His first big part was in Bonnie and Clyde where he played an undertaker abducted by the couple.
Perhaps one of his best known roles is that of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
In the late 1970s and 1980s he appeared in a number of movies with Richard Pryor, making them the most prolific inter-racial comedy double act in movies during the period.
Wilder was married to Saturday Night Live actress Gilda Radner from 1984 until her death from ovarian cancer in 1989. Since then he has remained active in promoting cancer awareness and treatment.
Gene Wilder Facts
|Birth Name||Jerome Silberman|
|Birthday||June 11, 1935 (86)|
|Birthplace||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA|
|Height||5' 10½" (1m79) How tall is Gene Wilder compared to you?|
|Awards||2003 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series (for Will & Grace)|
|Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory|
|Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Edition|
|The Mel Brooks Collection|
|Bonnie and Clyde|