Gene Wilder

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  • Birth Name: Jerome Silberman
  • Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Died: August 29, 2016
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Author
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  • Was a quick study at fencing, and became the first freshman to ever win the All-School Fencing Championship at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Later worked as a fencing instructor and as a fencing choreographer.
  • In the early 1960s, he joined the Actors Studio and landed his first Broadway role in The Complaisant Lover.
  • Made his film debut in Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
  • While performing in the Broadway production of Mother Courage and Her Children, he met Mel Brooks, who offered him a part in the musical The Producers (1968).
  • Wrote his first screenplay, Young Frankenstein (1974), with Mel Brooks.
  • Best known for his zany performances in (among others) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Young Frankenstein (1974).
  • After the death of his beloved wife, Gilda Radner, in 1989, he took a break from his film career and focused on establishing organizations such as Gilda's Club and the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center.
  • Published an autobiography, Kiss Me Like a Stranger, in 2005 and a novel, My French Whore, in 2007.

Awards

  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1968, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1975, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jeanne Silberman — Mother
  • Gilda Radner — Wife (deceased)
  • Karen Boyer — Wife
  • Corinne Silberman — Sister
  • William J. Silberman — Father
  • Mary Mercier — Ex-wife
  • Mary Joan Schulz — Ex-wife

College

  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, United States (BA in Communication and Theatre Arts,1955); Bristol Old Vic Theater School, Bristol, England

Details

  • Birth Name: Jerome Silberman
  • Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Died: August 29, 2016
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Author

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