly eccentric yet likeable characters See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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