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Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman; June 11, 1933 - August 29, 2016) was an American stage and screen actor, director, screenwriter, and author. Wilder began his career on stage, making his screen debut in the film Bonnie and Clyde in 1967. His first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film The Producers. This was the first in a series of prolific collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974's Young Frankenstein, the script 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 marriage to actress Gilda Radner, who died 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. In more recent years, Wilder turned his attention to writing, producing a memoir in 2005, Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art, and the novels My French Whore (2007), The Woman Who Wouldn't (2008), and What Is This Thing Called Love (2010). Wilder sadly passed away on the 29th of August, 2016.
June 11, 1933, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
August 29, 2016
1967 Bonnie and ClydeEugene Grizzard 1967 The ProducersLeo Bloom 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryWilly Wonka 1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*Dr. Doug Ross 1974 Blazing SaddlesJim, aka "The Waco Kid" 1974 Young FrankensteinScreenstory, Screenplay, and Dr. Frederick Frankenstein 1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter BrotherDirector, Writer, and Sigerson Holmes 1976 Silver StreakGeorge Caldwell 1979 The Frisco KidAvram 1980 Stir CrazySkip Donahue 1984 The Woman in RedWriter, Director, and Teddy Pierce 1986 Haunted HoneymoonDirector, Writer, and Larry Abbot 1989 See No Evil, Hear No EvilScreenplay and Dave Lyons 1999 Alice in WonderlandMock Turtle 2015 Richard Pryor: Omit the LogicGeorge / Skip Donahue (archive footage)Limited to the 15 most popular items