Gene Wilder (1933–2016)


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When he was 11 he wanted to be a comedian like Sid Ceasar then when he was 15 and saw Lee J Cobb in 'Death of a Salesman' he decided he would be a comedy actor. and found that Mel Brooks was a great influence on his screen writing. He combined both talents with directing in'The World's Greatest Lover followed by 'Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother' ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

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

Filmography

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 2002-2003 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Mr. Stein
- Sex, Losers & Videotape (2003) ... Mr. Stein
- Boardroom and a Parked Place (2002) ... Mr. Stein
 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 Pretend 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)
 1994-1995 Something Wilder (TV Series)
Gene Bergman
- Dr. Roof (1995) ... Gene Bergman
- Hanging with Mr. Cooper (1995) ... Gene Bergman
- Bergman of Alcatraz (1995) ... Gene Bergman
- Love at First Flight (1995) ... Gene Bergman
- Sleepless in Stockbridge (1995) ... Gene Bergman
 1993 Eligible Dentist (TV Movie)
Toby
 1991 Another You
George / Abe Fielding
 1990 Funny About Love
Duffy Bergman
 1986 Haunted Honeymoon
Larry Abbot
 1984 The Woman in Red
Theodore Pierce
 1982 Hanky Panky
Michael Jordon
 1980 Stir Crazy
Skip Donahue
 1980 Sunday Lovers
Skippy (segment "Skippy")
 1979 The Frisco Kid
Avram
 1977 The World's Greatest Lover
Rudy Hickman
 1976 Silver Streak
George
 1974 Young Frankenstein
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
 1974 The Little Prince
The Fox
 1974 Thursday's Game (TV Movie)
Harry Evers
 1974 Blazing Saddles
Jim
 1974 Rhinoceros
Stanley
 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
 1967 The Producers
Leo Bloom
 1967 Bonnie and Clyde
Eugene Grizzard
 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
 1962 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Yussel
- The Man Who Refused to Die 2 (1962) ... Yussel
- The Man Who Refused to Die (1962) ... Yussel
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Happy
- The Wingless Victory (1961) ... Happy
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "Even Dogs Learn How To Swim," published by One Tusk Publishing. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 12 Articles | 3 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jerry Silberman

Height:

5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Spouse:

Karen Boyer  (his death) | See more »

Parents:

Silberman, Jeanne Baer | Silberman, William J
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), the remake of his Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)] I haven't seen it. I like Depp [Johnny Depp], but when I heard they were doing a remake, I heard, "Mistake". When I saw clips on television, and I saw what Depp was doing, I thought, "Don't see that movie--you like Depp too much." I always get comments: "Yours is better". I know they're... See more »

Trivia:

Acting mentor and friend of Kelly LeBrock. He became a surrogate father to her when her own father died. The two remained close friends after the release of The Woman in Red (1984). Wilder was also friends with Mel Brooks, whom he worked with in three films: The Producers (1967), Young Frankenstein (1974) and Blazing Saddles (1974). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently did comedic pauses in his dialogue See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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