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.
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