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Gene Wilder
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Jerome Silberman

(1933-06-11)June 11, 1933
Died August 29, 2016(2016-08-29) (aged 83)
Cause of death Complications of Alzheimer's disease
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Iowa
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director, author
Years active 1961–2003 (actor)
1998–2013 (author)
  • Mary Mercier
    (m. 1960; div. 1965)
  • Mary Joan Schutz
    (m. 1967; div. 1974)
  • (m. 1984; her death 1989)
  • Karen Boyer
    (m. 1991; his death 2016)
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Relatives Jordan Walker-Pearlman (nephew)
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Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman, June 11, 1933, died August 29, 2016) was an American actor, comedian, movie director, screenwriter and author. He was most famous for his acting work and in particular for the movies he made with Mel Brooks which include The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. He also played the part of Willy Wonka in the musical movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Wilder studied Communication and Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa.

Wilder was drafted into the Army on September 10, 1956.

An unauthorized biography of Wilder called Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad by Brian Scott Mednick was published in December 2010 by BearManor Media.

Wilder died from problems caused by Alzheimer's disease on August 29, 2016 in Connecticut.



Year Title Role Notes
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Eugene Grizzard
1968 The Producers Leo Bloom Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1970 Start the Revolution Without Me The twins Claude and Philippe
Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx Quackser Fortune
1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Willy Wonka Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1972 The Scarecrow Lord Ravensbane/The Scarecrow Television
1974 Rhinoceros Stanley Based on Eugène Ionesco's play Rhinoceros
Blazing Saddles Jim, "The Waco Kid"
The Little Prince The Fox
Thursday's Game Harry Evers Television
Young Frankenstein Dr. Frankenstein Co-written with Mel Brooks
Nominated – Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay
1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Sigerson Holmes Also director and writer
1976 Silver Streak George Caldwell Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1977 The World's Greatest Lover Rudy Valentine, aka Rudy Hickman Also producer, director, and writer
1979 The Frisco Kid Avram Belinski
1980 Sunday Lovers Skippy Directed "Skippy" segment
Stir Crazy Skip Donahue
1982 Hanky Panky Michael Jordon
1984 The Woman in Red Teddy Pierce Also director and writer
1986 Haunted Honeymoon Larry Abbot Also director and writer
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil Dave Lyons Also writer
1990 Funny About Love Duffy Bergman
1991 Another You George/Abe Fielding
1999 Murder in a Small Town Larry "Cash" Carter Television
Alice in Wonderland The Mock Turtle
The Lady in Question Larry "Cash" Carter Television


  • 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)


  • The Complaisant Lover (Broadway, 1962)
  • Mother Courage and Her Children (Broadway, 1963)
  • Death Of A Salesman
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Broadway, 1963)
  • The White House (Broadway, 1964)
  • Luv (Broadway, 1966)
  • The Scarecrow (Broadway, 1972)
  • Rhinoceros (1974)
  • Laughter on the 23rd Floor (London, 1996)

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