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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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 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)
Letterman / 'Imagination Rain' singer / 'Tion' singer
- Telly and Zoe Pretends to Get Married. (1996) ... 'Imagination Rain' singer
- Cyranose De Bergerac Undergoes Sensitivity Training (1992) ... 'Imagination Rain' singer
- An African Lullaby by Lillian (1992) ... Letterman (voice)
- 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:

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

Great art direction is NOT the same thing as great film direction! See more »

Trivia:

One of his all-time favorite songs was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and particularly the version sung by Ella Fitzgerald. According to his family, as Wilder laid on his deathbed, the music player (which was set to random) changed to this song. Wilder then smiled, closed his eyes, and peacefully passed away. See more »

Trademark:

Curly brown hair and blue eyes See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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