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Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder
Photo: John Mathew Smith & from Laurel Maryland, USA / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

Birth Date

June 11, 1933


August 29, 2016


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color

Brown / Grey

Eye color

Light Blue


5 ft 10½ in | 179 cm


70 kg | 154 lbs

Shoe size

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Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Gene Wilder was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, on June 11, 1933, was an American actor.

Young Gene Wilder first started his career on stage, with the local theatre community, at the age of 13.

He began his professional acting career in production of "Twelfth Night" in role as Second Officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He landed his Broadway debut in a play "The Complaisant Lover" (1961) in role as Hotel Valet, at Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

He made his big screen debut in biographical crime film Bonnie and Clyde (1967) in role as Eugene Grizzard.

He got his television debut in anthology series of televised stage plays The Play of the Week (1961) in episode "The Wingless Victory", in role as Happy Penny.

Gene's breakthrough performance came as Leopold "Leo" Bloom in satirical black comedy film The Producers (1967).

He made his directorial debut with musical comedy movie The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (2013) which he also wrote and starred in lead role as Sigerson Holmes.

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Leopold "Leo" Bloom in satirical black comedy movie The Producers (1967).

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for comedy horror film Young Frankenstein (1974) which he wrote, also he starred in lead role as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein.

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance as Willy Wonka in musical fantasy film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as George Caldwell in buddy comedy thriller film Silver Streak (1976).

Blazing Saddles (1974) satirical Western black comedy opposite Cleavon Little, Mel Brooks and Madeline Kahn

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About S*x... (1972) comedy with Woody Allen and Burt Reynolds

Silver Streak (1976) buddy comedy thriller opposite Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh and Patrick McGoohan

Stir Crazy (1980) comedy with Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown and JoBeth Williams

The Frisco Kid (1979) western comedy opposite Harrison Ford and Val Bisoglio

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) comedy with Richard Pryor, Joan Severance and Kevin Spacey

Haunted Honeymoon (1986) comedy horror with Gilda Radner, Dom DeLuise and Jonathan Pryce

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970) comedy opposite Donald Sutherland and Hugh Griffith

The Woman in Red (1984) romantic comedy with Kelly LeBrock and Gilda Radner

The Little Prince (1974) fantasy musical opposite Steven Warner and Bob Fosse

The World's Greatest Lover (1977) comedy romance with Carol Kane and Dom DeLuise

Hanky Panky (1982) comedy thriller opposite Gilda Radner, Kathleen Quinlan and Richard Widmark

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970) comedy with Margot Kidder and Eileen Colgan

Rhinoceros (1974) comedy opposite Zero Mostel, Karen Black and Joe Silver

Another You (1991) comedy with Richard Pryor, Mercedes Ruehl and Vanessa Williams

Alice in Wonderland (1999) fantasy family opposite Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg and Ben Kingsley

Funny About Love (1990) romantic comedy with Mary Stuart Masterson and Regis Philbin

TV Shows

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Mr. Stein in NBC sitcom Will & Grace (2002-2003).

The DuPont Show of the Week (1962-1963) NBC anthology drama series in roles as Muller / Wilson / Reporter

Something Wilder (1994-1995) NBC sitcom in role as Gene Bergman


Graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1951).

Graduated from University of Iowa at Iowa City (1955) with Bachelor of Arts.

Has Jewish ancestry.

Studied acting at at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England and HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.

Served in United States Army, as a medic in Pennsylvania (1956-1958).

He released his memoir "Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art" in 2005.

Released his first novel "My French Whore" in 2007, his second novel "The Woman Who Wouldn't" in 2008 and his third novel "Something to Remember You By: A Perilous Romance" in 2013.

Gene died on August 29, 2016, Stamford, Connecticut, United States.


He was married to:

Karen Boyer (1991-2016)

Gilda Radner (1984-1989)

Mary Joan Schutz (1967-1980) he adopted her daughter, Katharine

Mary Mercier (1960-1965)


He was in a relationship with Teri Garr (1974).

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