Gene Wilder

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Comedic actor Gene Wilder caught his first big break playing a small roll in the off-Broadway production of Arnold Wesker's "Roots" and followed quickly with his Broadway debut as the comic valet in "The Complaisant ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Will & Grace 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lady in Question 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in a Small Town 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilda Radner: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Countdown to Christmas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Gilda Radner: In Her Own Words 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Something Wilder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Party For Richard Pryor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Another You 1991 (Movie)

George/Abe Fielding (Actor)

Face to Face With Connie Chung (05/07/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny About Love 1990 (Movie)

Duffy Bergman (Actor)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Hello Actors Studio 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 (Movie)

Larry Abbot (Actor)

The Woman in Red 1984 (Movie)

Theodore Pierce (Actor)

Baryshnikov in Hollywood 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Hanky Panky 1982 (Movie)

Michael Jordan (Actor)

Sunday Lovers 1981 (Movie)

Skippy (Actor)

Stir Crazy 1980 (Movie)

Skip Donahue (Actor)

The Frisco Kid 1979 (Movie)

Avram (Actor)

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

Rudy Hickman-- (Actor)

Silver Streak 1976 (Movie)

George Caldwell (Actor)

Annie and the Hoods 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Blazing Saddles 1974 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1974 (Movie)

Sigerson Holmes (Actor)

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

Dr. Frankenstein (Actor)

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

Fox (Actor)

The Trouble With People 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Electric Company 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Voice

Rhinoceros 1971 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1971 (Movie)

Willy Wonka (Actor)

Start the Revolution Without Me 1970 (Movie)

Claude/Philippe (Actor)

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx 1969 (Movie)

Quackser Fortune (Actor)

Bonnie and Clyde 1967 (Movie)

Eugene Grizzard (Actor)

The Producers 1967 (Movie)

Leo Bloom (Actor)

Death of a Salesman 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor

The Lady in Question (Movie)

Larry "Cash" Carter (Actor)

Thursday's Game (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (9)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Woman in Red 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sunday Lovers 1981 (Movie)

(American segment) (Screenplay)

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

Screen Story (Story By)

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Lady in Question (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (5)

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Woman in Red 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Sunday Lovers 1981 (Movie)

(American segment) (Director)

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (2)

Stir Crazy 1980 (Movie)

("Crazy") (Song Performer)

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

("Ain't It Kinda Wonderful") (Song)
Producer (2)

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

The World's Greatest Lover 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Comedic actor Gene Wilder caught his first big break playing a small roll in the off-Broadway production of Arnold Wesker's "Roots" and followed quickly with his Broadway debut as the comic valet in "The Complaisant Lover" (both 1961), for which he won the Clement Derwent Award. His other Broadway credits included "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1963, with Kirk Douglas), "The White House" (1964, with Helen Hayes), and "Luv" (1966), but it was a 1963 Broadway production of "Mother Courage and Her Children" that altered the course of his life forever. In its cast was Anne Bancroft, who was dating Mel Brooks at the time, and the relationship established between the two men eventually led to Wilder's becoming part of Brooks' "stock company." His Actor's Studio connection may have helped him land his first feature, Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), in which he drew much favorable attention in a small but memorable role as a frightened young undertaker abducted by the legendary duo.

Relationships

Jeanne Silberman

Mother

Mary Mercier Actor

Wife
Married 1960 Divorced 1965

Gilda Radner Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 18, 1984 until her death from cancer May 20, 1989

Mary Schutz

Wife
Married Oct. 27, 1967 Divorced 1980

William Silberman

Father
Russian immigrant manufactured miniature beer and whiskey bottles

Katharine Silberman

Daughter
mother, Mary Joan Schutz

Karen Webb Actor

Wife
Met 1988 while she helped Wilder prepare to play a deaf man in "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" (1989) Married Sept. 8, 1991

EDUCATION

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York 1957 - 1959

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

1955 - 1956
first American to win the all-school fencing championship

Actors Studio

New York , New York
school now known as HB Studio

University of Iowa

Iowa City , Iowa 1955
began taking drama classes

studied acting with Herman Gottlieb from 1946 to 1951

Milestones

2000

Disclosed a 1999 diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

1996

Made London stage debut in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor"

1991

Last film to date with Pryor, "Another You"

1990

Helped establish the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (date approximate)

1989

Reteamed with Pryor for the misfire "See No Evil, Hear No Evil"

1986

Last feature with Radner, "Haunted Honeymoon"; produced, directed and acted

1984

Directed and acted in "The Woman in Red"; second film with Radner

1982

Starred opposite future wife Gilda Radner in Sidney Poitier's "Hanky Panky"

1980

Reunited with Pryor for "Stir Crazy"

1977

Film producing debut (also director, writer and actor), "The World's Greatest Lover"; composed a song for picture

1976

Starred opposite Richard Pryor in "Silver Streak"

1975

Film directing and solo screenwriting debut, "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother"; also acted

1974

Co-screenwriting debut (with director Brooks), "Young Frankenstein"; also starred

1974

Reteamed with Brooks for "Blazing Saddles"; shared Best Screenplay Oscar nomination

1972

Played a memorable comic turn as a man who fell in love with a sheep for the bestiality segment of Woody Allen's "Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex* (*but were afraid to ask)"

1970

Offered a tour de force in title role of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

1968

Earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Mel Brooks' "The Producers"

1967

Film acting debut in "Bonnie and Clyde"

1966

Acted in CBS movie presentation of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"; played Bernard

1963

Portrayed Billy Bibbit in original NYC stage production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1961

Broadway debut as the comic valet in "The Complaisant Lover"

1961

Off-Broadway acting debut in "Roots"

1956

Served with US Army

Taught fencing and worked as a toy salesman and as a chauffeur

Starred as a sensitive, emotional adman and late-in-life father in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Something Wilder"

Bonus Trivia

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Wilder won a 1975 Nebula Award (best dramatic presentation) for "Young Frankenstein".

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He enjoys watercolor painting in his spare time.

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