Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder

Gender

Male

Known Credits

14

Gene Wilder

Date of Birth: Jun 11, 1933

Birthplace:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

 

 

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 Weskers 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 Cuckoos 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.

Known For

Filmography

Murder in a Small Town

Murder in a Small Town

as Cash Carter

1999

Will & Grace

Will & Grace

as  Mr. Stein

1998

Funny About Love

Funny About Love

as Duffy Bergman

1990

Haunted Honeymoon

Haunted Honeymoon

as Larry Abbot

1986

The Frisco Kid

The Frisco Kid

as Avram

1979

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein

1974

Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles

as Jim, aka "The Waco Kid"

1974

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

as Eugene Grizzard

1967