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Gene Wilder

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Date of Birth:
11 June 1933Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Date of Death:
29 August 2016Stamford, Connecticut, USA  (complications from Alzheimer's disease)

Birth Name:
Jerome Silberman

Height:
5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Short Biography:
Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent.

Wilder caught his first big break playing a small role 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". Wilder's Actor's Studio connection may have helped him land his first feature, Bonnie and Clyde (1967), in which he drew much favourable attention in a small but memorable role as a frightened young undertaker abducted by the legendary duo. Wilder's performance as the endearingly frantic Leo Bloom in The Producers (1967) kicked off his celebrated collaboration with Mel Brooks and garnered him an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. His career gained momentum as he played a swashbuckler in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), the candy impresario of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and a sheep-smitten doctor in Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972). Wilder re-teamed with Mel Brooks for the inspired lunacy of Blazing Saddles (1974) and Young Frankenstein (1974), earning his second Oscar nomination for his first-time screen-writing efforts (along with Mel Brooks) on the latter. Spurred by these triumphs, Wilder made his directorial debut (in addition to acting and starring) with The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975). His first association with Richard Pryor had come on Blazing Saddles (1974), but Richard Pryor (co-screenwriter) had lost out in his bid for the Cleavon Little role. Richard Pryor and Wilder first acted together in the highly entertaining and commercially successful Silver Streak (1976) and scored at the box office again with Stir Crazy (1980), but their later efforts were mediocre. Ironically, Hanky Panky (1982), Wilder's first of three films with his late wife Gilda Radner, originally was written to pair him with Richard Pryor again, but Richard Pryor's unavailability necessitated rewriting the part for Gilda Radner.

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013)

# 14873 IMDb R 

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013)

By Marina Zenovich

Documentary, Biography (1h 23min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 1,225 votes on 19-Sep-18.

1 win & 2 nominations

The life and times of Richard Pryor.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

# 09266 IMDb

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

TaglineMURDER! The blind guy couldn't see it. The deaf guy couldn't hear it. Now they're both wanted for it.

By Arthur Hiller

Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller (1h 43min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 42,164 votes on 11-Aug-18.

A man is murdered. Two men witness it. A blind man who hears the killer, and a deaf man who sees her. The police don't think they're credible witnesses, but the killers don't want to take any chances. The two men must now work together to save themselves and bring the killers to justice.

The Woman in Red (1984)

# 01487 IMDb

The Woman in Red (1984)

TaglineShy, quiet Teddy Pierce wanted a little adventure. And one day it walked into his life in a red silk dress. Now his wife is packing a gun. His friends are going nuts trying to cover for him and he's about to get caught with his pants down on the six o'clock news. Be very careful of what you want... Because you just might get it.

By Gene Wilder

Comedy, Romance (1h 27min)

USA USA

Rated 5.9 after 10,846 votes on 07-Apr-17.

Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination

Teddy is a middle-aged man who has a good wife, kids, friends, a fine job and a girlfriend. You could say that he has everything he wants; but he doesn't. One day he sees a gorgeous woman in a red dress, and gets crazy!!! He must have her...

Stir Crazy (1980)

# 09478 IMDb

Stir Crazy (1980)

TaglineOnly these two pigeons could dress up as woodpeckers...

By Sidney Poitier

Comedy, Crime (1h 51min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 19,042 votes on 17-Oct-16.

1 nomination

Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a natural talent for riding broncos with the inter-prison rodeo coming up.

The Frisco Kid (1979)

# 03673 IMDb

The Frisco Kid (1979)

TaglineThe greatest cowboy ever to ride into the Wild West. From Poland.

By Robert Aldrich

Comedy, Western (1h 54min)

USA USA

Rated 6.4 after 7,004 votes on 01-Jan-17.

It's 1850 and newly-ordained orthodox rabbi Avram Belinski sets out on horseback from Philadelphia to San Francisco, knowing only that California's "somewhere near New York." Cowpoke bandit Tom Lillard hasn't seen a rabbi before. But he knows when one needs a heap of help. And getting this tenderfoot to Frisco in one piece is going to cause a heap of trouble -- with the law, Indians and a bunch (...)

Silver Streak (1976)

# 09338 IMDb

Silver Streak (1976)

TaglineIt's the Most Hilarious Suspense Ride of Your Life!

By Arthur Hiller

Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller (1h 54min)

USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 14,927 votes on 25-Sep-17.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations

A somewhat daffy book editor on a rail trip from Los Angeles to Chicago thinks that he sees a murdered man thrown from the train. When he can find no one who will believe him, he starts doing some investigating of his own. But all that accomplishes is to get the killer after him.

