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Gene Wilder is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 11 june 1933 at Milwaukee

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder
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Birth name Jerome Silberman
Nationality USA
Birth 11 june 1933 at Milwaukee
Death 29 august 2016 (at 83 years)
Awards Primetime Emmy Award

Jerome Silberman, known professionally as Gene Wilder (born June 11, 1933), is an 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, which Wilder co-wrote, garnering 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.

Since his most recent contribution to acting in 2003, Wilder has turned his attention to writing. He has produced a memoir in 2005, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art; a collection of stories, What Is This Thing Called Love? (2010); and the novels My French Whore (2007), The Woman Who Wouldn't (2008) and Something to Remember You By (2013).

He continues to receive critical acclaim, and is regarded as one of the most influential comedic actors of the second half of the 20th century.


Wilder met his first wife, Mary Mercier, while studying at the HB Studio in New York. Although the couple had not been together long, they married on July 22, 1960. They spent long periods of time apart, eventually divorcing in 1965. A few months later, Wilder began dating Mary Joan Schutz, a friend of his sister. Schutz had a daughter, Katharine, from a previous marriage. When Katharine started calling Wilder "Dad," he decided to do what he felt was "the right thing to do," marrying Schutz on October 27, 1967, and adopting Katharine that same year. Schutz and Wilder separated after seven years of marriage, with Katharine thinking that Wilder was having an affair with his Young Frankenstein co-star, Madeline Kahn. After the divorce, he briefly dated his other Frankenstein co-star, Teri Garr. Wilder would eventually become estranged from Katharine.

Wilder met Saturday Night Live actress Gilda Radner on August 13, 1981, while filming Sidney Poitier's Hanky Panky. Radner was married to guitarist G. E. Smith at the time, but she and Wilder became inseparable friends. When the filming of Hanky ended, Wilder found himself missing Radner, so he called her. The relationship grew, and Radner eventually divorced Smith in 1982. She moved in with Wilder, and the couple married on September 14, 1984, in the south of France. The couple wanted to have children, but Radner suffered miscarriages, and doctors could not determine the problem. After experiencing severe fatigue and suffering from pain in her upper legs on the set of Haunted Honeymoon, Radner sought medical treatment. Following a number of false diagnoses, it was determined that she had ovarian cancer in October 1986. Over the next year and a half, Radner battled the disease, receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. The disease finally went into remission, giving the pair a respite, during which time Wilder filmed See No Evil, Hear No Evil. By May 1989, the cancer returned and had metastasized. Radner died on May 20, 1989. Wilder later stated, "I always thought she'd pull through."

Following Radner's death, Wilder became active in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club, a support group to raise awareness of cancer that began in New York City and now has branches throughout the country.

While preparing for his role as a deaf man in See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Wilder met Karen Webb (née Boyer), who was a clinical supervisor for the New York League for the Hard of Hearing. Webb coached him in lip reading. Following Gilda Radner's death, Wilder and Webb reconnected, and on September 8, 1991, they married. The two live in Stamford, Connecticut, in the 1734 Colonial home that he shared with Radner.

According to his autobiography, Wilder considers his nephew, the director-screenwriter Jordan Walker-Pearlman, whom he helped raise, his son.

Political views
Wilder is a lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party, and has staunchly opposed U.S. actions in the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. He supported Eugene McCarthy in the 1968 presidential election. In terms of being politically active himself, Wilder stated, "I'm quietly political. I don't like advertising. Giving money to someone or support, but not getting on a bandstand. I don't want to run for president in 2008. I will write another book instead."

Semi-retirement and authorship
The Wilders spend most of their time painting watercolors, writing, and participating in charitable efforts.

In 1998, Wilder collaborated on the book Gilda's Disease with oncologist Steven Piver, sharing personal experiences of Radner's struggle with ovarian cancer. Wilder himself was hospitalized with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1999, but confirmed in March 2005 that the cancer was in complete remission following chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

In October 2001, he read from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as part of a special benefit performance held at the Westport Country Playhouse to aid families affected by the September 11 attacks. Also in 2001, Wilder donated a collection of scripts, correspondences, documents, photographs, and clipped images to the University of Iowa Libraries.

