Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman June 11, 1933) American stage and screen comic actor, director, screenwriter, author, and activist. Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in the TV-series Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1962. Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder's first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This was the first in a series of collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974's Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, the latter of which garnered the pair an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilder is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and for his four films with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991). Wilder has directed and written several of his films, including The Woman in Red (1984). His third wife was actress Gilda Radner, with whom he starred in three films. Her death from ovarian cancer led to his active involvement in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club (source:

Gene Wilder


  • 1966 Death of a Salesman
  • 1967 Bonnie and Clyde
  • 1968 The Producers
  • 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
  • 1970 Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
  • 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • 1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
  • 1972 The Scarecrow
  • 1974 Rhinoceros
  • 1974 Blazing Saddles
  • 1974 The Little Prince
  • 1974 The Last Salvation
  • 1974 Thursday's Game
  • 1974 Young Frankenstein
  • 1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
  • 1976 Silver Streak
  • 1977 The World's Greatest Lover
  • 1979 The Frisco Kid
  • 1980 Sunday Lovers
  • 1980 Stir Crazy
  • 1982 Hanky Panky
  • 1984 The Woman in Red
  • 1986 Haunted Honeymoon
  • 1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  • 1990 Funny About Love
  • 1991 Another You
  • 1999 Murder in a Small Town
  • 1999 Alice in Wonderland
  • 1999 The Lady in Question

  • Voice for The Electric Company's segment The Adventures of Letterman (60 episodes, 1972-77)
  • Something Wilder (1994-95)
  • Will & Grace (2002) Episode "Boardroom and a Parked Place" (Guest Star - Mr. Stein)
  • Will & Grace (2003) Episode "Sex, Losers & Videotape" (Guest Star - Mr. Stein)

  • The Complaisant Lover (Broadway, 1962)
  • Mother Courage and Her Children (Broadway, 1963)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Broadway, 1963)
  • The White House (Broadway, 1964)
  • Luv (Broadway, 1966)
  • Laughter on the 23rd Floor (London, 1996)

  • Piver, M. Steven and Gene Wilder. Gilda's Disease: Sharing Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer. Broadway Books, 1998. ISBN 0-7679-0138-X.
  • Wilder, Gene. Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art. St. Martin's Press, 2005. ISBN 0-312-33706-X.
  • Wilder, Gene. My French Whore. St. Martin's Press, 2007. ISBN 0-312-36057-6.
  • Wilder, Gene. The Woman Who Wouldn't. St. Martin's Press, 2008. ISBN 0-312-37578-6.
  • Wilder, Gene. What is this Thing Called Love?. St. Martin's Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-312-59890-7
  • Wilder, Gene. Something to Remember You By. St. Martin's Press, 2013. ISBN 9780312598914
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