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)

# 14831 IMDb PG 

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)

By Gene Wilder

Comedy, Crime, Musical, Mystery, Romance (1h 31min)

USA USA, UK UK

Rated 6.1 after 5,600 votes on 22-Aug-18.

Sherlock Holmes' younger brother is annoyed that he has had to live in Sherlock's shadow for so long. When Sherlock goes to the continent, he sends a case to his brother who constantly tries with varying success, to imitate Sherlock's deductive and observational tricks.

The Little Prince (1974)

# 10872 IMDb

The Little Prince (1974)

By Stanley Donen

Family, Fantasy, Musical, Sci-Fi (1h 28min)

UK UK, USA USA

Rated 6.5 after 2,572 votes on 04-Oct-16.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations

Based on the story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, this magical musical fable begins as a pilot makes a forced landing on the barren Sahara Desert. He is befriended by a "little" prince from the planet Asteroid B-612. In the days that follow, the pilot learns of the small boy's history and planet-hopping journeys in which he met a King, a businessman, an historian, and a general. It isn't until he (...)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

# 01262 IMDb

Young Frankenstein (1974)

TaglineThe scariest comedy of all time!

By Mel Brooks

Comedy, Sci-Fi (1h 46min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.0 after 119,708 votes on 06-Apr-17.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations

The grandson of Victor Frankenstein is a teaching surgeon who has spent his life living down the legend of his grandfather, even changing the pronunciation of his name. When the diary of his grandfather is brought to him, he takes a leave of absence to examine the family castle. Then things get a little silly. Due to a switch, he implants an abnormal brain in his creation which causes problems, (...)

Blazing Saddles (1974)

# 01231 IMDb

Blazing Saddles (1974)

TaglineNever give a saga an even break!

By Mel Brooks

Comedy, Crime, Western (1h 33min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 98,710 votes on 30-Nov-16.

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations

The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor. Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff in the west. Bart is (...)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

# 00637 IMDb

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

TaglineIf you want to know how this man made a movie out of this book... "Everything you always wanted to know about sex* - *But Were Afraid to Ask" you'll have to see the movie!

By Woody Allen

Comedy, Fantasy (1h 27min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 34,064 votes on 09-Feb-18.

Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court jester gives an aphrodisiac to the Queen and is, in the end, beheaded to "What Happens During Ejaculation?" in which we watch 'control central' during a successful seduction.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

# 03175 IMDb

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

TaglineIt's everybody's non-pollutionary, anti-institutionary, pro-confectionery factory of fun!

By Mel Stuart

Family, Musical, Fantasy, Comedy (1h 40min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 125,927 votes on 30-May-16.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination

Charlie Bucket, a poor boy who is barely able to support his family, is fortunate to be chosen as one of the 5 people to go inside the most popular and powerful chocalate factory in the world: The Willy Wonka Chocalate Factory. But a stranger, named Arthur Slugworth, tempts the kids to steal a piece of candy and give it to him. In exchange, he will make them rich. Willy Wonka, played by Gene (...)

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

# 08763 IMDb

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

By Bud Yorkin

Comedy, History (1h 30min)

USA USA

Rated 6.6 after 2,354 votes on 24-Aug-18.

1 nomination

An account of the adventures of two sets of identical twins, badly scrambled at birth, on the eve of the French Revolution. One set is haughty and aristocratic, the other poor and somewhat dim. They find themselves involved in palace intrigues as history happens around them. Based, very loosely, on Dickens's _A Tale of Two Cities_, Dumas's _The Corsican Brothers_, etc.

The Producers (1967)

# 03159 IMDb

The Producers (1967)

TaglineHollywood Never Faced a Zanier Zero Hour!

By Mel Brooks

Comedy (1h 28min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 39,509 votes on 01-Aug-16.

Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations

Max Bialystock is a washed up Broadway producer. Leo Bloom is a mousey CPA. When the two meet, their combined expertise points them toward the ultimate scam: Raise more money than you need for a SURE Flop Broadway Show. No one will expect anything back and you can pocket the difference. They need the ultimate bad play to do this. They find it in the Musical Springtime for Hitler.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

# 00690 IMDb

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

TaglineThey're young... they're in love... and they kill people.

By Arthur Penn

Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance (1h 51min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.9 after 80,604 votes on 23-Sep-16.

Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 24 nominations

Bonnie Parker is bored with life and wants a change. She gets her chance when she meets a charming young drifter by the name of Clyde Barrow. Clyde has dreams of a life of crime that will free him from the hardships of the Depression. The two fall in love and begin a crime spree that extends from Oklahoma to Texas. They rob small banks with skill and panache, soon becoming minor celebrities known (...)

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