On March 1, 2005, Wilder released his highly personal memoir, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art, an account of his life covering everything from his childhood up to Radner's death. Two years later, in March 2007, Wilder released his first novel, My French Whore, which is set during World War I. His second novel, The Woman Who Wouldn't, was released in March 2008.

In a 2008 Turner Classic Movies special, Role Model: Gene Wilder, where Alec Baldwin interviewed Wilder about his career, Wilder said that he was basically retired from acting for good. "I don't like show business, I realized," he explained. "I like show, but I don't like the business."

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

In 2010, Wilder released a collection of stories called What Is This Thing Called Love?. His third novel, Something to Remember You By: A Perilous Romance, was released in April 2013.

When asked in a 2013 Time Out New York magazine interview whether he would act again if a suitable film project came his way, Wilder responded, "I’m tired of watching the bombing, shooting, killing, swearing and 3-D. I get 52 movies a year sent to me, and maybe there are three good [ones]. That’s why I went into writing. It’s not that I wouldn’t act again. I’d say, 'Give me the script. If it’s something wonderful, I’ll do it.' But I don’t get anything like that.

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Filmography of Gene Wilder (30 films)

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Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, 1h23
Genres Comedy, Documentary
Themes Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney, Robin Williams, Mike Epps, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones
Roles George / Skip Donahue (archive footage)
Rating72% 3.64153.64153.64153.64153.6415
Mike Epps, Richard Pryor Jr. et d'autres racontent l'influence déterminante de Richard Pryor, l'un des esprits comiques les plus brillants et les plus emblématiques d'Amérique, sur la culture.
Murder in a Small Town, 1h40
Directed by Joyce Chopra
Origin USA
Genres Crime
Actors Gene Wilder, Mike Starr, Cherry Jones, Frances Conroy, Terry O'Quinn, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Roles Cash Carter
Rating64% 3.2440953.2440953.2440953.2440953.244095
The film opens with a series of scenes in which local millionaire Sidney Lassiter (Terry O'Quinn) has arguments with his son Albert (whom he threatens to remove from his will, if Albert doesn't leave his current lover), his wife Martha (who reveals that she knows that Sidney is unfaithful, and unsuccessfully tries to seduce him), and his secretary, Kate Faxton (who wants him to reconcile with Albert).
Alice in Wonderland, 2h9
Directed by Nick Willing
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about cats, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Films based on Alice in Wonderland, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Tina Majorino, Miranda Richardson, Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg, Simon Russell Beale, Robbie Coltrane
Roles Mock Turtle
Rating62% 3.149783.149783.149783.149783.14978
The film follows the storyline of the book closely, save for adding some scenes from Through the Looking-Glass. It also changes the opening real world scene from Alice and her sister sitting at a riverbank to Alice in her bedroom, reluctantly practicing the song "Cherry Ripe", which she is expected to perform at a garden party. (The party guests are played by the same actors as the Wonderland characters, and are shown as resembling them in appearance and personality, in a similar manner to the MGM version of The Wizard of Oz. The toys in Alice's room also reflect the residents of Wonderland). Thanks to stage fright, and constant nagging from her confident music teacher, Alice runs out of the house and hides herself in the woods nearby until the party has ended. However, an apple floats down from the tree and seems to hover in Alice's face. She is suddenly distracted by a human-sized White Rabbit (voiced by Richard Coombs) rushing by. Curious, Alice follows the White Rabbit, falling down his rabbit hole and ending up in Wonderland.
Another You, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Buddy films
Actors Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jerry Houser, Mercedes Ruehl, Stephen Lang, Vanessa Williams
Roles George / Abe Fielding
Rating53% 2.651582.651582.651582.651582.65158
George, a former mental patient and pathological liar, is released from the hospital, and he is quickly, purposefully mistaken for millionaire brewery heir Abe Fielding by a troop of actors hired by the dubious and unscrupulous business manager Rupert. Rupert needs George to believe he is Fielding in order to kill him off and inherit the Fielding Brewery and family fortune. Eddie Dash, a con man who tenuously and forcefully befriends George due to a community service assignment attempts at first to capitalize on George's mistaken identity--but after being conned by Rupert into killing George for profit, turns the tables on Rupert and helps George fake his death, only to come back to the land of the living and inheriting both the brewery and the Fielding fortune instead. Along the way, Eddie and George turn two of Rupert's female associates into allies and partners--while getting themselves into plenty of contrived comical chaos and hilarity.
