GENE WILDER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Gene Wilder was born to parents, William J. and Jeanne Silberman, on June 11th, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the birth name Jerome Silberman. As a young boy he developed an interest in acting and his mother noticed he had quite a talent for it, therefore she sent him to Hollywood and let him study the art at Black-Foxe military institute in Hollywood. Sadly, his experience at the school was not good and he only stayed for a short time, before returning to Wisconsin and becoming involved in the local theater.
After graduating from Washington High School he enrolled at the university of Iowa and studied drama. After earning his college degree he went on to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England and also took up Fencing, where he earned the title of being the first college Freshman to win the All-School Fencing Championship.
In 1956 he was drafted into the Army and served as a paramedic in New York so he was able to continue studying acting at the HB Studio. After being discharged from the Army he received a scholarship to become a full time student at the HB studio and found part time work to help support himself.
He then began searching for employment as an actor and found work in Cambridge, England working as a stage actor performing in a production of, "Twelfth Night". He then returned to the HB Studio but soon left to study privately with Lee Strasberg and then was given a chance to study at the Actor's Studio.
Wilder was performing in such Off-Broadway stage productions as, "Roots" and "The Complaisant Lover" which began to catch the attention of Hollywood. Soon more prominent stage roles followed such as the lead in, "Mother Courage and Her children" and "Springtime for Hitler".
Soon he broke into the film industry appearing in such features as, "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) and "The Producers" (1968) for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
As his career progressed other film roles he added to his resume were roles in, "Start the Revolution Without Me" (1969), "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (1971), "Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* But Were Afraid to Ask" (1972), "Blazing Saddles" (1974) and "Young Frankenstein" (1974) for which he earned his second Oscar nomination.
Along with his acting career he took a chance at the other side of the industry working as a director making his directing debut for the film, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Smarter brother" (1975) which he also starred in. He also directed, "The Woman in Red" (1984).
Continuing with acting, more successful film roles followed such as, "Silver Streak" (1976), "Stir Crazy" (1980), "Hanky Panky" (1982), "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" (1989), "Another You" (1991) and the television series, "Something Wilder" (1994-1995).
Throughout his lifetime he married a total of four times. His first wife was Mary Mercier whom he wed in 1960 but divorced just five years later. He then married Mary Joan Schutz in 1967 and he adopted her daughter, but then this marriage came to an end in 1967. His third time to marry was to Gilda Radner in 1984 and they remained married until, sadly, she passed away in 1989. He then married again to his current wife, Karen Boyner in 1991.
Along with his professional career he was also involved in starting the Gilda Club which helps raise awareness of Ovarian cancer since he lost his third wife to this disease. He also helped in co-founding the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles, California.
He remains retired from the industry today and has instead turned his focus on writing. In 2005 he released his personal memoir, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art. He has also written such novels as, "My French Whore" (2007), "The Woman Who Wouldn't" (2008) and a collection of stories titled, "What is This Thing Called Love" (2010). His last television appearance was on the series, "Will & Grace" (2002-2003). He lives in Stamford, Connecticut with his wife.
2002-2003 Will & Grace
1999 The Lady in Question
1999 Alice in Wonderland
1999 Murder in a Small Town
1994-1995 Something Wilder
1993 Eligible Dentist
1991 Another You
1990 Funny About Love
1989 See No Evil, Hear No Evil
1986 Haunted Honeymoon
1984 The Woman in Red
1982 Hanky Panky
1980 Stir Crazy
1980 Sunday Lovers
1979 The Frisco Kid
1977 The World's Greatest Lover
1976 Silver Streak
1975 The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
1974 Young Frankenstein
1974 The Little Prince
1974 Thursday's Game
1974 Blazing Saddles
1973 Acts of Love and Other Comedies
1972 Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask
1972 The Scarecrow
1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
1970 Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
1968 The Producers
1967 Bonnie and Clyde
1966 Death of a Salesman
1962-1963 The DuPont Show of the Week
1962 The Defenders
1962 Armstrong Circle Theatre