Funny About Love, 1h41
Directed by Leonard Nimoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Gene Wilder, Christine Lahti, Mary Stuart Masterson, Robert Prosky, Stephen Tobolowsky, David Margulies
Roles Duffy Bergman
Rating48% 2.4064952.4064952.4064952.4064952.406495
New York cartoonist Duffy Bergman marries gourmet chef Meg Lloyd. Meg wants to have a baby. Duffy agrees, but after unsuccessful attempts, Duffy encourages her to focus on her career and come back to the child issue later. After his mother's death, however, Duffy becomes fixated on wanting to have a child. Meg no longer sees this as a priority, as she's trying to open her own restaurant. The two start to have marital problems, leading to a separation.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, 1h43
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, La cécité, Buddy films
Actors Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey, Lauren Tom, Alan North
Roles Dave Lyons
Rating67% 3.3992353.3992353.3992353.3992353.399235
A blind man named Wally Karew (Richard Pryor) and a deaf man named Dave Lyons (Gene Wilder) meet when Wally applies for a job in Dave's New York City concession shop.
Haunted Honeymoon, 1h22
Directed by Gene Wilder
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Musical theatre, Horror, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Ghost films, Musical films, Comedy horror films
Actors Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise, Jonathan Pryce, Paul L. Smith, Gene Wilder, Bryan Pringle
Roles Larry Abbot
Rating55% 2.7986052.7986052.7986052.7986052.798605
Larry Abbot (Wilder) and Vickie Pearle (Radner) are performers on radio's "Manhattan Mystery Theater" who decide to get married. Larry has been plagued with on-air panic attacks and speech impediments since proposing marriage. Vickie thinks it's just pre-wedding jitters, but his affliction could get them both fired.
The Woman in Red, 1h27
Directed by Gene Wilder
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Kelly LeBrock, Gilda Radner, Gene Wilder, Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna, Judith Ivey
Roles Theodore Pierce
Rating59% 2.9539352.9539352.9539352.9539352.953935
San Francisco ad man Teddy Pierce is amused by, then obsessed with, a beautiful woman whose red dress goes whooshing over her head from a gust of wind, showing her red panties while she crosses a grate. Teddy is happily married to Didi, but he can't get this woman out of his mind.
Hanky Panky, 1h50
Directed by Sidney Poitier
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Horror, Crime
Actors Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Kathleen Denise Quinlan, Richard Widmark, Robert Prosky, Josef Sommer
Roles Michael Jordon
Rating55% 2.7991452.7991452.7991452.7991452.799145
An architect (Wilder) accidentally gets caught up in a web of intrigue and murder when he ends up on the run on false murder charges. Kate (Gilda) is a woman out to find her brother's killer. The two team up, but not before first thinking the other is the killer. The duo end up on a wild cross-country ride from New York City to the Grand Canyon
Stir Crazy
Stir Crazy (1980)
, 1h51
Directed by Sidney Poitier
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Prison films, Buddy films
Actors Gene Wilder, JoBeth Williams, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, Barry Corbin, Craig T. Nelson
Roles Skip Donahue
Rating66% 3.3482353.3482353.3482353.3482353.348235
Writer Skip Donahue and actor Harry Monroe are fired from their jobs in New York, and leave for Hollywood. Along the way, they take odd jobs to make ends meet. During one such job in Arizona, Skip and Harry perform a song and dance routine dressed as woodpeckers as part of a promotion for a bank. While the duo is taking a break, two men steal the costumes and rob the bank. Harry and Skip are arrested, whisked through a speedy trial and handed 125-year jail sentences. Their court-appointed lawyer, Len Garber, advises them to wait until he can appeal their case.
Sunday Lovers, 2h5
Directed by Gene Wilder, Édouard Molinaro, Dino Risi, Bryan Forbes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Anthology film, Romance
Actors Gene Wilder, Roger Moore, Kathleen Denise Quinlan, Lino Ventura, Ugo Tognazzi, Priscilla Barnes
Roles Skippy (sketch 'Skippy')
Rating55% 2.7682252.7682252.7682252.7682252.768225
L'action se situe dans les pays d'origine des metteurs en scène. Angleterre (Maître en la demeure) : Le chauffeur d'un lord se fait passer pour son patron afin de charmer les hôtesses de l'air qu'il invite dans le château de son maître...